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Genealogy Quote of the Week ~ John A. Widtsoe

Our genealogy quote today is by John A. Widtsoe, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1921 until his death in November 1952.

John A. Widtsoe

John A. WidtsoeJohn Andreas Widtsoe was a general authority in the LDS Church. He was also an educator who served as the director of the Department of Agriculture at Brigham Young University, president of the Utah Agricultural College (Utah State University), and became president of the University of Utah in 1916. He was also a noted author, scientist, and academician. His wife was Leah Dunford, a granddaughter of Brigham Young.

To quote from Wikipedia: “John A.Widtsoe was born on the island of Frøya in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. At birth his hand was attached to the side of his head but he survived the operation to fix this problem. When Widtsoe was two his family moved to the Norwegian mainland city of Namsos. His father, also named John, died in February 1878. This left his mother Anna as a widow with two young sons to take care of: Widtsoe, who was then five, and his little brother Osborne Widtsoe. After this, the family moved to Trondheim. Here his mother was introduced to the LDS Church by a shoemaker.  In 1883, Widtsoe immigrated to the United States with his mother and brother. They made it to Utah Territory in mid-November.”

After graduating from Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah, John A. Widtsoe later also graduated from Harvard University with honors in 1894. He then became head of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Utah State Agricultural College where he taught farmers better farming skills. In 1898, Widtsoe was ordained to the office of a Seventy and set apart to do missionary work in connection with his studies in Europe. He attended the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he graduated with A. M. Ph.D. degrees in 1899. For two years in the 1920s John A. Widtsoe lived in Washington, D. C. where he supervised the reorganization of the Federal Bureau of Reclamation.

Genealogy quote from John A. Widtsoe

These are trying days, in which Satan rages, at home and abroad, hard days, evil and ugly days. We stand helpless as it seems before them. We need help. We need strength. We need guidance. Perhaps if we would do our work in behalf of those of the unseen world who hunger and pray for the work we can do for them, the unseen world would in return give us help in this day of our urgent need. There are more in the other world than there are here. There is more power and strength there than we have here upon this earth. We have but a trifle, and that trifle is taken from the immeasurable power of God. We shall make no mistake in becoming collaborators in the Lord’s mighty work for human redemption. (From Conference Report, Apr. 1943, 39).

Genealogy Quote of the Week ~ David B. Haight

This week’s genealogy quote comes from the Apostle David B. Haight.

Genealogy quote

I believe that when you diligently seek after your ancestors – in faith – needed information will come to  you, even when no mortal records of their lives are available. ~ Ensign Magazine, May 1993,  23

David B. Haight

David B.Haight

David Bruce Haight was born in 1906 and at the time of his death in 2004 at age 97 was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).”

David Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, to Hector C. Haight and his wife Clara Tuttle. He married Ruby Olson and they had three children, one of whom became the wife of American philanthropist and business person Jon Huntsman, Senior. Their son – and David Haight’s grandson – is Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah, and former US Ambassador to China.

Elder Haight, a World War II veteran, at one time owned the Palo Alto Hardware store in California, where he served as mayor. He later served as a mission president in Scotland from 1963 to 1966, after which he was called as president of the Palo Alto Stake, then later as a regional representative of the Twelve Apostles, and then as a general authority—specifically, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—in April 1970. In addition, he served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University. David B. Haight was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1976 where he served until his death.

 

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