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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 – Thomas S. Monson

This week’s genealogy quote comes from a talk given by Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the Annual General Conference, April, 2011.

Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson

The following abbreviated information is taken from

Thomas Spencer Monson was born on August 21, 1927 at St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City. His parents, G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson were of Swedish, English and Scottish ancestry. He has two brothers and three sisters.

Monson grew up on Salt Lake City’s west side in close proximity to much of his extended family including grandparents, aunts and uncles.

On October 6, 1945, Monson left Salt Lake City to pursue basic training in San Diego with the United States Naval Reserve. He is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (1971), Silver Buffalo Award (1978), and of international Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf (1993).

In 1946, after the end of the war, Monson returned home and continued his education. He graduated with Honors two years later from the University of Utah with a degree in business. Following graduation, Monson began working for the Deseret news as the Assistant Classified Advertising Manager. On October 7, 1948, Monson and Frances Beverly Johnson were married in the Salt Lake Temple.

On Sunday, May 7, 1950, at the age of 22, Monson became Bishop of his boyhood ward. With about 1,060 members, the Sixth-Seventh ward was comprised of many elderly people including about 85 widows and the largest welfare load of the Church. Of the ward members, Monson said, “these were good people who never had a great deal of financial means but who loved the Lord and kept His commandments.”

On October 3, 1963, Monson was called to be a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles by President David O. McKay. President Monson was instrumental in the construction of a temple in Freiberg, Germany, behind the Iron Curtain, at a time when such a thing was considered impossible. (He was 80 years old when called as president, and prophet, seer, and revelator of the Church in 2008.)

Genealogy quote from Thomas S. Monson

Each of our temples is an expression of our testimony that life beyond the grave is as real and as certain as is our life here on earth. I so testify.

Genealogy Quote of the Week – David A. Bednar

This week’s genealogy quote is longer than usual and comes in the form of a video from the October 2011 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The speaker is David A. Bednar.

David A. Bednar

David A. Bednar


During his time as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative, David A. Bednar was an associate dean at the University of Arkansas. He was an area seventy from 1997 to 2004 while he was president of Ricks College which had its name changed to Brigham Young University–Idaho during his tenure.







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