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From now on, this blog address is no longer used. Please go to the same blog at this new address where all therevious items are on it. I will use the new address now.

 

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In the mission field at most of our meetings we always repeated the Standard of Truth. We called it “The Wentworth Letter.” Actually the Wentworth Letter is a much larger document, and in my mind, one of the most fascinating items we have in the literature of the Church. Recently in priesthood meeting we studied this document, which appears in full in our priesthood and Relief Society manuals.

Of the letter the Prophet said, “At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, . . . I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder.”

While it never was used by Wentworth as intended, it was published in the Times and Seasons in 1842 and contains, as I see it, three major remarkable sections. First is the Prophet’s account of his First Vision (not the one printed in the Pearl of Great Price) with subsequent accounts of the Book of Mormon, and the persecutions and progress of the Saints, and then the Standard of Truth itself, and finally the first publication of the Articles of Faith.

The remarkable Standard of Truth was introduced by the Prophet as follows:

“Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity. Proud of the cause which they have espoused, and conscious of our innocence, and of the truth of their system, amidst calumny and reproach, have the Elders of this Church gone forth, and planted the Gospel in almost every state in the Union; it has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths. It has also spread into England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, where, in the year 1840, a few of our missionaries were sent, and over five thousand joined the Standard of Truth; there are numbers now joining in every land. “

Then comes the great statement which has bolstered missionaries from the very beginning, the Standard of Truth:

Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland [Australia], the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.

We were always proud that our mission, in Australia called  “New Holland” was included in the early regions covered by the missionaries. Over the years, of course, the gospel has spread far and wide and will continue to do so as stated in the Standard of Truth.

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At Last: My Plans

As I mentioned I will now mention my plans.

No. 1 Priority at this time is the McNabb Project. I had done a lot on it last year, but I want to finish this year and have it out for Christmas to our families.

I am currently working on Gordon’s biog, adding pictures, revising, getting more info. Next I will the one onboth Frances and Gordon (siblings.)

Other projects I have is the indexing for the Church and Ann’s names.

I am putting Ann’s project on the back burner though I will summarize what I have left.

I also came up with an idea on mt own history. Upon These Plates goes to 1977. Rather than update I have come up with Autumn Leaves which is a collection of my thoughts. Gradually done.

Yesterday in High Priest meeting I learned about Roots Magic which I have now ordered and a book on it. I have downloaded some info off the web which is written by the author and also a book on the previous version.

The reason I ordered it ( I have stuck with PAF all these years) is that it corrordinates with New Family Search and also helps in online research. It will be a lot to learn, but I think it will help me. I wsill be able to transfer all on my PAF program.

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Inauguration of posts

Last night after we took Andre and Jennifer out to dinner at Red Lobster, Andre showed me how to burn and burn CDs and DVDs and then set up this blog for me.

This morning’s  USA Today showed how insignificant some posts are (“on the way to the store,” etc.) It reminded me of the old Round Robins we used to do which took over a month to get around. They were handwritten and sent from one relative to another by mail with such gems as “I ironed this afternoon.”

I pledge to make my postings significant.

My present project is working on the McNabb booklet which we hope to get out for Christmas. I am working on Gordon’s story, now finding info in Elsie’s Memoirs. Then I will add pictures.

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