Thursday, July 16, 2009

You Can Come Too...

Friends:

We are pleased to invite you to attend a first-person, historical presentation of Mormon Church History surrounding the Mormon emigrant ship Brooklyn, the Mormon Battalion, and the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848.

Angeline Lovett of Massachusetts boarded the Brooklyn in New York on February 4, 1846 (under the direction of Samuel Brannan). She made the voyage of nearly six months around Cape Horn, stopping in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) to Yerba Buena (now San Francisco). She would marry a young man she met aboard the Brooklyn and establish the first school in California to provide instruction in English.

Moses Wade and his family were driven from their home in Nauvoo. They found temporary shelter in Council Bluffs, Iowa. There, Moses joined the Mormon Battalion, leaving his wife and 16-year old daughter in the care of a good friend. Moses was among the members of the Battalion who came to the Salt Lake Valley directly after being discharged in Los Angeles. Upon his arrival, he learned of his wife’s death and his daughter’s marriage. Moses stayed in Salt Lake and became the valley’s first commercial broom maker.

After William Sydney Smith Willes was discharged from the Mormon Battalion, he worked for John Sutter at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Shortly after James Marshall discovered Gold in 1848, Sydney Willes would find gold on a sandbar in the American River. Providing the richest panning in the entire Mother Lode, the sandbar would become known as “Mormon Island.” Sydney would eventually come to Utah and would be among the founders of Lehi, right here in Utah County.

Hear presentations made by, and ask questions of these three individuals (as portrayed by Virginia Guilbert, Peter Guilbert, and Bob “Bubba” Blair). Virginia, Peter, and Bubba are members of the Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneers , which operates under the direction of the Northern California Church Public Affairs Office to deliver more than 50 such presentations every year.

However, they rarely come to Utah. This is a rare opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind historical re-enactment. Please join us.

When: This Sunday, July 19, 2009
Where: Grand View East Stake Center (1081 W 1060 N, Provo, Utah)
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who: Anyone interested in Church History (including children)

Hope you can join us.

-Nickie

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