Following the beautiful prelude music by Sylvia Walker, SUP Chapter President Ken Hart welcomed 57 people to the Sons of Utah Pioneer monthly meeting. Included were eight guests: Aaron Whittier, Eric and Kristine Sorenson, Tom and Ann Gallop, Jesse Brown and Sylvia Walker.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doug Conway and the Opening Prayer was offered by Carlene Grover. The Opening Song was “We Gather Together” with Sylvia Walker as the pianist and Carol Ladle as the Leader. It was a Beautiful reminder of the Thanksgiving Season.

F. Martell Grover, chairman of Foods Committee, directed us to a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, beans, hard rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Following the meal Doug Ladle recognized the birthdays and anniversaries.

F. Martell Grover, Area Vice President, showed us two medallions, one from the SUP and one from the United States Army, that can be placed on a person’s grave headstone. The SUP medallion costs $37.00 and he would be able to order one for whomever would like it.

Louis Clements spoke about the history of Thanksgiving including a chronology of when it began, thru each stage of its progression and how it is today. The first was 1621 until today the President of the United States is by law required to authorize it each year.

President Ken Hart was the speaker for the evening and gave us a thorough coverage of

the Utah War and what took place during the time that it occurred. It began on 24 July 1857 with the word that a Union Army was on the way to Salt Lake City. The reason why no one in Utah knew. The reaction of the members of the Church was to harass the army, but take no lives. The Saints were willing to leave their homes and even burn them if necessary rather than “the enemy” take away their homes again – as in Missouri and Illinois. In the end Lt Col Kane brought his troops through Salt Lake City without stopping and took them some forty miles away from the city where they bivouacked.

Dee Risenmay and Ken Hart drew the winning numbers for the Door Prize and Barbara Conway won. The prize was a copy of “Campfire Treks”.

The Closing Prayer was offered by F. Martell Grover

Following the beautiful prelude music by Sylvia Walker, SUP Chapter President Ken Hart welcomed 55 people to the Sons of Utah Pioneer monthly meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Rexburg ‘Veteran’s of Foreign Wars” organization and the Opening Prayer was offered by Max W. Brown. Sister Sylvia Walker then played a medley of Patriotic songs. They were very stirring and well done.

F. Martell Grover directed us to a delightsome meal consisting of beef stew, corn bread, tossed salad and cake with ice cream.

Following the meal Doug Ladle recognized the birthdays (there were no anniversaries). and visitors, which were Willis Cartwright and Joe Law.

Ronald Gibb directed the process of electing new officials for next year. The three needed are President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Those being presented for consideration were Steve Parkinson as President Elect, Gordon Williams as Secretary and Ronald Gibb as Treasurer. The President for next year will be Douglas Ladle, who was elected last year as President Elect. A vote was held and the result was a unanimous vote for those presented.

F. Martell Grover, Area Vice President, told us that on 27 Oct the National SUP would sponsor a training meeting at 9:30 A.M. in the Rexburg East Ward meeting building. This is by the new Super six motel. Those invited to attend are the newly elected officers, Committee Chairmen and any others who would like to attend.

President Hart introduced the speaker, Harvy Jackman, who spoke on the “Great War”. It wasn’t referred to as WW1 until after 1939. He highlighted a number of events that occurred during the War. He mentioned that in 1914 members of the two enemy forces joined together in singing Christmas Carols with some even playing soccor together. The commanders of both sides told their soldiers that if that happened again those who participated would be shot. He talked about the effect of “mustard gas” on the soldiers. He reminded us that, after the war, poppies were sold each year in remembrance of it. He said that the participants in WW1 were called the “Lost Generation” because so many men lost their lives in combat. While WWII participants were called “the Greatest Generation”. His talk was very informative and helped us understand a lot of the more unknown aspects of the war.

Dee Risenmay and Ken Hart drew the winning numbers for the Door Prize and DonnaParkinson won. The prize was a copy of “Campfire Treks”.

The Closing Prayer was offered by Donna Parkinson

Following the beautiful prelude music by Sylvia Walker, SUP Chapter President Ken Hart welcomed 58 people to the Sons of Utah Pioneer monthly meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Carlene Grover and the Opening Prayer was offered by Kathy Gibb. A Musical Number “The Last Movement of Terzetto, arranged by Antonin Dvorak was played by the Fergusen Family, Richard (Violin), Carolyn (viola) and daughter (violin).

F. Martell Grover directed us to a delightsome meal consisting of hamburger vegetable stew, home made bread, butter and various kinds of jam, fresh assorted vegetables with dip and cookies.

Following the meal, F. Martell Grover handed out lists so that volunteers could offer to bring needed food for the next three months. He also displayed the packet and freebies given out at the SUP National Trek (Convention) last week in Cedar City, Utah. The Annual Brigham’s Ball will be held on 12 January 2019. Hoop skirts could be worn by the women and some would be made available through the National Office. There will be a hoop skirt workshop on 27 Oct 2018 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM for those who would like to attend it. Please contact the SUP National Office in Salt Lake City for more information. Also on 27 Oct 2018 will be held a training for local Eastern Idaho SUP Chapter Officers in Rexburg at the Burton East Ward Building, West 2000 South near to the new Motel 6.

Jerry Glenn invited everyone to attend the opening of the new wing to the Idaho State Museum in Boise. No remodeling has been done since 1950.

Lewis Clements presented the Historic moment which was entitled “Articles of No Faith.” It had thirteen articles of how to avoid doing Family History.

President Hart acknowledged birthdays and anniversaries of those present and that the Senior Center had a new web page, “” where information about meals, etc. could be found. He then introduced the speaker for the evening, Sahar Qumsiyeh, a professor at Brigham Young University Idaho.

Sister Qumsiyeh spoke about her life story which was contained in her new book entitled “Peace for a Palestinian” or One Woman’s Story of Faith Amidst War in the Holy Land.” It was an awesome talk and opened our eyes to some of the realities of what is going on between the Israelis and the Palestinians. She told of how she converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while a student at BYU Provo, an amazing and, in reality, a miraculous experience, and some of the trials she has had both before and after becoming a member. It was all very interesting and thought provoking. Her story tells us that peace through the Prince of Peace is possible for all of us.

The Door Prize, “The History of Madison County” was won by Doug Conway and the Closing Prayer was offered by Max W. Brown.

Following the beautiful prelude music by Sylvia Walker, SUP Chapter President Ken Hart welcomed 283 people to the Sons of Utah Pioneer annual 24th of July Pioneer Fireside. The theme of this year’s fireside was “Our Pioneer and Pioneering Farmers and Ranchers.”

The opening hymn was #36, “They the Builders of the Nations” with Carol Ladle as the Chorister and Sylvia Walker as the Organist. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dan Porter and the Opening Prayer was offered by Bill Eckersell.

Doug Ladle, President-Elect introduced the program for the evening, which consisted of:

A Musical Number “Shenandoah”, arranged by Patrick M. Leibergen, was sung by David Hinck, who was accompanied by his wife, Julie Hinck

First Speaker was Lowell Parkinson, who spoke on the topic of “Who Were the Pioneer Ranchers and Farmers of Madison County?”

Second Speaker was Merle Jeppesen, who spoke on the topic of “Pioneer Values for Successful Ranches, Farms, and Families.”

Stories of the frontier were scary, heart warming and sometimes funny; filled with love and hope. The strength of those settlers gave us the heritage that the valley has today. The hardships of those men and women were a testament of faith and dedication that strive to pass on to our posterity.

Closing Song was #255, “Carry On” and the Closing Prayer was offered by

F. Martell Grover, SUP Area Vice President.

Refreshments of cold chocolate milk and cookies were served in the Cultural Hall.

President Ken Hart welcomed 42 SUP members, spouses of SUP members and guests.
After the opening prayer by Janet Timothy, the pledge of allegiance was led by Lee Workman.

Christian Hinckley, a master of several instruments, played a beautiful piano number. Following the musical number there was a nice meal consisting of sloppy joes, green salad, potato chips with cake and ice cream provided by F. Martell and Carlene Grover and their committee.

Ken Hart recognized birthdays and anniversaries.

Louis Clements reviewed the history of the Porter Park in Rexburg which was established in 1883 and set apart as a park (town square). The east half of the block was planted in grass, trees, and flowers in the early 1930’s by then Mayor, Arthur Porter. It was known for many years as the City Park until it was later renamed Porter Park.
Ten days before 4 July 1952, Rexburg found itself without a carnival for the holiday festivities. An amusement park outside of Ogden was going out of business and advertised a carousel for sale. Rexburg Chamber of Commerce members and the community raised $5,000 to purchase the carousel. Two large trucks were driven to Ogden where men numbered the pieces as the carousel was taken apart. The carousel was in place for the Fourth of July celebration. The carousel was located in the southwest corner of Porter Park and is still there and serves the public well.
Because of he extensive damage caused when the Teton Dam broke it was necessary to refurbish the park and with community support this was accomplished.

President Hart introduced Ron Hammond, the speaker for the evening. He and his wife were on a Humanitarian mission in Jordan. He served with the LDS Charities and because of a need for them to continue they were there for three years.
He indicated that through the LDS Charities the Church provided wheel chairs for the people. It was important for each wheel chair to be designed specifically for the person that was going to use it. He stressed that the Church also provides wells for water and other things. Because of what the LDS Charities have done it is well known and respected throughout the Country of Jordan.

He told us that there were three branches of the Church in Jordan and two of them have native leaders. Ammon, Jordan, is a district by itself. He emphasized that those who are Muslims cannot attend meetings because of the danger to them if they do. He emphasized that by nature Muslims are a peaceful people, not terrorists. His talk was extremely interesting and enjoyed by all.

The door prize was won by Doug Ladle and the closing prayer was offered by Gordon Timothy.



President Ken Hart welcomed 49 SUP members, spouses of SUP members and guests.  After the opening prayer by Dwayne Seeley, the pledge of allegiance was led by Ron Gibb.

Natalie Bell, a sophomore at Madison High School, played a lovely Tenor Sax solo entitled Concerto in G Minor and accompanied on the piano by Barb  Simon                Following the musical number there was a nice meal consisting of Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Brownies prepared by F. Martell and Carlene Grover and their committee.

Ken Hart recognized Ten Birthdays and one Anniversary.

Bill Eckersell described three of the monuments for which our Chapter has responsibility. Those were two at the Rexburg Tabernacle and another at Porter Park.

Louis Clements reviewed the history of the John Cahoon Park in Rexburg. It was established in 1916 and located north of the Fair Grounds and featured programs and special activities . Somewhat earlier the Rexburg Tabernacle had been built and a lot of the programs and special activities were then moved to Cahoon Park. In 1938 a fire destroyed the Dance Pavilion and because of several other events which took place the park was closed.

F. Martell Grover, the SUP Area Vice President, explained that the National SUP annual fee schedule would be starting 1 Jan 2019 to an annual fee of $60 and life membership to $600.

President Hart announced that there would be a trek on Monday, 18 June to the Fort Henry Monument in Salem and the monument in St Anthony with a stop for lunch. Those going should meet at the Senior Center at 1:00 P.M.

Nathan Williams, the speaker for the evening, spoke on the “Council of 50.” Joseph Smith organized the Council on 22 Jun 1844 and after his martyrdom the minutes of their meetings were taken with the Saints to Utah and were in the custody of Brigham Young. In 1880, they were reinstated and in 1912 were transferred to the Church History Department. The council consisted of mostly prominent Mormon members and three well-respected non-members. They spent much of their time discussing the differences between the Church of God and the Kingdom of God and in forming a constitution for the organization which in structure was similar to that of the United States of America. Part of their discussion was to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior. They also discussed where they should go from Nauvoo, as conditions were such that it was apparent that they would have to go somewhere else. Probability was California, Texas and “the Pacific Coast” but revelation proved to be the Valley of Salt Lake.

Ken Hart won the door prize which was a copy of the History of Rexburg as correlated by Louis Clements.

The closing prayer was offered by Marie Seeley.








President Ken Hart welcomed 26 SUP members, 19 spouses of SUP members and 3 guests (Sylvia Walker (our prelude pianist), her driver and Meredith Jack.
After the opening prayer by Alma Timothy, the pledge of allegiance was led by Dee Risenmay.
Meredith Jack sang to us, “You Made Me Feel So Young.”
After the recognition of birthdays and anniversaries, there was a nice meal consisting of a potato bar, string beans, salad, pie and ice cream. (The desert was furnished by the Historical Society).
SUP members were told that their pictures and a paragraph about them were posted on our web page and that if they wished any change they should contact Ken Hart or Max Brown.

Louis Clements was our speaker, who spoke on “Lost Treasures of Southeast Idaho. The following is a summary provided by Louis Clements.
“The story of lost treasures in Idaho begins in 1861 with the discovery of gold in northern Idaho Gold in the West was discovered in 1846 and resulted in the gold rush to California in 1847. Over the next few years whenever there was a gold discovery there was a rush to that area. So, in 1861 there was a major rush of prospectors to northern Idaho. Following that there were gold rushes to Boise Basin, Challis, Salmon, and then to Bannock, Virginia city, and Butte, Montana.
“This created freighting routes from Ogden, Utah, to Blackfoot, Idaho and thence to Challis, to Salmon, and to Montana. This made the road, which later became Interstate 15, well-traveled with freight wagons going north and stage coaches with gold going south. This also led to a rash of robberies along this road and since gold dust or placer gold was so easy to steal it was made into 100 or 120 pound bars. In the 1850’s the price of gold was $15 per ounce. Today it is worth $1,362 per ounce. So one of those bars would be worth over one million dollars today..
“There were two lost mines, one in Kilgore, Idaho, and the other on Birch Creek (North Fork of the Teton River) near Felt and there were a number of rivers on which gold was found.
“Several stories of robberies were related telling how the outlaws had lost their loot and how it is still out there for someone to find. There is a treasure located on the east end of Mud Lake that is 600 #’s and worth approximately $10 million . The treasure at the Big Southern Butte is 240 #’s and worth $5 million. The most popular lost treasure is located in Kelley’s Canyon near Heise Hot Springs. It is supposed to be 278 #’s and would be worth about $6 million. NOTE: In the past Brother Clements has taken some of his students looking for some of it.
There are some 30 stories of lost treasures in the book written by Louis Clements that has the title, Lost Treasures of Eastern Idaho. Two copies of the book were given as the door prizes which was won by Todd Grant and Dwayne Seeley. The closing prayer was given by Paula Wilde.


President Kenneth Hart welcomed sixty-five members and guests to our monthly membership meeting held on 15 February 2018 at 6:30 P.M. in the Rexburg Senior Citizen Center. The guests were Garth and Kay Olson and Rick Stirzer.
Prelude and Postlude music was played by Sylvia Walker.
Opening Prayer was offered by Conard Jensen and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Dan Porter.

A musical number, “Our Savior’s Love,” as arranged by Cranford Gates was played by Charlotte Petersen on the Cello and Christina Greenwood on the piano. Both young women are students at BYU Idaho.
Doug Ladle acknowledged the passing of Sister Yvonne Cazier, whose husband, Gail, was a long time member who passed away nine months ago. Doug also recognized birthdays and anniversaries of the month.

President Hart thanked Louis Clements and the Historical Society who had provided ball point pens with an inscription with the website links of both our Chapter and the Historical Society. He then projected the chapter site on the wall and reviewed the contents with the members.
F. Martell Grover, Area Vice President, reviewed the contents of the Pioneer magazine as an encouragement to become an SUP member.
He also presented Dan Porter, as a new life member, with a certificate and pin from the National SUP Office which they provide for all those who become “Life Members.”
Louis Clements gave the “Historical Moment” in which he reviewed the history of the Rexburg Post Office. Some of the important points were:
1. Initially the mail came from and went to Egin, Idaho.
Later a man by the name of Bassett started mail on his own, selling
stamps out of his home. The first year he sold $24 in stamps. For 16 years mail was carried by horse to and from Market Lake.
2. The first Post Office was on Main Street between 1ST East and 2nd East on the south side by Alliance Title.
3. 1905 Rural delivery began with 200 letters a day.
4. 1906 the Post Office moved to South 1st East across from Key Bank.
5. 1909 there was a robbery of $40 made up of stamps and change.
6. In 1924 Air Mail started and in 1932 the postage was 3 cents regular mail and 8 cents for air mail (but Rexburg didn’t have Airmail available).
7. There were several changes in location in 1917, 1954, 1976 until 1977 when the Rexburg Post Office moved into its present location on Center Street between 1st and 2nd South.
8. Mail was delivered by the Railroad until 1941 when rail mail cars were discontinued and mail was then delivered by truck.

Brother F. Martell Grover mentioned how his father had purchased a safe from the Post Office on one of its moves and rolled it all the way to his jewelry store, using wood boards under the wheels because the sidewalk was so uneven.

We enjoyed a delicious meal which was provided by

It consisted of shepherd pie, bread, butter and jam, tossed salad and multiple kinds of cake.

President Hart introduced the speaker, Rob Eaton, and son, Jonathan, who spoke on “How to Inoculate Your Children and Grandchildren Against Apostasy.”

Keys to Keeping the Faith Continue feasting on the words of the Book of Mormon:
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.” (President Thomas S. Monson, April 2017)


                 Rob & Jonathan Eaton
Remember there were plates:
“All objections, whether they be on abortion, plural marriage, seventh-day worship, etc., basically hinge on whether Joseph Smith and his successors were and are prophets of God receiving divine revelation. . . . The only project the objector has to resolve for himself is whether the Book of Mormon is true. For if the Book of Mormon is true, then Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was his prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and it is being led today by a prophet receiving revelation.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, quoted in Preach My Gospel)
Patiently continue obeying the commandments while searching:
“When she sensed that she had said all that she could and that I still had questions, she would say something like this: ‘David, that is a good question. While you are searching and reading and praying for the answer, why don’t you do the things you know you should and not do the things you know you should not?’ This became the pattern for my search for truth.” (Elder David F. Evans, Oct. 2017)
Don’t let doubts obscure what you already know:
“In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. . . . [H]old fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes. . . . the size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2013)
Be patient about things we don’t understand:
“Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, ‘We should not assume … that just because something is unexplainable by us it is unexplainable.’” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 2016)
“Patiently keeping our covenants while we ‘do [what] is necessary’ to receive answers from the Lord is part of God’s pattern for learning truth. Especially when things are hard, we may be required to ‘submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.’ Patient covenant keeping increases our humility, deepens our desire to know truth, and allows the Holy Ghost to ‘guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved.’” (Elder David F. Evans, October 2017)
“Faith never demands an answer to every question but seeks the assurance and courage to move forward, sometimes acknowledging, ‘I don’t know everything, but I do know enough to continue on the path of discipleship.’” (Elder Neil L. Andersen, October 2015)
We can’t shift the burden to God:
“If we can put the burden of proof on God, we think we can excuse ourselves from taking God’s commandments seriously and from taking responsibility for our relationship with our Heavenly Father.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2015)
Beware of cynicism:
“Brethren, let me be clear: there is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2015)
“Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not!” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2014)
“My dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith. We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2013)
Questions can be natural and even fruitful:
“It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. Faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
“Questions are good if they are inspired questions, asked in faith, and asked of credible sources where the Spirit will direct and confirm the answer.” (Sister Sheri Dew, BYU-Idaho, 2016)
We’ve got to pay the price to get real answers:
“None of us are entitled to revelation without effort on our part. Answers from God don’t just magically appear. If we want to grow spiritually, the Lord expects us to ask questions and seek answers. . . . Spiritual wrestling leverages the strength of true doctrine to overpower our weaknesses, our wavering faith, and our lack of knowledge. Spiritual wrestlers are seekers. They are men and women of faith who want to understand more than they presently do and who are serious about increasing the light and knowledge in their lives.” (Sister Sheri Dew, BYU-Idaho, 2016)
Avoid doctrinal pornography:
“I encouraged them, as I encourage you now, to recall, especially in times of crisis, when you felt the Spirit and your testimony was strong; remember the spiritual foundations you have built. I promise that if you will do this, avoiding things that do not build and strengthen your testimony or that mock your beliefs, those precious times when your testimony prospered will return again to your memory through humble prayer and fasting. I assure you that you will once again feel the safety and warmth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Elder Ronald A. Rasband)
Seek help and answers from God:
“When doubt or difficulty come, do not be afraid to ask for help. If we want it as humbly and honestly as this father did, we can get it. The scriptures phrase such earnest desire as being of ‘real intent,’ pursued ‘with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God.’ I testify that in response to that kind of importuning, God will send help from both sides of the veil to strengthen our belief.” (Elder Jeffrey R.

Dee Risenmay directed the door prize event and Sister Judy Bunnell received it.
Closing Prayer was offered by Bill Eckersell

Prelude music was played by Sylvia Walker at the piano on Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Citizen Center when we held our monthly membership meeting.

President Ken Hart welcomed fifty-nine members and guests and introduced his wife, Francine. and guests. Opening prayer was offered by Steve Parkinson and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Gordon Timothy.

Musical numbers “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” and “I Often Go Walking” played by Joe Van Durren (cello), Crystal Van Duren (flute) and Alex Watson (Piano) added much to the evening.

We then enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Martell & Carlene Grover and the Food Committee. It consisted of Chicken pot pie, bread and butter, tossed salad and lots of cookies. During the meal Doug Ladle recognized those with birthdays and anniversaries.

Louis Clements gave a short historical minute. During which he told about the Evans Ice Company. It started in 1940 and by 1941 they were taking 500 tons of ice a year from the Teton River where the ice was up to two feet thick. They had a seven man crew who cut blocks of ice, some weighing 575 pounds each. It required them to remove three blocks before they could use a chute and horses to pull the rest from the river and put them on wagons. The crew took the ice to town where they stored it in the two buildings, used for that purpose, and covered it with saw dust, which kept the ice from melting and allowed them to have ice for the whole summer. At that time people had ice boxes which required ice. The Ice Company people would make daily deliveries to those who needed it. When the time came that refrigerators became common and the need for ice had diminished, the company opened up a successful ice cream business on the corner of Second East and Ricks Avenue.

F. Martell Grover reviewed what had been accomplished during the past year while he was President of the Chapter. Some of those mentioned were: (1) The seven monuments and memorials were updated and maintained under the supervision of the Chapter. (2) The assigned Committee Chairmen all accomplished their responsibilities in an excellent manner. (3) Birthdays and Anniversaries were recognized. (4) Doug Ladle planned and directed an excellent program for the 24th of July Fireside, which recognized local Educators. (5) Alton Wilde, Food Chairman, and his Food Committee had well prepared and delicious meals. (6) In April the National President, Keith Van Roosedaal, attended our Chapter membership meeting and commended the Chapter on how well it was doing. (7) Lynn Smith, one of the stalwarts of the Chapter, moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for health reasons. (8) Door prizes were started and the first door prize was a box of Florence Manwaring’s chocolates. (9) In October Louis Clements began presenting a short Historical Moment during the meal time at each monthly membership meeting. (10) In November the Veteran’s were honored by having the BYU-I ROTC cadets present a membership meeting program on the history of the American Flag. (11) Planned and carried out treks to the Potato museum in Pocatello and the Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello . (12) There were five new members added to the Chapter membership during the year. (13) A Chapter Web Site with the address of was begun.
Area Vice President Grover then presented gifts of a 5”x7”pencil drawing of the “Old West” to Doug Ladle, Ron Gibb, Alton Wilde and Max W. Brown for their help to him during 2017.

President Hart outlined some of the things he anticipated doing during the coming year as the new President of the Chapter for 2018. For example; continued good food, a directory on the web site if wanted by the membership, local treks, and a quality 24th of July Fireside. He then reviewed the Chapter committee chairmen and the members of each committee.
Area Vice President Lynn Bradshaw conducted the oath of office ceremony for the new Chapter officers who will serve during the year 2018.

In the picture from left to right and sworn in are Kenneth Hart, President, F. Martell Grover, Past President, Lynn Bradshaw, Area Vice President from 2015-2017, Douglas Ladle, President Elect, Ron Gibb, Treasurer and Max W. Brown, Secretary. Lynn Bradshaw also announced F. Martell Grover to be the new Area Vice President for 2018.

This was the last official function of Brother Bradshaw, who was accompanied by his wife, Linda, as he will be replaced by
F. Martell Grover for 2018. He has been with us for the last three years and we have grown to love and appreciate him for his support and all he has done for our Chapter.


President Hart introduced the speakers for the evening;
J.D. Hancock and his wife, Ann, who spoke on “The Past, Present and future status of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia.” They just returned as Member Leadership Support Volunteers in Russia.

Ann Hancock spoke first and reviewed the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. It began when the Roman Emperor, Constantine, in conjunction with the Nicaea Council, which was made up of Catholic Bishops, formed a creed for the Christian Church which was then made the State Church. This was done in approximately 325 A.D. In about 1,000 A.D. there was a division of the State Church to form several. Two were the Catholic Church in Rome called the Western Church and Greek Orthodox Church called the Eastern Church. From the latter the Russian Orthodox Church was formed in Kiev, Ukraine, which was made the State Church in Russia and still exists today.

In 1903 a Dedicatory Prayer was offered by Orson Hyde in Moscow, Russia. In 1930, Melvin Ballard said that there were thousands of the House of Israel in Russia and Elder Benson preached in a Baptist Church in Russia. In 1981, the Book of Mormon was published in Russian. In October 1993, President Benson sent Elder Nelsen and Elder Meacom to St Petersburg to dedicate the land of Russia for missionary work. They planned to do this in a park but when they arrived at the entrance the guards wouldn’t let them in. As they were about to leave one of the guards stopped them and said, “You touched me!” When Elder Nelsen said he was sorry the guard said, “When you touched me I felt something special!” Then he led them to a secret entrance and they were able to go to the spot where the dedicatory prayer was to be offered. After the prayer they looked at a statue that was nearby which had two women displayed. The names of the two women were Camilla and Flora. What a coincidence that the name of President Kimball’s wife was Camilla and Elder Benson’s wife was Flora – hmmm!
In 1991 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in Moscow and the Russian Leaders were so impressed that on the 28th of May 1991 they gave the Church official recognition in Russia. A major problem in doing missionary work in Russia was the fact that the Russian people were under Communist rule from 1917 until 1991, when the USSR was dissolved. During that time religion was very much minimized and God was not part of the culture, which made it difficult to talk to the people about God because they knew very little about Him.
From 1989 until 2013 the Church went from 20 members to 21,888 members and only added 1,292 members from 2013 until 2017. The primary reason for that slowing down of conversions was that the government changed the rules and said that no proselyting could be done outside of the Church’s buildings but they could have bibles and the Book of Mormon in their possession. The KGB is still very active and people, as a result, are very reluctant to be involved with the Church for fear of the complications.

J. D. Hancock Talked about the growth of the Church in Russia and the Ukraine. He indicated that his and his wife’s purpose for being in Russia was to build up the non-Mormon poor and needy. On 5 June 2011 the first stake was formed … Moscow Russia Stake … then in 2012 the St Petersburg Russia Stake and 2015 a third Stake was organized. He explained that over half of the members of the Church in Moscow come from other parts of the country. The reason is because of the better economic and living conditions there.

He said that the Ukraine was doing so much better than Russia; mainly because of the restrictions put on the Church in Russia by Putin and the Ukraine doesn’t have them. Putin wants all 15 of the nations back that were part of the original USSR before the breakup in 1991. He said that the native missionaries are as limited as the American. Also, currently about 80% of the missionary force is American and 50% of that is Sister missionaries, who do much better than the Elders.

He indicated that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was in Russia after the October 2017 General Conference and that he told the members they were going to have to be responsible to spread the Gospel because at sometime there will be no foreign missionaries in Russia. Brother Hancock said that the Native Russian missionaries go to the Missionary Training Center in Madrid, Spain. He said that foreign missionaries must leave the country every three months to renew their visas which costs about $400 per visa to do so. Since then, Elder Todd Christopherson has said that the Lord’s spirit is over the Russian area and things will happen that you would never expect. He asked us to remember about the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany.

Following their presentations a “Certificate of Appreciation” was presented to Brother and Sister Hancock by President Hart.

President Hart conducted the drawing for the door prize, Volume one of “Voices of the Past” compiled by Louis Clements, won by Dan Porter.

The Closing Prayer was offered by Janet Timothy

NOTE: Our next Chapter Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, 15 February 2018 at 6:30 P.M. at the Rexburg Senior Citizen Center. Our guest speaker for that evening will be Rob Eaton, Associate Vice President of Academics, at BYU-I, who will discuss the topic “Helping Innoculate Loved Ones Against Apostasy”.


Max W. Brown, Secretary

The prelude music was a series of Christmas songs played by Sylvia Walker at the piano. On Thursday, 21 Dec 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing who gave a welcome to Sixty-six members and guests.  His thought for the day was “Knowing what must be done does away with fear” Rosa Parks. Opening prayer was offered by Allen Morton.

President Grover recognized the guests: Branden Dixon, Todd and Rosezella Grant, and Noland Gnighting.


We then enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Alton and Paula Wilde and their food committee. It consisted of chilli, corn bread, honey butter, crackers & ice cream with apple topping.

During the meal Ron Gibb explained that annual dues are $15.00 for the chapter (which is given to him) and $50.00 for the National (which is sent to the National office or can be given to him to send to them).


It was announced that because the Area Vice President, Lynn Bradshaw was unable to attend our meeting this evening the Induction of the new Chapter Officers for 2018 would take place at our Membership meeting to be held on 18 January 2018. They will be Ken Hart, President, Doug Ladle, President Elect, F. Martell Grover, Past President, Max W. Brown, Secretary, and Ron Gibb, Treasurer. It was also announced that the official newsletter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers is the “Trail Marker”. This can be found on line at “sup1847@org”. Members who have shared their e-mail address will get notice when the on line “Trail Marker” is available.

It was noted that there were no birthdays or anniversaries since our November meeting until this time.

Bill Eckersell described the different monuments for which our Chapter has responsibility. There are seven: 1. Marker honoring the early settlers in Rexburg, located on the west corner of the north steps of the Rexburg Tabernacle.
2. Marker for the Rexburg Public Square, located on the south side of Porter Park. It was where all public civic activities were held from 1883 until 1912 when the Rexburg Tabernacle was constructed.
3. The Rexburg Tabernacle Civil Centennial monument which was dedicated 24 July 2013, located on the northeast corner of the Rexburg Tabernacle lot. On each of its four sides it recognizes a different event. a. original centennial, b. honoring the 150 year centennial of the forming of the Idaho Territory (1863-2013) c. Honoring the 100th anniversary of the forming of Madison County d. Honoring the 100 years since the settlement of Rexburg 1883-1983.
4. Ft Lemhi monument located about four miles south of  Salmon City, Idaho and two miles from the monument honoring Sacajawea.
5. Ft Henry in St Anthony, Idaho dedicated 5 Sep 2011.
6. Recognition of Rexburg Pioneers of 1883-1884, located on the south side east steps of the Rexburg Tabernacle, dedicated 28 Sept 1935 by Rexburg Stake and Utah Pioneers Trail group.
7. Recognition of the Pioneers who built the North Fork Ferry, located at Beaver Dick Park, Rexburg, Idaho, Dedicated 21 Aug 1937.

The historical moment, given by Lewis Clements, was a short history of the Union Pacific Rail Road Depot located in Rexburg, Idaho on the corner of Main Street and 2nd West by the railroad tracks. In 1899 a Freight depot was built by the Steiner’s Elevator, which burned down in 1909 and rebuilt in 1910. At that time 1910 the Passenger Depot was built. The Estimate to build it was $1,500, but because of its design and materials used, it actually cost about $20,000. It provided passenger service until 1971 and in 1985 it was torn down. It was noted that the Yellowstone Special that took passengers to West Yellowstone didn’t stop in Rexburg.

Following his presentation of the Historical Moment, President Grover presented to Brother Clements, who was accompanied by his wife, Diane, the “National Modern Pioneer Award” plaque provided by the National SUP Organization. This was honoring him for his years of involvement in identifying and recognizing the Pioneers in and around Madison County.

It all started during his first year of teaching in Rexburg. He had been asked to serve on the Historical Society Board and, as such, was involved in gathering material for a Rexburg Museum, which exists still today. He published the “Snake River Echoes” for 37 years, a pamphlet that honored the pioneers of the area. Louis did many other things connected to his responsibility as Board Member and President of the Historical Society.

President Grover than introduced the speaker for the evening, John Thomas, who spoke to us on the subject of Religious Freedom. John C. Thomas was born in Virginia and raised there, as well as lived in Hawaii, England, and Utah. He served a mission in Alaska and graduated from BYU and Indiana University. He has taught at Ricks College/BYU Idaho since 1998. He and his wife Maria are the parents of three grown children. His wife and Brook, one of the children, are with him here tonight.

He began his presentation by quoting from a book “John Nicholson’s Gathering: The Means of Escape”. “Born in Scotland (in 1839) and converted in England (in 1861), Nicholson longed to see his family “in the Gathering Place of God’s people.” He emigrated in 1866 on the American Congress and arrived in New York on the 4th of July. The fireworks he watched from the ship that night foreshadowed the drama that awaited him in the gathering place. In 1880 he portrayed Mormon country as a place of “safety … from the abominations and calamites of the last days,” but his life in Zion included its full share of commotion. Yet, despite the religious and political conflict that encroached upon his refuge, Nicholson steadfastly lived by the precepts of his well-known hymn, “Come, Follow Me.”

Followed by a quote from Brian Grim and Roger Finke (2011-52) “Since the passage of the first Amendment the religious outsiders of each era have tested its boundaries … “ Brother Thomas asked the question, “Who are the Religious Outsiders?”

He pointed out that in Idaho in the 1800’s the territory passed a law that if a person living within its boundaries had a polygamous marriage he could not vote. (Note: Women were not allowed to vote at that time either.) At the time Rexburg was the largest community in the territory. This law was not repealed for 106 years

In the State of Utah the matter of polygamy was taken to the United States Supreme Court and in 1884 they ruled that the Utah Constitution was valid. In 1894 the manifesto was issued by the State.

Currently the restrictions of religion around the world are monitored and it has been found that ¾ of the world population lived in areas where there is substantial restrictions on religion. He displayed a chart showing the Social hostilities involving religion from around the world and the United States was rated as high. He explained what that meant and emphasized that there are many variables.

Brother Thomas quoted a Baptist minister who said “If we don’t agree in religious liberty then we are not for Liberty of Religion.” He emphasized that Government can observe behavior of religious organizations, but should not decide who is good or bad.

He asked that the audience name the First Amendment freedoms of the United States and they named all five, which are: 1. Religion 2. Press 3. Assembly 4. Petition 5. Speech. He emphasized that in the United States the people take the above for granted and that the First Amendment is only as valuable as the commitment and understanding those freedoms have as they exist in the life of each person. He also emphasized that Religious freedom for all is the only way to have true religious freedom. He closed with that comment.

President Grover told us five stories about Faith, Trust, Hope, Confidence, Love and Attitude.

Once all villages decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. THAT’S FAITH.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. THAT’S TRUST.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. THAT’S HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. THAT’S CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. THAT’S LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” THAT’S ATTITUDE.

Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories. When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation.
The finale was the drawing for the door prize, a copy of the book, Rexburg, “Where Do We Go From Here”, compiled by Louis Clements. The winner of the door prize was Terry Potter.
The Closing Song was “Silent Night” led by Carol Ladle with Sylvia Walker at the piano.
And the Closing Prayer was by Jerry Glenn
The postlude music was by Sylvia Walker
We were reminded that next month’s meeting would be on 18 January 2018 with speaker,
J. D. Hancock, who will speak on the History of the LDS Church in Russia.

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