Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
- Margaret H. West (1847-1848)
- Chauncey Walker West, Jr. (1849-1894)
- Joseph Alva West (1851-1926)
- John Abraham West (1856-1925)
- Josephine West (1862-1862)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- Deseret News, 29 August 1855, letter #1
- Deseret News, 5 September 1855, letter #2
- Deseret News, 26 September 1855, letter #3
- Deseret News, 24 October 1855, letter #4
- Deseret News, 14 November 1855, letter #5
"...Defeat is not the end for truly good men and women.
"Today I will share with you in brief form the story of 17 men who served the Church in a cause they considered a failure. The cause was the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to India, Burma, and Siam (Thailand) between 1851 and 1856. I first became aware of this great chapter in Church history when I wrote about it in my master's thesis. Recently, with many more sources and resources, I have rewritten the story of the mission: Nothing More Heroic: The Compelling Story of the First LDS Missionaries in India (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1999).""The elders who served were obedient. They trusted in the Lord and in their leaders. Among these elders several announced publicly upon their arrival in Utah that they were ready to accept any future assignments from their priesthood leaders. Elder Chauncey Walker West wrote:
"I feel grateful to my Father in Heaven that my life has been spared to mingle again with the saints in these peaceful valleys, and I now report myself on hand for duty whenever the servants of God call, for the Priesthood is my law. ["The India Mission: Letter No. 5," Deseret News 5, no. 36 (14 November 1855): 286]"
Britsch closed his talk by saying, "That we may learn to distinguish between what appears to be success and what is success in eternal terms is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."