Will got ordained to be a teacher. And so much more.
It was so special. Their dad’s grandma was baptized in SLC as a child. And her ancestors crossed the plains with Brigham Young. And she had a big glass paned shelf thing from his collection still in her home. She didn’t stay active because there was no church in Pioche. She had a Southern Paiute nanny. She would use a papoose to carry her own baby. And his grandmother had many baskets and things from her. When she got older and was married, she was afraid of Indians coming in her rural home, so she walked the 5 miles? up the mountain to the mining grounds where her husband worked.
She was Episcopalian. She talked about a thriving Chinatown. She told me how this Chinese man gave her and a friend candy each day and either they sang to him or he sang to them. The Bookmine, the original mining office, was where I lived for awhile. The vault was my closet. We just had a bed. A sink. And it sat on top of the old Chinatown. People still find opium bottles.
But when we were sealed in the Logan temple, his cousin, John Christian, told us that she or her mother was promised that the Priesthood would return to her family. Now Robert’s middle name is Christian. His grandmother is a Christian by marriage.
So when he excommunicated himself I didn’t understand. How did the Priesthood return? But as I watch my son pass the sacrament and go do his ministering, and be ordained, I see that promise coming to fruition. And I know that I was sent these children to fulfill their purpose here. And I have such a huge responsibility to teach them. And guide them. I’m so grateful that I have such a village that I do.
So I guess in a way I do have a pioneer heritage. It is just connected through my children.