Sunday, November 9, 2014


Hi everyone,

We are going into the holiday season.  There were two pumpkins as Halloween decorations in the library--after cooking them up, Mary made a big bowl of pureed pumpkin for pies and bread.  Max and Mary will celebrate Thanksgiving here by eating a turkey dinner in the recreation room of the apartments. Everybody who will be staying here then, signs up to bring a part of the feast.  Christmas will be an exciting time when our children and grand-children will come for a week after Christmas. They are planning to go to Disneyland as well as enjoy the ocean.  We will also hike to the Hollywood sign and take in a few of the sights.  Wait until they see the temple grounds all lit up with red and green lights on the palm trees. And the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

Pizza Party Practice
We have now been reassigned to a branch near Watts instead of the Westwood 1st Ward.  The Southwest Los Angeles Branch is a struggling branch consisting mainly of Blacks, Hispanics and Polynesian families.  The Senior missionaries serve mainly by teaching and providing music.  The first Sunday we were there, Max was asked to substitute in teaching Priesthood and Mary to play the piano in either Primary or Relief Society.  Then Nancy Dial, another Senior missionary, was going to be out of town, so Mary helped practice for the Primary program and then played 11 songs for 10 children to sing at the actual Sunday program.

The children did an amazing job; it was wonderful. Branch President Allen asked Max and Mary to teach the Temple preparation class during Sunday School to 3 people:  Chris, a young missionary going to Texas, Susie, a new convert of 1 year, and Laisa, a reactivated sister.

We missed going to the Southwest Branch last week because we flew home for Laura's son, Alex's baptism. We stayed with Emily in our home in Cottonwood Heights. We went to the neighborhood truck-or-treat in our meetinghouse parking lot on Friday. The baptism was Saturday morning in Lehi, with a brunch afterwords at the Daniels' home. Many of Alex's aunts, uncles, cousins, and all grandparents, including a great-grandmother, were there. We had dinner Saturday night at the Olive Garden with Mary's sisters: Sarah and Susan and Susan's husband, Robert. We went to Church in our ward Sunday morning, then went to Max's sister's house for dinner with three of his sisters and their husbands. Then we flew home again on Monday.
Mary with Alex before baptism
Laura and Jared's family at the baptism

Emily at Laura's house

Tuesday at 8:00 AM Max was at the library to teach the first two classes of our monthly three-day intensive course. Mary taught another class, Church Records, on the afternoon of the last day.

Yesterday was the Howcroft's last day of their six-month mission. They are on their way back to their home in Idaho Falls. This is a photo taken last week of our full-time missionaries.
Back: Elder Tripp, Richard McBride (director), Lani Bucchelli (computer guru),
Elder Howcroft, Elder Evans, Elder Dial, Elder McKinstry
Front: Sister Young, Sister Tripp, Sister Howcroft, Sister Evans, Sister Dial, Sister McKinstry

Folk art
The Watts Towers
Today after Church, we drove to see the Watts Tower, a folk-art masterpiece completed in 1954 representing the life's work of Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant.  There are 3 tall cone-shaped spires adorned with colored pieces of tile, glass, pottery, and shells.  Kind-of unusual, but worth seeing.

Stick horse

Another day we walked (over 5 miles round-trip) to the outdoor Sculpture garden in UCLA; Mary's favorite one was entitled "Noble Burdens" by artist Emile-Antoine Bourdelle of a pregnant woman holding an infant in front of her and carrying a basket of fruit on her head.  Max liked the horse made out of sticks.

Often we help patrons find names to take to the temple. One day Mary helped a lady who said all her work had been done by an aunt who wrote a book about her ancestors. She had heard that she could look for cousins to find names.  Mary helped her look at her descendancy view and clicked on the sister of an ancestor.  Through searching a little, they discovered a child that had died at a young age whose father, she thinks, was divorced from the mother.  She realized that there would be no descendants and that she was, in effect, the closest living relative.  Mary printed off the card; the lady said that she and her husband were going to a sealing session that same day at 5 PM.  So she could have that child sealed to her parents. She said it was a miracle!  She didn't really think there were any names available at all.

One day we helped a couple who came to the library with the visitor center young sister missionaries. They are both new converts. Max helped the husband. He has had a very hard life, but finding the gospel gives him a new perspective. Max helped him with his family history by starting a tree with the little information this brother could remember about his parents and grandparents. After searching historical records we began to fill in the blanks and extend his tree. We got his father's mother's maiden name from a death index record and found that the family was living with her uncle when the father was an infant. He promised to come back and look for more family. I think he will want to take names to the temple for baptisms. then when he receives his own endowments, will want to do the rest of the work, including sealings. Elder Anderson wrote recently of the oneness of the Lord's work. Missionary, family history, and temple work are all part of one unified plan. They support and build together and build faith in the members.

Love, Elder and Sister Evans

Monday, October 13, 2014


Balloon man at farmers' market
Mary celebrated her birthday on Saturday, September 20. by going with Max to Cerritos, a nice community southwest of Los Angeles. The Cerritos Stake held a family history fair at one of the meetinghouses. Max was the keynote speaker at 10:00AM. They had breakout sessions at 11:00 and 12:00. Each breakout slot had a getting started class and a class on the family tree. They both also had two recorded sessions from the 2013 RootsTech conference. We noticed a farmers' market across the street from the church. We spent the 11:00 hour there and stocked up on nice, fresh fruits and vegetables. We attended the last session, a video on

Max sent Mary a bouquet of roses for her birthday. The ones in charge of the Cerritos fair also surprised her with a bouquet in a nice vase.

Max spoke about the importance of sources in family history. They are important to get the facts right, but just as importance to help us understand the lives of our ancestors. He used the life stories of William Clark and Jane Stevenson as his examples. William and his parents joined the Mormon church in England in the late 1840's. Their Worcestershire neighbors, the Bryants, also became Mormons just months before William and Emily Knowles Bryant were married on her 19th birthday, September 20th, 1848 . The two families sailed on the Henry Ware from Liverpool to New Orleans. The party consisted of William, his father, mother, a 16-year old sister; and his new bride and her parents.

They landed on American soil, April 9, 1849, and began the next stage of their journey: up the Mississippi to St. Louis and from there on to the Mormon encampments in Pottawattamie County,  western Iowa. William's parents and sister went on to Iowa, but we find William and Emily in the 1850 census, September 2, living next to Emily’s parents. Their baby girl, Mary Ann Esther Clark, would be born the next day. Sadly, less than three weeks later, both Emily and her newborn die, September 20, Emily’s 23rd birthday and the second anniversary of her wedding. 

John Wheeler Clark, William's father, returns to Missouri on a mission of mercy, only to be taken as well by whatever relentless sickness had afflicted the family. 

William, his mother and sister are soon found in the records of the Council Point, Iowa, emigration company, listed near a Jane Ross, and her three children.

Jane Stevenson had married Steven Weeks Ross in Sussex County, New Jersey, 1839. He was 27 years old and she was just 18. She joined the LDS Church January 1840. They became the parents of five children, two sons and a daughter born in 1840, 1841, and 1843; and two more sons, both who had been born and died between 1846 and 1850. Stephen also died, in December 1849, just weeks before the birth of his last child.  By July 1850, Jane was a 30-year old widow with three young children living with her mother-in-law in New Jersey. She would leave to join the saints in May 1851. The family arrived in Iowa, in July. The entry for Jane Ross  in the camp journal would include this note, "United to Wm. Clark.”

Preparing, using iPad, laptop, and desktop
Jane and William were to be married January 1852, in Council Point. They joined the John Tidwell emigration company, departing the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa, June 1852. They would arrive in Salt Lake City, three months later. The rest of the Clark and Bryant families also made the overland trek to Utah. 

William and Jane Clark made their home in Lehi, Utah. Together they had seven children and adopted one more. Each child survived to adulthood and married. Most lived long lives and had children of their own. One of them, Martha Geneva Clark, married William Samuel Evans and became the parents of Max's grandfather Hyrum Clark Evans.

Their story, discovered by studying the sources, touches our hearts.

We drove to Manhattan Beach and walked in the sand one lovely Friday morning.

Surfers near the pier

On another p-day we went to Virginia Robinson gardens in Beverly Hills. Mrs. Robinson died at age 99, leaving behind no children. She and her husband built the first mansion in Beverly Hills. She collected, planted, and maintained this six-acre site. It is now a county park, bequeathed by Mrs. Robinson in her will.
Us at the rose garden
Virginia Robinson's swimming pool and pool house

Last week, for General Conference, we drove to Indio, near Palm Springs. We stayed at the WorldMark resort where we watched conference Saturday and Sunday morning. We got it by wifi on the iPad, connected to the flat screen TV in the room. We listened to the Sunday afternoon session as we drove back to Los Angeles.
Indio, California

Sunday this week we helped staff a booth at the Brentwood community arts fair. We talked to visitors about family history. A lot of Jewish people stopped by to learn about the resources available at the LA Family History Library. Sister Hemming, from Public Affairs was with us. She introduced people to, a Church sponsored website to encourage volunteerism.
At the booth
We are enjoying our mission.  It is very fulfilling.  Love, Elder and Sister Evans

Sunday, September 14, 2014


This has been an eventful month for us. Max started serving as an unscheduled veil worked in the Los Angeles Temple. This means that he serves whenever he attends a session as a patron, which is, for us, once or twice each week. The temple is now closed for the regular two-week cleaning and maintenance work.

Since we've been to each of the temples in California except the Fresno Temple, we decided we would take our Friday P-day as a little road trip while the LA temple is closed. We welcomed a new couple to the Family History Library two weeks ago. They are the Tripps from Cottonwood Heights. Since they have Friday off too, we invited them to go with us. They agreed. We packed a lunch and left here Friday just before 7:00 AM. We arrived at the Fresno Temple about 10:30, had lunch on the temple grounds, then went on the 11:30 session. The session was almost full, only about nine, out of 38 seats, were empty. Then we headed back to Los Angeles. We traveled against the traffic both ways so we made good time.
Fresno Temple
Barry and Margie Tripp with Mary and Max

It was nice to visit with the Barry and Margie Tripp. They are nice people. She is a retired school teacher who taught with Sharon Garff. He retired from Utah State government where he was the manager for state trust and sovereign lands. They are both very well-versed in the FamilySearch Tree website, but would like to know more about how to do research.

We had our temple recommend interviews with our President Weidman. He asked us if we would like to serve our final few months  on Sundays in a struggling branch. We haven't been able to do that until now because we have had to open the library two or three Sundays each month for various groups, including the British Genealogical Society of Southern California. But we now have another new missionary couple. The McKinstrys have been here for about six weeks. They will take over for us on Sundays when we go home. They had already started to alternate with us. Sis. McKinstry recently retired from the Family History Library as a British floor consultant. She and Mary know each other from Mary's work in the Library as an intern and a Church Service Missionary.

We will be sorry to leave our friends in the Westwood First Ward.  Max serves as a regular teacher and as a frequent substitute in the High Priest group and Mary teaches Primary. This is a ward filled with talent and experience. It is a large ward geographically, encompassing everything from Santa Monica Boulevard to Mulholland Drive at the top of the mountains and from West Hollywood to the I-405 freeway. That means it includes some of the LA's most exclusive cities and neighborhoods: Beverly Hills, Westwood, Bel Aire, and Brentwood.

We think we might be needed more in a struggling branch. The small, storefront meetinghouse for the Los Angeles Southwest Branch is couple of miles from the infamous Watts neighborhood. The members are mostly people of color. The branch president is a faithful and dynamic Black man with a young family. Many of the senior missionaries serve there on Sunday's, or in one of the other struggling wards. They all love it. We are looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to serve in ways we haven't done recently.

Sister McKinstry is a Downton Abbey fan. She brought CDs of all of the series, so we have a Friday night social. We bring snacks and watch two episodes together each time in the multipurpose room.

We feel like we live in a construction zone. There are two schools on this large block that includes Temple Hill. One is a Catholic K-8 school that built a new building on their very small property (the teachers use the Westwood meetinghouse's parking lot and the children have gym class on the LA Stake playing field). The new building has a gym,  library, music room, and classrooms. We watched it go up from our old apartment. Emerson Middle School is also undergoing renovations. They are building a new gymnasium on what was a teacher parking lot. We can see that construction from our new apartment. Just off temple hill was a vacant lot that is being developed as another apartment building. We can see and hear that from the other side of our flat. But most of all, the 40 year-old Patron Apartments where we live are undergoing renovations. Just as we arrived last year one wing, 26 of 100 apartments, was closed. They are almost finished with the second phase. Ours was scheduled for the fourth and final phase, but it turns out that it may be the third. If so, we will have to move again. It would be nice to get a one-bedroom apartment in one of the remodeled wings, but we are not counting on it. Whatever they decide will be fine.

Teaching classes in the library has kept us hopping. Max and Mary each taught two classes of our monthly three-day intensive course last week. Max also teaches one or two classes each of the other weeks. He will be the keynote speaker at a family history fair in Cerritos, southeast of LA, next week. He has spend a lot of time on that.

Sign on the wall of the Library foyer
Mary and Margie helping a patron. Elder McKinstry with back to camera
Max (behind computer) and Mary, each helping patrons. Jewish collection on back wall
Max at the Help Desk
We love the young missionaries. Since the mission office is just down the hall from the library, we see a lot of them, especially on Mondays, P-day, when they use our computers for their email. Max also gets to know them on his weekly mail drops to three districts in two zones.

There was a very special fireside at the Visitors' Center this evening. The young missionaries put on a musical performance called "The Restoration." Using narration with LDS hymns and songs, they taught about God's plan for us; the need for prophets; the life, ministry, and mission of the Savior; the apostasy; and the restoration, including the first vision and the Book of Mormon. It was very effective. The missionaries were all very mature and polished. The singing was extraordinary. Such talent these young people have! There were twelve young sisters and nine elders who performed solos, duets, trio, and in other combinations. They were accompanied very well by a young sister and a young elder, in addition to a local member who is a professional musician. We were blessed to get seats on the third row of a very crowded room for the first of the two performance held this evening.

The Gospel is true. We add our testimonies of the Restoration to that of the missionaries who spoke and sang for us tonight. God loves us; Jesus died for our sins; the Church He established has been restored; the Book of Mormon is the word of God; redeeming the dead through family history and temple work is sacred work; and the Atonement of Jesus Christ works in our lives. These things we know.

Sister Mary and Elder Max Evans
(Grandma and Grandpa)

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Well here we are beginning September tomorrow.  We are loving the great weather.  There are now 5 full-time missionary couples, 6 Church-Service local missionaries who work 2 days a week and a number of volunteers.  So the library is, at last, fully-staffed.  Max and Mary are the Senior missionaries, meaning we have been here the longest of anyone.  So we are often asked to give our advice and opinion, and are the ones to take over if the director can't be there.  Max teaches classes on the Family Tree; he is working on his presentation as a keynote speaker on September 20th at a genealogy conference in Cerritos, California.  Mary does the scheduling and calendars groups that come in to the library.
The Christus at the Visitors' Center
Just to give you an idea of the people we help with their family history.  There were 2 groups recently of young men and women from various wards (One was in the Pacific Palisades Ward where the Garff's son is the Young Men's President).  They needed an overview of what can be done on the Family Tree.  Their leaders were well-prepared by getting all the young people log-in names and passwords.  Then the library staff members sat with them one-on-one at the computers to help them find a name to take to the temple for baptismal work.  Both times we were able to find some work for those we helped, even though much of the work had already been done, since some of the youth come from families who have been in the church for generations.

A brother and sister, about 45 years of age, came in wanting to find out about their ancestors.  They were not members, so Mary decided not to take them to the Family Tree.  They had brought some information and were able to find their family members on the Census, border crossings from Mexico and other documents.  They made copies.  We give first-time visitors a pedigree chart to fill out.  She was thrilled and said,  " I guess you see a lot of people find their families.  It's exciting for us."  (Incidentally, we do help non-members get on the Tree if they would like to; the temple work available does not show)

Many people come in to get temple cards.  Often the same ones over and over.  Some of the temple workers, who serve one week each month, come in to do research on their families on their down time.  Then when we go to the temple, we see many of those same people as workers.  This place is like a small town; we know and recognize many people as we walk the grounds, go to the Visitor's Center and attend the neighboring ward.  We have heard all the Temple Presidency speak at Family Home Evenings, Why I Believe firesides and at church.  President Huff, President Larkin and President Martz will be serving only until October; then their 3-year term will be up.  Our mission president, President Weidman came here a month before we did, so he and his wife will be here awhile.  Their son just came home from a mission to Chile and he and his parents gave a missionary report in our Ward.  They are from Texas.

We serve in the Westwood First Ward. Max is a home teacher and leads the Teachings for our Times lesson in the High Priests's group. Mary teaches primary to the Valiant 9-year-olds about twice each month.  

There was a Zone Conference one Saturday in Torrance for the missionaries from four zones. We attended and participated in the break-out sessions with the young missionaries. We played the parts of investigators as they practiced teaching simply. The local ward provided the lunch; then we returned to the Library for the rest of the day.

A Wind Skater at Santa Monica Beach
One P-Day this last month we went walking on the beach at Santa Monica and watched the sunset.  Another day we went to Newport Beach and then to Laguna Beach to meet up with Mary's childhood friend, Ann (Anneke)
Sister Evans with Sister Elder Moore
Moore and her husband, Bill who are serving a Military Relations mission at Camp Pendleton.  This is their 3rd mission--the first one to the temple in Hong Kong and another to the French-speaking Belgian Congo in Africa.  They also taught English to Chinese speakers in Beijing.  Anyway, since Ann was born in Holland and knows Dutch, there was a woman who came in the British Society who needs a document translated from Dutch to English.  Ann very graciously said she would do her best and would not accept any money for it.  It was fun to visit them and see how their newest mission is working out. We had lunch with them at Ruby's Diner, a hamburger joint that Mary's sister, Susan introduced us to when we previously visited them in Newport Beach.

As far as research on our own families.  Max is discovering at lot of information on Jane Stevenson/Clark line.  Mary has learned that two of her ancestors didn't originate in England. Daniel Williams (1759-1841) who was the Baptist minister in Fairford, Gloucester and married Sarah Peeters from Southwark, Surrey. From an obituary in the Baptist magazine, she discovered that he actually was born in Carmarthen, Wales and when he went to school in Bristol to study for the ministry, he couldn't speak a word of English.  Carmarthenshire is where Max's ancestor, Abel Evans was born.  So, Max and Mary have that in common.  And another surprise was that James Rigby's wife, Issabella, who Mary thought was also born in Lancashire like all the rest of the familly, came from Scotland. No wonder she couldn't find their marriage in the English records.  James Rigby (1791-1858) is Ann Rigby's father.

Last Friday we spent part of our P-day at the Petersen Automotive Museum. It's located at mid-Wilshire, near the LA County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits. We learned that the museum will be closing for a year or more for renovation beginning in October. It is a great museum that tells the history of the automobiles in Los Angeles. It has a great collection of exotic and unusual cars.
Mary with the 1914 Princess
Max on a Police Motorcycle



Monday, July 28, 2014


July 4, Independence Day. We had the day off (meaning the library was closed, but it was our P-day anyway), so we got up early to go downtown to celebrate the Fourth of July at the site of Fort Moore, on the top of Hill Street, overlooking the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is where the Mormon Battalion, along with units of other American military forces, on July 4, 1848, raised the first American Flag in Los Angeles. The Mormon Battalion re-enactors were there to do the job. We had flags flying, muskets firing, cannons roaring, troops marching, and politicians orating.
The bas relief monument
A re-enactor
The musketeers
We went to Santee Alley, the famous discount and slightly seedy Los Angeles shopping district near downtown. Max bought a new tie and Mary bought a small rug.

Venice canals
Our next P-day adventure was going to Marina Del Rey, where we have rented three apartments for our children when then come to visit us in December. We walked on the beach and also walked around the nearby Venice canals, a neighborhood of nice homes where the streets, as in Venice, Italy, are canals.

A home on the canal

The following week we wanted to see one of the many waterfalls in the mountains close-by. We decided to see Sturtevant Falls in the Santa Anita Canyon of the Angeles National Forest. That is in the San Gabriel mountains, below Mount Wilson. The hike began at a Forest Service station and went down into a canyon, along a stream, and near a large number of historical cabins, built between 1910 and 1935, that are still used by their owners for recreation and relaxation. We met a string of pack burros as we walked in and later learned that the owners use them to haul in supplies and haul out garbage. There is no road there. It was a pleasant three and a half-mile round-trip hike, uphill both ways. They say the falls are lovely, but with the drought this year, it was barely a trickle. Still, it was worth the trip.

One of the cabins on the trail

What we saw
The falls on a normal year
Last Friday we went to Palisades Park in Santa Monica. It is a long, narrow park at the top of the bluff overlooking the beach and ocean. We brought a pizza for lunch and enjoyed the view and the quiet time together.

We spend a lot of time in the library, teaching, helping people get into the family tree and answering various other genealogy questions they might have.  A Samoan man was so thrilled to see his family members that he had tears in his eyes.  His wife said she wants to do the work for her mother, but will find out more information about her grand-parents so she can do them too.  Mary helped a young black man whose great-grandfather emigrated from Africa;  he was able to find the date he emigrated on the Census, then the ship he came on and his name listed on the ship manifest.  Max teaches photos and stories and how to attach sources to individuals on Family Tree.  Mary teaches beginning computers to those who need it.  She spends a lot of time working on the daily schedule for the workers in the library.  Today, even though it is Sunday, we went to the library for the British Society and in the evening went to a "Why I Believe" fireside at the Visitor's Center featuring McLean Nielsen, the producer of the movie, "The Saratov Approach" (He was also one of the actors). 

Love to everyone.  Elder and Sister Evans 

Sunday, June 29, 2014


June gloom is how the locals describe the weather in June. Like gray May, it is a bit overcast in the mornings. But it is usually sunny by afternoon, yet never too hot. We are still waiting for Spring. And now its Summer. We like it.

Earlier this month we attended the taping of the Prairie Home Companion radio program held at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. It was very entertaining. Garrison Keillor and his cast are very talented and can be very funny.
Garrison Keillor at the Greek Theatre
The next week we took a road trip for our P-day. We drove through Ventura County (and bought a case of fresh strawberries), through Santa Barbara, and then to Solvang, a small town with a Danish flavor that caters to tourists. We walked around the town, had lunch in the a cafe, and did a bit of shopping. It felt good to be in a small town, where the pace is slower and parking is plentiful and free. We also visited an ostrich ranch in the nearby town of Goleta. We took the back roads, through the mountains, on the return trip to Santa Barbara. It was a beautiful and uncrowded drive. Then we stopped at the ocean-front town of Carpenteria for a walk on the beach.
Mary at the Summit Vista on our mountain drive

The ostrich ranch

Our big event for the month was our move, finally, from our cozy studio apartment on the second floor to our one bedroom apartment on the third floor. The kitchen seems larger because we don't have the table there. We have a large desk for our computer and a credenza for our files and a larger and nicer dining room table. We also have about three times the usable closet space. And a room just for the bed. What a novelty! We started moving on Thursday morning before our afternoon shift at the library and finished Friday, our P-day.
Our one bedroom apartment
We still like to take walks around the Temple grounds and around the neighborhood. There are many beautiful, well-landscaped homes, and some unusual trees. We've include a photo of one of them. The Jacaranda tree has violet blossoms that fall to the ground and cover the streets and sidewalks. They are all around the neighborhood and grow in the median on Santa Monica Boulevard.
A Jacaranda tree in our neighborhood
Last Friday we went with three other senior missionary couples to the LA Dodgers game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers lost, 3-1, but it was a good game and fun to be in this historic stadium.
Our greeter. He is about seven feet tall
Now it is summer, at the library, we are receiving groups of young people for Youth Conferences.  Wards are bringing over high-priest groups now that President Monson and others have spoken out about family history in the Ensign.  And last Saturday, we had two large Primary groups touring the library with their parents and leaders.  Mary capitalized on their theme about families, temples and family history work. She had some power point slides to show family pictures and temples, inside and out.  Then she had the children fill out a family tree with the names of themselves, their parents, and grandparents along with the names of their siblings and the places they were born.  Then they looked up those places on  maps of the United States and the World from our extensive map collection.

Keep doing your family history.  As seen on a bumper sticker :  "Genealogy; it's how we raise our spirits"

 Love, Elder and Sister Evans

Sunday, June 1, 2014


        Today there was a wonderful Mission Conference with Elder Ballard of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Schweitzer of the Second Quorum of Seventy speaking to us.  Before the meeting, Elder Ballard shook the hand of every single missionary there, which were about 300.  They totally filled the chapel and the overflow.  He had such a great spirit and made us feel like we can make a difference here.  We can nurture good feelings in our hearts and face each day with energy and enthusiasm.  We can become familiar with the scriptures so that the Holy Ghost will help us recall the right one to use when we are talking with investigators.  Elder Ballard served a mission in England 65 years ago; he knew Mary's parents there when they were in a little branch in Nottingham where her mother was taught the gospel and was baptized.
        A few Saturdays ago, 4 of us ( Our director:  Richard McBride, Jackie Ireland, Max and Mary) drove out to Ventura to help teach sessions at their family history fair.  We had to take our own computers and projectors along with thumb drives that had the power point lessons on them. There were about 14 people in each class.  It was a good day, but a long one.  Then, the next day, Sunday, it was the Jewish Celebration of Israel's Independence.  Public Affairs wanted us to go represent the church there.  I know this might seem very secular, especially since the Jewish Sabbath is on Saturday and everyone on this day was casually dressed for a fair.  We were able to go to our Sacrament meeting and then went to Rancho Park Golf Course where we were to man a booth.  Max had arranged to have some beautiful posters made which really caught people's attention.  Then we had flyers printed up about Jewish family history sites as well as some CDs on the Tabernacle Choir.  There was considerable interest.  One lady in particular wanted to know why Mormons do family history; Mary explained how we believe everyone should have the opportunity to hear the message of the Gospel, even our ancestors who have died.  She also wanted to know why we have temples.  Mary said we baptize people who didn't have an opportunity when they were on the earth.  This woman then told how the Jewish people similarly believe in washing:  men have a place to cleanse themselves before they participate in prayers and there is a washing area for women to use in their synagogues.  
        Last Monday, there was a family home evening for the full-time missionaries which Max and Mary were in charge of.  There were about 24 there, including the mission president and his wife; President Weidman brought a cake he had been given for his birthday. It is a potluck dinner; we brought sweet-and-sour chicken over rice.  After the meal which is in the back room of the library, there is always an activity.  We had invited the head gardener, Kyneston Butchart to take us on a tour of the gardens and trees on the temple grounds which was a great thing to do in the evening.  Everybody enjoyed themselves.  Here are some pictures using Mary's new iPhone:
Note reflecting pool in background

Hollywood Juniper tree 
Canary Island Fan Palm

multi-colored rose bush in front of Temple President's home
        In the family history library this week, Max was helping a man who was coming for the first time.  After getting in the Family Tree, Max spent about an hour with him and as he left, he wanted Mary to take a photo of the two of them.  Many people come to get family name cards so they can do baptisms for the youth that they have brought to the temple.  Most don't realize how easy it is for us to get the cards printed after they have put the names of their ancestors on their pedigree charts.   There are still some people who have difficulty signing in to the tree; the number they need is on their temple recommend or they can bring a printout of their membership record number from their ward clerk. 
        We are enjoying having a free membership to 3 genealogy sites:, find my past and my heritage.  All church members can now have access to these.  We need to put the ancestral information in the various sites so other people working on our lines can contact us. It's also a great way to organize your family history.
William Carey

        The ancestor who we will focus on today is William Carey.  He is not in our direct line, but he is the famous brother of one of Mary's ancestors, Ann Carey. William Carey (August 17, 1761 - June 9, 1834) was an English missionary and Baptist minister, known as the "father of modern missions." Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. As a missionary in Serampore, India, he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects.

Carey, the eldest of five children, was born to Edmund and Elizabeth Carey, who were weavers by trade in the village of Paulerspury in Northampton. William was raised in the Church of England; when he was six, his father was appointed the parish clerk and village schoolmaster. As a child he was naturally inquisitive and keenly interested in the natural sciences, particularly botany. He possessed a natural gift for language, teaching himself Latin.

At the age of 16, Carey’s father apprenticed him to a shoemaker in the nearby village of Hackleton. His master, Clarke Nichols, was a churchman like himself, but another apprentice, John Warr, was a Dissenter. Through his influence Carey would eventually leave the Church of England and join with other Dissenters to form a small Congregational church in Hackleton. While apprenticed to Nichols, he also taught himself Greek with the help of a local villager who had a college education.

When Nichols died in 1779, Carey went to work for another local shoemaker, Thomas Old; he married Old’s sister-in-law Dorothy Plackett in 1781. Unlike William, Dorothy was illiterate; her signature in the marriage register is a crude cross. William and Dorothy Carey had six children, four sons and two daughters; both girls died in infancy. Olds himself died soon afterward, and Carey took over his business, during which time he taught himself Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, and French, often reading while working on his shoes.

Carey became involved with a local association of Particular Baptists that had recently formed, where he became acquainted with men such as John Ryland, John Sutcliff, and Andrew Fuller, who would become his close friends in later years. They invited him to preach in their church in the nearby village of Barton every other Sunday. On October 5, 1783, William Carey was baptized by Ryland and committed himself to the Baptist denomination.

In 1785, Carey was appointed the schoolmaster for the town of Moulton. He was also invited to pastor the local Baptist church. During this time he read Jonathan Edwards' Account of the Life of the Late Rev. David Brainerd and the journals of the explorer James Cook, and became deeply concerned with propagating the Christian Gospel throughout the world. His friend Andrew Fuller had previously written an influential pamphlet in 1781 titled The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, answering the hyper-Calvinist belief then prevalent in the Baptist churches, that all men were not responsible to believe the Gospel. At a ministers' meeting in 1786, Carey raised the question of whether it was the duty of all Christians to spread the Gospel throughout the world. J. R. Ryland, the father of John Ryland, is said to have retorted: "Young man, sit down; when God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it without your aid or mine."

In 1789 Carey became the full-time pastor of a small Baptist church in Leicester. Two years later he published his groundbreaking missionary manifesto, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. This short book consists of five parts. The first part is a theological justification for missionary activity, arguing that the command of Jesus to make disciples of all the world (Matthew 28:18-20) remains binding on Christians. The second part outlines a history of missionary activity, beginning with the early Church and ending with David Brainerd and John Wesley. Part 3 comprises 26 pages of tables, listing area, population, and religion statistics for every country in the world. Carey had compiled these figures during his years as a schoolteacher. The fourth part answers objections to sending missionaries, such as difficulty learning the language or danger to life. Finally, the fifth part calls for the formation by the Baptist denomination of a missionary society and describes the practical means by which it could be supported. Carey's seminal pamphlet outlines his basis for missions: Christian obligation, wise use of available resources, and accurate information.

Carey later preached a pro-missionary sermon, using Isaiah 54:2-3 as his text, in which he repeatedly used the epigram which has become his most famous quotation: "Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God." Carey finally overcame the resistance to missionary effort, and the Particular Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Heathen (now the Baptist Missionary Society) was founded in October 1791, including Carey, Andrew Fuller, John Ryland, and John Sutcliff as charter members. They then concerned themselves with practical matters such as raising funds, as well as deciding where they would direct their efforts. A medical missionary, Dr. John Thomas, had been in Calcutta and was currently in England raising funds; they agreed to support him and that Carey would accompany him to India.

Carey, his eldest son Felix, Thomas and his wife and daughter sailed from London aboard an English ship in April 1792. Dorothy Carey had refused to leave England, being pregnant with their fourth son and having never been more than a few miles from home. En route they were delayed at the Isle of Wight, at which time the captain of the ship received word that he endangered his command if he conveyed the missionaries to Calcutta, as their unauthorized journey violated the trade monopoly of the British East India Company. He decided to sail without them, and they were delayed until June when Thomas found a Danish captain willing to offer them passage. In the meantime, Carey's wife, who had by now given birth, agreed to accompany him provided her sister came as well. They landed at Calcutta in November.

During the first year in Calcutta, the missionaries sought means to support themselves and a place to establish their mission. They also began to learn the Bengali language to communicate with the natives. A friend of Thomas owned two indigo factories and needed managers, so Carey moved with his family north to Mudnabatty. During the six years that Carey managed the indigo plant, he completed the first revision of his Bengali New Testament and began formulating the principles upon which his missionary community would be formed, including communal living, financial self-reliance, and the training of indigenous ministers. His son Peter died of dysentery, causing Dorothy to suffer a nervous breakdown from which she never recovered.

Meanwhile, the missionary society had begun sending more missionaries to India. The first to arrive was John Fountain, who arrived in Mudnabatty and began teaching school. He was followed by William Ward, a printer; Joshua Marshman, a schoolteacher; David Brunsdon, one of Marshman's students; and William Grant, who died three weeks after his arrival. Because the East India Company was still hostile to missionaries, they settled in the Danish colony at Serampore and were joined there by Carey on January 10, 1800.

Once settled in Serampore, the mission bought a house large enough to accommodate all of their families and a school, which was to be their principal means of support. Ward set up a print shop with a secondhand press Carey had acquired and began the task of printing the Bible in Bengali. In August 1800 Fountain died of dystentery. By the end of that year, the mission had their first convert, a Hindu named Krishna Pal. They had also earned the goodwill of the local Danish government and Richard Wellesley, then Governor-General of India.

The conversion of Hindus to Christianity posed a new question for the missionaries concerning whether it was appropriate for converts to retain their caste. In 1802, the daughter of Krishna Pal, a Sudra, married a Brahmin. This wedding was a public demonstration that the church repudiated the caste distinctions.

Brunsdon and Thomas died in 1801. The same year, the Governor-General founded Fort William, a college intended to educate civil servants. He offered Carey the position of professor of Bengali. Carey's colleagues at the college included pundits, whom he could consult to correct his Bengali testament. He also wrote grammars of Bengali and Sanskrit, and began a translation of the Bible into Sanskrit. He also used his influence with the Governor-General to help put a stop to the practices of infant sacrifice and suttee, after consulting with the pundits and determining that they had no basis in the Hindu sacred writings (although the latter would not be abolished until 1829).

Dorothy Carey died in 1807; Carey remarried a year later to Charlotte Rhumohr, a Danish member of his church who, unlike Dorothy, was his intellectual equal. They were married for 13 years until her death.

From the printing press at the mission came translations of the Bible in Bengali, Sanskrit, and other major languages and dialects. Many of these languages had never been printed before; William Ward had to create punches for the type by hand. Carey had begun translating literature and sacred writings from the original Sanskrit into English to make them accessible to his own countryman. On March 11, 1812, a fire in the print shop caused £10,000 in damages and lost work. Amongst the losses were many irreplaceable manuscripts, including much of Carey's translation of Sanskrit literature and a polyglot dictionary of Sanskrit and related languages, which would have been a seminal philological work had it been completed. However, the press itself and the punches were saved, and the mission was able to continue printing in six months. In Carey's lifetime, the mission printed and distributed the Bible in whole or part in 44 languages and dialects.

In 1818, the mission founded Serampore College to train indigenous ministers for the growing church and to provide education in the arts and sciences to anyone regardless of caste or country. The King of Denmark granted a royal charter in 1827 that made the college a degree-granting institution, the first in Asia.

Carey's second wife, Charlotte, died in 1821, followed by his eldest son Felix. In 1823 he married a third time, to a widow named Grace Hughes.

Internal dissent and resentment was growing within the Missionary Society as its numbers grew, the older missionaries died, and they were replaced by less experienced men unused to the rigorous work ethic of Carey, Ward, and Marshman. Andrew Fuller, who had been secretary of the Society in England, had died in 1815, and his successor, John Dyer, was a bureaucrat who attempted to reorganize the Society along business lines and manage every detail of the Serampore mission from England. Their differences proved to be irreconcilable, and Carey formally severed ties with the missionary society he had founded, leaving the mission property and moving onto the college grounds. He lived a quiet life until his death in 1834, revising his Bengali Bible, preaching, and teaching students.  Known as the "father of modern missions." Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. As a missionary in Serampore, India, he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects.
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