riday, the first day of theParker Family Reunion fol-lowing dinner, fourteen-yearold
, a de-scendant of Daniel Parker
opened up the reunion andspoke on,
Past and Inspiring the fu-
She shared how hear-ing the stories of her pio-neer ancestors and volun-teering at
This is the PlaceHeritage Park
helped her tobecome interested in familyhistory.
“One of the things that really
helped me connect with the past was when my Grandma Suzie
showed me photosbelonging to one of my ancestors. They helped me re-late so much more to the fact that they were people
who had lived and had feelings that I share,”
Jayceesaid. She then went on to give all in attendance a chal-lenge to discover and share with their children andgrandchildren, inspiring the generations to come to ap-preciate their roots.
was the first to present a class on Satur-day, September 8th. Hegave us insights into thelives of Joshua and Dru-silla Parker that he haddiscovered while writingtheir chronology.His chronology or compila-tion of events and dateswere taken from sourcedocuments and the dis-coveries and facts thatmany family membershave shared over theyears. Jerry put them allin one place.
“There are many things
that impressed me as I
compiled the book”
“But these four items had a high impact on me:”
The importance and value of friends
Rogers, another carpenter (chair-maker) who lived close to Joshua on Varick St. in New York City in 1837,invited Joshua to a meeting to hear the LDS missionar-ies after David and his family were baptized before
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Christmas in 1837. Joshua was impressed with the wordsof Parley P. Pratt and Elijah Fordham as they preached theGospel to a small group that had assembled. Joshua wasbaptized on January 9, 1838 by Elijah Fordham. He thenmet Wandle Mace who became New York City branch president and Orson Pratt, as well as Orson Hyde. He met David La Baron in Macedonia, IL. These men, their livesand testimony, would impress and be with Joshua for the
balance of his life.”
2. The importance of following the prophet andChurch leaders
. “Joshua heeded the call by Joseph Smith
to go to Nauvoo to help build the Nauvoo Temple. Beforethe Saints left the city, David Rogers called him to join the34th quorum of Seventy. Joshua stayed behind in Nauvooto help complete the temple after the exodus of the saintsin early 1846. He stayed behind with Wandle Mace and Orson Hyde until May when the work was finally complete.
In 1852 Joshua and his family heeded Brigham Young’s
call for all the Saints in Iowa to come to the Salt Lake Val-ley. It was a difficult decision for Joshua and Drusilla for their daughter Mary Melissa was only 6 weeks old when
3. The importance of Temple work.
“Joshua and Dru-
silla received their endowments and were sealed together soon after the completion of the Endowment House onTemple Square in 1855. They later performed proxy bap-tisms for their family members who had died. In additiontheir children, Orson, Mary Melissa, and Daniel also per-formed proxy baptisms after the Logan Temple was com- pleted in 1884. They set a good example for us to follow,knowing the importance of priesthood ordinances in the
4. Overcoming adversity and challenges. “
Joshua and Drusilla had to overcome adversity in their lives. His father died when he was only 9 years old. His mother passed away when he was 19. (Drusilla was left an orphan at age12). He lost his left eye. They encountered the mob perse-cutions in Nauvoo. He and Drusilla lost two boys beforethe age of one. They pulled a hand cart 1000 miles acrossthe plains with a young family. They established a homefor their family in the desert of Utah. As I think of their lives and compare it to mine, I am grateful for their exam- ple and courage to press on and know how blessed we are
The publication compiled by Jerry Parker,
Family of Faithand Courage: Joshua and Drusilla Hartley Parker A Chro-nology
is available on the
Dropbox, in the
or by requesting an electroniccopy from Jerry. E-email him at
.A printed copy is also available for $15 including postage.
“This is a living document,”
“there will be ad-ditional editions made as more information is discovered.”
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