Dora LaRie Williams Baker Bigelow by herself
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My schooling began at Greenville 1st Grade then moved to Minersville for 2nd year. During the last quarter of 8th Grade we moved to the Delta Land and Water Project two miles south of Milford and I finished the year out in a little one-room school house on the "Flat" with Mrs. Webster as the teacher. This was the spring of 1915.
I began High School at Milford High in the fall of 1915. I always loved school and was doing well. In the last of April and 2nd of May my two brothers, David, age 6 years and Orrice, 19 months died suddenly and with our broken hearts we could no longer be happy in our home in Milford. We moved back to Minersville where I completed my 2nd year of High School. The 1st World War broke out in April 1917 and my sweetheart left me and went into the US Navy 14 Dec. 1917. He returned on furlough 7 Aug. 1918 and we were married 14 Aug. in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. He returned to his station in New York Harbor on 25th of Aug. 1918 and in Sept. I entered school at the Murdock Academy, Beaver, Utah.
The terrible 'Flu' broke out that winter and my school was again interrupted. The Armistice was signed Nov. 11, 1918 and in January late, my darling husband returned home. I stopped school and we moved to Idaho in April 4th, 1919 along with my parents who had sold their farm and home at Minersville and were moving to Idaho to make their home.
My eldest child, a daughter, Reva Baker, was born 22 Dec. 1919 at Thomas, Idaho. In that ward I was Secretary of the Primary from 1919 to 1921. I was also organist for the Primary those years. I had been Secy. of Religion Class in Minersville when eleven and twelve years old. A Primary Teach in Minersville Ward when twelve to fourteen years old, and teacher in Jr. Sunday School when fourteen.
My second child, a daughter, LuAna Baker, was born on a farm between Rockford and Pingree, Idaho, 21 Nov. 1921. My husband was a Ward Teacher and a Sunday School Teacher of the 1st Intermediate Class in the Thomas Ward during these years which I have mentioned 1919 to 1926. We were called into the Ward Genealogical Committee together in 1926 where we enjoyed working together. We began our Books of Remembrance together at that time. In 1922 I lost a baby by miscarriage and infection closed the tubes and I never conceived again, which made me very sad. In 1929 my husband's parents visited us from Old Mexico. Mother Baker had had a severe case of pleuresy at Minersville on her way to Idaho. She came to us all taped and was still delicate in health. That month we got winter extra early and the cold wind and snow which they were not used to in Mexico gave her plural pneumonia. We did all we could for her, but it was very quick acting and filled up her lungs immediately and she passed away in our home on the third day after taking ill, 23 Dec. 1929. This was a great shock and a sorrow to all of us, especially dear Father Baker, who went back alone to his little home in Colonia Chuachupa, Chihuahua, Mexico. All of his children would loved to have him live with them, but he went back to be with his eldest daughter, Ketura B. Sevey in Mexico.
11 Jan. 1930 my own dear Mother died of spinal meningitis in Idaho Falls LDS Hospital after a short illness. This was another severe shock and deep hurt to our hearts. My dear husband and I had much in common and drew very close together, as we had always been.
My husband had always wanted to take his family to visit the land of his birth, but it was a sorrow to know that we had waited until his dear parents had passed on. Father Baker had died in 1933. 16 Aug. 1934 we started on our two month and more than 1200 mile trip to Old Mexico. We visited relatives and all the Temples in the United States at that time. Logan, Salt Lake, Manti, St. George and Mesa Temples. It was a most wonderful trip. We returned home 13 Oct. 1934 with our faith renewed from the renewal of our covenants and the joy of seeing so many of our loved ones. Charlie always said he would take his family to see the land of his birth it it was the last thing he did. The next summer he worked extra long hours with his Ditch-rider job and also farming our 40 acre farm where we lived and also a 40 up the canal at Rockford where we planned to move to the next spring when he would quit the ditch and farm exclusively, now that we had both places paid for in full. But such joy was not for us in this life. Charlie took acute appendicitis which ruptured 3 days before he would submit to an operation and he passed away 9 days after the terrible operation in the Beck Hospital at Blackfoot 1 Oct. 1935. This was the hardest blow that had ever struck his family. It took much fasting and prayer to be able to understand and get hold of ourselves. Reva and LuAna were 14 and 16 years now, and after much meditation, fasting and prayer and consulting with our Bishop and wife, we moved to Salt Lake City, where the girls went on to High School and I went to the LDS Business College for 21 months. It was very hard to study or concentrate with my sorrow and regrets. I knew we should have had that operation sooner, but he would never submit to even having the Dr. come. He was so sure he would get better through his clean living and prayers and administration. But we know now that his mission was finished and we had to have the lessons it took to stand on our own feet and learn to depend upon the Lord instead of our Daddy. It was many years before I came across the scripture that told me why his powerful administrations failed to restore him to life and health again. D & C Sec. 42:48. Read verses 43 - 48 inclusive. We are sure that his Mission was finished and that the Lord will say to him, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into thy rest." He was such a hard worker all his life, never giving up when things seemed almost impossible. His courage lives on and was our inspiration in our time of becoming accustomed to life in a city and the large schools we attended in Salt Lake. In March of 1938 I was called to work in the Temple Office while one of the typists was out because of illness. A Sister Elsie McKnight. On May 1st she returned but was not able to continue long. So I was called back permanently 15 May 1938. My eldest dau. was married in the Temple 17 Dec. 1942 to Allen Wesley Holt. Her sister, LuAna was married in the Temple 7 Apr. 1941 to Ariel Elmer Sorensen. For seven years I lived alone, sometimes with young girls rooming and boarding with me, but for the last two years I was alone and my continuous loneliness became almost unbearable. At this time I met and married a man for time in the St. George Temple 28 Feb. 1948. He was a Seventy and we were almost immediately called to be Stake Missionaries, Mar. 1948. We labored for 30 months in the Salt Lake Stake Mission during which time we purchased a home at 133 E. 17th South, in the Whittier Ward, Wells Stake. This was in 1950. In 1952 we received a call to go on a foreign mission to New Zealand. We enter4ed the Mission Home 13 Oct. 1952, and left Salt Lake City 20 Oct. by train to Vancouver, Canada where we embarked 23 Oct. on the Orangi for New Zealand.
This was a wonderful trip for me, I had been ill most of the whole year, being able to enter the Mission Home on the appointed date through faith, fasting and prayer and receiving a healing which was very evident. The boat trip offered much time to rest and recuperate and all the wonderful fresh air and sunshine needed. We were 21 days on this voyage. We visited the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, Honolulu, the Mission Home, Chapel, and Temple touring the Island in the one day that we were stopped there. Next we visited Fiji and toured that island. We landed at Auckland 13 Nov. 1952, went to the Mission Home and found the Mission Pres. visiting one of the islands of the Mission. We waited in Auckland nearly a week for him to return, when he assigned us to the Whangarei District. We labored in Whangarei for twelve months then were transferred to the Wellington District 12 Nov. 1953. Here we labored at Porirua and vicinity for 18 months. We gained permission the last week of our time to visit South Island for a few days. Crossed the channel from Wellington to Picton, stayed over night at Nelson then took overland bus to Christchurch next day. We visited our nephew, Elder Harvey W. Tanner and stayed over night. Took the Maori, a beautiful boat the third night back to
Wellington, where we arrived on Sunday morning. Went to Wellington Sunday School then to our Porirua chapel service in the evening. There we said farewell to our beloved members and contacts and left our field of labor Wednesday, June 1st, 1955. Arrived in Auckland again the next morning, June 2nd. Had the weekend in Auckland and boarded the boat June 6 for home. Arrived in San Francisco 23 June and in Salt Lake City the morning of June 25th. Our family was all at the station to meet us and it was a great thrill. Our children, grandchildren and my Father and family all all my living brothers and sisters. Each of our daughters had a little new grandchild for us to see four the first time.
We were asked to report to our Stake High Council about the 30th of July and a few days later were handed a written invitation to me with the High Council again in their room at the Stake Center. To our surprise they asked us to accept another Stake Mission, which we did and were set apart that night along with several other couples. I was set apart by President Teerlink. Aug. 1955. We were released from this, our second Stake Mission, this time in the Wells Stake, 6 Aug. 1957, by President John Earl Horton.
I was called into the Whittier Ward Sunday School as assistant Enlistment Director the Summer of 1956 where I also acted as a substitute teacher for one year. August 1957 I was called by President Greene of the Wells Stake Presidency to attend a Genealogical Research Class held each Tuesday night at Pres. Teerlink's, under the leadership of Sister Mary Teerlink. When that was completed I was selected and set apart to be on the teaching staff of the Wells Stake Gen. Committee, and also on the Gen. Committee of the Whittier Ward. I taught a class in Basic Research Vol. 1 through 1958-1959, following Basic Research Vol. 1 with Vol. 11. Again in September 1960 I was asked to teach another class likewise.
I am working every day at the Temple, as one of the Secretaries to the President's Office, and giving out the keys to the Sisters, as they go through the Temple. Monday nights I type names for the dead on the men's side for the two evening companies.
I was given a typist recorders position March 1938 and except for the 31 months spent on our Mission to New Zealand, have been employed at the Temple practically ever since. It being 25 Sep. 1960 that I now close this record for the present.
I wish to say that there is nothing like living within the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. I have a personal testimony of the truth and know that this is the only Church that has the fullness of the gospel and that through the instrumentality of the beloved Prophet, Joseph Smith, it was revealed again to earth in the latter days. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and that the Holy Ghost is the third member in the Godhead, who is the spirit by which power we can know these things.