Emma Wilson Hirst
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EMMA WILSON HIRST
By Emma Wilson Hirst
I was born at Witwood, England. I had the following brothers and sisters: William Cooper, John, Mary Annah, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Francis, Sarah Hannah, Asa, Elizannah and Annie Wilson.
During my life I have had many friends.
I have belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was nine years old. I was baptized in England by Elder Carney who was on a mission at that time. I have always been of a religious nature and have got much good from the Church. My social life has been with the Church and I have enjoyed the association very much.
Physically I have always had a good physical body and have always enjoyed the best of health. My education was very limited. I am able to read and write but didn't get very far in school as I had to go to work while very young. When I was fourteen year old I walked four miles a day and worked in a factory. I worked in the fields at nine years old.
When I was twenty-three year old I left my parents in England and came to America.
My ambitions have been that I should always be well respected, honest, and raise a well-respected family and to have a good home for them. One great handicap was in losing my husband at the age of fifty-nine. My advantages have been through always having good friends and neighbors.
I was married when I was twenty-four into the Hirst family. They were a very good, religious family, having emigrated from England to this country for their religion. Mr. Hirst had eleven brothers and sisters who belonged to the church. My greatest trial was the loss of my husband. My joys have been through the association of church and family. My successes have been having a good home for myself and being able to do for others through taking care of motherless children. I have usually accomplished what I have attempted to do. I have been a Relief Society teacher for forty-eight years and was a member of Relief Society Choir. I was secretary of the Primary for one year.
My environment has always been good. I helped during the time I was in England with missionary work, going with the Elders to street meetings and helping distribute tracts. I have always had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have seen many healings, one especially when an evil spirit was rebuked and the woman made well immediately. A promise that was made to me in the Endowment House always meant a great deal to me. I lost my first baby but Eliza R. Snow promised that I would live to raise a big family and wouldn't lose another child. I have seven children all of which are living. This has always been a testimony to me.
I have done quite a lot of temple work. I have done all the names I have been able to get. My immediate family has had all the work done for them.
During my life I have waited on and taken care of 100 women during confinement.
*These are a few notes made by Emma Wilson Hirst. She wrote them in her later life. Our mother, Lillian Prince, lived in her home as a child when her father was serving a mission for the church.