George F. Richards

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(This is an excerpt from the book A Family of Faith compiled and edited by Kent F. Richards.)

Tues. Jan 16, 1900 Telephoned to City for George to come home on account of the spread of Small Pox in the City 20 cases having developed to date.

Feb 20, 1900, Tooele City
F. W. Richards Esq.
Dear Brother Fred: Your letter of 17th inst. is at hand. You ask if I have any suggestion to make in relation to your letter of inquiry from Box B. All missionaries have to make a sacrifice, some more than others. After your return you would I think, view it as an investment and a profitable one too. If you were living near by I could do much for you, I think I would promise you your family would be cared for and your effects not be wasted. What else you do, Frederick, do not refuse to go. That course is dangerous. If you can not of your self decide to go, then represent to the mission committee by letter your circumstances, endorsed by your Bishop as to correctness with the statement that if they understanding the circumstances desire you to go, you will do so at any cost. Unless we are willing, when necessary, to sacrifice all for the gospels sake, we are not accepted of the Lord.

Friday, May 11, 1900 Went to Salt Lake to see brother Fred before he should start on his mission to the Northern States.

Tues. July 24th The pioneers of these now peaceful vales of plenty; the authors of our existence here and of our religious liberties. All hail to them. May the memory of their sacrifices, sorrows, hardships and noble deeds ever live in the hearts of the people and their graves be ever kept green.

Tuesday Sept 25th I dreamed a dream. I had a most pleasant night’s sleep and rest and during the night dreamed that I was ordained an apostle under the hands of Prest. Lorenzo Snow and was told by him that there were other blessings for me which he had not the authority to give, greater than these.

Thurs. Dec. 20th By request of Mrs. Woodward at the Miners Hospital I visited her in relation to baptism, which she desires but had the idea that it could be performed in the hospital bathtub. She being too weak to be moved to fount I advised her since she had been baptized and not cut off to not worry but that her repentance would be accepted of the Lord.

Monday Dec 31, 1900 As it was the last day of the year & last day of the century, we stayed up until the new Century came in & noted that the moon and stars continued to shine and all nature seemed undisturbed by the ushering in the 20th Century.

Thu Feb 21st [1901] It is just as easy to believe that God can command the elements even to the resurrection of the dead than to have believed 50 years ago that science by man should have been developed to its present standard: carriages without horses shall go, Steam, electricity, compressed air, &c. The resurrection is a reality.

Sat. Oct 19th Attended special High Council Meeting at Tooele at which the new Presidency of the Church were endorsed and the council pledged themselves to keep the Sabbath, AttendStake Priesthood meetings, pay their tithing & refrain from Blasphemy. Exceptions: ( ) must have weak tea and ( ) must open his store on Sunday to sell drugs, confectionary, ice cream, &c. I think the latter should refrain from the sale of ice cream &c on Sunday or resign his position as an alternate member of the High Council.

Mond. Mar 30th 1903 I made discovery of an error on the part of the Utah Lumber Co. people which would have meant a loss of $8–$10 to them had I not corrected it & notified them. May 29th I went to Salt Lake City by Special [train] & saw President Roosevelt & the parade. Sat. May 30th The Rocky Mtn Bell Telephone Co. agreeing to put an exchange in Tooele, I made application for a residence phone, $1.50 per mo.

Mond. July 13, 1904 It is reported that Apostle A. O. Woodruff died Sunday at El Passo Texas from Small pox. His wife preceeded him only a week or so from same disease in Mexico.

Sunday Sept 18th At this writing my business is in good condition, am able to meet all my bills and have a good business credit. My health is good and I am reasonably happy. My conscience is reasonably clear and my mind at ease. My spiritual duties are pleasant to perform and performing same gives me spiritual strength and much peace of mind & conscience.

My sons and daughters are exemplary in their lives and respect and love their parents and one another. Legrand is a class teacher in Sunday School, a Ward teacher and is called to take the missionary course this winter at L.D.S. College or University which means a mission in a few months. Why should I not be happy?

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