Although Mary managed to get some additional cattle to help pull the wagons to the Salt Lake Valley, the trek still tested and refined her faith. Mary Fielding Smith, Daughter of Britain: Portrait of Courage - Kindle edition by Corbett, Don Cecil. In those days, tithing was often paid in goods. Mary prepared for the journey as best she could; however, she had to attach two wagons together because she did not have enough oxen and drivers, and instead of sturdy ox … Strong oxen were necessary to making the trip west in safety. When the time came for Mary Fielding Smith and her group to go west, many of her animals had died from severe winter weather. First, I am no blood relation to Mary Fielding Smith, although, like all of you, I proudly claim her for a spiritual sister; second, my subject is not Mary Fielding Smith herself Mary's faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah. Even if it is the … In 1836 they were all baptized by Parley P. Pratt. Such courage and faith characterized this determined, resourceful pioneer mother. From her birth and upbringing in rural England, through her conversion and gathering with the Saints, to her marriage to Hyrum Smith and subsequent grief at his martyrdom. During her stay at Winter Quarters, some of her oxen had been stolen, and many of her cattle and horses had died in the severe winter. Up to this time one of the teams had two wagons and when we reached a hill, we uncoupled one wagon, taking one at a time. As a single parent, through her strong faith in the priesthood, she called upon and relied on that power to raise and bless her children in love and the light of the gospel. Mary continued to pay her tithing, whatever her circumstances. After the blessing, the ox got up and was soon ready to pull the wagon again. Food and shelter were scarce. Two more times other oxen became ill, and twice more Mary asked the brethren to bless them. She remained independent, raising chickens, sheep, and cattle. 2 Immigrated to Toronto, Upper Canada, 1834. She was Despite all difficulties, Mary and her family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 23, 1848, a full day before the rest of the company. After two years there and at age 9, he led Old Tom, his ox and best friend on the long trail, to the Salt Lake Valley,” said President M. Russell Ballard, a great-grandson of Joseph F. Smith. Had this happened, she could not have continued on the journey to the Valley. Mary's faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah. Mary Fielding was born 21 July 1801 in Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Fielding (1759-1836) and Rachel Ibbotson (1767-1828) and died 21 September 1852 inSalt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of pneumonia. MARY FIELDING SMITH: HER OX GOES MARCHING ON Lavina Fielding Anderson I should preface these remarks by establishing two things. Mary Fielding Smith, mother of a prophet : her trek West. Though this slowed their progress, they managed to make it the twenty-seven miles from Winter Quarters to the Elk Horn River, where their company was forming and where they hoped to obtain more oxen or horses. (Deseret News, Oct. 10, 1866). In 1834, Mary migrated to Toronto, Canada, where her brother Joseph and her sister Mercy, had moved two years earlier. Her faithfulness impressed her children with the importance of tithing. When Mary Mary remembered this and thought that in such desperate circumstances, when she needed the ox to keep God’s commandment to gather to the Valley, that God would also heal her ox. Afton Felt: Interview by Ron; House on 700 North-Provo (WIP)Romance 1942 Style – Paul almost misses his promised goodbye kiss to Afton; Work Ethic Breed in their children Paul and Afton He that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven (D&C 58:2). Each time, they were healed instantly. grandson of the same name, both became Presidents of the Church. After spending the winter of 1848-1849 in the fort of the Salt Lake Valley, Mary Fielding Smith, widow of church leader Hyrum Smith, decided to live on a farm rather than her assigned "city" plot. At her funeral, Joseph F. said, “Nothing beneath the celestial kingdom can surpass my deathless love for the sweet true, noble, soul who gave me birth—my own, own mother! When Mary crossed to Utah in 1848, her son Joseph was 9 years old. But in this he was mistaken. One time they traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri, to get supplies for the westward trek. She then started toward the river and soon found the oxen by a clump of willows. On 29 January 1839, Mary Fielding Smith and Mercy Fielding Thompson, Mary’s sister, visited Liberty Jail and spent the night.3 On this occasion, Mary brought Joseph F. with her, he having been born on 13 November 1838 at Far West, Missouri, two weeks after Joseph’s and Hyrum’s arrest and incarceration. Sitting in front of the Mary Fielding Smith home at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City on a bright June morning weeks before Pioneer Day, the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on his pioneer heritage and what it means to be a pioneer to the Latter-day Saints today. Some of you may already know this story about Mary Fielding Smith, but in anticipation of Mother’s Day, I think it’s worth repeating. She was the wife of Hyrum Smith; her oldest son, Joseph Fielding Smith, and her grandson of the same name, both became Presidents of the Church. Preparing to migrate west with the Saints in 1848, Mary Fielding Smith faced many hardships. the wife of Hyrum Smith; her oldest son, Joseph Fielding Smith, and her She quickly found the consecrated (prayed over) oil and asked some of the men to give the ox the priesthood blessing or prayer normally given to sick humans. [Myrth Elizabeth Burr] Mary Fielding was born July 21, 1801, in Honidon, Bedfordshire, England. The same idea is repeated in "The Life and Teachings of Jesus", 1974, p. 29: "Joseph was a mortal soul in premortality to be blessed with the signal honor Laughter Amid Trials Joseph F. and his uncle Joseph Fielding went with her. Her wagon master didn't want her and her children on the trip, but she told him not only will I not be a burden but I will beat you to the valley. She was widely respected and admired during her lifetime. If I did not pay my tithing I should expect the Lord to withhold His blessings from me; I pay my tithing, not only because it is a law of God but because I expect a blessing by doing it.”. Despite her many trials—she was very ill for four months following the birth of her son, her husband was in jail, and a mob had broken into her home to steal her husband’s possessions—Mary never ceased to believe in the Lord. Soul, heart, and hand; faithful and true we will ever stand. Although administration to the sick had only been used for humans, Mary believed that the Lord would heal the animal that she needed so desperately. Because they didn’t have enough oxen to pull their wagons, they tied two wagons together and used their few oxen to pull both wagons at once. She wrote to her brother, “Though I have been left, for near six months, in widowhood, in the time of great affliction, and was called to take joyfully or otherwise the spoiling of almost all our goods, … yet I do not feel the least discouraged.”. Hopkinson . Wikipedia Biographical Summary "...Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (July 21, 1801 – September 21, 1852) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of LDS Church leader Hyrum Smith and the mother of Joseph F. Smith. Today her posterity of thousands of… They agreed. Stories of Faith--The Early Mormon Saints and Pioneers, Wilford and Phebe Woodruff Lose a Daughter, Mary Fielding Smith's Oxen are Administered To, "Widow Smith" Arrives in the Salt Lake Valley. Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith and testimony. The Virgin Mary is known by many names, such as the Blessed Virgin, Mother Mary, Our Lady, Mother of God, Queen of Angels, Mary of Sorrows, and Queen of the Universe.Mary serves as the patron saint of all human beings, watching over them with motherly care due to her role as the mother of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the world's savior. Hyrum and Mary also had two children of their own—Joseph F. Smith, later the sixth President of the Church, and Martha Ann. Mary selected her best potatoes and headed for the tithing office. "His Mother's Faith'' Mormon Pioneer Bronze Sculpture by LDS Artists Stan Watts and Kim Corpany Contact ATLAS BRONZE CASTING by phone: 1(801)967-0557 Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith and testimony. 4 thoughts on “ Mary Fielding Smith ” Eunice Robertson on August 13, 2009 From the first time I got to learn about this determined and committed woman, I admired her.We might not have the same kinds of problems as the pioneers did, but she is a prime example of what an LDS woman ought to be, even in these days – selfsufficient and enduring to the end. Preparing to migrate west with the Saints in 1848, Mary Fielding Smith faced many hardships. husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband." One day one of her best oxen became very sick, lay down, and was apparently near death. 1 Born at Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England; daughter of Rachel Ibbotson and John Fielding. They found Mary kneeling in prayer, asking the Lord to help them recover their lost team. Later generations saw her through the eyes of her son, President Joseph F. Smith, who often spoke of her as a model of courage and faithfulness. Be true to the truth. When William Thompson, a tithing clerk, saw her, he questioned her need to pay tithing, because she was so poor. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. On December 24, 1837, Mary married Hyrum Smith, the brother of the Prophet Joseph. . Mary Fielding Smith died September 21, 1852, probably from pneumonia, at the age of fifty-one. Inspirational stories about the beginning of the LDS (Mormon) Church. Even later, when Hyrum was martyred with Joseph on June 27, 1844, Mary’s faith still did not waver. Mary Fielding Smith remained faithful to the end of her life. The man who supervised the cattle in the company urged Mary to stay behind, saying, “If you start out in this manner, you will be a burden on the company the whole way, and I will have to carry you along or leave you on the way.”, Undaunted, Sister Smith told him, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.”. She paid tithing, even in her poverty. Recognizing the importance of her husband’s work, Mary supported Hyrum through all the persecutions he suffered for his belief in the Gospel. Mary and her family moved from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters. Here is the account of her pioneering trek from Winter Quarter’s to Salt Lake. Mary Fielding Smith. As you may know, she was the mother of the prophet Joseph F. Smith, and she died when her … Be true to the faith. Mary retorted, “William, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. One year later they moved to Kirtland, Ohio, to live with the Saints there. Strong oxen were necessary to making the trip west in safety. I clearly remember being taught that Mary blessed the oxen herself because no one – no man – would help her; the lesson being that you shouldn’t let the unrighteousness of others stop you from seeking the help and blessings of God. I What an amazing story of perseverance. . Mary’s son Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one of the ox teams. Not long after, another of Mary’s oxen fell to the ground and also healed with a blessing. was the widow of Hyrum, the Prophet Joseph's older brother. Janet Peterson and Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Sharing Time: Temples Are Places of Service, Camilla and Mandi Rogers of Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Mary Fielding Smith—Mother in Israel,” Friend, July 1993, 32, (All quotations are from the Life of Joseph F. Smith, by Joseph Fielding Smith, pages 120–159, and Gospel Doctrine, by Joseph F. Smith, page 542.). Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (July 21, 1801 – September 21, 1852) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of Latter Day Saint leader Hyrum Smith, and the mother of Joseph F. Smith, who became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Mary’s son Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one of the ox teams. crossed to Utah in 1848, her son Joseph was 9 years old. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith from early years in England, through her conversion and gathering with the Saints. Would you deny me a blessing? During her stay at Winter Quarters, some of her oxen had been stolen, and many of her cattle and horses had died in the severe winter. She continued on, and true to her word, Mary arrived in the valley a whole day before the rest of the company (I Walked to Zion ; “Mary Fielding Smith—Mother in Israel”). Producing a bottle of consecrated oil, Mary Smith asked her brother and James Lawson if they would please administer to the ox just as they would do to a sick person, for it was vital to her interest that the ox be restored that she might pursue her … The first winter in the Salt Lake Valley was hard for the Smith family. When summer came and the family finally had a crop, Mary insisted that they pay a full and honest tithe. The deceased was truly a “mother in Israel” and her name, and deeds, will be held in everlasting remembrance, associated as they are, with the persecutions of the saints and those tragic scenes that can never be forgotten. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Mary Fielding Smith, Daughter of Britain: Portrait of Courage. Shortly before the birth of Joseph F. on November 13, 1838, Hyrum, along with his brother, Joseph, were imprisoned at Liberty Jail. She married Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) … She was pure! I have an honest question. Mary responded, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.” 1 The trek proved difficult, but she arrived with her family in Salt Lake on September 23, 1848, a day ahead of the captain who had doubted her. In despair, they returned to camp. Mary got a bottle of consecrated oil and asked two brethren to administer to the sick ox. Lavina Fielding Anderson. Accounts of the personal testimonies of the early saints, their struggles, their persevering attitude, our pioneer heritage, and Divine revelations from God. She moved her children, stepchildren, and hired hands to a remote 40-acre farm in the Millcreek area where they built this home for themselves. Mary Fielding Smith – Mormon Pioneer by G.S. Get this from a library! Click here to read the article. LDS Bronze sculpture of Mary Fielding Smith praying for her sick ox with her son Joseph Fielding Smith. When she was thirty-three years old, Mary moved to Canada, where her brother and sister were living. Mary Fielding Smith was born in England and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. Joseph Fielding Mary Fielding Smith Joel Terry "In the spring of '48 there was a move westward and the widow went to Elkhorn. She was indeed a Saint! "Mary Fielding Smith's life, though lived in the nineteenth century, provides many lessons on how to live in the modern world.” This lecture will highlight faithful moments in Mary Fielding Smith’s lifetime that exemplify living the gospel and finding happiness. Dec 29, 2013 - LDS Bronze sculpture of Mary Fielding Smith praying for her sick ox with her son Joseph Fielding Smith. She married Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) 24 December 1837 in Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, United States. One morning they woke up to find that the oxen had strayed from camp. Mary Fielding Smith remained faithful to the end of her life. A royal daughter of God.”. Mary Fielding Smith weathered social pressures, freezing cold temperatures, and people who didn't believe in her abilities. 3 Baptized, 1836. "Mary Fielding Smith . She was good! She paid tithing, even in her … Joseph and his uncle searched all morning for them. Unselfishly she cared for Hyrum’s five small children, whose mother had died earlier. Mary Fielding Smith was the wife of Hyrum Smith, the mother of Joseph F. Smith, and grandmother of Joseph Fielding Smith.. She was born on July 21, 1801, in Bedfordshire, England. Mary responded, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.” The trek proved difficult, but she arrived with her family in Salt Lake on September 23, 1848, a day ahead of the captain who had doubted her. Mary Fielding Smith: Her Ox Goes Marching On. In this city, the 21st of Sept. last, MARY, relief of the martyred Patriarch, HYRUM SMITH, aged 51 years and 2 months. 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