There is Flannel in Yakima Tonight!

2015-11-24 DfG Yakima Flannel Sale (1) This morning we woke to a winter wonderland of SNOW in Yakima!  We had an airport trip to make, then meetings until this afternoon (transfer planning) AND it was the first day of the best flannel sale of the year at JoAnn Fabrics and I was itching to get to it.  I was able to break away this afternoon and was thrilled to find that the snow slowed the bargain shoppers, so sales so far had been slow.  There were no lines, and plenty of flannel.  I was a happy camper!

Pictured are the store manager and Toni McBean, who dropped by.  She is our DfG organizer here in Yakima Valley.  She will help get this flannel distributed to the women who are helping.  As for me, my Christmas shopping is done.  All I ever want is fabric for my girls all over the world and kind friends to help me get it there.2015-11-24 DfG Yakima Flannel Sale (2)The kind store helpers pronounced this the sale of the day.  I spent about $900 and saved more than $3200!  Sweet.2015-11-24 DfG Yakima Flannel Sale (3)

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This makes me laugh.

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Our Prayer


Thou has given so much to me,
Give one thing more–a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.

–George Herbert

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Meet my Dear Friend, Grace

About a year ago I received a phone call from a woman in Salt Lake named Gloria who was in charge of a scholarship pageant for African princesses studying here in Utah.  She was looking for a service project for her girls and had heard about Days for Girls.  It was a perfect fit.

In January, we invited these princesses to our huge Kaysville Rotary DfG event and they were excited to learn about DfG and thrilled to help.2015-1-31 Kaysville Rotary  (85)2015-1-31 Kaysville Rotary  (118)Gloria was so taken by what she learned about what we were doing, she could hardly wait to tell her mother, Grace, who was visiting from Nigeria.  I was really excited and arranged to meet Grace a week later in Salt Lake.2015-2-5 Grace from Nigeria (2)We became instant friends, especially when I told her I’d lived in Nigeria for several years before I was married.  As I taught Grace about Days for Girls and what we do, she became very excited.  I gave her a kit to take back to her women’s organization.  I learned that Grace has a PhD. from the University of Calabar, which was near where I once lived.  She was formerly an Honourable Minister for Inter – Governmental Affairs, Youth Development and Special Duties.  In other words, as we’d say in Nigeria, she was a big (or very important) woman!2015-3-12 Rainmaker Award UVU (27)While Grace was in the States, we enjoyed keeping in touch and sharing news about Days for Girls.  When it came time for Grace to return to Nigeria, she took 100 kits for her girls and instructions to teach her women’s group of 150 widows in Abuja.

A few weeks ago I received this email from Grace:

Hi my beloved and hard working Mission mother.
This is to let you know that approval has been given to me by the Directors of both the junior and senior secondary schools boards in Federal capital territory Abuja to give out 80 kits to students from 10 secondary schools in F.C.T. 10 will be given to the principal s of the schools for the possible reproduction by their home economic departments for more students. Then 10 will be given to my widows for their training and further reproduction. Totalling 100 kits in all.
The occasion is taking place at Government Secondary School Tuntun wada zone 4 wuse Abuja on the 12th of November 2015 at about 11am.
All the students from the various schools and their principals and home economic teachers and many widows and staff of FCT secondary school board are expected to be in Attendance
I have also invited Dr Ugo to be in attendance and deliver a short speech. I invited Tina Gibbs and she said that she will talk to her husband and get back to me but I have not heard back from her yet.
I wish you will be here. It is going to be a big day for the Day for girls. I just want to make it big.
They will be pictures and tape recordings for you.After the occasion I will mail all the approvals and tapes to you. I pray that our Father God Almighty in His infinite mercy will bring it to pass successfully in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour amen.
I am sponsoring the occasion from my own funds and the kits will be given free to every one.. The students are coming from distance schools and I have to supplement their transportation to and fro and some other expenditures expected to be incured but it is sincerely my pleasure to spend every scent to see these students get the kits and for the sincere love and efforts of the beautiful sisters like you and others in Utah who laboured tirelessly to produce them accomplished
Kindly send a speech that might be presented and if sister Celeste would like to send a speech all will be presented to the students and their principals be me or by Dr Ugo.
Kindly accept my sisterly love and highest respect . Give my love to the mission president and your missionaries.
The speeches if any should be sent to my email address and they will be printed out for presentation. Kindly join me in prayers for the success of the program please.

The Directors are all excited like me about the kits. The students will surely be more excited when they see them.
Kindly give my regards to the Mission president and all your Missionaries. Thank you again and again for all your dedication to us in Africa. Tell the wonderul sisters in Utah that our Father God Almighty will always reward them for us and their kits are getting to the right girls. I will send pictures and tapes to you for them. Kindly accept my sisterly love and highest respect.

I  sent the following speech to Grace for this event:

My dear friends in Nigeria,

I am so very honored and grateful to send a message to you with my dear friend, the Honorable Grace Ogwuche. My name is Ann Lewis and I am from Utah, where I have lived and raised my children. Before moving to Utah, I lived in Eket, Cross River State for 3 years, where I directed a child health project for the Thrasher Research Fund from 1983-1987. I loved living in Nigeria and made many friends there. The love I have for the people of Nigeria has directed me to find and help with many humanitarian efforts over the years.

About 3 years ago, I was invited to speak to a group of women about what it’s like to live in a village in Africa. I was so happy to go and show photos and tell stories about my experiences in Nigeria and help my sisters here understand more about the challenges you face and the heroic women who deal so well with those challenges.

After my part on the program, they were excited to show me a service project they had been working on for several weeks. They were making and sewing feminine hygiene kits for girls in rural areas who do not have access to feminine hygiene products. They said this project was called “Days for Girls.” I was speechless as I watched what they were doing! In all the time I lived in a village, with my neighbors and friends there, I never once had a conversation with another woman about feminine hygiene. I brought a 3-year supply of products with me. That night, these good women showed me the kits they were making and explained to me that these kits were washable and re-useable and they would last up to 3 years if taken care of correctly. I was astonished!

My life changed that evening. I went home and read everything I could find on the Days for Girls website. I told all my friends about it. I started organizing groups of women to make and sew kits with donations we collected. For the last 3 years, my life has revolved around helping make and get kits to girls in need. We have taught thousands of women and girls how to make these kits, and we have sent thousands of kits all over the world.

Last year I met Grace Ogwuche when she was visiting her daughter in Salt Lake City, Utah. I showed her a kit and explained how these kits can help keep our young girls in school every day of the month. I watched Grace’s eyes light up when I explained how we can help. The next week she told me several times that she could not sleep as she thought about Days for Girls and how many girls in her country need these kits. For the last several months, we have been talking about how to bring Days for Girls to Nigeria to bless your lives and the lives of your sisters and daughters and school girls.

Today is the beginning of something very big and very important for school girls in this area of Nigeria. We are thrilled to introduce you to Days for Girls and hope you will help us find ways to involve women in your area to teach and help make these kits. Every girl deserves to stay in school every day of the month! Please help us find ways to educate and spread the world about Days for Girls. We need teachers and leaders who can learn to make and teach others to make kits. We need help finding resources of fabric and sewing machines and women who can cut and sew. We can do this with your help!

Thank you for coming today. Please think about what you can do to help our girls stay in school and receive educations that will bless them and their future families.
As they say in Eket, “It is no small thing we do!” Thank you for helping in any small way you can.

I hope someday to return to Nigeria so I can meet you and thank you in person.

With my kind thanks,
Ann Lewis

A few days ago, I received the following report and photos from Grace of this historic event.  I am thrilled.  I have a great love for my Nigerian sisters and friends.  They enlarged my world when I was younger and showed me how to find joy and goodness in living simply and purposefully.  These women and girls are my heroes and friends.  I hope to pay them back for all they shared with me by helping them with this project.  Take a look below at what Grace has started!2015-11-12 Grace in Nigeria (7)

My wonderful sister.
This is to inform you that the occasion today was a huge success. About 300 people were in attendance and all the kits were given out free to students, widows and schools I will package the pictures and videos to you very soon.
Your message and that of sister Celeste were eloquently delivered to all by both Dr Ugo and my self. I will send the programme along with the videos.
I give thanks and praises and worship and adoration to our Father God Almighty in Heaven for the great success of the event. To Him be glory forever in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour amen..
Kindly thank our sisters in Utah who worked tirelessly to produce the kits for us. All were very appreciative of them. May our God Almighty Father bless you and all of them for us always in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour amen.
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I am so grateful to Gloria and her mother, Grace for all they do to help their sisters and friends.  I love keeping in touch with them and I love considering the great good a few good women can do if they put their hearts and minds together.  We really can change the world.

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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God

Joseph Smith reading by James McNaughton

Yesterday in our Sunday School class we studied the book of James in the New Testament. James is likely the brother of Jesus, and his words resonate deep in my heart.  I’m so grateful for scriptures that guide us and move us to act as this verse penned by James did to a young boy named Joseph Smith in the year 1820.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  (James 1:5)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, an Apostle of Jesus Christ said:

“. . . this single verse of scripture has had a greater impact and a more far reaching effect upon mankind than any other single sentence ever recorded by any prophet in any age. It might well be said that the crowning act of the ministry of James was not his martyrdom for the testimony of Jesus, but his recitation, as guided by the Holy Ghost, of these simple words which led to the opening of the heavens in modern times.

“And it might well be added that every investigator of revealed truth stands, at some time in the course of his search, in the place where Joseph Smith stood. He must turn to the Almighty and gain wisdom from God by revelation if he is to gain a place on that strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.”
(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:246-47)

I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who hears and answers our personal prayers.  He has answered mine and He will answer yours.

Joseph Smith sacred groveYou can learn more about what Joseph learned when he asked God here:

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Writing What’s Precious

Isaiah keeping recordsI love the stories in the Book of Mormon.  Today I was reading about a prophet named Nephi and his brother, Jacob.  They left Jerusalem in the year 600 B.C. and came to the Americas.  Nephi’s father, Lehi, was a prophet in Jerusalem during the time of Jeremiah. Nephi kept the record after his father died, and then passed the sacred records to his brother, Jacob just before his death.

Here’s what I read this morning:

1 For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates, upon which these things are engraven.

2 And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I considered to be most precious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly, concerning the history of this people which are called the people of Nephi.

3 For he said that the history of his people should be engraven upon his other plates, and that I should preserve these plates and hand them down unto my seed, from generation to generation.

4 And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelation which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the heads of them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it were possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people.

5 For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them.

6 And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come.

7 Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness.

8 Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all men not to rebel against God, to provoke him to anger, but that all men would believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world; wherefore, I, Jacob, take it upon me to fulfil the commandment of my brother Nephi.

I am always fascinated when I read about records and journals and written accounts of peoples who lived long ago.  It seems God always asks his prophets to keep records which will be of great value to people in some latter day.  In this case, Jacob is instructed to write preaching that was sacred, revelation which was great, prophecies  and heads (or headlines) of what was going on in his world–as much as possible–for Christ’s sake and for the sake of his people.

I feel the same about my own personal records, which contain many of those same kinds of things relevant to my own little life.  I feel compelled every day to write and record my story and my experiences.  Like Nephi and Jacob, we are also preparing for Christ to come, this time for the 2nd time.

This is why I’ve left my home and family and friends and all I love to be where I am right now, helping to bring others to Christ.  I am happy and feel great joy every single day.


Art work:  The Prophet Isaiah foretelling Jesus’s birth by Harry Anderson and the Prophet Moroni keeping a record of his people on metal plates by Arnold Friberg.

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Charlotte Turley Bushman b. 15 April 1840, d. 1 Nov 1899

Bushman, Charlotte Turley

I believe in guardian angels.  I believe Charlotte Turley Bushman is one of mine.  I love her and have often felt her near me.  She died on this day in 1899 at the age of 59, not much older than I am now.  Charlotte is one of my heroines and I can hardly wait to meet her someday and visit with her about things she saw and felt during her sojourn here on earth.

Although Charlotte lived long ago, I feel her faith and have learned of her steadfast life.  I have not found any words written by Charlotte herself, but others wrote about her and have described her to me.  I have spent many years gathering her descendants and have found more than 4000 who call her mother.  I believe she knows us and watches over us. On this day, I remember her and honor her, my Pioneer Mother.IMG_7976  Jacob & Charlotte Bushman Headstone  FairviewFairview, Utah Cemetery, Jacob and Charlotte Turley Bushman headstone.

Here is a family treasure, in the possession of Hugh Baker in Fairview.  After Charlotte died, Jacob had this memorial made.  Charlotte’s hair is in the beautiful lace bow.Charlotte Turley In Loving Remembrance (2)   Charlotte Turley In Loving Remembrance Charlotte Turley In Loving Remembrance (5)

[This biographical sketch of the life of Jacob Bushman, written by his brother, Martin Benjamin Bushman ca. 1915, was found written in the Temple Record Book of their father, Jacob Bushman, pp. 12-15 ( FHL # 673266, item 11). It is retyped here by Ann Laemmlen Lewis, May 2007. Spelling and punctuation from the original have been retained.]

A Short Biographical Sketch of Jacob Bushman
by Martin B. Bushman, his brother

Jacob Bushman was Born July 27 1830 in Bart Towenship Lancaster County Pennsylvaney. His parents was Martin Bushman and Elizabeth Degen Bushman his Father was of German desent and his Mother came from Switzerland he was the third child of a family of ten six boys and four girls he received a good & varring school education in his early days. his Father was a farmer by trade he spent his early life with him on the farm. at the age of twelve years he in connection with his parrents moved to Nauvoo in the state of illinois this journey was about one thousand miles and was done done by horse teams and was a very hard journey through a ruf country with a poor team. on arriving at Nauvoo they again went on a farm and joined their lot with the Mormon people in that city. He in connection with his Father ran the farm succusful and was getting along very nicly. They lived there four years when the enimies of the Mormon people got jelous of them and killed their Prophet and drove the saints from the state. he in connection with his Fathers family left their home and most everything in it and their grain standing in the field they put what few things they could put into a wagon and fled from their enimmies into the state of Iowa Their journey through that state was very hard on them it was very cold and the road was very mudy and the food was very scarce. he had two sisters die on that journey one on October 12.1846 he seen her laid in the cold grave without a cofffin one week later he had another sister die and was burried by the road side. the main cause of their death was the want of proper food and exposure in the cold wheather. after a tiresome journey of several months they arrived at the western part of Iowa. They stopped at a little place called Highland grove Ten miles from councel Bluf. They got some land and built a log cabin on it for the famly to live in. Jacob being the oldest of the children he then was sixeteen years old went to to the state of Misoura with his Father to find imployment so they could got some good and clothing for the famly that they had left on the fronteirs he stayed there most of the time for the next four years working hard to get an outfit to go to utah. he was always able to get imployment some times at very low wages it was at that time that he showed some of his good qualities that stayed with him through life. one was he was always reliable what ever he promised to do you could be shure it would be done. another was to always keep good company and never be seen in low down places. and to always live within his income. His parents in 1851 concluded to go to utah as they had by that time had got by his aid sufisent means to get their out fit for the journey he concluded to go also a man by the name of Henry Kerns imployed him to drive a ox team to utah. he was then twenty years old he drove that team of oxen the one thousand miles without any acident and was always on hand to do his share of camp duties. he was about five month on this journey. he got work in Salt Lake City for a few month then he got in with a company that was going to california he succeed in getting there all right and went to work to develope that country and build it up. he then went to sanbardeno where some of the Mormon people lived it was there that he first met Charlotte Turley who became his wife they where Married March 4th 1857 in sanbardeno California. in the latter part of 1857 he returned to and made his home in Lehi where he continued to live for over 30 years he was one of Lehi most sucessful farmers he run the Saratoga Springs farm for John C. Nail for a number of years he held the office of City marchal and was a school trustee and also held church offices he was considered one of Lehi most reliable Citizen he always took a pride having good cows and a good team. in the year 1884 he was called on a mission to Arizona to help build up that state. he sold his property in Lehi and went with a good outfit to fill that mission he stayed there for fours and spent most of his means in trying to build up the country there. he was released to return to utah. he went to Fairview sanpete county utah and took up some land and started out a new to make a home. he has been a true pioneer and has helpted in the early settlement of five states namly illinois Iowa utah California and Arizona. he always done his full share of manuel labor in all the places he lived in every thing prospered with him in his new home at fairview he was regaing his former financial standing and every thing look bright before him. Just then the trial of his life came upon him that was the Death of his dear wife who had bore him Ten Children and had been his help and support in all his trials and labors in redeeming new countries and in building homes she was a faithful wife and a loving Mother and always worked hard to help her husband and to care for her children She like her husband had past through many tryals from her early childhood for the gospel sake. the loss of her was great to him but he felt that he might still do some good by kind and encourageing words to his chidren to help them along in the trials of life. he has filled a honrable mission to his native state while there he obtained much genology and he has spent much time in getting genology of his dead kindred he has spent time and money in doing work for the dead in the Temples and that labor gave him much joy in his declining years at the time this short sketch was writen he was eighty four years old. he is still quite active for that age and takes great pleasure in raising a nise garden he likes to meet old friends and to talk of times long past he has tryed to be faithful to God and all man kind. he died March 25, 1919 at Fairview Sanpete Co. Utah four years after this sketch was was written by his Brother Martin B Bushman at Lehi utah.

Here are some photos of the homestead where Jacob and Charlotte lived in Fairview:Fairview, Bushman homestead, July 2010 (43)Fairview, Bushman homestead, July 2010 (46)Jacob and Charlotte Bushman home and ranch Fairview, Utah Aug 2008 (51) Jacob and Charlotte Bushman home and ranch Fairview, Utah Aug 2008 (61)Fairview, Bushman homestead, July 2010 (64) Fairview, Bushman homestead, July 2010 (66)

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