|July 16, 2007|
La Serena, Chile
|only i want to say thanks to this community, specially to Brad Bryant, Missionary Seventy who helping from his country to my daughter and i, with the best of God teached to us, the pray Carolina & Connie (from Chile) |
|July 14, 2007|
Chino Valley, AZ
|I was idly surfing genealogy sites when a chance diversion led me here. I guess I have to say that the site is well-designed, because I found it sufficiently inviting to cause me to click every button. |
My mother, Velda Mae (Kurtz) Morefield was a member of RLDS Church in Flora IL, when the building was located at the corner of Locust and Washington. As I barely recall, it may have been built after we moved to that part of town in 1948, when I was five years old. We lived a block north, first at 408 and later at 402, at the corner of Locust and Short St.
There was nothing left of our home but a vacant lot the last time I passed that way. Even the oak tree on the corner was gone. Now I'm wondering whether the old RLDS building still stands and how, if at all, it's being used.
Perusing your website reminded me that I went to a Brush Creek Reunion at least once as a young child. I believe my father went, too, even though he was a member of a different church. In my memory the drive took forever. Now I'm startled to see that it's only a few miles south of Xenia.
Now I'm experiencing a flood of memories. When my mother died in 1971, my father asked me to help him search through all my mother's things for a paper that he said had meant a lot to her. It was some kind of blessing or prophecy she'd been given by a leader in the RLDS Church many years earlier. We never found it, and I don't even remember what it was called.
It didn't seem important at the time. Now I wish I had it to give to my son, who was born in 1974, the year after my father died. I've passed along a few keepsakes that belonged to Dad, including souvenirs from his service in WWII on New Caledonia and Bouganville Islands in the Pacific, but nothing of Mothers's except fading photographs.