Chapter 5- Leaving Canada To Follow A Prophet

Tracing my Mormon pioneer roots because sometimes our story begins with those who came before. Chapter 5 – LEAVING CANADA TO FOLLOW A PROPHET After his baptism, Daniel became an elder in the church. He led church activities and continued sharing his belief that the Mormon faith was the only true church led by aContinue reading “Chapter 5- Leaving Canada To Follow A Prophet”

Chapter 4 – Missionaries

Tracing my Mormon pioneer roots because sometimes our story begins with those who came before. Chapter 4 – MISSIONARIES Once upon a time, a boy named Joseph said he talked to angels. He claimed he began receiving holy revelations as a teenager. In 1830, at the age of twenty-five, those conversations became the foundations ofContinue reading “Chapter 4 – Missionaries”

Chapter 3 – Settling In

Tracing my Mormon pioneer roots because sometimes our story begins with those who came before. Chapter 3 – Settling In “Settled” is such a cozy word. I like to settle into a comfortable chair or settle down for a warm winter nap. But for eager settlers like Henry and Elizabeth Wood, there was nothing cozyContinue reading “Chapter 3 – Settling In”

Chapter 2- Loyalty and Revolution

Tracing my Mormon pioneer roots because sometimes our story begins with those who came before. Chapter 2 – Loyalty and Revolution Once in America, John Wood set about building a new life for himself, including moving from Massachusetts to New York.  The Old Dutch Church of Kingston in New York kept a meticulous register ofContinue reading “Chapter 2- Loyalty and Revolution”

Chapter 1- Sailing Ships

Tracing my Mormon pioneer roots because sometimes our story begins with those who came before. Chapter 1 – SAILING SHIPS I admire a tree’s solid footing in a spinning world. Walking in forests anchors me. Placing my palms against a tree’s rough bark, I wonder what secrets it holds. A tree’s fall leaves are richContinue reading “Chapter 1- Sailing Ships”

Lunch Card

One day at school, I stopped eating lunch. I didn’t stop eating because I wasn’t hungry, hated cafeteria food, wanted to lose weight, or was extra studious. I stopped eating because I was ashamed of being poor. Growing up in Utah, my family was a part of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons. TheContinue reading “Lunch Card”

Mistakes Made

I was well into my second decade of teaching before I realized my classroom contributed to white supremacy. And by white supremacy, I don’t mean the KKK robe-wearing hatred of non-whites. I mean whiteness centered as the norm around which all other races orbit. This kind of whiteness harms all students because it leads toContinue reading “Mistakes Made”

Redemption

I was born into the Mormon church, baptized at eight. I received a patriarchal blessing and worked hard to be a faithful Latter-Day Saint.  I planned to attend Brigham Young University and expected to marry a returned missionary to build a family. I was continuing a faith tradition my family had worshiped in for overContinue reading “Redemption”

Indoctrination

Recently, our local paper had an article detailing a letter some concerned community members sent to the school district. They don’t like a “Black Lives Matter” banner hanging on the tennis court in front of the high school. Under the words “Black Lives Matter,” the banner reads, “Vision: Every student is a lifelong learner whoContinue reading “Indoctrination”

Teach Our Children

I’ve spent nearly two decades as an early childhood teacher teaching hundreds of students.  Often, my preschool was the first time parents left their children.  Building trust was a dance we did together.  Student, parent, and teacher.  The goal was to prepare each child for life beyond the preschool walls. Every parent loved their childContinue reading “Teach Our Children”