2016 Nauvoo Memories

25th Anniversary of the Nauvoo Smith Family Cemetery Dedication. (Photo: Lindsey Orton)

25th Anniversary of the Smith Family Cemetery Dedication. (Photo: Lindsey Orton)

Community of Christ Council of Twelve, Lachlan Mackay, shakes hands with Elder M. Russell Ballard, Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.(Photo: Lindsey Orton)

Community of Christ Council of Twelve, Lachlan Mackay shakes hands with Elder M. Russell Ballard, Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Photo: Lindsey Orton)

2016 Online Reunion 8.2.16

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday Reunion Activities

Bertha Madison Smith by Anina Luff

Smith’s in Rose Hill Cemetery

Sr. Family Report by Daniel Adams

Joseph for President by Susan Easton Black

Scholar discusses Joseph Smith – Church News – Susan Easton Black

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Morning Cemetery Service Project

Don Carlos Smith by Gracia Jones

Lewis C. Bidamon highlights by Gracia Jones

Saturday, August 6. 2016

Carthage Jail Morningside Photos

Carthage Jail – Program – Susan Easton Black

Death on a Thursday Afternoon by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

Elder Ballard – Carthage Jail – Program

Cemetery 25th Anniversary Remembrance

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Lachlan Mackay – Cemetery Talk

Elder Ballard – Cemetery Talk

Family Devotional

Karl Anderson – Smith Family Devotional

Elder Ballard’s talk at the Smith Family Devotional

Saturday Afternoon Photo Memories

History of Foundation and Association by Karl Anderson and Daniel Larsen

Lach Mackay’s presentation on A Brief History of the Smith Family Cemetery

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Winter Quarters Fireside Photos

The Story of John Pidding Jones Missing the Boat by Ivor Jones

Smith Reunion Talk by Mary Ellen Elggren

Smith Sr Reunion History by Gracia Jones

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Walking in their Shoes

By Steve & Frances Orton and Joy Ercanbrack

Walking in their Shoes was designated as the theme for the 2014 Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family Reunion. The family gained a deeper respect for our ancestors who lived in the Independence, Missouri area as we toured Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, and the sacred Liberty Jail. We learned that God does not abandon us, just as he did not abandon Joseph and Hyrum when they were unjustly imprisoned in the Liberty Jail. Truth does prevail and the mercies of God will be revealed.

The opening meeting was held in the beautiful Community of Christ Stone Church on Thursday, July 31. Dan Larsen welcomed the family to the Kansas City area. Lach Mackay read a welcome letter to the family from Cousin Wallace B. Smith who was recovering from surgery. Steve and Frances Orton presented a history of past reunions and family events and discussed how this reunions activities would go. Reports were given by Bob Smith from Samuels family and the iDig project. Phillip Beem discussed the family website and passed on information from Michael Kennedy. Daniel Adams shared the hopes and interests of upcoming events the Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family Association are working on.

The highlight of the evening was hear the memories of Anina Mackay Luff as she reflected on the early reunions and said as she looked in the eyes of newly discovered cousins, she could see the eyes of her family. To end Thursday nights meeting Joy Ercanbrack introduced our theme of Walking in their Shoes and then honored those family members who attended the 1973 Independence Reunion.

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