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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Walking in their Shoes

By Steve & Frances Orton and Joy Ercanbrack

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family members who went the extra mile to help make the 2014 Reunion such agreat success! Please log on to the website tosee pictures and read the full account of thereunion.

The family gained a deeper respect for ourancestors who lived in the Independence,Missouri area as we toured Far West, Adamondi-Ahman, and the sacred Liberty Jail.We learned that God does not abandonus, just as he did not abandon Joseph andHyrum when they were unjustly imprisonedin the Liberty Jail. Truth does prevail and themercies of God will be revealed.

The family met in the beautiful Community of Christ Stone Church and received graciouswelcomes and family news, history,website, iDig info and news of upcoming events. Lach Mackay read a welcome letter to thefamily from Cousin Wallace B. Smithwho was recovering from surgery.

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