History of the Kimberly, Idaho Ward
My formal education commenced in September 1910. There were four rooms with two grades in each room. Later it grew until two buildings were used. I was only an average student in school and didn’t mix with the other kids too well. My schooling was rather humdrum judging by the way things are run now.
History of the Kimberly, Idaho Ward
The thing which I wanted in school was not offered. I wanted to play the organ and the violin—these were the things which were my life. English and history were for the birds, as far as I was concerned then. The stories which were given us to read were dry and boring. I didn’t absorb much of that either. I liked math and science quite well. However, I have always liked to work with my hands better than anything, which might explain why I did not like to read. As I have grown older I like to read very much, but it must be something that is worthwhile or I do not care for it.
J. Wesley Glenn
I was called to the Australian Mission leaving home the 9 December 1925, at the age of 21. I spent two weeks in the Mission Home in
and left there 18 December for San Salt
Lake City .
I sailed from there the 22 December on the S. S. Sonoma bound for Francisco,
California , Sidney .
The sea was very rough being
driven by an eighty-mile gale.
The waves were very high and
the propellers were raised out of
the water at times and that would
make the ship shake and tremble. Australia
The Lord was with us so we were safe. The Captain of the ship remarked that he was glad to have Mormon Elders aboard the ship as he knew he would reach his destination safely. He had carried a number of Elders before. Seasickness came over me until I did not care if I stayed on top of the water or underneath the water. After four days, the wind ceased. We had clear sailing the next sixteen days. The ship stopped at the Hawaiian Islands,
Islands and the .
in the Sidney Harbor 12 January 1926 after twenty-one days on
the waters. Fiji Islands
is a very pretty place indeed. My labors were in
Sidney Sidney, Hobart, Melbourne, and .
The people were, as a rule,
very indifferent, so little was accomplished except gain a strong testimony
of the Gospel myself which is worth the experience and expense.
I was released from the mission 18 February 1928. There was
a lady who was sailing with us whom I talked to several times. She
bought the Book of Mormon, which I had carried all through the Mission
Field, and seemed to be quite interested. I do not know if she
ever joined the Church or not. Adelaide
J. Wesley Glenn
When one gets about so old or a certain age he begins to think about the more serious things of life such as getting married. I was no exception to this rule, although my father thought I had ‘wheels in my head’. However, when the time came they all accepted the fact that their family was at last growing up and were thinking about the serious facts of life. Things had undergone a great change while I was away the two and one-quarter years. The young people I had known before had married, which put me in a rather embarrassing position at times until I finally learned that people would get married. That situation did not last for long though as I was at a dance in
one Saturday night and one of my friends asked me if I would
like to meet a girl who had come into the country that summer. I told him I
would. So I met Miss
Velma Tyler. For some reason she seemed to be different than other
girls I had dated before. This fateful night was 17 November 1928.
After many discouraging tries trying to date and she being new
and not knowing many boys, everything seemed to be set for us to
go together. We became acquainted with each other very rapidly and
soon after the first of the year, 1929, we were engaged to be married.
She worked and bought a few things that summer and I worked
on the farm with my father and the rest of the family and Twin Falls
didn’t get much more than my living, which made it rather hard for us to start housekeeping.
J. Wesley and Velma Tyler Glenn
We were married 30 August 1929 in the
George F. Richards, President of the Salt
Lake Temple .
Velma is the daughter
of Rufus Black Tyler and Mary Ann Hogan. She was born in
Foster, Temple , 25 January 1906. She lived in Randolph, Arkansas Arkansas
until 1923 when the family moved to
and then to
1928. Sometimes people must travel a long way to meet the
one they decide to live with, however, that is a good thing for people are
mixed up which builds a
stronger race. Velma was promised in her patriarchal blessing she would have
strong children, which
was the fact. The Lord scatters the Children of Israel so they would be strong
to carry on His
work. After a short honeymoon we settled on the farm with my father in Kimberly
where we lived
until the present (1961). Times were hard at first and things were not as we
expected. There was
quite a little disagreement between the family and myself. They did not realize
that I had a home
to keep and that would cost money, so there were differences. My father died in
and then mother divided the property among the boys. We
had a forty-acre farm all to ourselves. The farm was not too
productive at first as it had been farmed quite hard and not kept
up as it should have been. We worked hard and I would find
work in the winter and that way we made a good living and
reared our family. We are at present living on the same farm
my mother gave us when my father died. I have never been
blessed with much money, but that has been good for us. Had
we had a lot of money, perhaps we would have forgotten the
Lord and be like so many people getting to worshipping the Idaho
money and thinking of nothing else. The most prized possession I have in life is the testimony I have of the
truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
|Glenn home in Kimberly, |
I have tried to fill the Church assignments as they were given to me. Two stake missions were assigned to me during the 1930s and 1940s. The assignment I have most appreciated is the call to officiate in the
. I was set apart
for this office 19 August 1953 by Brother Albert
Choules of the Idaho Falls
Temple . I was blessed
that I would have the finances to travel to and
from the temple, that I would be protected from accident as I traveled on the
highways, and that all
would be well while I was away from home, all of which have been fulfilled. We
traveled the 330
miles to the temple and back usually in one day which required that we leave
home at four in the
morning and we were late in the evening getting back home. It was a very long
day. I have had a
few which could have been accidents in my travels to the temple, but each time
something kept us from
getting hit. One time in particular there was a large steer in the middle of
the road and as it was
night I could not see him until it was too late to do anything, but he just
stood in the middle of the
road and we passed him by about four feet. I immediately thought of the
blessing I was given. The
trip to the temple is a hard trip, but it is different from the everyday
routine of making a living. To
me, although it is tiring, it is restful and relaxing and then the joy of doing
something for someone
else who could not do for themselves is reward enough for me. I do not care if
I spend some
of my income for that. If I did not spend it that way I would spend it some
other way. It would
be gone. Temple
With the beginning of the year of 1956, I was given the assignment to teach the youth of the ward. A more important or stimulating assignment I have never had to date. The youth are always full of vitality and my class was no exception. I had to really study to meet their challenge which did me no harm. I taught this class for three and one-half years and then was assigned the investigators class in Sunday School. This was also a stimulating class as they were all interested in the Gospel and eager to know more about it. I must keep on my toes and read up on all the doctrine to be able to answer all the questions they can ask.
With this history I wish to leave my testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel of the
of Latter Day Saints. There is no doubt in my mind as to the divine calling of
the Prophet Joseph Smith and the work he did. As I go forth with my callings in
the Church and the
study of the doctrine, everything points to the fact that it is all true. The
more I learn about the temple
ceremony, the more it is impressed on my mind that it is true. I can say
without a shadow of a
doubt that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that Joseph Smith lived and
organized the Church.
I only hope that I can live worthy of the blessings in store for me if I finish
my life faithfully
to the end. This testimony I bear to all of my descendants and to all the world
in the Church
of Jesus Christ
name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Moena Glenn, daughter, born 15 January 1931
Patricia Ann Glenn, daughter, born 17 March 1932
Donald Wesley Glenn, son, born 24 August 1933
Derald Boyd Glenn, son, born 21 October 1936
MY LINE OF AUTHORITY
I was ordained a Seventy by Elder Melvin J. Ballard. He was ordained an apostle by Heber J. Grant. He was ordained by George Q. Cannon. He was ordained by Brigham Young. He was ordained by Joseph Smith and the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was ordained by Peter, James and John who were called and sent forth by Jesus Christ.