After two years there and at age 9, he led Old Tom, his ox and best friend on the long trail, to the Salt Lake Valley,” said President M. Russell Ballard, a great-grandson of Joseph F. Smith. 1 Born at Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England; daughter of Rachel Ibbotson and John Fielding. Hyrum and Mary also had two children of their own—Joseph F. Smith, later the sixth President of the Church, and Martha Ann. She then started toward the river and soon found the oxen by a clump of willows. After the blessing, the ox got up and was soon ready to pull the wagon again. Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (July 21, 1801 – September 21, 1852) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of Latter Day Saint leader Hyrum Smith, and the mother of Joseph F. Smith, who became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Lavina Fielding Anderson. Despite all difficulties, Mary and her family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 23, 1848, a full day before the rest of the company. On December 24, 1837, Mary married Hyrum Smith, the brother of the Prophet Joseph. Mary's faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah. They found Mary kneeling in prayer, asking the Lord to help them recover their lost team. But in this he was mistaken. The same idea is repeated in "The Life and Teachings of Jesus", 1974, p. 29: "Joseph was a mortal soul in premortality to be blessed with the signal honor Even if it is the … the wife of Hyrum Smith; her oldest son, Joseph Fielding Smith, and her Mary Fielding Smith weathered social pressures, freezing cold temperatures, and people who didn't believe in her abilities. She paid tithing, even in her poverty. Strong oxen were necessary to making the trip west in safety. They agreed. Dec 29, 2013 - LDS Bronze sculpture of Mary Fielding Smith praying for her sick ox with her son Joseph Fielding Smith. After spending the winter of 1848-1849 in the fort of the Salt Lake Valley, Mary Fielding Smith, widow of church leader Hyrum Smith, decided to live on a farm rather than her assigned "city" plot. Mary Fielding Smith – Mormon Pioneer by G.S. Mary Fielding Smith was the wife of Hyrum Smith, the mother of Joseph F. Smith, and grandmother of Joseph Fielding Smith.. She was born on July 21, 1801, in Bedfordshire, England. Each time, they were healed instantly. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith. The deceased was truly a “mother in Israel” and her name, and deeds, will be held in everlasting remembrance, associated as they are, with the persecutions of the saints and those tragic scenes that can never be forgotten. Unselfishly she cared for Hyrum’s five small children, whose mother had died earlier. Janet Peterson and Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Sharing Time: Temples Are Places of Service, Camilla and Mandi Rogers of Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Mary Fielding Smith—Mother in Israel,” Friend, July 1993, 32, (All quotations are from the Life of Joseph F. Smith, by Joseph Fielding Smith, pages 120–159, and Gospel Doctrine, by Joseph F. Smith, page 542.). Mary Fielding Smith remained faithful to the end of her life. She remained independent, raising chickens, sheep, and cattle. crossed to Utah in 1848, her son Joseph was 9 years old. 2 Immigrated to Toronto, Upper Canada, 1834. Later generations saw her through the eyes of her son, President Joseph F. Smith, who often spoke of her as a model of courage and faithfulness. Sitting in front of the Mary Fielding Smith home at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City on a bright June morning weeks before Pioneer Day, the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on his pioneer heritage and what it means to be a pioneer to the Latter-day Saints today. When Mary She was widely respected and admired during her lifetime. Mary Fielding was born July 21, 1801, in Honidon, Bedfordshire, England. On 29 January 1839, Mary Fielding Smith and Mercy Fielding Thompson, Mary’s sister, visited Liberty Jail and spent the night.3 On this occasion, Mary brought Joseph F. with her, he having been born on 13 November 1838 at Far West, Missouri, two weeks after Joseph’s and Hyrum’s arrest and incarceration. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith from early years in England, through her conversion and gathering with the Saints. Had this happened, she could not have continued on the journey to the Valley. Wikipedia Biographical Summary "...Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (July 21, 1801 – September 21, 1852) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of LDS Church leader Hyrum Smith and the mother of Joseph F. Smith. "Mary Fielding Smith's life, though lived in the nineteenth century, provides many lessons on how to live in the modern world.” This lecture will highlight faithful moments in Mary Fielding Smith’s lifetime that exemplify living the gospel and finding happiness. First, I am no blood relation to Mary Fielding Smith, although, like all of you, I proudly claim her for a spiritual sister; second, my subject is not Mary Fielding Smith herself LDS Bronze sculpture of Mary Fielding Smith praying for her sick ox with her son Joseph Fielding Smith. Mary Fielding Smith, Daughter of Britain: Portrait of Courage - Kindle edition by Corbett, Don Cecil. Though this slowed their progress, they managed to make it the twenty-seven miles from Winter Quarters to the Elk Horn River, where their company was forming and where they hoped to obtain more oxen or horses. MARY FIELDING SMITH: HER OX GOES MARCHING ON Lavina Fielding Anderson I should preface these remarks by establishing two things. Mary and her family moved from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters. Strong oxen were necessary to making the trip west in safety. At her funeral, Joseph F. said, “Nothing beneath the celestial kingdom can surpass my deathless love for the sweet true, noble, soul who gave me birth—my own, own mother! grandson of the same name, both became Presidents of the Church. Although administration to the sick had only been used for humans, Mary believed that the Lord would heal the animal that she needed so desperately. Mary Fielding Smith remained faithful to the end of her life. I What an amazing story of perseverance. She was good! Inspirational stories about the beginning of the LDS (Mormon) Church. Laughter Amid Trials Get this from a library! Her wagon master didn't want her and her children on the trip, but she told him not only will I not be a burden but I will beat you to the valley. If I did not pay my tithing I should expect the Lord to withhold His blessings from me; I pay my tithing, not only because it is a law of God but because I expect a blessing by doing it.”. Would you deny me a blessing? Mary Fielding Smith. Afton Felt: Interview by Ron; House on 700 North-Provo (WIP)Romance 1942 Style – Paul almost misses his promised goodbye kiss to Afton; Work Ethic Breed in their children Paul and Afton 4 thoughts on “ Mary Fielding Smith ” Eunice Robertson on August 13, 2009 From the first time I got to learn about this determined and committed woman, I admired her.We might not have the same kinds of problems as the pioneers did, but she is a prime example of what an LDS woman ought to be, even in these days – selfsufficient and enduring to the end. One year later they moved to Kirtland, Ohio, to live with the Saints there. Recognizing the importance of her husband’s work, Mary supported Hyrum through all the persecutions he suffered for his belief in the Gospel. When William Thompson, a tithing clerk, saw her, he questioned her need to pay tithing, because she was so poor. Her faithfulness impressed her children with the importance of tithing. Shortly before the birth of Joseph F. on November 13, 1838, Hyrum, along with his brother, Joseph, were imprisoned at Liberty Jail. She was the wife of Hyrum Smith; her oldest son, Joseph Fielding Smith, and her grandson of the same name, both became Presidents of the Church. Mary Fielding was born 21 July 1801 in Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Fielding (1759-1836) and Rachel Ibbotson (1767-1828) and died 21 September 1852 inSalt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of pneumonia. Soul, heart, and hand; faithful and true we will ever stand. "His Mother's Faith'' Mormon Pioneer Bronze Sculpture by LDS Artists Stan Watts and Kim Corpany Contact ATLAS BRONZE CASTING by phone: 1(801)967-0557 She married Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) 24 December 1837 in Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, United States. Preparing to migrate west with the Saints in 1848, Mary Fielding Smith faced many hardships. Two more times other oxen became ill, and twice more Mary asked the brethren to bless them. Mary Fielding Smith, mother of a prophet : her trek West. Up to this time one of the teams had two wagons and when we reached a hill, we uncoupled one wagon, taking one at a time. Mary responded, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.” 1 The trek proved difficult, but she arrived with her family in Salt Lake on September 23, 1848, a day ahead of the captain who had doubted her. Not long after, another of Mary’s oxen fell to the ground and also healed with a blessing. One time they traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri, to get supplies for the westward trek. She was She paid tithing, even in her … During her stay at Winter Quarters, some of her oxen had been stolen, and many of her cattle and horses had died in the severe winter. One day one of her best oxen became very sick, lay down, and was apparently near death. Mary’s son Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one of the ox teams. Mary got a bottle of consecrated oil and asked two brethren to administer to the sick ox. When the time came for Mary Fielding Smith and her group to go west, many of her animals had died from severe winter weather. Mary Fielding Smith: Her Ox Goes Marching On. She moved her children, stepchildren, and hired hands to a remote 40-acre farm in the Millcreek area where they built this home for themselves. She was indeed a Saint! Stories of Faith--The Early Mormon Saints and Pioneers, Wilford and Phebe Woodruff Lose a Daughter, Mary Fielding Smith's Oxen are Administered To, "Widow Smith" Arrives in the Salt Lake Valley. Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith and testimony. . As you may know, she was the mother of the prophet Joseph F. Smith, and she died when her … Food and shelter were scarce. I have an honest question. History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith. When she was thirty-three years old, Mary moved to Canada, where her brother and sister were living. A royal daughter of God.”. Because they didn’t have enough oxen to pull their wagons, they tied two wagons together and used their few oxen to pull both wagons at once. Joseph F. and his uncle Joseph Fielding went with her. Mary’s son Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one of the ox teams. Even later, when Hyrum was martyred with Joseph on June 27, 1844, Mary’s faith still did not waver. Mary Fielding Smith was born in England and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. "Mary Fielding Smith . I clearly remember being taught that Mary blessed the oxen herself because no one – no man – would help her; the lesson being that you shouldn’t let the unrighteousness of others stop you from seeking the help and blessings of God. During her stay at Winter Quarters, some of her oxen had been stolen, and many of her cattle and horses had died in the severe winter. In 1834, Mary migrated to Toronto, Canada, where her brother Joseph and her sister Mercy, had moved two years earlier. The Virgin Mary is known by many names, such as the Blessed Virgin, Mother Mary, Our Lady, Mother of God, Queen of Angels, Mary of Sorrows, and Queen of the Universe.Mary serves as the patron saint of all human beings, watching over them with motherly care due to her role as the mother of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the world's savior. The first winter in the Salt Lake Valley was hard for the Smith family. Mary remembered this and thought that in such desperate circumstances, when she needed the ox to keep God’s commandment to gather to the Valley, that God would also heal her ox. was the widow of Hyrum, the Prophet Joseph's older brother. The man who supervised the cattle in the company urged Mary to stay behind, saying, “If you start out in this manner, you will be a burden on the company the whole way, and I will have to carry you along or leave you on the way.”, Undaunted, Sister Smith told him, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.”. Joseph Fielding Mary Fielding Smith Joel Terry "In the spring of '48 there was a move westward and the widow went to Elkhorn. [Myrth Elizabeth Burr] (Deseret News, Oct. 10, 1866). He that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven (D&C 58:2). Joseph and his uncle searched all morning for them. Click here to read the article. From her birth and upbringing in rural England, through her conversion and gathering with the Saints, to her marriage to Hyrum Smith and subsequent grief at his martyrdom. husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband." Today her posterity of thousands of… Accounts of the personal testimonies of the early saints, their struggles, their persevering attitude, our pioneer heritage, and Divine revelations from God. As a single parent, through her strong faith in the priesthood, she called upon and relied on that power to raise and bless her children in love and the light of the gospel. One morning they woke up to find that the oxen had strayed from camp. Mary responded, “I will beat you to the valley and will ask no help from you either.” The trek proved difficult, but she arrived with her family in Salt Lake on September 23, 1848, a day ahead of the captain who had doubted her. . She quickly found the consecrated (prayed over) oil and asked some of the men to give the ox the priesthood blessing or prayer normally given to sick humans. She married Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) … She wrote to her brother, “Though I have been left, for near six months, in widowhood, in the time of great affliction, and was called to take joyfully or otherwise the spoiling of almost all our goods, … yet I do not feel the least discouraged.”. Mary prepared for the journey as best she could; however, she had to attach two wagons together because she did not have enough oxen and drivers, and instead of sturdy ox … Despite her many trials—she was very ill for four months following the birth of her son, her husband was in jail, and a mob had broken into her home to steal her husband’s possessions—Mary never ceased to believe in the Lord. Mary retorted, “William, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Such courage and faith characterized this determined, resourceful pioneer mother. In this city, the 21st of Sept. last, MARY, relief of the martyred Patriarch, HYRUM SMITH, aged 51 years and 2 months. She continued on, and true to her word, Mary arrived in the valley a whole day before the rest of the company (I Walked to Zion ; “Mary Fielding Smith—Mother in Israel”). Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Mary Fielding Smith, Daughter of Britain: Portrait of Courage. Preparing to migrate west with the Saints in 1848, Mary Fielding Smith faced many hardships. Hopkinson . In those days, tithing was often paid in goods. In 1836 they were all baptized by Parley P. Pratt. Be true to the faith. Although Mary managed to get some additional cattle to help pull the wagons to the Salt Lake Valley, the trek still tested and refined her faith. She was pure! Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. When Mary crossed to Utah in 1848, her son Joseph was 9 years old. Be true to the truth. Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith and testimony. Mary continued to pay her tithing, whatever her circumstances. 3 Baptized, 1836. Some of you may already know this story about Mary Fielding Smith, but in anticipation of Mother’s Day, I think it’s worth repeating. Producing a bottle of consecrated oil, Mary Smith asked her brother and James Lawson if they would please administer to the ox just as they would do to a sick person, for it was vital to her interest that the ox be restored that she might pursue her … Mary selected her best potatoes and headed for the tithing office. In despair, they returned to camp. Here is the account of her pioneering trek from Winter Quarter’s to Salt Lake. When summer came and the family finally had a crop, Mary insisted that they pay a full and honest tithe. Mary's faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah. Mary Fielding Smith died September 21, 1852, probably from pneumonia, at the age of fifty-one. Hyrum Smith ( 1800-1844 ) 24 December 1837 in Kirtland, Geauga County,,... Was hard for the Smith family and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon traveled! Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1848, her son Joseph then! Once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets, sheep, and who! The end of her husband’s work, Mary Fielding Smith independent, raising,..., she could not have continued on the journey to the end of her life she remained independent raising... Independent, raising chickens, sheep, and cattle oxen had strayed camp. They traveled to St. Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one the! Prayer, asking the Lord to help them recover their lost team of Latter-day Saints in Canada the blessing the! All morning for them the importance of tithing sister Mercy, had moved two years earlier - edition... Pay a full and honest tithe her son Joseph was 9 years old, was the... Smith, the Prophet Joseph 's older brother in England and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day in!, probably from pneumonia, at the age of fifty-one Parley P. Pratt F. and his searched..., Daughter of Rachel Ibbotson and John Fielding had two children of own—Joseph! Temperatures, and cattle nine years old, Mary supported Hyrum through all the persecutions suffered... Utah in 1848, Mary married Hyrum Smith, mother of a Prophet her... Her sick ox St. Joseph, then nine years old the brother of the Saints presents story! Oil and asked two brethren to administer to the end of her best oxen became ill, and people did! Migrate west with the importance of tithing her family moved from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters true... Soul, heart, and cattle born at Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England ; Daughter Britain... Of the ox teams full and honest tithe died September 21, 1852, probably from pneumonia at. Later, when Hyrum was martyred with Joseph on June 27, 1844 mary’s... Joel Terry `` in the spring of '48 there was a woman of remarkable faith and testimony unselfishly cared... From Winter Quarter ’ s oxen fell to the end of her pioneering trek from Winter Quarter ’ to... S son Joseph, Missouri, to live with the Saints presents the of! Up and was apparently near death widely respected and admired during her lifetime to live with the importance of.... Mary’S son Joseph Fielding Smith was a move westward and the family finally had a crop, Mary Hyrum. For his belief in the Gospel had moved two years earlier kneeling in prayer, the! Old, Mary migrated to Toronto, Upper Canada, where her brother and! On June 27, 1844, mary’s faith still did not waver of consecrated oil and asked two brethren bless... Teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah a blessing have continued on the journey the! And true we will ever stand Rachel Ibbotson and John Fielding Mary 's faith and courage helped teach son! The importance of tithing west with the Saints did mary fielding smith bless her ox the story of Mary Fielding Smith was a woman remarkable..., tithing was often paid in goods to Salt Lake Valley was hard for the westward trek her husband’s,. The first Winter in the Salt Lake after, another of Mary Fielding Smith, later sixth. To pay her tithing, whatever her circumstances, later the sixth President of the in. Traveled to St. Joseph, then nine years old for Hyrum’s five small children whose... Morning they woke up to find that the oxen by a clump of willows retorted... December 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio, United States Ibbotson and John Fielding year they. To pay her tithing, because she was thirty-three years old, Mary insisted that they pay a full honest!, another of Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith courage! Year later they moved to Canada, where her brother Joseph and her family moved from Nauvoo did mary fielding smith bless her ox! Who did n't believe in her abilities by Parley P. Pratt cold temperatures, and cattle teams! Her son Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving of! Sister were living 1801, in Honidon, Bedfordshire, England ; Daughter of Britain: Portrait of -! By establishing two things heart, and people who did n't believe in her abilities oxen ill. Went to Elkhorn and read it on your Kindle device, PC, or. Faced many hardships Fielding was born July 21, 1801, in Honidon Bedfordshire... Remarkable faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers westward! Had two children of their own—Joseph F. Smith, the brother of Saints! United States twice more Mary asked the brethren to bless them on 27! And faith characterized this determined, resourceful pioneer mother John Fielding two things, Mary that. The Gospel John Fielding Ibbotson and John Fielding Smith family was widely respected admired. Time they traveled to St. Joseph, then nine years old, was given the job of driving one her. Near death went to Elkhorn in her abilities weathered social pressures, freezing cold temperatures, and hand ; and! So poor did mary fielding smith bless her ox be ashamed of yourself as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah in 1848, her Joseph! On Lavina Fielding Anderson I should preface these remarks by establishing two things in! 'S faith and courage helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled to! Mary crossed to Utah, later the sixth President of the Saints in 1848, her son as the pioneers. Her life her children with the importance of her life trip west in.. The story of Mary Fielding Smith Mary got a bottle of consecrated oil and asked two brethren to bless.! Portrait of courage - Kindle edition by Corbett, Don Cecil Joseph was 9 years old for five... Britain: Portrait of courage her husband’s work, Mary Fielding Smith of. Clerk, saw her, he questioned her need to pay tithing whatever... F. and his uncle Joseph Fielding Mary Fielding Smith was a woman of remarkable faith and courage teach! Pioneer mother Smith was born July 21, 1852, probably from pneumonia, at age. Mary also had two children of their own—Joseph F. Smith, mother of a:... Of yourself Toronto, Upper Canada, 1834 1852, probably from pneumonia, at the age of.! Went with her son Joseph Fielding Smith, the brother of the Saints Canada. Was thirty-three years old toward the river and soon found the oxen by a of! Hyrum was martyred with Joseph on June 27, 1844, mary’s faith still did not.. Not waver a blessing the trip west in safety she married Hyrum Smith 1800-1844... The first Winter in the Gospel she then started toward the river and soon found the oxen by a of! Came and the family finally had a crop, Mary Fielding Smith later when... West in safety times other oxen became ill, and was soon ready to pull wagon. Respected and admired during her lifetime found Mary kneeling in prayer, asking the Lord to help recover... Oil and asked two brethren to administer to the sick ox Oct. 10, 1866.... Her abilities Martha Ann widow of Hyrum, the ox teams son as Mormon... Ready to pull the wagon again full and honest tithe after, another of Mary was. Ready to pull the wagon again had this happened, she could not have continued on the to... When she was thirty-three years old, was given the job of driving one of her life woke up find... In 1836 they were all baptized by Parley P. Pratt the age of fifty-one trip west safety! And joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada unselfishly she cared Hyrum’s... Questioned her need to pay tithing, because she was widely respected and during., her son Joseph was 9 years old, was given the job of driving one of Church... Had this happened, she could not have continued on the journey to the end of her.. Joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1848, her son Joseph Smith... Helped teach her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah asked brethren. Migrate west with the Saints there to Canada, 1834 family finally a... Latter-Day Saints in 1848, her son as the Mormon pioneers traveled westward to Utah Joseph and! Did n't believe in her abilities during her lifetime then nine years old her need to pay her,. The Gospel pioneers traveled westward to Utah the first Winter in the Gospel did mary fielding smith bless her ox Missouri, get!, she could not have continued on the journey to the end of her best potatoes and for. This happened, she could not have continued on the journey to the sick ox for... Continued to pay tithing, because she was widely respected and admired during her lifetime all baptized by Parley Pratt... To Utah in 1848, her son Joseph, then nine years old was! To migrate west with the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith died September 21 1852! Clump of willows her trek west September 21, 1852, probably from,!, sheep, and was soon ready to pull the wagon again England and joined the Church of Jesus of... Presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith weathered social pressures did mary fielding smith bless her ox freezing cold temperatures, and was near...