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Saints and their history of this Valley
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"We never saw their faces; we never saw the pain in their eyes; and we don't know all
Their names. We only know they came. They came to this place called "The Muddy."
Heeding the call of their Prophet, whom they loved and followed west, they gave up all,
and with their own blood, sweat, and tears, established a
on the Muddy. Their faith Zion
sacrifice for the Lord Jesus Christ required a total commitment to the cause of
. For Zion
many, it would require their lives. To those great souls who settled the Muddy, I
dedicate this book."
“Recognizing the problems from such a large stake, the Stake Presidency
decided to study ways in which the Stake could be reduced. After prayerful
deliberation, they decided that the simplest solution would be to create a stake
Southeastern Nevadaagricultural valleys. But when President Myers
suggested this in Stake Leadership meetings, he met with unexpected
opposition There were many members of the Church in
whose roots Las Vegas
could be traced to "the valleys." These members liked having their family
members come to
For meetings and a visit. Likewise there were many Las Vegas
in the valleys who enjoyed coming to
for meetings, thus providing Las Vegas
opportunity for wives and family members to shop and socialize. And there
were, of course, the usual skeptics who felt there were not enough members in
the valleys to support a stake organization."
"President Myers felt differently and had faith in the Saints in the valleys. He had
felt it on his visits to their wards. Both the Moapa and
had chapels. Virgin Valleys
The leadership and Church activity were apparent. President Myers had been
prayerful concerning this decision. He had sought the Lord's instruction and felt
that now was the time to make the division. The General Authorities were also
somewhat skeptical of President Myers' request and sent two members of the
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Harold B. Lee and Elder Spencer W.
Southern Nevadato assess the situation."
"After meeting with President Myers, the two Apostles agreed to travel to the
five units in the Moapa and
to meet with the priesthood of each Virgin Valleys
unit. The meetings were all scheduled on a Sunday morning.”
“President Myers owned a Cadillac and had been noted for his fast driving. The
first meeting was scheduled in
. In an effort to keep the Littlefield, Arizona
appointed schedule, President Myers had, in his words, "put his foot in the
"He could see the Apostles were getting a little restless as he raced along the
two-lane highway leading to the
. Elder Lee, sitting in the front seat Virgin Valley
beside President Myers, stared straight ahead and tried to relax by moving back
further into his seat and folding his arms. Finally, unable to control his anxiety
further, Elder Lee leaned over to President Myers and asked, "President, are
your tires all right?" "Oh they are fine, Elder Lee, they're fine. There's nothing to
worry about," replied President Myers. Elder Kimball seemed less concerned as
he typed away on a small portable typewriter he had balanced on his lap.
To change their anxious mood, President Myers called attention to beautiful
flowers that dotted the desert. Neither man responded much about the flowers,
but Elder Kimball would remark years later that he had really enjoyed "the
beautiful blurrrr of color" created when speeding through the colorful desert
When the three men reached the small one room chapel in Littlefield, the
relieved General Authorities got out of the car. A crowd of the priesthood
holders already standing outside the building greeted them. Two of the younger
brethren still sat on the horses they had ridden to the meeting. There was no
grass or landscaping around the building. Dirt, gravel, and an occasional pile of
manure covered the area.
Just after getting out of the car and greeting the gathering of priesthood
brethren, the front tire on the driver's side blew, sending a shower of gravel,
dirt, and manure all over President Myers. President Myers, somewhat
chagrined, started brushing the material from his suit. Elder Lee, with more than
a little delight, moved close to President Myers and softly said, "Pretty good
tires, huh President?" Locals arranged for the tire to be changed while the
meeting went on as planned. Needless to say, the day continued at a less hectic
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