As of right now we have two investigators that are really progressing well. Mario and Betty. Mario is 40 years old and as of about two weeks he found out his wife was cheating on him and then his wife took their daughters and left. He got super depressed about that and started to drink a lot. But since he has been meeting with us he has complete confidence with us. He basically has told us he will do anything he asks to help him put his life back in order. He went from drinking 2 huge bottles a day to drinking 2 this past week. This Sunday he came to church on his own and actually he beat us there! So he got to know a lot of ward members. He has a baptism date for the 6th of April and is really excited. Our focus on him this week is to get him some good friends in the church. Someone that will visit him and really give him support on what he is trying to do. We are also teaching Betty. She really does love listening to us and feeling the spirit. She knows that this church is true and even when her friend who's a TJ told her if she joins our church she won't be her friend anymore Betty told her I would rather lose a friend then my salvation. When she told us that I was about ready to start jumping up and down! She is inviting her friends to listen to our message and come to church with us left and right. Overall I am really excited that we have found these two people that have been so open and willing to follow the Lord!
He studied music as a young boy, sang as a choir boy in the Manchester Cathedral. He and his wife, Emily Brown came on a ship over to America, 3 weeks after their marriage. They came across the plains with an oxcart company. Arrived in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1864. All they had with them were their clothes and 10 cents. He spent his last money on 2 red tomatoes, biting into 1 and throwing it on the ground. They moved to Logan in a few days where he was employed as a school teacher. He organized a county choir and many he taught became music leaders in Cache County.
He moved from SL to Sanpete County, locating in Fountain Green where he homesteaded and continued teaching school, directing the choir from 1881 to 1886 where he was given the position of recorder in the Manti Temple. He was hired by manti City to teach and train a choir. He conducted them to sing at the dedication of the Manti Temple in 1888. He wrote many church hymns, the most noted was Joseph Smith’s first prayer.
He told his wife, Eliza C., whom he survived but two months and twenty days, that their work would be done here when he had made one more trip to Logan Temple, which he accomplished. This remark was made a few hours before her death, and he added that he would soon follow her.
There is a monument honoring him erected in 1956 located on the grounds of the Honeyville Ward Chapel.