Gadfield Elm Tour #2

After being at the Gadfield Elm Chapel for so many wonderful hours, we have to share some more of our experiences and photos!

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Such a wonderful place!

First, some photos of Bernard and Val H., who we are substituting for at Gadfield Elm. They are the regular missionaries there and dear friends. Bernard is writing a book about Wilford Woodruff’s missionary efforts with the United Brethren in the area in the 1840s, including photos, maps, journals of Wilford Woodruff and the converts, biographies…. Bernard and Val went to America for a holiday, taking time to be in Utah for his research and, while there, to visit our sweet family, my Mom and my sister Linda who they met on their June visit here, and our daughter Joanna.

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They also had a sweet visit with our daughter Kristi, who they first met three years ago at Gadfield Elm on our visit there. They were excited to meet our dear grand-daughter Claire too!

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Meanwhile, back to Gadfield Elm, where we are having so many great experiences!

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One of the displays about the United Brethren group and their leader Thomas Kington.

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The Preacher’s Plan of the United Brethren, with my ancestor Thomas Jenkins’ name on the right column.

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One of the convert’s description of the teaching of the missionaries.

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The chapel area.

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Photo of a 1840 painting of Wilford Woodruff, done in London.

On some quiet days, we have had time to go for walks in the nearby countryside.

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Cornfields surround the Gadfield Elm site.

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Gadfield Elm from the cornfields.

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Such a beckoning road!

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Blackberries grow on the site. We picked enough for two batches of jam!

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‘Such a lovely treat during our walks, too!

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We happened upon a lovely home, the Old Rectory, up the road a bit.

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The Old Rectory

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On the way back from the Rectory, we heard the delicious sound of clip-clopping and…

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up came a delightful man with his horse and trap. 

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When we asked if we could take his picture, he stopped and we visited for at least a half hour.

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He told us about the farmer, Richard Padfield, who bought the adjacent 10 acres to Gadfield Elm in 1994. About two hours later we met him too!

Today was a busy day at the Gadfield Elm Chapel. We had visitors almost every minute. A group from the Tamworth, Staffordshire ward came this morning, had a tour and a picnic lunch. We loved our conversations with these wonderful people, getting a glimpse of their lives, their own conversions, and felt instantly connected to them.

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When we took the group upstairs to see the displays, little did we know that two of the group, Bill and Emma Rae, lingered behind in the chapel, and he proposed to her and she said, “Yes!” They came upstairs, and announced it to their ward friends, who happily congratulated them and shared their happiness.

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Bill asked us to bring in this cake during their picnic.

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Bill and Emma Rae, happy couple!

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Another happy day at Gadfield Elm! Cheerio!

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