Tuesday, March 29, 2011

42n The Second Post in a Series of 3 Posts Regarding the Indian Student Placement Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The Great Day of the Lord -by Harry Anderson

Doctrine and Covenants 49:24 But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose. (emphasis added)



2 Nephi 10:18 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, thus saith our God: I will afflict thy seed by the hand of the Gentiles; nevertheless, I will soften the hearts of the Gentiles, that they shall be like unto a father to them; wherefore, the Gentiles shall be blessed and numbered among the house of Israel.
19 Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall be numbered among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance; for it is a choice land, saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me, saith God. (emphasis added)
Doctrine and Covenants 49: 25 Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed.

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah (U.S.A.) and the Wasatch Mountains
Now in the rest of this post you will have the special treat of reading the words of living Lamanites (American Indians) who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are shining examples of righteous modern-day Lamanites who are descendants of Lehi, Nephi and many other righteous Nephites and Lamanites whose words are recorded in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

These previous posts of mine will provide you insights into the lives of these modern day Lamanites who, as prophesied by the Lord, Jesus Christ above in the revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith as recorded in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, Section 49. (See above), are figuratively BLOSSOMING AS THE ROSE!

The following seven accounts were originally recorded in books entitled: Blossoming I and Blossoming II edited and published by Dale and Marjean Shumway. Dale was a close colleague of mine during my years as an Indian Placement caseworker with LDS Family Services. I will share only a few of these accounts because of space limitations, but in most of these seven posts today I have provided you information which can help you obtain your own copies of these very well written books. The life stories in them were written by former Indian Placement Students of which, Helen Rose John, was the first official Indian placement student.

By the way I think it was very fitting of Helen John (Hall's) parents to give her the middle name of Rose! As you read in my post 37n that you accessed through my last weeks post. She was, figuratively speaking, the first of very many thousands of American Indian (Lamanite) students who were assisted to blossom as the rose through their involvement in the Indian Student Placement Program of the LDS Church over the years when that program was still needed!

A SUGGESTION: You will probably want to read only one or possibly two of these accounts during this reading. I suggest you come back later to read the others. The easiest way to access these is to just return to this post which will be the first available post in my English language blog until Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Actually each of my blog posts are accessible through my Blog Index at any time. Instructions for the use of it are contained in the blue paragraph found five paragraphs from the end of each and every post of mine. You will need the first and last name of each person whose ISPP story you wish to access. i.e. (present day) Lamanites such as (the first and last name of the former ISPP student for who you are searching. You would click on the link to my Index which is found in that black portion of that basically blue Index mentioned above found in every one of my blog posts!

Dorinda and Ernie Crocker -White Mountain Apaches
 Dorinda and Ernie Crocker


Nora and Milt Watts
Milt and Nora Watts are also great examples of the Lamanites Blossoming as the Rose.

Ezekiel and Pauline Sanchez and family at the temple sealing of one of their children.

Ezekiel and Pauline Sanchez and their family have also blossomed as the Rose.

Bernice and Gary Bitsoie
 Bernice and Gary Bitsoie also Blossomed as the Rose!

I, Neil Birch almost became Flora's caseworker, but was transferred to San Jose, California to a new caseload there as she was placed in a foster home in Southern California. However while still in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California I was her two younger brothers' caseworker. I got to know her very well through my visits to their parents in Arizona during the summer months when they were each home during summer school vacations.

You will learn that Flora served a mission in Montana and was assigned to work near Crow Agency, Montana where I had served a number of years earlier as an LDS Indian Seminary Coordinator. Flora was very intelligent and spiritual.

Please click on the following link when you are ready to learn about the blossoming of Flora Dude Shorten.

I must briefly tell you about watching her younger brother, Ronnie (I believe that was his first name) when he was playing little league baseball in Burbank, California (located in the San Fernando Valley.)

The "Valley" as it is called in Southern California, and especially near Burbank where he lived, was home to many athletic Little League baseball players.  I went to one of his games when he was the pitcher. After winding up, he would let out a very loud and even startling Apache War whoop and many batters' nerves were jarred by that allowing him to strike them out or hit poorly!

Flora Dude Shorten

Alfred and Doris Clark
Alfred Clark

Doris Clark

Again, I urge each of you to check the information provided in several of the seven posts I have linked you to in this blog post, regarding the "Blossoming Books." I have just published a small fraction of the many former Indian Placement Program students featured in those books. In them you will be even more fully convinced that the the Book of Mormon prophets knew by the spirit of truth that their descendants would blossom as the rose

through each living in an LDS home for a number years and actually becoming emotionally, socially and spiritually, members of their foster families, while remaining loyal and loving children at their homes on the reservation in the summer months and of course, by writing letters home. Many Indian youth have served missions after their experience with the LDS Indian Student Placement Program. 

In the future I may add to the number of these Indian Student Placement Program posts. Please use the comment section below to make that request If that is what you would like. Each story is very unique.

I also suggest that you consider obtaining one or both of the Blossoming books from: Dale and Marjean Shumway.

They are available on Amazon.com titled: The Blossoming II: Dramatic stories in the Lives of Native Americans.

Also both Blossoming books are available by contacting Dale and/or Margene Shumway by email: dm06shumway@yahoo.com, by mail 486 W 40 N. Orem, UT 84057, or by telephone 801 235 0986. The retail cost is for book I $12.95 and for book II $14.95 plus postage.

In the next post (42o) I will present a professional study that examines very closely the outcomes of this LDS Indian Student Placement Program.


I will not be able to publish a special post in which I assist you, no matter where you live in the world to experience our Annual General Conference which convenes this Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd. This is because I am involved in this present three post series. However please click on the link below to view my instructions for viewing LDS General Conference anywhere in the world that were provided by me in late September of last year. These instructions will provide the assistance you may need and prepare you in other ways for this upcoming special experience.

Whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not! I promise you that there will be a number of things you will hear spoken in this conference that meets some of your own very special needs. That's a promise! However, you ought to tune into every session to be able to hear that needed message! On both days there is a 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon session (Mountain Daylight Savings Time) and at the same times on Sunday . Once again, please click on the following and read through it to prepare yourself for this special occasion. Specific instructions are given by me through this link in one of my previous blog posts!

Preparing to view Live Broadcasts of General Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the opening session (10:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time) of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will sing an arrangement of "I Know my Savior Loves me."

As you choose to view the live general conference sessions as instructed above you will hear the Tabernacle Choir sing: "I Know my Savior Loves me."

I now give you the opportunity of hearing a childrens' choir sing that same touching song:

The above recording was copied from MormonSoprano's Blog. Thank you Mormon Soprano. Your blog is a great source of beautiful recordings!

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