This is the first of two great articles on John Bernhisel (that I know of). I
have added a comment on the TALK page of the Wikipedia page on John Bernhisel,
to give this article as a reference. I can find this first article with a
Google search, but the second article, dated Monday October 10th 2011 I am not
finding with a Google-search. I have the 10-10-2011 page in my hand right now.
This second article which I am reading shows a photo copy of the
letter from US President Willard Fillmore to John Bernhisel (when he served in
Congress) thanking him for the Book of Mormon and a series of O. Pratt
As we say in genealogy, "Ancestors are the People of History". Would
that every family had four bank boxes of family history. The stories that could
be told; the lessons learned, the examples led; the real truth of history! As a side note, a Jim Bell of Fullerton, California was the first Ward
Teacher (now called Home Teacher) I can remember. I wonder if he is the same as
the Jim Bell you mention in this story. He set the standard for home teaching
Very insightful article Ron . Much appreciated
John Bernhisel was a giant in early church history. His story deserves to be
told. I've known for years of his great influence in Washington and Utah. I'll
Another great article, Ron! Bernhisel is probably one of the most important but
least known man in Utah history, and certainly deserving of a biography. Go for
John Bernhisel was a great man. Thank you for your encouragement. There is a
book there, but it is a year or so off, I have 4 banker Boxes full of
information, where to start.
Your enthusiasm for this topic is very evident in your article. I have heard of
John Bernhisel, but did not know anything about his life. A book based on his
experiences would be an interesting biography. Good luck with this project.