President Monson joins in paying tribute to Wilford C. Wood
I live a few hundred yards from where this man was born and lived his whole
life. A little over 10 years ago I learn of his tremendous activities in a quest
to bring history alive to the many of his faith. Wilford Wood contributed
greatly to preserving the History of the Church, life few others. Through his
gathering of properties and artifacts that hold such a rich history and meaning
to the Church and its people, he was able to keep them for another generation
which could understand their importance. Wood was a modern Indiana Jones,
searching out and pioneering the gathering of these items long before it was
popular. He truly had a mission which he fulfilled his entire life. It is proper
that he was honored in such a fashion last night.
this is news...I guess only in Utah.
Great Story:Wonderful tribute to Church History, Inspiration and
Love of the Gospel.
What a great shame a man can waste his money and time working on worthless
cause. Only in Utah.
This is the Deseret News, an LDS owned newspaper reporting general news articles
in Utah, and news of interest to mostly LDS people in Utah and other places who
specifically log on to read about people, places and events that are of interest
to them as LDS people, and which they otherwise would not hear about.
Why would you say that it was a worthless cause? It wasn't worthless to several
million people! What you probably mean is that is seems worthless to you and
that is more understandable. To some like yourself it means nothing, to many
others it is preserving their history and that can mean a lot to so many people
and that is what makes it NOT worthless. I am sure there are other things that
mean a lot to you. As it should and as I would understand.
What a great shame you've joined the camp of those who live life in a worthless
cycle of cynicism. Only in this world.
I had the privilege of meeting this wonderful man. He allowed our Sunday School
class to tour his vast collection in 1963. In particular I remember viewing the
death mask of Joseph and Hyrum and realizing for the first time what a horrific
price they paid for their faith. Brother Wood was a wonderful, kind and
generous man and I am grateful for all he did to preserve our history.
During the Millennium the sites purchased by Woods will be the historic sites of
the world, as the sites were part of the restoration of the Gospel to the Earth
for the last time, as the dispensation of the fullness of times got underway.
From an eternal perspective these are so very important sites for all, like it
James Stowe is an unhappy, pathetic person who has to say nasty things to try to
make himself feel important. It's really sad.James, you really
don't have to be this unhappy. You can actually find meaning in your life. Why
don't you give it a try.
I've lived in the Pac NW for many decades & hadn't thought of Wilford Wood for
years, until seeing this article today. How pleased I am to see him recognized
for the great work he did--saving LDS historic sites before they crumbled or
fell to the wrecking ball (or in the case of artifacts, he saved them before
their owners tossed them, not knowing their significance). I have personally
visited many of the sites he worked to acquire, which have now been restored for
the edification of visitors. Many thanks to Wilford Wood!
I lived near the Woods property and museum in Bountiful for over 30 years. No
family has done more for their local community, been more cherished among
friends, and humble by the gifts and purchases made by Wilford and his loved
ones. Fact of the matter is. . . no one truly interested in Utah or Mormon
history was ever denied and opportunity to visit the Woods Museum or hear
Lillian and her children (and grandchildren) share their story and love of the
gospel. I'm only sorry we were not present at the unveiling of the picture.
Thanks Woods Family!
The beauty of America is in it's freedom. Freedom of speech and freedom of
lawful activities. There will always be those who will view the
activities of another as wasteful, while another group will applaud the same
effort. But when my life is over and I had to chose between having been a critic
or someone who had made the world more beautiful and respectful of those who had
gone before us, I would rather be a Wilford Wood. Thank goodness there are those
who recognize such people long after they have left us.
Many thanks and great admiration to Brother Wood. I have copies of "Joseph
Begins His Work" v.1 & 2 and have enjoyed reading them. I was not aware that
President Monson helped him in producing thoses books. I am glad to see him
recognized for his labors.
As an educator in Ohio, I took my university students to see the beautifully
preserved and historically accurate 1830s Kirtland village. The Whitney Store
was the hallmark. The LDS Church has an excellent secular tour for schools. My
colleagues were thrilled to have such a nicely preserved facility to show how
life, education, and industry was conducted back in the time when the Western
Reserve was being settled. As a father, I was pleased to be able to confirm my
eight-year-old daughter into the LDS Church in the Whitney Store 2F room better
known as the School of the Prophets. Thank you to the Wood family for acquiring
the Newel K. Whitney Store!
Only a man inspired by God could have the forsight and strength to accomplish
what he did.
Thank-you for your wonderful and generous work on behalf of the church. I am not
Wilford Wood did much in helping to save the historical sites that played such a
significant role in the early years of Mormonism. I have a personal reverence
for Brother Wood in his purchase of the Liberty Jail site. The Liberty Jail was
very crucial in the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith during the winter months of
1838-9. Ironically the Prophet Joseph was finally released from that dungeon 6
April 1839 and nearly 100 years later in 1939, the property and remains of the
old jail was purchased by Wilford Wood. The jail was actually the foundation of
a home that was built on top of the old jail around 1900. The purchase also
included a home next door. In 1948, Wilford Wood accompanied my grandfather
Ephraim Tolman and his wife Phebe to Liberty Missouri where they became the
first missionaries to the Liberty Jail. At that time, the site was a Bureau of
Information and part of the Central States Mission. Grandpa & Grandma Tolman
lived in the home next door, and would take visitors down in the back of the
home and show them the jail where the Prophet and others spent that terrible
I've always had the deepest respect for people who go out of their way to
preserve artifacts and places that are part of history. Whether they are
important to a state, a nation, or a people, the preservation of these things is
so important for those that follow. The places Wilford Wood invested
in protecting are so very important to people of the LDS church. These sites are
now used to show days gone by as well as being there for members to be reminded
of their history. It's wonderful that he has been honored in this way. To his
family, thank you for supporting Wilford in this important task.
It is with pleasure I read about the relationship of Wilford Wood with our
current President Thomas S. Monson..it is amazing to learn about the sacrafices
these men have made to keep alive the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.
I appreciate those who preserve pieces of the past. I hope each of us who
possess or know of these things recognize their importance, and ultimately plan
to get these pieces where they can be preserved.
Is there any problem with the Vol 1 and Vol 2 of J Smith begins his work? I know
at one time deseret book store stopped selling these books , why?
james stowe | 8:17 a.m. May 29, 2009 What a great shame a man can waste
his money and time working on worthless cause. Only in Utah.James I
really feel bad for you - why do you care that a church & a people see a value
in preserving a history or their for-fathers. What a sorry life you must live ..
you need to look very deeply into your soul.
Please forgive my ignorance in not knowing about Bro. Wood until now but this
has changed from reading these comments and Deseret News article. What a man!I certainly don't live in Utah but rather in the beautiful city of
Granada, Spain (late of Kent, England) and look forward to the day when my wife
and I will tour these special sites knowing I can do so thanks to the tireless
and unstinting work of one man.Thanks Bro. Wood!
As a 15-year old in 1961, my father took myself and my siblings on a tour of
Church history sites. We were at the site of Adam-Ondi-Ahman when a big, black
1950's automobile drove up and parked next to us. Out stepped a very dignified
man who my father recognized. We were introduced to Wilford Wood. My father
was in awe of this man and made sure we children appreciated what he had
accomplished. We had just finished visiting the yet to be restored Liberty
Jail. Our father made sure we recognized that we were able to visit this and
many other sites due to the efforts of Brother Wood. I have had the privilege of
appreciating his work ever since. I'm glad I had the chance to shake hands with
As someone from a small town in Texas that has struggled to maintain a sense of
its history in the face of creeping suburbanization, I appreciate efforts like
those of Wilford Wood. Interesting article -- and I'm not from Utah either.
I'm grateful for the significant purchases Wood made for the church throughout
his lifetime. However, Wilford Wood was somewhat of a frightening character to
all the children that grew up in the surrounding neighborhood. We were scared
to death of him and we thought his "temple" was like a "haunted house."
I am proud of the work of Wilford Wood. He was a great man. He loved the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he loved the prophet, Joseph
Smith. His family should be honored to have a man on their family tree. May God
bless his family.To Mr. James Stowe, I am sorry to hear that you
feel that way. Even though he preserved many great things for the church, he
helped preserved many different things from American history as well. As he
traveled back and forth across the country, he would stop at Antique shops and
gather many different things that are of great value. The thing that comes to
mind are many different priceless books. Whether you like it or not, Mormons
are in history, current times, and will be forever in the future. By the way,
the last time I checked there was freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.