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President Monson joins in paying tribute to Wilford C. Wood

Published: Friday, May 29 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014 4:01 p.m. MDT

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Ronald Fox

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.

Anonymous

this is news...I guess only in Utah.

Michael Argust

Great Story:

Wonderful tribute to Church History, Inspiration and Love of the Gospel.

james stowe

What a great shame a man can waste his money and time working on worthless cause. Only in Utah.

To Anonymous 7:57

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.

rebecca g.

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.

RE: James Stowe

What a great shame you've joined the camp of those who live life in a worthless cycle of cynicism. Only in this world.

Sue

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.

A Boy Named Sue

me too.

We are blessed by his work

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 or not.

Cats

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.

Mona

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!

Dr. Dave

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!

American

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.

Robert

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.

Gordon

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!

Mikel Glade Lyman

Only a man inspired by God could have the forsight and strength to accomplish what he did.

Dear Bro. Wood and Family

Thank-you for your wonderful and generous work on behalf of the church. I am not from Utah.

Tom Tolman

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 winter.

That's amazing...

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.

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