Friday, November 13, 2015

‘Mama, Mama, my dear old Mama!’

‘Mama, Mama, my dear old Mama!’ Joseph Fielding Smith, born November 13, 1838, was the first child of Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith. In 1852, Joseph was an orphan at age thirteen. On April 24, 1854, Joseph was ordained an elder of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sent on his mission to Hawaiʻi. Joseph became desperately ill. He was nursed back to health by Ma Manuhii. Many years later when, as President of the Church, Joseph F Smith returned to Hawaiʻi. “In the midst of all the celebrating, a poor blind woman was led to the prophet. She was calling, ‘Iosepa, Iosepa.’” “Instantly, he ran to her and clasped her in his arms, hugging and kissing her - saying, “Mama, Mama, my dear old mama.”

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