Welcome to march and the newest edition of the Trail Marker! I hope you enjoy reading its content. On February 26th we held our annual Chapter President’s Council at National Headquarters. It was wonderful to be together once again after missing that opportunity last year because of Covid. It included the National Executive Council, Area and Program Vice Presidents, and the following Chapter Officers: Presidents, Presidents-elect,
treasurers, secretaries, Librarian/historians, and others, and their spouses. Following the general session, breakout sessions were held for Chapter officers, treasurers, secretaries, and their spouses. These sessions were followed by lunch which was an added opportunity to mingle, share and hopefully gain additional insight on successful chapter development.
Please ensure you have two upcoming events on your personal calendar. First, the National Headquarters Clean-Up Day on April 16th. It is a wonderful time to help control our facilities expenses by giving a helping hand to make our National Headquarters look its best. It is held from 9:00-12:00 noon
and includes lunch. And second, the National Historical Symposium on April 23rd. It is something you will not want to miss. Each of the five presenters is outstanding.
March is a month that is looked forward to with great anticipation. After all, it is the first month of Spring which this year begins on the 20th. It refers to the Vernal (which means fresh or new like the Spring) Equinox when the sun is directly over the equator, making the day and night equal in length. March brings the promise of longer and warmer days as the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun. It is also the day when the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. It is the time when we return to “Daylight Saving Time” on March 13th. Do not forget to “Spring forward”.
Two other fun dates that are celebrated in March are Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
Pi Day occurs on March 14th and is a day of celebrating the wonder of mathematics. The 14th of March was chosen because the value of Pi is often taken as 3.14. It is an outstanding day to celebrate by having your favorite “pie” with your family during your Monday Night Family Home Evening.
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. According to folklore, it is the day we wear a green shamrock. The shamrock is a clover but clover is only a shamrock if it has three leaves. Hence, all shamrocks are clovers, but not all clovers are shamrocks. The reason the shamrock is used to symbolize this holiday, according to folklore, is because it was used by the early saints to help explain the Trinity. You might think of a way you could use it to share with your family.
Here are some other significant things that occurred in the month of March in Church history:
- March 26, 1830: The Book of Mormon is published, each copy selling for $1.25.
- March 27, 1836: The Kirtland Temple was dedicated by Joseph Smith.
- March 17, 1842: The Relief Society was organized in an upper room of Joseph Smith’s Red Brick Store in Nauvoo, Illinois. Twenty women were present that day. The society, organized under the mission of charity, soon grew to over 1,000 members. Not only did women serve together and organize themselves to meet the needs of their community, but they also learned together and increased their spirituality and personal commitment to their faith. It disbanded for a short time in 1844 after the death of Joseph Smith and the exodus of Latter-day Saint to the Salt Lake Valley and was reorganized in 1867.
- March 22, 1847: The Mormon Battalion arrived in Los Angeles, California 175 years ago.
- March 25, 1849: The first public meeting was held on Salt Lake Temple Square.
From all of us here at the National Headquarters, we wish you the very best and happiest March and wonderful new beginning as Spring blossoms around you. Please know that we are constantly thinking about you and appreciate the privilege to serve you. May the Lord’s blessings ever attend you and all those you love.
I hope you took last month’s challenge and found 2-3 stories regarding your father’s grandfather on his father’s side to share with your family. I found several stories about Moses Washington Gibson which I will share with my children. This month find 2-3 stories about your father’s grandmother on his father’s side (one of your two great grandmothers on your father’s side) that you want to share with your children. Write them and share them.