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Family History Moment

on December 23, 2012

Seven year old Olivia typed the following up from a Family History book that was put together by my Grandma Zora (I believe) for her Family History Moment in Primary Sunday morning:

Jacob and Maria Bischoff

Mormon missionaries contacted them. Though this new religion was unpopular and those who embraced it were disgraced and shunned, the message had struck a note of truthful familiarity in their hearts. They were both baptized 29 Apr 1867. Jacob’s sister Maren had already been baptized a month before. Jacob had been a tobacco user, but of this practice he repented. Prejudice and ridicule increased. All ties of family and friends were broken. Jacob and Maria considered what they should do. They decided to follow the saints to Zion. Jacob and Maria sold their business. It is not known which wagon company they traveled with across the plains, but one detail of their journey is known. Shortiy after leaving Omaha, the measles broke out in camp. Proper medicine, care and nourishment were impossible under such circumstances. All four of the Bischoff children died within eleven days, as did many other children in the camp, as well as some adults. Jacob, Maria and Maren (Jacob’s sister) arrived in Salt Lake City in October of 1867, just eight months after they were baptized. Maria had a prayer of thanksgiving in her heart. They lived in a community called Big Cottonwood. There, a baby girl was born to them 22 Nov 1867 Eliza Maria (our ancestor). Jacob and Maria went to the Endowment House in Salt Lake where they were sealed for time and all eternity. They moved to Fountain Green in Sanpete County, where four more sons were born: Robert John, 2 Sep 1869; Nephi Daniel, 25 Dec 1870; Joseph Peter, 22 Oct 1872; Albert Frederick, 26 Mar 1874.

Maria Bischoff

I shortened what she typed a little after my date (she was in bed) so it’s easier for her to read and for the junior Primary kids to understand below:
Jacob and Maria Bischoff
Jacob and Maria lived in Denmark when Mormon missionaries found them. They were both baptized April 29th 1867. Jacob’s sister Maren had already been baptized a month before. Jacob had been a tobacco user, but he stopped because of the Word of Wisdom.
Their family and friends wouldn’t talk to them anymore and tried to make their life really hard.
Jacob and Maria decided to follow the saints to Zion. Jacob and Maria sold their business.
They traveled by wagon across the plains. Shortly after they left Omaha, measles broke out in camp. They didn’t have any medicine and all four of their children died.
Jacob, Maria and Maren (Jacob’s sister), arrived in Salt Lake City in October of 1867, just eight months after they were baptized.
They lived in a community called Big Cottonwood.

There, another baby girl was born on November 22nd 1867. Eliza was her name and she was my Grandpa Crowther’s Great Grandma.
Jacob and Maria went to the Endowment House in Salt Lake where they were sealed for time and all eternity. They moved to Fountain Green, Utah where four more sons were born.
What an amazing example they were of faithfully living the gospel!


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