Monday 20 October 1975
We, the Redmonds family, were brought into the Church Oct 12 1969 by 2 missionaries who knocked on our door at 12 Tanner Hill Road Hollingwood Lane Great Horton Bradford. Elder [Jerry] Bott and Elder [Van] Peery will always be very dear to our hearts for bringing such wonderful blessings to us.
Many things have happened in the last 6 years. I will try to remember some of them and record them. [Below]
On Saturday 28th August 1971, there was a General Conference at [Belle Vue] Manchester. I was lucky enough to go with Pamela and the Watts family, who were members, living next door.
We saw the Prophet of the church who was then Joseph Fielding Smith. It was a great highlight of my life to be in the same room as the Prophet and feel the wonderful spirit that was there.
[Picture] Pamela, Norma, Karen, and Joanne with Jerry Bott at Woodlands Street Chapel, Bradford
Just before Christmas 1971, I was called to be Primary President of the Bradford Ward. It was my first calling and I was just a little afraid, but soon came to love this calling.
At the time of writing, I still hold this position as well as Spiritual Living teacher in Relief Society. Last year I was Social Relations teacher.
Karen has had callings in MIA over the years. At the moment, she holds the position of Laurel Class President. Twice in the last 6 years, she has won the Speech Festival award for her age group in the stake. The first one was at Dewsbury in May 1972.
We have seen and heard quite a few of the general authorities at our Stake Conferences. Elder [Leslie O] Stone & Marvin J Ashton in September 1974. He held a youth fireside and greatly impressed Karen. Her testimony was strengthened by her feelings for this great man.
In 1973, we dedicated our ground for the new chapel in Wheatlands Crescent. I took a movie film of some of the members who attended. We all worked so hard for the building fund and on the new chapel. It was a time of wonderful brotherhood. We even went to church on Boxing Day. I wouldn’t have been anywhere else, it was great.
Around this time, our friend Alan McLean went on his mission. He was alone in the ward and so as a family we sort of adopted him whilst he was on his mission and wrote to him. I have kept his letters in our remembrance box. He returned from his mission 2 months ago. Alan was sent to Switzerland as he spoke French & German fluently, and served an honourable mission.
Our new chapel was dedicated on the 12th of January 1975 by Vaughn J Featherstone of the Presiding Bishopric. It was a day to remember as we had a Stake Conference first, and all the ward fasted. So the Spirit was strong and very joyous.
A little about Joanne: She was born in May [23rd] 1970 and is a blessing to our family. She has grown up in the gospel and talks to her Heavenly Father with such beauty; I know she knows him.
She was blessed on July 5th  by David Waite, and loves Sunday School & Primary.
She is very pretty and has been a bridesmaid to 2 church members: Claire Crabtree in March 74 and Mandy Ryan, the Bishop’s daughter, in Oct 74.
This year I went to the [London] Temple to take out my own endowments. My first visit was 25 January 1975.
[Picture] The London Temple – drawn by Herbert Savage
I found it a little awe inspiring and very bewildering. My next visit in April was quite a wonderful experience. I go again this weekend. Karen has been to do baptizms quite a few times over the past few years.
Friday 24 October 1975
Temple visit. Bus leaves Vesper Road Chapel, Leeds at 6 00 pm.
Saturday 25 October 1975
Wednesday 29 October 1975
Visiting Teaching with Sister Ruth Holt.
Friday 31 October 1975
Saturday 1 November 1975
Blazer Programme [Primary]
Friday 7 November 1975
7 30 pmMeeting for Sisters at the Stake House.
Wednesday 19 November 1975
18 birthday cards
Saturday 22 November 1975
Wednesday 26 November 1975
Visiting Teaching to Mallinson’s.
I bore my testimony to a neighbour.
Friday 28 November 1975
I made the [Missionary] Elders a Thanksgiving Dinner.
Sunday 30 November 1975
I had the Lady Missionaries to dinner.
Tuesday 1 December 1975
I taught the lesson in Relief Society.
Wednesday 3 December 1975
1 00 pm Sister Hughes
7 30 pm Correlation Meeting
Thursday 4 December 1975
9 00 Scout Meeting
Friday 5 December 1975
Saturday 6 December 1975
7 00 pm Newsome Kirk’s Party.
3 – 7 pm Gary Cubs Party Rhodesway
Sunday 7 December 1975
Newsome Kirk’s for dinner.
Smashing meal and company.
Monday 8 December 1975
Tuesday 9 December 1975
We iced Christmas cakes at relief Society.
Wednesday 10 December 1975
Relief Society Leadership Meeting.
Alan MacLean babysat.
Saturday 13 December 1975
Primary Workers’ Party at Dewsbury Chapel
Tuesday 16 December 1975
Joanne’s Christmas Party (Jelly)
Wednesday 17 December 1975
9 00 am Joanne is an angel in the school nativity play.
Thursday 18 December 1975
Father Christmas at School
Friday 19 December 1975
School finishes for Christmas holidays.
Saturday 20 December 1975
Sunday School Christmas Party
Saturday 27 December 1975
Primary Children’s Party
Other writing in the 1975 diary.
Primary Theme for 1975
Be not weary in welldoing for ye are laying
the foundations of agreat work and out
of small things
proceedeth that whichis great.
[Picture] Drawing in 1975 Diary by Joanne
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