Norma Goodwin Bray's Journals - 1977
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 1977

  

Sunday 16 January 1977

Bradford Ward to split next month.

  

Saturday 6 February 1977

Old Folks’ Dinner

  

Saturday 12 February 1977

Letter from Jane [Dodsworth, saying that she was] coming [home] on 26 February 1977.

  

Sunday 13 February 1977

First Stake Conference in the new Leeds Stake. 

Douglas Rawson sustained as Stake President.

The Ward did not split.

  

Saturday 26 February 1977

Party for Jane Dodsworth – returned missionary from Peru.

  

Wednesday 23 March 1977

Baptizm at Church.  Pamela came down.

  

Thursday 24 March 1977

Jane Dodsworth and Brian [her fiancé] at Newsom Kirk’s.  We had a party.

  

Friday 25 March 1977

Fireside at Church. 

Jane Dodsworth showed slides of Peru.

Pamela came down.

  

Saturday 26 March 1977

Karen and Lewis came up. 

We went to a Canadian Dinner and watched three films on Canada.

I got chocolates and flowers for Mothers’ Day.

  

Friday 22 April 1977

Travel to the Temple

  

Saturday 23 April 1977

Temple visit

  

Pericope from notebook

  

The Weekend of April 23-24 1977

  

Sis Pritchard  called to walk down to Church with me, as the bus for the temple was travelling overnight and left Bradford chapel at 12 o’clock midnight.  I was very pleased when Pamela knelt and prayed with us for the Lord’s care & protection for us all.

  

I had very little sleep on the bus, even though I had a seat to myself and was able to lie down.  But, even though I was tired, I felt excited and looked forward to the Temple hours.

  

There was a spirit there that day that I felt so strongly.  I felt I could almost touch it.  When I was in the Celestial room for the last time that day, I went into a quiet corner and prayed to the Lord and told him the desires of my heart, and I know he heard me, for he was there, I felt it. 

(I prayed that Pamela might accept the Gospel and one day go to the temple.)   

I gained a stronger testimony of the work done in the Temple and know it is what the Lord would have us do.  It is such a privilege being able to help the dead to gain the celestial glory.  I know there were many who accepted their endowments that day.  

  

We had four families from Bradford being sealed. 

  

  • Bro& Sis Jeff Whitehead had their daughter sealed to them.  
  •  Bro [John] & Sis [Pat] Quinn were married and had their 5 children sealed to them.  
  •  Brother& Sis [Ruth] Holt were married and had Richard sealed to them.  
  •  Brother[Mike] & Sis [Kay] Dunn were married and had their 4  children sealed to them, and 
  •  Brother& Sis Hughes were married.   

  

It was a very emotional time, but so wonderfully happy it was overwhelming.  God is so good to us all.

  

It was a pleasant journey home.  The joy carried over with us, we didn’t leave it behind. 

When I arrived home, there was a sweet spirit there. 

The children had been good & Pamela had been patient and loving to them, so my joy was not dimmed. 

I asked Pamela to go to Sunday School with us but she refused.  I won’t push her for one day. 

The Spirit will touch her heart and she will know as sure as she knows she exists that the church is true and God does live and love us all.

  

Gary forgot to tell me it was St George’s Day on Sunday.  However, I took his Cub uniform down for him and Sis Noble took him home for some lunch and got him back in time to go down with them.

I went home with Joanne and asked Pamela if she would like to go to the parade at the Valley Parade football ground.  To my surprise, she said “Yes,” and she also said “Yes” to Alan McLean who rang asking her to come out to Church for sacrament service.

  

We were late at the Parade, but saw quite a lot of it, and it was most enjoyable.

  

We went back to church and there were 250 or more people there and a lovely spirit.

  

The ward was split into 2 wards.  I and my family are in Ward 1.  The new Bishops were Brother Brian Whitehead for Ward 1 and Brother [Peter]  Harold Leonard for Ward 2.  They are great men.  I love them and their families and will be proud to sustain them.

  

We hung around talking afterwards for quite a long time, everyone was so happy.

  

We arranged to go to supper next Wed at Alan & Rosalind’s.   I look forward to that.

  

Brother& Sis Hughes brought us home, and when the children were put to bed, we watched “ROOTS”  on television.  It is the story of a black boy who was taken as a slave from Africa.  He determined that his ancestors [descendants] should know who they were.  He said it was important for people to know who they were and where they came form, so he told his child [Kizzy] and she told her son, and he told his sons, and so the story goes on, each time adding a little more of the ancestry [progeny].  It has inspired me to make & keep a record so my seed shall know who they are.

  

Yes, it has been a good weekend, and one I shall remember.  I hope I can recapture the joy, too.

  

HERE END THE NOTES

  

 

Sunday 1 May 1977

Bradford Ward split.

  

Monday 2 May 1977

Sister Pat Worrall goes into St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford.  Ward A2.

  

Sunday 8 May 1977

I am moved to Ward 2.

[Her strength and wisdom were needed there]

  

Friday 13 May 1977

 May Ball at Huddersfield. 

Karen and Lewis were there.

  

Saturday 14 May 1977

Karen and Lewis came for the weekend.

  

Sunday 22 May 1977

Joanne’s seventh birthday. 

Played tennis with Barry  and Mary.

  

Tuesday 24 May 1977

Meeting to plan the Jubilee Party

  

Saturday 28 May 1977

Going down to Karen’s {Sheffield].

  

Saturday 4 June 1977

Jane and Brian’s wedding at Essex. 

Newsome Kirk took Brother Ralph Young and myself.

  

Tuesday 7 June 1977

The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

We had a party at Ley Top.

Mrs. Isherwood’s 83rd birthday.

  

Saturday 11 June 1977

Lord Mayor’s Show at Lister Park.

  

Sunday 12 June 1977

Mrs Mordell, 27 Vivian Road, Lower Grange.

  

Wednesday 15 June 1977

Stake Primary Preparation Meeting at Bradford.

  

Sunday 19 June 1977

Ward Conference.

2 30 pmCorrelation Meeting.

  

Friday 24 June 1977

Pam went to Canada today on the 7 30 plane.

  

Saturday 2 July 1977

Nadja Kummer coming for four weeks.

  

Saturday 9 July 1977

Dance at the Copper Beech, Baildon.

  

Friday 15 July 1977

Merrie Miss Party.

Karen and Lewis coming up.

  

Saturday 16 July 1977

Swimming with Primary.

  

Friday 22 July 1977

Gary going to Cornwall.

  

Saturday 23 July 1977

Holiday flat at Whitby for a week.

  

Sunday 24 – Friday 29 July 1977

Nice week in Whitby with Sister Pritchard and Liz, Nadja, and Joanne.

  

Saturday 30 July 1977

Back from holidays.

  

Monday 1 August 1977

Alan McLean and Rosalind took Nadja and Joanne to Scarborough.

  

Tuesday 2 August 1977

Nadja goes home. 

Joanne and I go to Sheffield.

  

Saturday 13 August 1977

Stake Conference. 

Primary singing.

  

Saturday 20 August 1977

Bridlington trip. 

Kath Wilkinson 52723. 

£70.

  

Thursday 25 August 1977

Jubilee Ball

  

Friday 26 August 1977

Games Night

  

Sunday 28 August 1977

Organize Preparation Meeting.

  

Saturday 3 September 1977

9 30 am Primary preparation Meeting.

[In a child’s hand]  Mary Jedd.

  

Thursday 8 September 1977

Baking days.

Joanne had two front teeth out.

It has been a good day today.  We, that is Mary Jennings and I, went visiting teaching today and we had a good reception everywhere we went. 

This evening Peggy [Rastrick] the schoolteacher who lives downstairs, took us to a church at Idle  to hear a carol service, it was very nice. 

I felt uplifted hearing the children sing.

 

Saturday 10 December 1977

Special Interest Dance at Wigan. 

  

Friday 16 December 1977

Primary Workers’ Christmas Party 

  

Saturday 17 December 1977

2 00 pm Hospital visit.

Bradford Second Ward Christmas Party. I baked fifty bread rolls. 

  

Tuesday 20 December 1977

Martin Jackson screaming night. 

  

Monday 26 December 1977

We, that is Gary, Joanne, and myself, spent Christmas with Karen & Lewis in Sheffield; it was a wonderful day. 

Pamela rang at 8 o’clock and I was able to speak to my future son-in-law, Richard Beck. 

Boxing Day, we went to Lewis’s parents’ home.  They have a lovely sweet spirit; it was a pleasure to be in their home. I wish we could all have this feeling in our home.  We will keep on trying and with the Lord’s help, and with the teachings of the Gospel, we will make it one day.  

  

Saturday 31 December 1977

Bradford Second ward Primary Christmas party. 

  

Undated notation

Mr Woodrow – 42454 – material for Dougals.*    

  

Friday 9 September 1977 

Money for Loughborough [Singles Conference] 

Baking days 

  

Saturday 10 September 1977 

(Opening Social)  Red Cross Manningham Park stall. 

  

Sunday 11 September 1977 

Wake up Sister Mardell. 

  

Tuesday 13 September 1977 

Rosalind [McLean] coming for work meeting.  

  

Wednesday 14 September 1977 

Ronnie [Veronica] Whitehead’s at 7 00 pm for Institute of religion class. 

Today I decided not to procrastinate my journal any longer, after a lovely evening at Sister Veronica [Ronnie] Whitehead’s home.  It was our first Institute lesson on ‘Eternal Marriage.’  We discussed many things and got to know each other a little better. 

  

I felt happy and contented being with my brothers and sisters in the Gospel, we talked about the United Order and I hope I didn’t sound big-headed when I said I thought I could live it.  To live and work together with the saints sounds good.  No money involved, just good, hard work, and the joy of sharing. 

Maybe I am still too selfish to live it, but I would like to try.   

Brother & Sis Wade talked about themselves and how they intend to make their marriage a success, it being both a second time around.  They said that they are always honest and will always communicate and talk things over. 

Brother [Brian]  Whitehead & Sis [Margaret] Whitehead both said how happy they were and how they felt respect was the basis for love and together with communication they felt their marriage had a strong footing.  If I marry again I shall remember these things.  

Sis Haigh has just come back from a Relief Society Leadership Meeting and has rung me to inform me that they have put my name forward to be photographed by the press as a Mormon who is taught by the church to be prepared and during the bread strike which is now on can bake my own bread.  I am not keen on the idea but if it will help in any way, I am willing to do it. 

  

Thursday 15 September 1977  Take Mrs Isherwood to town. 

  

Saturday 17 September 1977 

Yeadon Airport.  Karen and Lewis coming up. 

  

Sunday 18 September 1977 

Two and a half minute talk in Sunday School – me. 

  

Wednesday 21 September 1977 

Primary Leadership Meeting at Vesper road, Leeds. 

Anthony baptized, also the Turners [Brian and Lillian]. 

  

Friday 23 September 1977  Travel to the London Temple. 

  

Saturday 24 September 1977  In the Temple. 

  

Sunday 25 September – Saturday 1 October 1977  

Sue Miller, Treasurer.  Flat 5 New Georgian Court, 21, Cross Road, Croydon, CR0 6TE, Surrey.  £9 deposit.  Singles Convention at Loughborough University.  £19. 

  

Friday 7 October 1977 

Harvest Moon Ball.  Leeds Second Ward.  8 pm – midnight. 

  

Saturday 8 October 1977  Relief Society Bazaar 

  

Tuesday 11 October 1977  7 30 pm

APA for Menus for missionaries. 

  

Saturday 15 October 1977 

Rehearse for panto 

  

Monday 17 October 1977 

Visit Sister Mary Quinn in St Luke’s Hospital Bradford. 

Ring Sylvia Brown about Ronnie [Goodwin] and the fox. 

  

Tuesday 18 October 1977 

Talk to boys to encourage them to go on missions. 

  

Wednesday 19 October 1977 

Sister Mary Quinn 

  

Thursday 20 October 1977 

Relief Society. 

  

Friday 21 October 1977 

Baptizm.  Brenda (deaf).  I spoke. 

  

Saturday 22 October 1977 

Inter-Stake Special Interest Convention 6 30 at Huddersfield. 

Dance at York 

  

Sunday 30 October 1977  10 30 am

Ward Conference at Bradford       

  

Saturday 5 November 1977 

Jeanette gets married. 

Bonfire night. 

  

Sunday 6 November 1977 

Joanne bore her testimony for the first time.  She is seven. 

  

Monday 7 November 1977 

Mrs Isherwood died at 2 30 am this morning. 

  

Tuesday 8 November 1977 

I saw some films of Arran.  I must go there. 

  

Wednesday 9 November 1977 

Relief Society Leadership Meeting. 

  

Saturday 12 November 1977 

Primary Priesthood Preview at Vesper Road Chapel, Leeds. 

Dance at Butterfield’s of Shipley. 

  

Wednesday 16 November 1977 

Primary Leadership Meeting at Vesper Road. 

  

Saturday 19 November 1977 

Preparation Meeting 

Dinner Dance at Vesper Road     

  

Saturday 26 November 1977  Entertainment afternoon for Primary. 

  

Sunday 27 November 1977 

I will write more often in future, for many things have happened and I fear I have forgotten some.   The most important is the experience I had with Gary & Joanne. 

It was a Sat evening in Oct.  We were saying family prayers before the program “Starsky & Hutch” which is the children’s favourite program.  I felt very moved by the spirit and prayed for our family and especially Pamela. 

When I had finished praying Gary & Joanne stayed kneeling and both were very near to tears.  Joanne said she felt strange and next fast day she was going to bear her testimony.  Gary said he thought it was a good idea not to put “Starsky & Hutch” on.  I felt they had both felt the Spirit as I had and were very moved by it.   

On fast Sunday following, Joanne bore her testimony by her own request.  It was very short and in a very tiny voice, but it was the sweetest thing to me.  I pray she might grow in the Gospel and gain a strong, firm testimony of the truth, Gary also.   

Gary will be 12 next year and old enough to bear the priesthood.  I hope he’s worthy.  

Our lessons at Sis V [Veronica, known as ‘Ronnie’] Whitehead’s home are wonderful.  I have grown close to more people in the church; you can see their needs and strengths and have a better understanding of people when you know them. 

  

Wednesday 30 November 1977 

Elders’ entertainment night.  I was in “Andy Pandy.” 

  

Saturday 3 December 1977 

Music Festival at Leeds First Ward.  4 pm – 6 pm, and 7 pm – 9 30 pm.     

  

Tuesday 6 December 1977 

I can hardly believe my ears.  Pamela has just rung up from Canada to tell me she has been to see the Bishop about her past sins and is now working towards a Temple Marriage with Richard Beck. 

I feel very happy and yet fearful, I know the Lord wants my child but the devil does also. 

I pray that she will be surrounded with good wholesome saints who will support and uplift her at this time, which must be very hard for her.              

  

Saturday 10 December 1977

Special Interest Dance at Wigan. 

  

Friday 16 December 1977

Primary Workers’ Christmas Party 

  

Saturday 17 December 1977

2 00 pmHospital visit.

Bradford Second Ward Christmas Party. I baked fifty bread rolls. 

  

Tuesday 20 December 1977

Martin Jackson screaming night. 

  

Monday 26 December 1977

We, that is Gary, Joanne, and myself, spent Christmas with Karen & Lewis in Sheffield; it was a wonderful day. 

Pamela rang at 8 o’clock and I was able to speak to my future son-in-law, Richard Beck. 

Boxing Day, we went to Lewis’s parents’ home.  They have a lovely sweet spirit; it was a pleasure to be in their home. I wish we could all have this feeling in our home. 

We will keep on trying and with the Lord’s help, and with the teachings of the Gospel, we will make it one day.  

  

Saturday 31 December 1977

Bradford Second ward Primary Christmas party. 

  

Undated notationMr Woodrow – 42454 – material for Dougals.*    

  

  

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