Friends bonded as visiting teachers for 55 years

Barbara Burningham and Mary Mann haven't just lived in the same ward for six decades.

From 1952 to 2007, they were visiting teaching companions. And despite not even living in the same state, they never missed their assigned sisters.

Burningham, who lived in Nyssa, Ore., and Mann, who lived "out in the country" in Apple Valley, Idaho, became acquainted at a Nyssa hospital after they both had a baby. Those two sons are now 61.

"We met a little bit before at church," Mann said. "But we really got to be good friends after that."

The Nyssa ward stretched across the state line and encompassed Apple Valley, which was about seven miles away. Burningham would drive to Apple Valley to pick up Mann every month for visiting teaching.

On almost every occasion, they visited the sisters and took turns giving a lesson.

"I'll bet we didn't call more than five or six times in those 50 years," Mann said.

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