Gratitude for My Pioneer Ancestors

I will forever be grateful to my ancestors who joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints long ago and for all that they sacrificed so that I could grow up with the gospel in my household. One of my most illustrious ancestors is Daniel Tyler who is known for his book The Concise History of the Mormon Battalion. He served as the sergeant of Company C of the Battalion and kept a vivid account of all their doings.

He was born in 1819 and was introduced to the Book of Mormon through a meeting he attended at his neighbor’s house. The Mormon missionaries were there and Daniel, aged 15 at the time, picked up the book and began to read. It took only a few pages in order for him to feel a strong desire to be baptized into the church but his father was opposed to it. Later his sister braved her father’s objections and joined the church. Soon, their parents and brothers followed. Daniel, however, was still afraid to tell his father the secret he had harbored in his heart for months.

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