Archives for September 2017

Empathy, emotion management, life skills taught in Ephraim Elementary ‘Second Steps’ program


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


EPHRAIM—At Ephraim Elementary, Principal Gannon Jones believes in being proactive: It’s better to teach students how to solve problems before they arise, he says, that to wait until a problem is at hand.

Jones also believes that giving kids a well-rounded education involves teaching them life skills as well as academics. It’s an approach that has led him to implement a program called Second Step in his school.

“We were looking for something to specifically address things like empathy, emotional management and learning skills,” said Jones, who found out about the program from other educators.

Developed by Committee for Children, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle that specializes in helping children develop social and emotional skills, Second Step helps students gain confidence, set goals, make better decisions, collaborate with others in work and play, and navigate the world more effectively.

This is the second year Jones and his faculty have used the program, and Ephraim Elementary is currently the only school in either Sanpete County school districts that uses Second Step.

“I think it’s a great program. I really like how it is specific for each grade level,” Jones said.

At Ephraim Elementary, Melinda Steck teaches each class age-appropriate lessons each week that include songs, games and daily activities.

The lessons are based on the five principles of Second Step: empathy (feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling); emotion management (the ability to monitor and regulate strong emotions and calm down when upset); social problem solving (the ability to successfully navigate through social problems and challenges); friendship building (an important protective factor against being bullied); and assertiveness training (another component of building positive relationships).

The program also teaches learning, classroom and homework skills.

Steck uses take-home materials to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom. Throughout the week, teachers themselves use Second Step vocabulary and reinforce the concepts from the lesson. And the lessons given i each grade build on those from the previous year.

“Research has found that when you implement these concepts, when you give students ways to problem solve and calm down, they absorb it just like you’re teaching them an academic skill like math or reading,” Jones said.

The program also contains an anti-bullying unit, which teaches students to recognize, report and refuse bullying. But Jones says Ephraim Elementary does not have a significant bullying program.

“A high percentage of students feel like they are not being bullied,” Jones said.

He wants to make sure it stays that way.

State grant enables North Sanpete schools to adopt behavior program


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


MT. PLEASANT—A $37,500 state grant is helping North Sanpete School District to begin working on implementing a positive-behavior intervention system for all five of its elementary schools and North Sanpete Middle School.

The overarching goal of the program is to provide a safe environment for all students. The grant pays for a University of Utah consultant to work with administrators and teachers to implement the plan.

The system, which is being developed by teams on both district and school levels, uses a three-tiered approach. In the first tier, which is the general student population, all students are taught relational skills, and positive behaviors are reinforced through a reward system.

In the second tier, additional help is provided to students who exhibit at-risk behavior. The hope is that if at-risk kids can be identified earlier, more serious problems can be prevented later on.

In the third tier, which is a very small group of students who exhibit aggressive behavior, perhaps one to two per school, students receive hands-on, individual support.

Special Education Director Chalyece Shelley applied for a first-tier grant on behalf of the entire school district. The grant is for one year, but the program is expected to take two to three years “to become solidified in the culture of the school,” Shelley said.

A condition of the grant is that the school district have a sustainable program in place after the funding has been spent.

The first step in the new program is to implement a behavior tracking data-system and instructing teachers how to use it. Once that data is available, administrators, office staff and teachers will use it to target their resources and provide individual support to students who are struggling behaviorally. The goal of the program is to help those students stay in class, and to provide them with extra support.

The program also provides classroom management and skills training for teachers, which covers the setting up of rules, expectations and positive-reward systems. They will also be taught how to implement behavior plans that outline how teachers will address inappropriate behaviors, when to involve parents, and what the consequences of continued unacceptable behavior will be.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve had quite a few new teachers who are more inexperienced come into our schools. We’re trying to provide training for them so they feel like they have support in dealing with these types of issues,” Shelley said.

In preparation for launching the program, information has been given to teachers, school board members and parents, making them aware of how behavioral issues will be handled going forward. District officials hope to have all three tiers of the program up and running by the end of  the school year, Shelley said. From there, it will continue to be implemented next year until it becomes a “smooth and natural system in our schools,” she said.

If the funding is available next year, the district will reapply for a second year, and, if approved, will use the grant monies to provide “focused and intensive help for the students that need it the most,” Shelley said.

Along with paying for a consultant, the grant has paid for the onetime purchase of a special curriculum.

“We hope we start seeing a more positive culture in our schools,” said Shelley, who said the problems addressed by the new system are not unique to North Sanpete, but are 21st-century challenges faced by school districts everywhere.

“In our area, we’re facing harder problems than in the past. There’s a high poverty level, a lot of mobility, 50 percent of our students are in split families. All of these social problems are impacting our kids. The problems we’re seeing kids faced with seem to be getting worse,” she said. “We’re also seeing a few more kids with disabilities—that has been the trend for six or seven years.”

Implementing the program is an effort to be proactive and “prevent issues that could bring schools down,” Shelley said. “We’re trying to provide the best educational experience we can for our students. The resources in small, rural schools are limited. Any time we have an opportunity like this, we want to take advantage of that.”

Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that works undercover child sex trafficking rings in the United States and abroad, addressed the Snow College Convocation last week.


Crusader against child slavery speaks at Snow


By Max Higbee

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


EPHRAIM—Although slavery seems to most to be distant history, the practice is alive and well, and Tim Ballard has spent his career combating it.

A former Homeland Security agent, Ballard left his government job in 2013 to found Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), an organization that works undercover to discover child sex trafficking rings in the United States and abroad, free the victimized children and bring their abusers to justice.

His efforts with OUR are the subject of the 2013 documentary, “The Abolitionists,” which was broadcast by PBS as part of its American Experience series.

“Going into the darkness, you meet a lot of bad people, but a lot of really good people are in that darkness, fighting,” Ballard said. “There’s so much darkness, there’s so much evil, there’s so much need for people to engage in righteous causes and bring light to the darkness.”

Ballard said that by the numbers, there are more people in slavery today than in all previous eras combined, including a current figure of 6 million children in sex slavery or forced labor.

The amount of money in the international sex trafficking industry is enough to buy every Starbucks franchise in the world and send every child in the United States to college.

A native of California, Ballard served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile before graduating with a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

He began his career in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigating human traffickers in the region around Mexicali, Mexico, which is just south of the California border.

He was approached by a superior about being transferred to a child affairs unit and working undercover to find U.S. citizens who were committing child sex crimes abroad. He and his wife agonized over the decision. They worried about the effect the assignment would have on Ballard’s mental health and on their family life.

Eventually, however, they concluded it was a special calling to help children to safety, just as they would want others to help their children if the tables were turned. Ballard accepted the transfer.

After years of successful work in DHS, Ballard became concerned about the foreign children he could not save due to jurisdictional issues and red tape.

He cited multiple instances where he knew of a sex trafficking ring involving children but was not authorized to act because a U.S. citizen was not involved.

He left the DHS to found Operation Underground Railroad, an independent organization that fundraises and conducts operations to end human trafficking.

Ballard described two successful operations in Haiti and Colombia and told the Snow audience his family was actually in the process of adopting two of the children rescued in the Haiti operation.

Currently, he said, half of OUR’s operations are in the United States.

Amid such heavy subject matter, Ballard spoke of the necessity of finding light in the darkness. “I try to make that my mantra,” he told students.

He said he felt that the children he had rescued had taught him as much as anything he could teach them. “When you’re looking for light in the darkness, sometimes you find it; there are incredible things you learn,” he said.

Convocation talks are available on the “Watchit Snow College” YouTube channel.

Inside our Schools

Compiled by Linda Petersen

Sept. 28, 2017


All North Sanpete schools will be out tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 29 for Teacher Professional Development.


North Sanpete High School

Students got a visit yesterday from Kelly Lauritzen, a North Sanpete graduated who is now a foreign service officer in the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She appeared as part of Hometown Diplomats, a U.S. State Department program.

The kickoff for the Treat ‘n Speak option will be held today. The program, held on various days throughout the school year during flex time, gives students an opportunity to visit with local professionals to find out more about what they do. (Students who attend will receive a treat). The visitor today Matt Cook from Moroni, CEO of Norbest.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 3, Josten’s will be at the school to meet with juniors and seniors. The company sells class rings and graduation announcements.


Spring City Elementary School

School portraits will be taken tomorrow.


Ephraim Elementary School

Oct. 9-13 is School Lunch Week. Parents and guests are invited to visit and eat lunch with their children on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.  The menu features chicken nuggets on Monday, Oct. 9; orange chicken on Wednesday, Oct. 11; and pizza on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Notes will be going home with students inviting visitors to sign up to eat school lunch.  Guests need to sign up before Tuesday, Oct. 3. The kitchen requests that no outside fast food be brought in during School Lunch Week.

The PTA Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 7.


Ephraim Middle School

Eighth grade students will visit the Snow College Convocation today at the Eccles Center for a performance by Los Hermanos de los Andes in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Manti High School

A club assembly, where students can find out all what various clubs have to offer, will be held today.

The theater students are participating at the Shakespeare competition this coming weekend in Cedar City.

Sterling native and Badger wide receiver Derek Wright, here in a game earlier this season, was one of several Badgers making big plays last weekend against ASA Miami.

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Templar quarterback Travis Thomson looks helplessly on as a Juab Wasp snatches up a fumble on the way to snatching victory from what, until the fourth quarter, looked to be a Manti Templar win on Friday, Sept. 22.


Wasps scoop up win from Templars


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


MANTI — On Friday, the Manti High School Templars hosted the Juab High Wasps for a conference contest marked by big plays and back-and-forth scoring. Despite a strong start and a late comeback attempt, the Templars fell to the Wasps by a score of 26-19.

The Templars struck first when Tanner Rasmussen scooped up a fumble by Macray Stevens near mid-field and ran it back for a touchdown, to make it 6-0. On their next possession, the Templars struck again with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kyle King to Rasmussen to make the score 13-0.

In the second quarter, the Wasps scored as a result of a big play of their own. With the Templars deep in their own end of the field, the Wasps’ Dalton Ulibarri forced a fumble that the Wasps recovered on the Templar two yard line. On the next play, Alex White pushed it in to make the score 13-6.

In the second half, the Juab offense began to build steam. After trading possessions, the Wasps scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, keyed by the rushing of senior running backs Joey Aagard and Alex White. After those scores, the Wasps led by 26-13 with five minutes left in the game.

The Templars weren’t done yet, and inserted quarterback Kyle King—who had been injured in the off-season—to lead a come-back attempt. Taking over on their own 43-yard line, King took four plays to get the Templars in the end zone, throwing the scoring pass to the other Templar quarterback, Travis Thompson, to bring the score to 26-19.

After the kick-off, the Templars had about two minutes to stop the Wasps and get the ball back. However, the Wasps gave the ball to Alex White again to gain two crucial first downs and allow them to run out the clock and preserve the win.

Thompson finished the night two for five, with 44 yards, and two interceptions. King had four for eight, with75 yards and two touchdowns. Lance Fowles was the leading rusher for the Templars, with 49 yards on 18 carries.

Tomorrow the 2-4 Templars travel to Draper to face the 5-1 Juan Diego Soaring Eagles at 7 p.m.

State tennis tourney begins today


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 28, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY—All four high schools in Sanpete County have student-athletes competing in the 3A State Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today.

The tournament, at Liberty Park in Salt lake City today through Saturday, is a mixed bag of schools since the state saw fit to smash teams from 1A, 2A and 3A schools into one big 3A classification for state tennis this year.

Out of all Sanpete’s teams, North Sanpete is sitting prettiest. The Hawks ended their region season with a 6-1 record; they barely fell behind Richfield into a close second in the Region 15 tourney.

North Sanpete, Manti, Gunnison and Wasatch Academy all face off against high-ranked opponents in the first round, with contestants assembling on the Liberty Park tennis courts to begin play at 8:30 a.m. this morning.

Snow women’s soccer score sixth win


By Emily Staley

Staff writer

Sept. 28th, 2017


TAYLORSVILLE, Utah—The Snow Lady Badgers soccer team kicked off their weekend with their sixth win of the season.

The team played Salt Lace Community College (SLCC) this on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game went smoothly with a concrete 5-1 win, and Saturday ended with the team’s second tie of the season.

Despite the windy Friday afternoon, the Lady Badgers started strong with a goal in the ninth minute by Freshman Sophie Stewart.

From there, Sophomore Nicole Jenkins took over for three goals in a row. Jenkins scored her first goal in the 22nd minute—with an assist by Freshman Jaycee Hafen,—her second in the 30th minute, and her third at minute 54.

Two minutes later SLCC scored in the 56th minute, but the Badgers only let it happen once, making it SLCC’s singular goal of the game.

The Lady Badgers finished up the game with their fifth and final goal, by Sophomore Cheyenne Jacobs, assisted by Freshman Angela Clayton.

Saturday was a cold, cloudy day, setting the mood for the game. Snow and SLCC battled hard, but neither team seemed to be able to put the ball one way. Several shots were made, but none of them successful. The game ended with an exasperating double-goose egg tie for both teams.

“The women’s team was fantastic yesterday,” said coach Nuno Gourgel. “Their energy was great. Today the team was tired, and that showed in our performance. But when you play championships, you won’t get good results if you don’t play good enough.”

Gourgel could not be more right. If the team isn’t putting all their strength into the game, it is impossible to win. If the team puts their heart and soul into the game, however, they will be able to defy the odds and come out on top.

Undefeated, the Lady Badgers have won six of their games this season, with only two frustrating ties on their record to disturb their winning streak.

This week the Lady Badgers get to play on home turf for all three games. Their week will start out against Western Wyoming Community College on Tuesday (score unavailable at press time).Tomorrow and Saturday, the Lady Badgers will finish out their week against Utah State University Eastern.

Snow men’s soccer team rebounds from rough start, splits with SLCC Bruins


By Emily Staley

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


TAYLORSVILLE, Utah—The Snow College men’s soccer team had a rough start this weekend against Salt Lake Community College, but rebounded and finished strong.

The Badgers played Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game ended with a disappointing 1-3 loss. Saturday’s game, however, ended with the improved result of a 2-1 win for Snow.

Friday’s game started off when SLCC quickly scored the first goal of the game at the 13th minute, and scored again just nine minutes later.

Sophomore Sam BamberLister scored Snow’s first and only goal in the 47th minute, but SLCC wrapped up the day in the 61st minute with a third and final goal.

Although the amount of shots taken by both teams was almost even at 13-14, SLCC resulted in more success than the Badgers. Salt Lake Community College made 17 fouls throughout the game, while Snow only made less than half of that at with eight fouls.

Saturdays game, though chilly, ended opposite of Saturday’s game with a victory to the Badgers. Snow started the game off right when Sophomore Felipe Novellini scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute.

In the 67th minute, SLCC answered Snow with a ball to the net, putting the game at a 1-1 tie. After the tension built for 35 minutes of scoreless play, Snow Freshman James Peña gave relief by scoring the Badgers second and final goal. This sealed up the game, handing a hard-fought win to Snow College.

Both teams took nine shots each throughout the game, but in the end the Badgers came out with twice as many successful shots than did SLCC.

“Today’s game for the men was a lot better than yesterday’s game,” said coach Nuno Gourgel. “We still aren’t where we want to be, but we were better than yesterday and were good enough to win the game 2-1.”

Overall, the team has won six of their eight games this season.

This week the Snow College men’s soccer team will be playing on home turf. It started out battling Western Wyoming Community College on Tuesday (score unavailable at press time). Tomorrow and Saturday, the Badgers will finish out their week against Utah State University Eastern.

Hawks downed by Summit Academy


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Sept. 28, 2017


BLUFFDALE — Last week, the North Sanpete High School Hawks traveled to the face Summit Academy for a conference tilt, eventually losing to the undefeated Bears by a score of 50-14.

Once again, the Hawks were led by their senior quarterback Spencer Steadman, who scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter and a passing touchdown in the second quarter. The Hawks battled in the first half of the game, and were only down by one score at half-time.

However, the Bears’ high-octane offense pulled away in the second half, as the Hawks were not able to answer the onslaught. Bears quarterback Hayden Reynolds eventually accounted for six passing touchdowns on the night.

Tomorrow the winless Hawks travel to Richfield to take on the 3-3 Richfield High School Wildcats at 7 p.m.

Gunnison loses to rival Wildcats


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 28, 2017


GUNNISON—Last Friday night, the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs lost at home in a rivalry football game to the South Summit High School Wildcats, 15-48.

South Summit hails from Kamas with an undefeated record for this season so far—with this victory making them 6-0.

The Wildcats scored 35 points in the first quarter, setting them up for an early lead that they would ride like a wave for the duration of the game. The Bulldogs were unable to respond effectively, scoring zero points in the first three quarters.

South Summit expanded their lead in the third quarter with another six points on the board. The Bulldogs were able to muster up a small rally in the last quarter and score six points, but the Wildcats scored as well, tightening down an already sealed game with another seven points.

Gunnison Valley’s Bulldogs have played six games so far this season, three at home, and three away. All have ended in losses for the team.

The logo title of local newsman Sam Penrod’s documentary about the history of the Manti Pageant is “50 years of Miracles”.


General Conference program documents history of pageant

KSL News reporter from Manti, Sam Penrod, showcases ‘big part of growing up here’


Sept. 27, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY—A 30-minute program detailing the 50-year history of the Mormon Miracle Pageant will be broadcast on KSL-TV this Saturday between sessions of LDS General Conference.

“Fifty Years of Miracles” was produced by Sam Penrod of the KSL news staff over the past four months.

Penrod, who grew up in Manti, says putting together the program has been a highlight of his 20-year career at KSL.

“Like everyone else in these local communities will tell you, the pageant is a big part of growing up here,” Penrod says. “I have always wanted to showcase the great volunteer effort that is the result of individuals willing to get involved in some way or another.”

The program not only focuses on the history and various volunteer assignments, such as the chair setup and turkey dinners, but also takes viewers behind the scenes of the production.

“It was a challenge to tell 50 years of history, from the humble beginnings of a small-town performance in 1967, to the first-class production it is today. I quickly realized that I could have produced a full-length documentary with all of the great content we gathered in Manti during the pageant in June.”

While the program does not focus on the full story line of the pageant, it does highlight several scenes, including Joseph Smith’s first vision, Samuel the Lamanite on the wall and the Angel Moroni on the temple.

The program includes interviews with volunteers, ranging from people who have been involved with the pageant from the beginning to those who participated for the first time in 2017.

“I know many people throughout the state have been to Manti at some point over the years to see the pageant. They may have enjoyed the turkey dinners and then spent a couple of hours on the temple grounds watching the pageant, only to leave Manti without realizing everything that goes on because of the many people in the Sanpete Valley who are willing to accept assignments to help year after year. To me, that is the real story of the pageant,” Penrod says.

Historic photographs, old film footage and interview clips from the KSL archives are also used in the program.

Penrod hopes he has been able to capture what the pageant means to people who participate in it and how it has blessed their lives.

“I hope in the end, everyone who sees the program will realize that it takes the effort of many individuals, who serve in one way or another, for the pageant to be a reality each year, and that anyone who has ever served in the pageant will feel that their efforts have been recognized collectively in this KSL conference special,” he says.

The program “50 Years of Miracles” will be aired Saturday at noon on KSL-5. It will also be available on and the new KSL app for mobile devices and streaming boxes. Visit for a video preview.


A 1987 interview with Macksene Rux, who directed the Mormon Miracle Pageant for 19 years, is included in a KSL-TV program, “50 years of Miracles, which airs Saturday at noon.

A shot from the KSL program, “50 Years of Miracles,” shows the light tower used at Mormon Miracle pageants in silhouette.

Joel Skousen, Molly Cook Lamb and Amy Cook Russell ride their mounts up Canal Canyon outside Spring City toward a meadow where a ceremony was held to honor missionaries who suffered death or trauma in the mission field.


‘Pratt Ride’ recalls heavy sacrifices of missionaries of the past


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 28, 2017


SPRING CITY—Some local LDS church members saddled their horses this weekend and rode them up a mountain trail to take part in a ceremony to honoring missionaries who died or suffered traumatic injuries while serving their missions.

David Tuttle of Spring City organized the Parley P. Pratt Missionary Memorial Ride, which is the first held in Sanpete County.

Tuttle has been organizing the rides since 2000. He moved to Sanpete County in 2012, and this year, decided to coordinate the inaugural Sanpete County Pratt ride.

Named after Parley Parker Pratt, one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the ride is part of the Parley P. Pratt Memorial Project, which Tuttle says is “dedicated to honoring the work of all missionaries who have paid the ultimate price for their commitment to sharing the greatest message this world has ever heard.”

Tuttle said the ride also shows appreciation for loved ones who, when they sent family members into the mission field, had to be prepared for the possibility of the family members never returning alive.

According to Tuttle, despite inclement weather, participants saddled up and headed out along Canal Canyon, near Spring City, Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. They rode for about an hour before stopping in a meadow to hold a ceremony.

Tuttle says because the ride only had a handful of attendees, the event ended up being more informal and conversational than a lecture-style ceremony.

During their meadow ceremony, Tuttle says they discussed the death of Bradley Savage of Lehi, who died along with three companions in a car accident during his mission in Iowa.

Tuttle says another story was recounted during the ceremony about a group of South American missionaries who were struggling to be received by the locals on their mission.

During a robbery attempt, one of them was shot and killed. Tuttle says word spread quickly about the death, and soon doors all over town began to open to the missionaries.

“There are many accounts where their sacrifice ended up being the key to open a door for greater works to be done,” Tuttle said.

One of the memorial ride participants shared the story of her brother, who was told by a highly-placed church leader to hurry home after his farewell with a warning that “Satan does not want you on this mission.”

The young missionary did not heed the words and was hurt badly in a car wreck, which not only delayed his mission by six months, Tuttle says, but left him with long-term injuries that plagued him for years and contributed towards his recent passing.

The Parley P. Pratt Missionary Memorial Project has been a work in progress for years, says Tuttle. The project has taken more than 120 stories of missionaries who paid the ultimate price and published them into three volumes.

“The point of the Parley P. Pratt Missionary Memorial,” Tuttle said, “is that we remember the willingness of those who accept calls to serve, whether that service is completed without major incident or whether part of their mission is to give their lives in that service, something Elder Parley P. Pratt did when he was martyred for his commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Pam Daniels, mission lead for the new Moroni Record Operation Center (ROC), uses software at the ROC to prepare family history information for addition to LDS genealogy indexes and to the LDS website,


Moroni LDS Family History Center saved by becoming world’s 15th Record Operation Center


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 28, 2017


MORONI—The opening of the first Record Operation Center (ROC) in Sanpete County will save the Moroni Family History Center from closure, expand LDS genealogy information and offer an opportunity for missionary service close to home.

A ROC is a location where genealogical records are processed for access via LDS websites such

Pam Daniels is mission lead for the Moroni ROC, which will operate in the same building as the Moroni Family History Center at 250 N. Center St. in Moroni.

Formerly director of the Family History Center, Daniels is spearheading the ROC launch under the direction of Moroni Stake President Gene Peckham. Anita Port is taking over as the new director of the Family History Center.

Daniels says there are important differences between family history centers and ROCs. A family history center is where anyone can come and discover their family history for free. “You don’t even have to be LDS to come find out about your family’s heritage,” she said.

A ROC, on the other hand, is where LDS volunteers process records, such as old newspapers, by isolating relevant family history information (birth and death notices, weddings announcements, etc.) and organizing it for addition to the LDS genealogy indexes.

The addition of the Moroni ROC will help keep up with a large influx of unprocessed records coming from South America. The influx is so great, Daniels says, that the church is  launching two ROCs in Peru.

Daniels says the launch of the Moroni ROC is fortuitous, because there had been talk about closing the Moroni Family History Center due to reduced usage compared to previous years.

She believes the decline in use reflects the prevalence of home computing, access to the Internet, and with it, easy access to

While she was still the director of the Moroni Family History Center, she found out about an ROC in Monroe, and realized the Moroni Family History Center could be spared by converting it to a ROC during daytime hours, limiting family history center usage to evenings, and using the same computers for both operations.

“There were still people who came to use the family history center,” she said, including  people without home computers or Internet access, and elderly people who needed assistance.

“We didn’t want to lose this,” she added. “This is actually one of the best equipped family history centers in the area, and the previous directors have done great things with it.”

And so the plan to open Sanpete County’s first ROC (and the 15th worldwide) moved forward. Daniels was called to lead the center, which is classified by the LDS church as missionary work.

She says the center provides a unique opportunity for LDS members who might not be able to serve a full-time mission to perform significant church service.

Anyone volunteering in the ROC is considered to be a missionary, Daniels says. Volunteers can come from anywhere in the county and beyond, and can volunteer from 16-40 hours per week. The only requirement is a desire to serve.

She says that there are even opportunities for people with autism, infirmity, disabilities or other conditions that might prevent them from serving a full-time mission to become service missionaries at the ROC.

“There are many people who would like to fulfill a mission who can’t,” she said. “Well they can here.”

Initially, the ROC will operate Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the Family History Center hours will be changed to 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. But once the ROC is going full steam, she expects it to operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Daniels hopes to eventually have as many as 70 church service missionaries contributing service to the ROC. To volunteer service, or for more information, contact Daniels at 851-3464.


Sept. 21, 2017


Sean and Rachael Hendricks, Midvale, and Kelly and Paula Christensen, Fairview are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Tailor Hendricks to Shad Rawlings, son of Corey and Mary Lou Rawlings, Moroni.

They will be married Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the Start Up Building in Provo.

Grandparents of the bride are Betty Smith, Lehi, Marlin and Sherrie Christensen, St. George.

Grandparents of the groom are Larry and Pat Rawlings, Freedom, Ella Mae Faux, Moroni and the late Robert Faux.


Sept. 21, 2017


Kayla Dodds of Galway, New York is pleased to announce the marriage of her daughter, Jocelyn Rose to Daniel McArthur Cottam, son of Mark and Miriam Cottam of Wales, Utah.

The wedding was Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jocelyn served in the Boise, Idaho Mission for the LDS church. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University in psychology and employed by VitalSmarts of Provo.

Daniel is a graduate of Wasatch Academy and served in the Alpine German-speaking LDS Mission.  He is currently attending Brigham Young University studying international relations and business and employed by Acrostak of Switzerland.