150 years ago today - 1872. January 31

John A. Widtsoe: Born John Andreas Widtsoe in Froen, Norway. In 1879 his widowed mother took a pair of his shoes to a Mormon cobbler, who stuffed the toes with Mormon pamphlets when he returned them. Anna Widtsoe read the pamphlets, then attended a Mormon meeting. Two years later the family was baptized, and in 1883 emigrated to Logan, Utah. He became one of Utah's most distinguished scholars, educators, scientists, and spiritual leaders.

[Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies; Utah History Encyclopedia: John A. Widstoe, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

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