Marlin K. Jensen
Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
Our Father in Heaven
We thank thee for the privilege of being present today as we celebrate the relocation
and completed renovation of this historic building. We are mindful of the visionary
women who more than a century ago organized the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
We are grateful for all those who have labored in the intervening years
to gather, preserve, and share the unique history of the pioneers of our state
to the blessing of all our lives.
We thank thee for the rich heritage that the early settlers of this valley bequeathed to succeeding generations. We acknowledge with appreciation the roads they
built, the canals and ditches they dug, the trees and shrubs they planted, the
towns and villages they founded, and the homes, schools, churches, and public
buildings they erected. We are aware that our lives have been immeasurably
blessed and enriched by their lives and by their sacrifice, industry, and vision.
We are also grateful for the leadership and generosity of the Weber County
Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the City of Ogden, the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, and all others whose efforts have made this renovated Pioneer
museum a reality. We acknowledge the significant role that this museum has
and will yet play in future years in preserving and making known the
unique pioneer history of this area.
Heavenly Father, we thank thee that this museum has been beautified, modernized,
and well equipped. We appreciate the architects, engineers, contractors, and
workmen of all types and trades who have given their talents and best efforts
to this undertaking. May they be blessed for their work and sense
our appreciation for their contributions.
Now, by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood, I dedicate this Daughters of Utah Pioneer's Pioneer Museum, the adjacent Miles Goodyear Cabin, and
the surrounding grounds as sacred places of remembrance of and tribute to
our Pioneer forbearers. I pray that no act of nature or man will disturb these
structures, their precious contents, or the grounds upon which they are located.
I pray that this dedicated place will serve as both a beacon and a magnet to all,
that it may contribute to increased interest in and knowledge of Utah's Pioneer
history. I pray that all who work and visit here will be imbued with a respect
and love of the past and with a desire to emulate the lives of those
noble souls who went before.
I offer this prayer of dedication in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Marlin Keith Jensen (born May 18, 1942) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1989. He served as the official Church Historian and Recorder of the church from 2005 to 2012. He was the 19th man to hold that calling since it was established in 1830. Jensen was made an emeritus general authority in the October 2012 general conference.
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