Stake Celebrates 25th
An evening of music and song marked the 25th
anniversary of the Merthyr Tydfil Stake in Wales on 22 January 2000. The evening's musical
celebration was presented by members throughout the stake. Two Welsh favourites,
"Calon Lan" and "I Bob Un Sydd Ffyddion," were performed as well as a
selection from the hymns of the Church.
In attendance were Elder Spencer J Condie,
President of the Europe North Area, and his wife Dorothea Condie. Elder Condie remarked
that he looked forward to the next twenty-five years when he anticipated there would be
stakes through-out Wales.
A Double Celebration
Recently Bishop David Dent of the St Austell Ward,
Plymouth Stake, summoned Clive Payne and his wife, Patsy Ann Payne, to the rostrum
immediately following a sacrament service. He presented them with a carriage clock,
inscribed by all members of the ward in recognition of their golden wedding anniversary.
In addition, it was also the ruby wedding anniversary of their temple marriage.
The Paynes were baptised in Nottingham Branch after
receiving the missionary discussions from Elder Wm Rolfe Kerr, now First Counsellor in the
Area Presidency, who was followed by Elders Thomas Burton and David Bench. Clive and Patsy
Ann have been active in the Church over the past forty years.
Music and Words of Hope
The Caerphilly Branch of the Cardiff Stake held a
programme of music and words of hope on 24 October 1999. Some 200 people attended and
several members brought non-member friends. The branch choir performed under the direction
of Sarah Price. A computerised pictorial presentation was also shown. Several members
performed solos and duets.
Caerphilly branch meets in a local community hall
so a school hall was hired for this presentation. The spirit was strong and the standard
of the performance was high. Many of those who attended asked if it was possible to do
another performance so that they could bring other family members and friends to see it. A
second performance was given in the Cardiff chapel in December. Further performances are
to be arranged in the early part of 2000 in two chapels in the stake.
Caerphilly has had a branch in the town several
times. The last time a branch was organised was in 1989. To celebrate the tenth
anniversary, they decided to present a programme that would be a missionary tool and an
opportunity for all to highlight the presence of the church in the area. - L
Perry, Caerphilly Branch, Cardiff Stake
Same Name Oceans Apart
Little did Janet Moyse of the St Austell Ward,
Plymouth Stake, know that her efforts in family history research would eventually lead her
to meet a family member with the exact same name, who lived across the ocean.
In the summer of 1998, Dale Goodwin of Alpine,
Utah, visited the Helston Family History Centre looking for the Moyse family of St Gennys,
North Cornwall. Monica Webb, who worked at the centre, said she knew of a Sister Moyse in
the St Austell Ward. Dale Goodwin, who was returning home the next day, left his address
for Sister Moyse.
Janet Moyse was happy to hear of Dale's search.
Within a couple of weeks she received Dale's book The Moyse Family History and
In the book Janet found that there was another
Janet Moyse, who had been born in Logan, Utah and would be about the same age as herself.
Janet contacted Dale Goodwin to ask if he knew this other Janet, but he did not. He spoke
with his daughter Carolyn, who lived in Logan, and she knew a sister named Janet Moyse in
her ward. The two Janets began to write to each other. In February 1999, Janet Moyse from
Cornwall visited Janet Moyse and her family in Utah. Dale Goodwin opened his home in
Alpine, Utah for a reunion.
From thinking she was the only member of the Church
in her family, Janet now knows she is part of a large, faithful family with a strong
pioneer heritage. - Clive Payne, St Austell Ward, Plymouth Stake