John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENY:

In our Society we have a great aim to get better acquainted with each other. Through research and history we get better acquainted with our ancestors. Because we represent them here and now, that we might do for them what they can’t do for themselves, that we might carry on their name and do good for the name we bear.

I for one am really thankful for my heritage and hope that I can do something that will in even a small way express my appreciation for the opportunities and blessings that have been mine, and I believe you all feel the same as I do. If we can do this together the expense won’t be hard on any of us, but will be diminished by the number that help. If one were doing it, it would be ten times as easy for ten to do it. I am referring to the help we desperately need toward our research. If you could spare just one dollar a year (at the least) you’d be surprised the help it would be to us. Please let us know financially, also whatever family information you might have that would build onto what we have, e.g. histories, records, especially those of you and your children, would be of a great help.

I believe this is one of the greatest services we can render those who have made so many things possible for us. This work should start now. So let’s not procrastinate out help, but all put our shoulder to the wheel and push together. It will become a blessing beyond your greatest expectation.

When the bills of life are all paid and we’ve handed our great Creator our last receipt, our life will only be as important as the services we’ve rendered others, and knowledge we have gained and shared. So if we don’t share our blessings we could be likened to the salty lake with no outlet, fish could not live in it, trees and verdure could not grow along its banks. It gave nothing in return, but the fresh water lake gave as it received. It gave life to fish, water animals, and the trees, grass and flowers grew along its banks. It is a sight beautiful to see.

“For if we don’t have charity we don’t have anything. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, what can be give in exchange for his soul.” We may live our lives out with the best of intentions, but if we never really do the things we know we should, that blessing will never be ours. “For he that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, unto us it is sin.” We will be living a life of going to do and never getting anything done.

Opportunity knocks but once on many doors. Tomorrow may be too late. He that makes the most out of his life, he that makes the best of his opportunities and overcomes his disadvantages, he it is that finds joy in the eternities to som.

This is especially true in research. Many times we can get the information, if we do it soon enough. So it is highly important that we do now the things we should do today, and swing this research into high gear.

Sincerely,
Pres. David W. Rowley

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