People in the Church


Some 34 LDS youth were among 2,000 students from throughout the United States, Canada and Australia who attended the annual National Association of Student Councils Conference, held in Derby, Kan., recently. Of the mostly high school student body presidents and state Association of Student Council presidents attending, four of the state presidents were LDS: Daniel Evan, Hawaii; Jordan Olson, Nevada; Ben Hart, Utah; and Erin Hales, Washington. The LDS youth came from Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Hawaii, Washington, Georgia and New York.


  • Bernice Ellis Jorgensen is remembered for her skills as a seamstress when she made many clothes for children and sewed hundreds of clothes for the temple. Now 100 years old, she enjoys reminicing about the horse and buggy days with family, including seven children, 26 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was born April 27, 1898, in Bountiful, Utah. She spent her childhood in the Big Horn area of Wyoming before moving to Logan, where she eventually met her husband, Royal E. Jorgensen. They married in 1918 and moved to Amalga, Utah, where they lived for 45 years before returning to Logan. They served a mission and in the temple before he died in 1971. Sister Jorgensen resides in the Logan 18th Ward, Logan Utah Central Stake.

  • George Elton Freestone, sole surviving member of the original Boy Scout Troop, is the oldest living Boy Scout in America. At 100 years of age, he continues to attend most Eagle Scout ceremonies in his area where he presents each recipient with a ceramic eagle made by him in his shop.

Brother Freestone was born July 28, 1898, in Safford, Ariz. He was 12 years old and living with his family in Los Angeles, Calif., when he joined the originating troop of the Boy Scouts. He is still an honorary member of the troop in his Tempe 1st Ward, Tempe Arizona West Stake.

He married Vergil Glover in 1918. They were married 62 years before she died in 1980. They had four children. Descendants include 18 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren. He married Mary E. Barrows in 1984.

  • Edith Pearl Openshaw, of the Mesa 1st Ward, Mesa Arizona North Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 19. She was born in 1898 in Lehi, Ariz., a descendant of a family sent by Brigham Young to central Arizona. She was married to Ralph Openshaw for 70 years prior to his death. They owned and managed a dairy farm with 300 head of cows, and later served as temple workers. She has seven daughters, 22 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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