Mabel Law Atkinson Journal Entry, December 2, 1933
"An entry in Mother's (Mabel Law Atkinson) Journal under the date of December 2, 1933."
On December 2, we had an F. J. Law family reunion. In the afternoon we had a family group picture taken--Father and Mother and all ten children. Then afterward we had a lovely warm supper at Mother's--all around a large table. As we were eating, Father remarked, "I wonder if this will be the 'last supper.'"
Afterward Father called us all together and stood up behind his chair and talked to us and advised us. First he bore his testimony to us that the gospel is everything in life and that he wanted us to study it, learn our duty, and then do it. He advised us to keep the Sabbath Day holy; to thoroughly and conscientiously fill every calling required of us. He said if we couldn't do a thing or didn't intend to, not to accept it--not to do anything halfway.
He told us he had always lived a morally clean life, had kept the commandments of the Lord the best he knew how, had never broken the Sabbath by staying at home even to irrigate, but had always arranged to set the water and attend his meetings. He told us he had always kept the Law name honorable and wanted us to do so also.
He said he was proud of his family--every one of them--and wherever he goes people ask if he is the father of one of us. He particularly mentioned that someone asked if he were Mabel Atkinson's father because they knew she was a Law. He said "yes" and they said, "Well, she's a good woman" and also people had said about Myrtle, "She's a fine woman" and Joseph, etc. And he always answered, "Yes, I have six fine girls" or "Yes, I have four fine boys." He told us he had looked at families of presidents of stakes and apostles, and he hadn't seen a family he would rather have or a better family of children, and that never had he detracted one mite from the credit his dear wife deserved in the rearing of their children.
Many more things he said. He spoke on genealogy and the need for an organization in our family. He spoke on what Myrtle was doing and what he had done, but now that it was all of our duty to search out our dead and do ordinance work for them. He emphasized that this work was our greatest individual responsibility.
A family organization was then effected with Father (F.J. Law) as president; my oldest brother F. Joseph Law, vice president; myself as secretary; and Myrtle as genealogist.
After this talk by father and before we organized, each one of us children arose and expressed our love and appreciation and gratitude to our parents for what they were and all they had done for us.
Joseph arose first, all filled with emotion and almost between sobs, said we wanted to tell Father and Mother we loved them and wanted to follow Father's advice. He said in part, "We want to tell Father we'll try to believe the gospel is true. We'll try to live it." Reuben arose next, then Rozella, then Myrtle, then Vernon, then Minerva, then myself, then Stella, then Orville, and then Nomah.
I remember Myrtle saying, "Papa may have sons more educated than he, but none more valiant in living the Gospel."
After all of us had expressed ourselves, Orville said, "Well, I think we ought to hear from Mother. We've wrangled with her a lot, but now we'll let her have her say and not talk back at all." Mother then spoke on how proud she was of all of us, and how she wanted us to come home as much as we can and not worry about tiring her.
In his remarks, Papa said he didn't feel it was in the program for him to stay with us much longer. He has been failing fast, and we were so afraid we wouldn't get a group picture and get organized. To Myrtle is due the credit for accomplishing this.
More and more as I grow older, do I appreciate my parentage. More and more do I see they are not found wanting when I compare them with others. More and more do I feel my responsibility in being somebody and doing things due to my heritage.