My 2nd-Great Grandmother, "Sr. Isabella Baun was sustained into [their] society" on 1 August 1888, a year after her arrival from England. In those days, it wasn't automatic that LDS ladies would be members of the Relief Society. You had to join and apparently be "sustained" regardless of whether the secretary could spell your name.
The Ogden Third Ward had a meeting house on the Tabernacle square, but the Relief Society often met in the "vestry of the tabernacle." That was a grand building indeed!
|Ogden Tabernacle, on the block where the Temple is today.|
Salt Lake Herald, Thursday, December 6, 1894:The Relief Society met the day after Christmas:
Thomas Vaughn, an employee in the Union Pacific transfer department, was taken suddenly ill while at work on Tuesday afternoon, was taken home and died at 6:30 the same evening. Heart disease was the cause of his death. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today. The deceased leaves a widow and eight children.
Sis. Farr . . . said the donations given for Christmas were liberal, thought all had been well remembered, much credit was due our treasurer, Sis. Mary Taylor for the good work performed in sending out baskets and donations for the poor, did not think it wise to prolong our meeting, as it was very cold, and no fire.There is no mention of Isabella in the Relief Society minutes for all of 1895. Then on January 22, 1896, she began bearing her testimony again.
There is only one time a secretary gave her testimony individual mention. January 19, 1898:
Isabel[la] Vaughn wished to thank her father in heaven for his blessing towards her and her family. Wished to be counted worthy.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
Thank you, Grandma Isabella.