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Autobiography Of Edward B. Clark
Appendix
Letters and Testimonials
Edward B. Clark


To My Father on his 86th Birthday.

There are things we feel that we cannot express and some things are so common their values are over looked. The former has always been true with me and I fear also the latter.

I am grateful for my parentage. I inherited a healthy body with a capacity for study and work, a strength of character to say no and perseverance to see a job, task or lesson complete.

My environment for which my parents are largely responsible has been most favorable. The work as well as play, to assume responsibility, exercise initiative, plan for and direct the activity of others has been an opportunity and a necessity.

The precepts: honesty, tolerance, charity, service to church, country and the individual, refrain from snap judgments, crime, vice and sin have been more than ideals taught. They have been a daily example.

Finally the thing most appreciated is the keen understanding of my personality, the patience you had with me, the advice given me. Thanks for your love tempered with judgment, good judgment is one of your outstanding qualities. You are a man among men.

With love

Walter E.


Pocatello, Idaho
April 11, 1927

My Dear Father,

Clara was unable to get down town to get you a little remembrance for your birthday, so we are late in sending it to you. But we got to town today and have mailed you a little parcel. We want to express our love and best wishes to you for your 68th birthday, and we hope and pray that you may have many more happy returns of the day. I, especially, want to express my gratitude to you for the many things you have done for me and the sacrifices you have made throughout your life for me. I have been unable to appreciate the many things you have done for me, as I have grown up with the many blessings and advantages, and I have taken them for granted. But now that I am getting a family of my own and am having to inconvience myself a little for them, I can look back and appreciate many of the things you have done for me. I suppose I shall never know all, or even a large part, of the hardships and suffering and sacrifices you have endured for me, but I can see many of them and I want to thank you for all you have done for me.

The older I get, the more grateful I am for the good parentage I was blessed with, and for the teachings and training I have received. It has always been a pleasure for me to recognize you as my father and I have been proud to say that I was your son. If I do not live worthy of your respect and love, and live up to the ideals you want in your son, it will not be because of the teaching, training and example I have received at home. You have not only taught me to be honest, clean, and fair, and to live uprightly before God in our religion, but you have always set for me a good example. I was with you a great deal when a boy and saw in your many trying circumstances, but never once have I heard you speak unclean language or speak unjustly or unkindly of anyone. And with all your dealings with other men, I have never known of you having told them a lie or cheated them. I have always admired one particular trait of yours, probably more than any other one of your virtues, if the ideal can be placed above another, and that was that you have never asked your sons to do something you were not willing to do, or to refrain from something that which you were not willing to refrain from. Too many fathers say, "Don't drink, don't smoke, don't lie, or don't cheat," while they make a practice of the very thing they ask the son not to do. It has not been so with you. You have always set the example first and asked your sons to follow. I have often said, and more often thought, that you have set an ideal example for me and if I can follow that example and be as good a son as you are and set the same good example to my sons, I shall be a successful and a happy man.

I often think that I have not been very grateful to you for what you have done for me, and have not shown that I appreciated your efforts and sacrifices, and have not done much in return to you to compensate your efforts. But I do want you to know that I recognize with gratitude the many blessings you have given me, and my failure to repay you is a weakness rather than a failure to realize what you have done for me. I shall always be indebted to my dear father and mother, and I hope that I can always be worthy of your love and respect, and through your worthy teachings and example, set a desirable example to my children.

With love from your son

Rulon


Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 20, 1945

Pres. Edward B. Clark
Farmington, Utah

Dear Co-Worker:

You will soon reach your eighty-sixth birthday in full vigor of y our remarkable and perfected life.

It has been my happy privilege to labor with you in the Salt Lake temple for a little over one year; to me you are a wonder man, when I think of the glorious work, which you have accomplished.

When President Grant conferred upon you the sealing powers to do the work for the dead he blessed a faithful man in you, Brother Clark, for nearly one half of a million people have or may receive the blessed privilege of becoming members of the Church and Kingdom of God. There must be great rejoicing in Heaven for them and a glorious reward for your untiring efforts here.

We would like you to know, dear brother, that your unselfish life and cheerful disposition, together with your fine intellect, has brought admiration to all who associate with you. May joy and happiness always abound with you and your loved ones.

Yours with love

Jesse W. Knight
Lucy J. B. Knight


Edward B. Clark

The mere mention of the name Edward B. Clark, brings to my mind good thoughts. When we lived in Farmington from 1908 to 1913 we couldn't help but notice the exemplary life of this good man and his family. With a son already in the mission field, he had the sublime faith to leave his farm and the managing of it to his capable wife, and while away from home preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his farm did better than when he was there himself to handle affairs. Of course the Lord intervened to assist one of such integrity and such faith.

This good man and his lovely wife planted deep in the hearts of their children high ideals, so that they too are made of the caliber, which makes men outstanding. What greater honor could come to anyone than to be the parents of such children.

With honor and distinction, E. B. Clark has presided in the stake where he lived and has carried with him the spirit that has made him so loved at home, into the House of the Lord, where he has been outstanding in every way.

Our relationships with him through the past 30 years have brought us to a realization of the fact that we have had the opportunity to associate with one of God's noblemen.

Nicholas G. Smith & Florence Smith

April 1, 1945


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Farmington Ward Bishopric
South Davis Stake
Farmington, Utah

Dear Bro. Clark

I am grateful for this opportunity to express in writing the deep appreciation that I have felt on so many occasions for your faithfulness, your dependability and willingness to serve.

It is men like you with your vast experience and good judgment that keep us guided in the right direction and give us the confidence to keep going.

We congratulate you on your eighty sixth birthday and ask the Lord to continue to bless you with health and happiness.

Sincerely yours,

Bp VanFleet & Family


Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 19, 1945
Edward B. Clark:
Beloved Friend and Brother:

Four score and six years ago our Father bade goodbye to one of His choicest children as you left the home on high to come to this earth to bless mankind.

Such a life of devotion, kindness and service as you have given to the Master's cause: in home, family, community and Church is indeed a crown of everlasting glory. You have felt the genius of the Master when he said: "Let him that is greatest among you, let him be servant of all." You have exemplified the message of the poet Longfellow in that you have felt the message of his Psalm of Life: Life is real. Life is earnest, And the grave is not its goal. Dust thou art to dust returnest Was not spoke of the soul. Not enjoyment and not sorrow is our destined end our way; But to act that each tomorrow finds us farther than today."

Your life is manifest in the perfection of your personality, for each face is either a prophecy or a history. Yours is a beautiful history. And there is radiating from your very being such an influence as causes all the really true men of God to rejoice in the power of the Priesthood which you have learned to use in honor, for the blessing of your fellowmen both living and dead. What a host of loved ones you have, not only in family and friends around you at this time, whom you have blessed; but the uncounted multitude for whom you have served in the House of the Lord in the sealing ordinances for those who have gone on before and could not do their own saving work in the flesh. You have become one of the great "Saviors of the souls of man; multitude in number, who will bless your name forever.

Of you it can be said as was said by the Master of Nathaniel: "There is a man in whom there was no guile." In the application of divine principles you have made yourself congenial, kind, respectful, gracious, honorable and just in your dealings with your fellowmen; loyal and true to all mankind.

As a personal friend I have learned to adore you as we have served for years in the performance of sacred ordinances in Gods House. May every day of your remaining mortality be one of joy, satisfaction and contentment.

Affectionately yours,
David A. Broadbent


Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 22, 1945

To The Family and Friends of Edward B. Clark

I deem it a distinct honor in being asked to extend congratulations and good wishes to Brother Edward B. Clark on his 86th birthday. It has been my good fortune to have known him for many years and for the past five years to have been closely associated with him in the Salt Lake Temple as a fellow ordinance worker. This acquaintance and association I appreciate most highly. It is a wonderful privilege to labor with such a fine man, to partake of his influence and spirit.

I have found him to be true and devoted to his work in the Temple, always on hand and willing to do his part in such a manner that he has gained the love and confidence of all whose privilege it has been to contact him. Truly he is a man of God, a real devoted servant; true to the church and for all that it stands, willing at all times to render service to the Lord and His children, many times laboring when his body was weak and tired. He possesses a beautiful spirit, kind and considerate of those with whom he associates. He has lived far beyond the allotted time of man and now at his advanced age still maintains his faculties and ability to work. He is always punctual (notwithstanding he travels many miles each day to his work) and sets a splendid example for good to all of his associates, commanding their love and respect.

May the Lord continue to bless him with health and strength in body and mind, and grant him the privilege of living upon the earth until he is fully satisfied with life and shall have accomplished every part of the important mission, which was assigned to him in the spirit world.

Sincerely,

Charles R. Jones


North Davis Stake
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Office of the Stake Presidency
Kaysville, Utah

I have always been very grateful for the privilege that was mine, to serve on the County Commission of Davis County with Brother Edward B. Clark. I had met Brother Clark many times before this experience, but it was during the four years that we labored together that I really learned to appreciate his fine qualities.

During the years that we served Davis County, there were several very serious problems confronting our county, which we had to decide. When these problems came up, Brother Clark would always say, "We must think this matter over very thoroughly and determine the right course to pursue." And when he had decided in his own mind the thing that would be best for the people he was elected to serve, he could not be bribed, coaxed, or frightened from that path. Brother Clark was very thoughtful and careful in all his dealings, and just as honest as the day is long. He was as careful with public money as he was with his own money.

Near Brother Clark's home stands a very beautiful building, the Davis County Memorial Court House. This building was built during our labors together, and on a plaque, just as one enters the large front door, the name of Edward B. Clark appears as one of those responsible for its erection. While this building was being built, opposition from one source tried very hard to change its location, stop its progress, and did all they could do to cause us trouble. It spite of all this, it was finished and will stand for many years as a monument to our fine county. I am sure all of the people of Davis County are now very proud of that building, and Edward B. Clark's name will always be associated with that fine building.

Brother Clark was almost a father to all of us, who were there working around the Court House. He was always kind, loving, helpful, and very considerate of us all. I am sure it would not be saying too much to say that Davis County never had a more able, faithful, honest, trustworthy servant that Edward B. Clark. I want to congratulate him on this his 86th birthday and hope and pray that his remaining years may be happy in the thoughts that must be his of a life well spent. May he continue to enjoy health, peace, happiness, and live many more years to be with us to bless and guide us, is my wish and prayer.

From a friend and brother

A. R. Cook


Farmington, Utah
April 10, 1949

Dear President Clark

I am very sorry I could not call on you when you were being honored on your 90th birthday. That makes indeed a long life in years, and it has indeed been a full one in deeds. Yes it is the longest and fullest one with which I have ever been acquainted.

As far back as I can remember, you were in the prime of life, and a very busy man. That was a long time ago, and you have been very busy ever since. And it looks as though it may continue for some time. It seems to me that we must change the quotation about living in deeds not years, and say that you have done both.

I am glad indeed Pres. Clark that I have known you. Your life has been very helpful and inspirational to me.

If they do lay up treasures in heaven, and I am certain they do, then it will take a large space to contain yours.

And so my dear friend and brother, thanks for everything and mostly for your self and your family. And may our Father ever bless you as you need.

All our love

Mr. And Mrs. Geo. L. Knowlton

PS: I just read this to my wife for her OO, and this is her reply, "Plenty good! You could not say anything too good about President Clark."


Edward B. Clark

To my dear friend and brother, Edward B. Clark, on the 86th anniversary of his birth, I extend congratulations, and wish him many pleasant and happy returns of the day. There is less than two years difference between our ages, and I have known him intimately and favorably from our childhood. His habits of life in boyhood, young manhood, and through life have been an example to others, worthy of their emulation. All his life he has been active in the Church, and has filled with much credit, many important and responsible positions: notably, a member of the presidency of the Stake, a patriarch, and for many years, an ordinance officiator in the Salt Lake Temple, which position he still holds and magnifies in a dignified and efficient manner. May his remaining days be filled with useful service, and much satisfaction and joy.

With affectionate regards, and best wishes for a bright and happy future.

Geo. F. Richards









Edward B. Clark Autobiography

<Autobiography Main>< Introduction>< Early Childhood> < Boyhood> < Young Manhood> < Genealogy> < Summary of Church Activities> < Priesthood Activities> < Missionary Work> < Civic Service> < Positions in Civic Affairs> < Farming> < Water> < Traveling Experiences> < Children Born to Edward B. Clark> < Incidents in the Life of Wealthy Richards Clark> < Testimony By Mrs. Wealthy Richards Clark> < Incidents in the Life and Labors of Alice Randall Clark>< A Message to The Ezra T. Clark Association> < Faith Promotion Incidents of Edward B. Clark> < Another Faith Promoting Incident> < Another Case of Remarkable Healing> < Activities of My Family---My Great Achievement> < My Testimony> < Appendix>