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Friday, January 31, 2014

June 1st 1975 - When I was born

To be honest I didn't know much about the day I was born and so I decided to do some research. 

June 1st of 1975 was a nice Sunday with a high of 81 degrees and a low of 51.1 in Kearns Utah where I was born.  At the time I was born there were 72 stakes in the Salt Lake Valley and one temple in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Salt Lake Temple).  There are now 172 stakes and 4 temples in the Salt Lake Valley.  These are some pretty amazing changes.

Because I knew little of this day I requested that my father Asa Josiah Allred (previously known as Owen Paul Allred) write me and let me know all he could remember about the day I was born.  The details I know are that my grandfather Rulon Clark Allred delivered me.  I don't even know if I was born in a house or a hospital.  So I will learn from this post a lot as well as those that follow me...

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I just had a cool discussion with my father about the day I was born and  some of the experiences of my early life.  I was testing an application for Roots Tech this year (part of the work I now do) and made the call and recorded the experience.  I will try to attach it, but will also document the more pertinent details in this post.

Since I am unable to get the audio file to attach I am going to try to get a gadget on the side of this post that will play back the audio file.  In the meantime if you are interested in the discussion, please contact me.

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Now for some of the details from the recording:

I was born at around 4 AM on the 1st of June in a home in Kearns Utah.  It was the home where my grandfather and his family from my mothers side lived in Kearns.  My mother and father were staying with them at the time.  My grandfather on my fathers side came by after my mothers water broke around midnight and I was born around four hours later.  My dad's father charged him 100 dollars for the delivery.

As I could only expect my father doesn't remember much of the Sunday I was born since he was with my mother who was exhausted and they were resting that day.  An interesting piece of information is that I was blessing into the church of the AUB (Apostolic United Brethren) when I was 1 week old.  This is one of the biggest polygamist groups in existence now, which broke away from the LDS church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) after the manifesto given by President Wilford Woodruff against polygamy.  This was accepted by the membership of the church as binding On October 6th 1890. 

Some other details I gained from the conversation and memory:

By the time I was around 2 and 1/2 years old I had been exposed to both physical and sexual abuse, and the sexual abuse had started at an earlier age than this.  I know this because some of the people who abused me have since come and apologized for the things they did.  I admire the strength it takes for them to have done so, because it is not easy to stand up to the mistakes of the past and change things you have dealt with throughout your lives.  However this post is a witness that through the desire to change and become better as children of God we can overcome any trial we face.

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