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Arwell Lee Pierce c. 1914

Arwell Lee Pierce

Born: June 8, 1882 at Glendale, Sevier, Utah
Died: October 23, 1967 at Americus, Sumter, Georgia

Arwell Lee Pierce was born on June 8 1882 in Glendale, Sevier, Utah to Isaac Washington Pierce II and Caroline Done Pierce ( her parents were James Done and Ellen Parker). Isaac's parents were Isaac Washington Pierce I and Phebe Baldwin.

Arwell's mother gave birth to four sets of twins, his siblings are:
1-Arwell Lee Pierce Sr. 1882-1967; md. Mary Brentnall Done.
2 and 3 - (Set 1) Eudora Elna Pierce 1883-1884, Lenora Caroline Pierce 1883-1884,
4 - Ruby Evadna Pierce Taylor Moon 1885-1950,
5 - Clyde Done Pierce (Nash) 1896-1976,
6 - Ada Diantha Pierce Cardon 1889-1979,
7 and 8 - (Set 2) Isaac LaRue Pierce 1891-1892, James Lamar Pierce 1891-1891,
9 - Vera Juanita Pierce Anderson 1893-1972,
10 and 11 - (Set 3) Ireta Pierce 1900-1903, Zereta Pierce Harris 1900-1982,
12 and 13 - (Set 4) George Teasdale Pierce 1904-1904, Nathan Taylor Pierce 1904-1972.

Arwell married Mary Brentnall Done ( born on Feb 15, 1885 in Payson, Utah) on October 2, 1907 in El Paso, Texas. Her parents were Abraham Done and (1st of 3) Elizabeth Annie Robinson of Payson, Utah. Brentnall comes from her great grandmother Jemima Mary Brentnall Parkes.

Arwell Lee Pierce 1882-1967

ARWELL LEE PIERCE, was the first Bishop of the El Paso Ward, Saint Joseph Stake, Texas. A prominent business man and agriculturist of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

His infancy and early childhood were spent in Utah. At the age of eight years he left Utah with his parents en route to old Mexico, where they went as colonists in search of a new home. During this trip, which was made by team and wagon, he was baptized by his father in a Southern Utah stream on July 21, 1890, which was his mother's birthday anniversary. His father confirmed him a member of the Church the same day.

Accompanying the family on this trip were his first cousin, Brigham H. Pierce and his family. One day while crossing the desert near Gallup, New Mexico, Arwell was riding on the side of his cousin's heavily loaded wagon, drawn by four fine animals, when, as he attempted to jump free from the wagon, his foot caught in the brake and he was thrown underneath the rear wheel which ran over his body almost crushing him to death. No doctors or medicine were available, and although his life was despaired of for more than a week, he was healed by the power of the Priesthood through the administrations of his father and cousin.

After about five months on the road between Utah and old Mexico, a part of the time stopping by the way and working for funds, the family arrived at Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, on Dec. 1, 1890. Here Arwell attended day school, and was an active member of the various Church auxiliary organizations.

On June 8, 1894, he was ordained a Deacon by his father and served as first counselor in the Deacon's quorum presidency. The family made their home in Colonia Diaz for ten years, during which time they suffered many hardships: poor housing conditions, poor food, and but little clothing. Arwell worked on the farm with his father.

In 1896, during the construction of the Rio Grande Sierra Madre & Pacific Railroad, he drove a team and scraper, aiding in building the railroad grade near Dublan, when he was but 14 years of age.

In the early part of the year 1898, his father established a retail lumber yard in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Arwell went there to work with him. It was at this time he attended a Mexican day school and studied Spanish, which he learned to speak almost without any foreign accent. He also learned to read and write Spanish very well. Returning again to his mother's home in Colonia Diaz, he did odd jobs; farming, hauling wood, cutting hay, breaking horses to work, and riding the range, to help earn something to support the family.

In the month of May, 1900, he moved his mother and the family to Colonia Dublan, where a home was built and maintained. During the years 1901-3, he attended the Juarez Stake Academy under the presidency of Professor Guy C. Wilson, who encouraged him to take up school teaching as a profession. Arwell was forced to give úp school, however, to assist his father in the lumber business in making a living for the family. He worked as yardman and bookkeeper and managed the business during his father's illness of a year or more.

In 1903 he worked as timekeeper and bookkeeper at a grading camp during the construction of the Nacosari Railroad in Sonora, Mexico.

In 1902, he was ordained an Elder by his father. He was called on a mission to Mexico in 1904. He went to Salt Lake City, where he did his temple work and was there set apart for his mission by Pres. Francis M. Lyman, who was aboyhood friend of his father's.

Elder Pierce arrived in Mexico City Christmas Day, 1904. He labored under the presidencies of Talma E. Pomeroy and Hyrum S. Harris. He had charge of the Sunday schools of the mission, the choir, and was conference president and second counselor to Pres. Harris. His mission was filled with many striking manifestations of the power of God in his ministrations among the people. He was protected and delivered from the attacks of mobs and wicked, designing men in amiraculous manner many times. He baptized eight per­sons, blessed several children and ordained a number to the Priesthood.

While in the mission field, he underwent a very serious operation, from which he entirely and speedily recovered. He learned to converse fluently and preach convincingly in the Spanish language and was respected and beloved by the missionaries and by the native people among whom he labored. He was honorably released to return home because of the death of his father which occurred on Aug 21, 1906.

After his return home, he settled his father's estate in the Mexican courts, and after managing the business for the estate one year, he interested some El Paso business men, organized the Juárez Lumber Company and took over the lumberyard from the estate. He bought an interest in the business and became its active head as manager.

He organized the first L. D. S. Sunday School in Ciudad Juárez, which was a part of the Dublan Ward, the sessions being held at the home of his mother with whom he lived. On Oct. 2, 1907, he married Miss Mary Brentnell Done in the Salt Lake Temple, Pres. John R. Winder officiating.

In the organization of the Ciudad Juárez Branch of the Dublan Ward, he was assistant to Presiding Elder James Mortensen, and the meetings were held at Elder Pierce's home.

On March 15, 1910, he was ordained aSeventy by Apostle George F. Richards.

In September, 1911, he and his wife, accompanied by his sister, Vera Pierce, and her sister, Ethel, made a month's tour of Mexico, visiting many of the cities and towns where he had served as a traveling missionary in 1905-6. During this trip they visited many places of historical interest, including the National Museum and the ruined city of San Juan Teotihuacan.

In July, 1912, when he took his family to Colonia Dublan for a visit and vacation, he arrived just as the Mexican revolutionists were looting the stores, taking the colonists' guns, horses, and supplies. He was appointed by the Juárez Stake Presidency as one of acommittee of three to accompany the first train of refugees to El Paso, Texas. While the colonists were refugees in El Paso, he, as one of the committeemen, along with his long-time friend Orson Pratt Brown, helped look after their needs.

He, with his family, had many exciting and dangerous experiences during the Mexican Revolution, including getting caught in the cross-fire of the rebels and federals in the early part of the three days' battle of Juárez, when the Madero rebel forces took the town from the Diaz Federal forces, bringing about the complete overthrow of the old Federal Government in Mexico. He with his wife and sister, Ada, escaped in a one-seated buggy to El Paso through the Federal lines.

In 1912 he moved with his family to El Paso, Texas, where he has since made his 'home". Under instructions from the presiding brethren, he organized the first Latter-day Saint Sunday school in El Paso, Texas, and was its first superintendent. In the organization of the first independent branch of the Church in El Paso, he was first counselor to Presiding Elder Philip H. Hurst from 1912 to 1916.

In 1915 he and his wife attended the World's Fair in San Francisco and the Fair in San Diego. The trip was made by way of Salt Lake City, where they attended the convention of the Beneficial Life Insurance Company of which he was the state agent for Texas. This trip was awarded to him as a prize for writing the most insurance during a contest.

In the reorganization of the Juarez Stake presidency in 1916, he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as second counselor to Pres. Joseph C. Bentley by Apostle Anthony W. Ivins.

In 1918, when Philip H. Hurst moved to Utah, Elder Pierce succeeded him as president of the El Paso Branch of the Church. He served in the stake presidency and as branch president until Oct. 11, 1918, when he was ordained a Bishop and set apart to preside over the newly organized El Paso Ward by Pres. Anthon H. Lund in the office of the First Presidency in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the World War he assisted the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company to bring in over 4000 Mexican laborers to work in the beet fields and sugar factories. He made several trips to Utah and Idaho to take train loads of these laborers and afterwards visiting them to keep them satisfied and contented in their work.

In the year 1919 the El Paso Ward was transferred from the Juarez Stake to the St. Joseph Stake and Elder Pierce continued as Bishop of the ward.

In the year 1920, while attending general conference in Salt Lake City, he secured permission from the First Presidency of the Church to buy ground on which to erect a ward chapel and recreation hall, and to gather funds for the erection of such a building in El Paso, Texas.

In the year 1920 he entered the automobile business in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City, and in 1928 in Arizona and El Paso, Texas, still retaining his financial interests in the lumber business, but devoting most of his time to the automobile business.

In the year 1928-9 he disposed of all his automobile holdings in Mexico, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, and again devoted his time to the lumber business and farms. During the summer of 1925, Bishop Pierce and his family in company with others took a three months' vacation trip up through Utah, Idaho, the Yellowstone National Park, and on up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, coming down the Pacific Coast to San Diego, California, and on home. This trip was very educational and enjoyable.

In October, 1927, he with his entire family attended the dedication of the Arizona Temple at Mesa. Between the years 1920 and 1930 he visited and inspected many chapels and recreation halls in Utah, Arizona and California in search of ideas for the El Paso Ward building. In April, 1930, he with his wife attended the Centennial Celebration and Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City and got the authorization of the First Presidency of the Church to commence actual construction of the new ward chapel and recreation hall.

As Bishop of the ward and chairman of the building committee, he purchased all the building materials, furniture and fixtures, and had general supervision of the construction and financing of the building from the time it was begun in October, 1930, to the time of its dedication by Pres. Heber J. Grant on May 24, 1931. The dedicatory services were attended by many prominent governmental officials, including the mayor of El Paso and the president of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the former making a very splendid address. The building, complete with furnishings and ground beautifications cost a little more than $70,000, and was completely paid for at the time of dedication.

At the time of the dedication of the grounds on Oct. 27, 1930, the ward had but $8000 on hand. Those who worked on the building, non-members as well as members, donated approximately one­third of their daily salaries to the ward. The non-member friends of the Latter-day Saints contributed liberally in materials and cash and the city officials were all interested and did much to encourage and help in this work. The financing and building of this ward chapel is an outstanding event in the life of Bishop Pierce, taking as it did ten years for the formulation of plans and gathering funds for its erection and being built at a time of an economic depression.

In his remarks at the dedication of the chapel, among other things, Pres. Grant said: "I think it is a little less than remarkable that you have in this city what, in my judgment, is the finest, most costly, and splendid ward meeting house of any ward of the same size in the whole Church. You have done yourselves proud."

See "The Third Convention" 1936-1946 and "Shepherd to Mexico's Saints: Arwell L. Pierce and the Third Convention." by  F. LaMond Tullis, during which Arwell L. Pierce performed his most important work for the church.

Following closely in the footsteps of his father in his business and Church life, on the international border, Bishop Pierce has made his home, both while living in Juarez and in El Paso, a haven of rest and headquarters for the leading brethren and sisters of the Church. He has made numerous automobile and train trips with the General authorities of the Church and other leading brethren to attend conferences in Mexico, assisting in getting them across the national boundary. In 1926 he made an automobile trip with Pres. Heber J. Grant and his party of eight to visit the Juarez Stake in Mexico and the St. Joseph Stake in Arizona.

Arwell Pierce and Mary Brentnall Done Pierce had twelve children:
1- Arwell Lee Pierce Jr. -infant ; born, died, buried in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua,Mexico.
2- Mary ElizaBeth Pierce md. Al Done
3- Joseph Brentnall Pierce -infant
4- Merlin Done Pierce ; md. Joiner
5- Arthur Clyde Pierce Sr. b. June 23, 1916 in El Paso, Texas; md. Mary Joiner in the Salt Lake Temple Oct. 2, 1945; d. Jan. 14, 2002 in Layton, Utah.
6- Wendell Lothair Pierce
7- Ireta May Pierce md.    Turley
8- Arwella Caroline Pierce b. February 11, 1921 in El Paso, Texas; md. June 14, 1939 Elmer Ray Moon in the SLC Temple; d. May 16, 2004 in Duchesne, Utah

Bishop Pierce earned his living by managing the Juarez Lumber Yard, S. A., in Juarez, Mexico, and operating approximately 300 acres of farming land in the Juarez Valley in growing alfalfa, wheat, corn and grapes. He was the first to see a future in growing fine table grapes in the Juarez Valley and at present has about 30,000 grapevine plants and ships his table grapes to Mexico City.

He is still Bishop of the El Paso Ward, St. Joseph Stake, which has a membership of 485 souls. The ward is fully organized and splendid work is being done by the people in their new ward chapel and recreation hall, with fine classrooms, Relief Society hall, boy scout quarters, baptismal font, etc., in the basement. The chances for growth in the ward membership in the next few years are good.
....from the L.D.S. Biographical Encyclopedia Volume 4 by Andrew Jenson1936. Pg 48.

Mary Brentnall Done Pierce 1885-19--

MARY BRENTNALL DONE PIERCE (Brentnall comes from her great-grandmother Jemima Mary Brentnall Parkes), wife of Arwell Lee Pierce, and Ward Relief Society president, was born Feb. 18, 1885, at Payson, Utah Co., Utah, the daughter of Abraham Done and Elizabeth Annie Robinson. She was baptized, March 3, 1893, by David Fawn and confirmed by her father. She was present at the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, and was very greatly impressed with the grandeur of the occasion.

At the age of three years she had scarlet fever which left her hearing impaired, and gave her much trouble with her ears, so in 1899, at the age of 14, she went to the Salt Lake Temple, where she was blessed for her hearing and was completely healed.

With her parents she moved to Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, where they arrived in December, 1899. She attended the Juarez Stake Academy under the presidency of Pro­fessor Guy C. Wilson, graduating from the four years of high school in 1904. She taught in the grade schools at Dublan for the next three years, giving all of her money to her parents for the support of the family.

On Oct. 2, 1907, she was married to Arwell Lee Pierce in the Salt Lake Temple. She has borne eight children, namely, Arwell Lee, jun., and Joseph Brentnell, both of whom died in infancy; Merlin Done and Ireta May, who both graduated from the Juarez Stake Academy, and have since been attending the B. Y. U. at Provo, Utah, and the College of Mines in El Paso, Texas; Arthur Clyde and Wendell Lothair who are attending High School in El Paso, Texas; Arwella Caroline and Mary Elizabeth, who are attending the grade schools in El Paso, Texas. She is a very devoted, loyal wife, and a splendid mother. Although her life is wrapped up in her home, with her husband and children, still she finds time to devote to her Church and its needy. She was second counselor to Ella Wilson Hurst in the first Relief Society presidency of the El Paso Branch, and when Sister Hurst moved to Utah in 1918 Sister Pierce succeeded her as the president of the El Paso Branch Relief Society. When El Paso Ward was organized Oct. 11, 1918, she continued to serve as president of the Ward Relief Society, which position she still holds [1936].

Sister Pierce has been a very close companion of her husband in all of his Church social and business activities, accompanying him on many trips to Salt Lake City to attend the general conferences of the Church, going with him to the World's Fair at San Francisco in 1915, to Mexico City in 1911, and on a three months' tour with the family in 1925. She has been a real support to her husband in his positions in the Church, gladly entertaining the general authorities of the Church and other leading brethren and sisters who visit them from time to time as they cross the border into Mexico and return.

She is very much beloved by all who know her best, for her genial and lovable character, her willingness to serve in carrying cheer and comfort to those who are sick and in need. She has ever been unselfish with her husband's mother, Caroline Done Pierce and children, all of whom have at various times made their home with them. For a number of years before the death of her husband's mother, she and the younger children made their home with Bishop and Sister Pierce. As the care and burden of her husband's widowed mother and children has been his responsibility, she has made them welcome in the home, and gladly shared her husband's income with them.

As Bishop Pierce is the oldest of his mother's children, Sister Pierce has stood nobly by her husband in giving his brothers and sisters the advantages of good schooling and sent two of them on missions. Even to this day, when all her husband's brothers and sisters, except one, are married and have families of their own, they happily gather at the home of Bishop and Sister Pierce each Thanksgiving Day, and have for years, to enjoy themselves in a big family dinner together.

Orson Pratt Brown's Good Friend

Around 1917 Arwell was a stockholder in a wholesale business in Ciudad Juárez along with Andres Gonzalez, Josiah Spencer, Joseph Williams, John W. Williams.

Bishop Arwell L. Pierce performed the marriage of Orson Pratt Brown's son, Dewey Brown and his fiancee, Emma Amelia "Millie" Robinson, in El Paso, Texas on September 2, 1922. Dewey and Millie then took the train to Denver, then on to Salt Lake City, Utah for a temple ceremony.

Bishop Pierce re-baptized Orson on March 26, 1925 in El Paso, Texas.

Orson went to the Church Centennial Celebration with Abner Keeler, Arwell L. Pierce, Anson Call, [and Louis Cardon?] around April 6, 1930.

Arwell L. Pierce gave Ray Brown a copy of Thomas Cottam Romney's book The Mormon Colonies in Mexico, inscribed, " To my good friend Ray Brown, with my compliments and best wishes. Arwell L. Pierce, El Paso Texas, March 1, 1939"

Brother Pierce was the Mission President in Mexico where Gustavo Brown, Bertha Brown and Aaron Brown served their missions during the a period of strife between the Church and about a third of the Mexican membership that had formed a splinter group named the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Third Convention. Pierce had been instrumental in reuniting this group with the main body of the church after ten years of separation between April 1936 and May 1946.

Bertha honorably released from her mission by Mission President Arwell L. Pierce on November 14, 1944.  Gustavo also released from his mission around this same time.

President of the Mexican Mission Arwell Pierce ordained Everardo Molina Navas to the Aaronic Priesthood on November 26, 1944 at the Toluca Branch.

President of the Mexican Mission Arwell Pierce ordained Everardo Navas M. to the Melchizedek Priesthood on December 24, 1945 at the Ermita Branch, Mexico.

Arwell Pierce knelt in proxy in the Mesa Arizona Temple for Orson Pratt Brown when his family was sealed the 6th of November 1946.

Mexico Mission President Arwell Lee Pierce and Elder Robert Miller gave a birth blessing to Anna Lucia Navas, daughter of Everardo Navas and Bertha Brown, on March 2, 1947 at the Toluca Branch.

Some Mormon families started to settle in Guatemala in 1902. In 1903, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve read a letter from twenty-five Church members in Guatemala, seeking to establish a Church colony in the country. But no official Church presence was felt in Guatemala until many years later. (Rudger Clawson diary excerpts, 1903).

John Forres O'Donnal was raised in the Mormon colonies in northern Mexico. In his patriarchal blessing he was promised that one day he would perform a great work among the Lamanite people to the south. In 1942, while working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he was assigned to work in Guatemala on an experimental rubber plantation. He met and married his wife Carmen, a Guatemalan. In 1946, he was visited by President Arwell L. Pierce, of the Mexican Mission. Later that year, Brother O'Donnal went to Salt Lake City and met with President George Albert Smith. Brother O'Donnal believed that the time was right to open up Guatemala to missionaries.

On September 4, 1947, President Pierce assigned four missionaries to Guatemala, as part of the Mexican Mission. The elders were: Seth G. Mattice, Earl E. Hansen, Robert B. Miller and David D. Lingard. President Pierce and his second counselor, H. Clark Fails, accompanied the four elders to open up the country. Three days later, the first Sacrament meeting was held in that country. Brother O'Donnal assisted with this meeting that was attended by several government leaders. He was also set apart to serve as a local missionary.

Some Incidents In the life of Caroline Done Pierce (Arwell's mother)
July 21, 1865 to December 7, 1916
Moroni, San Pete, Utah to El Paso, El Paso, Texas

As told by her son Clyde Done Pierce

1. In Colonia Díaz we lived in adobe rooms, one in one end of the lot the other in the other end of the lot, and a long narrow path joined them. One room was the kitchen and living room, and the other was the bedrooms. I was probably just three years of age (we moved from Colonia Díaz to Colonia Dublán when 1 was three years old.) One pitch dark night, it was the dark of the moon, and cloudy, so you cou1dn't see your hand before your eyes. From our comfortable place in the kitchen Mother told us all to go to bed as it was late. We dreaded to walk that long narrow path in darkness. But Mother had told us to go and we knew we had to do it. Besides the bad night there was a mad dog, "Rover" reported in our neighborhood and we were extremely afraid. But Mother said, "Ah-, Bah- nothing's going to hurt you, go on. We went, but some of us, swore that old Rover was after us, and had even brushed up against us. But after a few cries and screams, we all made it to bed, safe and sound, as Mother had predicted.

2. Mother's courtship and marriage as told to me by Arwell is interesting. Father was In the Bishopric in Glenwood, Sevier County Utah. He was considered well fixed financially. Mother, as a girl had hired out to do work for Aunt Ellen, Father's wife. It seemed that the brethren from Salt Lake City kept after Father about taking another wife, (Polygamy was being practiced then in the Church). One day Father came home from Church, and he told Aunt Ellen the Brethren were urging him to take another wife. And that he didn't have any thoughts or desires in that. Then Aunt Ellen said to him "Isaac you are in the Bishopric and you should try to do what the Brethren ask you to do. I think you and you should take another wife. Father's reply was he had not thought of doing such a thing, besides If he should, who would he ask? Most of the available women in town were discussed one by one, but they couldn't decide on any one to ask. Finally Aunt Ellen said "There's Caroline Done. She's a lovely girl, and she is right here, let us ask her. So both Father and Aunt Ellen went to Mother and told her what their problem was, and would she be willing to consider it. Mother blushed and didn't say a word, so Father tactfully said, "Don't answer now, think It over and you can let us know sometimes later." Grandma Done, was very much opposed, for various reasons, mostly because of the difference in age, mother not quite 16 and Father about 42. So matters coasted along for a time, how long I don't know. They both prayed about it. Mother had other suitors but none really appealed to her even though young, handsome, and single, and good Church men. Finally one day in Church. Mother was sitting on the back row with some other young and jolly girls and Father was preaching from the pulpit. He glanced down at Mother, her eyes and his met and for a few seconds there was a message transmitted silently between them, and they both knew they were meant for each other. The result of course their marriage in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.

3. These were Pioneer days, and hard times. to make it worse, because of being In polygamy, after the Edmunds-Tucker act, Father and other were hounded by U. S. Government officers, until they bad to abandon their home to abandon their homes and go to other parts and go to New Mexico, and finally to Old Mexico. Besides all this, Mother gave birth to some 14 children, four pair of twins among them. Mother's health broke, and she had much sickness, besides losing half of her babies In infancy. In Colonia Díaz there were many times that cornbread, vinegar and red-root weed for greens was about all they had to eat.

4. It was during these hard times in Colonia Díaz that Mother decided to go to work. This hurt Father's pride terribly, but what else could she do. So Mother went to Deming, New Mexico and worked a while for a family by the name of Wright. There she was able to gather up clothes, bedding, and quite a lot of things for her family. She took these things back to Colonia Díaz, and this eased their situation, however the hand of providence was over the family, and little by little better fortune came father's way.

5. A story is told by those of the family who remember of the ward or Home Teachers coming other and her family, when they came to visit the home of were on the "Under-ground", as they called it, Mother did not go by the name of Pierce, but took, Father's first name Isaac and made it Isaacson. So she and her children were Isaacson, Mother's oldest daughter Ruby was real young and small, and a cute little child. One of the Ward Teachers took her upon his lap to talk to her, and be asked, What is your name, little girl". She answered, "My name Is Ruby Isaacson, but I have a prettier name than that."

6. Father was a small man, but powerful and "wirey", and in a tussle, he had no trouble of overpowering mother, but father was very ticklish, and mother knew real well how to overpower Father. 'All she had to do was to point her finger at him as though she was about to tickle him, and he would cringe, and beg for mercy.

6. John Pierce, Aunt Ellen's oldest son at all times was very kind and considerate of Mother, and upon various occasions he befriended Mother. Mother appreciated this so very much.

7. Mother with her little family, about the year 1899, moved to Colonia Dublán about 60 miles north of Colonia Díaz. There Father built her a two story brick house. At first this was quite an advancement for the family. Here it, was that Zerita, and Ireta (twins) were born. In this house it was that Ireta died when 3 years old. It looked like Mother was dying at the same time, and Father had come in from Ciudad Juárez expecting Mother to die, but it proved to be Ireta. Because of the strong winds, and the somewhat fragile construction of the house, it was not considered safe, and after Father's death. Arwell had it torn down, and a large 8 room house built in its place.

8. It was in Colonia Díaz that Arwell had a severe and somewhat tragic experience. Father had told him to do something. Mother didn't know it, so she had him go and work in the little garden they were trying to raise. Inasmuch as Arwell didn't show up to do what Father bad told him, Father came and found Arwell working with Mother in the Garden. Without saying much only why aren't you doing what 1 told you, he answered, "because Mother told me to do this." Father gave Arwell a real hard whipping. Mother cried and of course Arwell cried too. Then the severe lesson came to both Mother and Arwell. Father said, "I want you both to know that I am the head of this family, and when I give an order to Arwell he is to obey my order, and even if Mother gives another order, Arwell is to obey my orders first." Poor Arwell. He was trying his best to obey his parents, and be got whipped for it Arwell said that he felt he had been made the "goat", and had been dealt with unjustly. But anything like that never happened again. The lesson had been learned.

9. One time when Ruby was about to get a whipping from Mother for something she had or had not done, Arwell interceded and said, "Mother please don' t whip Ruby. She is my pretty sweet sister. Mother, whip me instead," Mother stood still for a moment, thinking things over, and finally she said to Arwell, "Alright", and she gave Arwell a real bad whipping for sister Ruby.

10. Mother was a very good Mother, and a very good teacher. Many times she has either had me sit on her lap as a small boy or sit at her feet while she taught me the Gospel, especially do 1 remembering her teaching me of the pre- life. That it was very possible that she and I knew each other In the former life, and that she chose me there to be her son and that I chose her to be my Mother. It even seemed so reasonable to me that It seemed I could partly remember. that 1 really know it before she told me.

11. Mother taught me how to make good garden, and as a boy In Colonia Dublán I was rated by those who knew me as having the best garden in town.

12. There had been so many accidents, shootings and drownings, that Mother always hesitated about letting me go hunting, fishing, or swimming.

13, Ada had a boy friend by the name of Mainy Turley. Mother couldn't remember his name so she asked Ada, "where to that "Maniack" friend of yours." This brought a laugh.

14. One day the girls tried to get dinner ready, but complained to Mother that there wasn't a thing in the house to eat. But she said you all get out of here and I'll fix you something to eat". Within a very short time she called us all to dinner, and a more delicious meal I don't think I ever ate.

15. One time in Sacrament Meeting, Mother fell asleep. She had her gloves in her hands. All that week she bad been tending bees and she was very tired and weary. As she slept, she dreamed that a bee lit on her and was stinging her; she threw up both hands and screamed out loud in Church. Her gloves flew in different directions. People were startled, and all eyes were turned on her, Mother was so ashamed that she resolved then and there that she would never go to sleep in Church again.

16. One day Mother was in a terrible dilemma. She had lost her glasses, and couldn't see to do a thing. She asked all the children if they had seen her glasses, but no one had. Then one by one all the children began to smile and one of them said, "Mother would you like me to tell you where your glasses are. Put your hand up on your forehead, and feel them. There they were. She smiled a smile of chagrin.

17. In our big 8 room house in Colonia Dublán, at a time when the revolution was at its height, and the rebels were taking everything they could find from anywhere, we children heard some strange noises downstairs, We all quietly got out of bed. It was about midnight. We could imagine almost anything bad, and we were terribly frightened. We whispered to each other trying to figure out what to do. We owned 3 guns, a 12 gage shot-gun , a 22 rifle, and a 30-70 Rifle. We had just about decided that I would discharge the shotgun from the top of the stairs to the downstairs floor to frighten away what it was that was disturbing us. About that time Mother appeared and quietly asked us what the matter was. We told her of our fright. She listened, then said "Bah", I'll go downstairs and show you there is nothing." We protested telling her she would be killed, and tried to stop her. But down she went, was gone for quite a while. We heard one big sound louder than before, and we were all breathless and speechless, almost. One of us said, "They have killed her, Oh why did we let her go." But when least expected here came Mother up the stairs. "Everything's all right. If you heard noises it was probably some mice or rats. Go on now, go to bed, everything is OK". So we did.

18. After Ruby was married to Ed Taylor, Mother was, to their -place visiting. She decided to go out where Ed was milking the cow; she walked up quietly and leaned on the board fence while Ed was milking. Before long the cows looked up and saw Mother standing there. The cow was startled, and she turned loose and kicked over a big full bucket of milk. Ed didn't know why. But he got up and took his stool and chased that cow around the corral a few times, cussing profusely. Ed knew how to do it. It as natural as to breathe. Mother just stood where she was, and looked on and listened. Mother was a very sedate person, swearing was a thing she was very much opposed to. Finally Ed spied her. He stood still, aghast and speechless. Mother looked at him for a moment. She knew the remorse he had for the cussing he had done. Finally she said, '"Give her hell, Ed." Then she walked away. Ed said that lesson lasted him so that he never cussed again for at least a week.

19. John Jones told Mother that John Pierce was in trouble for doctoring a horse. That didn't satisfy Mother. "But John, if he doctored the horse, that would be good for him. Why should that cause him trouble? They aught to be glad. Mother kept insisting to know, until finally John Jones came out and said "well, Auntie, John castrated him. That's what got him in trouble".

20. Mother was a great one to sing as she worked. The harder she'd sing the harder she'd work, the harder she'd work the harder she'd sing. Her Daddy, James Done was of the same make-up "She sang many songs such as: The Babes in The Woods. Tell me kind stranger have you seen. Our mother got by in her new numbering. It was a dream, a warning dream, kind heaven sent to snatch me from a drunkards curse. I beg of you Tommy Don't go, don't go. My Darling Nellie Gray, Old Black Joe, Love Tarry a Moment, I'll bide. Now beg your way without delay to Edenborough town, Maybell, Maybell my beautiful Pale proud slumbering alone neath the cold granite stone, while I lead a drunkards life etc. etc.

21. When mother whipped - she whipped hard, you didn't forget it soon.

22. Mother and Aunt Ellen made their brags that they had never quarreled.

Arthur Clyde Pierce Sr.
Arthur Clyde Pierce Sr. passed away, Jan. 14, 2002 in Layton, Utah.
He was born June 23, 1916 in El Paso, Texas to Arwell Lee Pierce and Mary Brentnall Done Pierce. He was sealed to Mary Joiner in the Salt Lake Temple Oct. 2, 1945. He lived a full life of service in the LDS Church, serving in scouts for over 20 years, high councilman, Branch president, executive secretary, four full-time missions, three of them foreign. He was a veteran of WWII, a pilot, and first lieutenant in the Air Corp. He graduated in accounting from BYU and served a career in business administration.
Among his accomplishments, he was: an Exchange Club president, PTA president, president and organizer of an insurance company, and director of Social Services of Salt Lake County.
He is survived by his wife and children, Nancy (Paul) Searle, Mary Lee (Melvin) Parkes, Sabra (Robert) Young, A.C. (Beverly) Pierce Jr., Lourena (Thomas) Phillips, and Arwella (Cory) Curtis as well as his brother Wendell Pierce, and sisters Arwella Moon, and Marybeth Done. He had 40 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 19, at the Larkin Mortuary. Interment was at the SL City Cemetery. The family requests no flowers be sent

Arwella Caroline Pierce Moon
1921 ~ 2004
Arwella Caroline Pierce Moon, 83 of Duchesne, Utah passed away Sunday, May 16, 2004 at her home surrounded by family.

Arwella was born February 11, 1921, in El Paso, Texas to Arwell and Mary Done Pierce. She spent her early years in El Paso, Texas and attended BYU where she met her true love, Elmer Ray Moon. They were married June 14, 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple.

She loved serving in the LDS Church in various leadership and service capacities. Arwella was active in the PTA, DUP, Mothers Club and American Cancer Society.

Arwella fulfilled a full-time mission with her husband, Elmer at the Mormon Battalion Visitor's Center in San Diego, Calif. She was a temple worker with her husband in the Provo and Vernal Temples.

Arwella loved to read and cherished the scriptures. She had a great appreciation for music and played the violin. She encouraged all of her children to develop their talents. Her legacy of writing journals will last forever. She will be fondly remembered as a wonderful friend and mentor to family and friends.

Arwella is survived by her beloved, Elmer Ray Moon; her children, Jerry Ray (Kay) Moon, Maryetta Sampson (Dave) Mumford both of Logan, UT; Caroline Beth (Frank) Woodward, Orem, UT; Doris Louise (Arnold )Thiebaud, Valley Center, KS; Joyce (John) Eugster, So. Jordan, UT; Lee Heber (Kathy) Moon, Duchesne, UT; Judy (Richard) Bell, Park City, UT; Sister MaryBeth (Al) Done, Orange, CA; Special family member, Art (Kara Lynn) Taylor; 39 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lee, Brentnall, Merlin, Arthur Clyde, Wendell and sister Ireta, granddaughter Christina Eugster, and son-in-law Bill Sampson.

Our special thanks to Dr. Cherie Brunker, Uintah Basin Hospice and the special ladies who so lovingly cared for her in the family home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Duchesne LDS 1st and 3rd Ward Bldg, 130 S. 300 E., Duchesne, Utah. Family and friends may call at the church Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Duchesne Cemetery under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary.

Obituary: Deseret News, Tuesday, May 18, 2004


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Lines connect through OPBrown~ Gustavo Brown~ Mary Alyce Brown Taylor~ md. Reyel Pratt Taylor~ Daniel Pierce Taylor~ Mary Alice Pierce Taylor~ Brigham Horace Pierce~ George Henry Pierce~ Brother is Isaac Washington Pierce II~ son is Arwell Lee Pierce.

"Shepherd to Mexico's Saints: Arwell L. Pierce and the Third Convention." by  F. LaMond Tullis. BYU Studies, Vol 37:1:127-157, 1997. (This article added for Doris Louise Moon Thiebaud of Kansas, Arwell's granddaughter).

Clyde Done Pierce - for biographies by Andrew Jenson.

"A Diplomat's Diplomat: Arwell Pierce and the Church in Mexico," Pioneers in Every Land: Inspirational Stories of International Pioneers Past and Present. Bookcraft, 1997. Pages 113-124.

"Mormons in Mexico: The First 96 Years", by Gerry R. Flake, The Ensign September 1972, Pages 20-21.


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Personal Author

Hernandez, Elizabeth.


Mormonism comes of age the Third Convention in Mexico / Elizabeth Hernandez. AS 36 .B752 H47 1975

Publication info

1975. http://catalog.lib.byu.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/X/0/123/

Physical description

69, 5 leaves ; 29 cm.

General Note

"A University scholar project" -- Brigham Young University.

General Note

Caption title gives authors as LaMond Tullis and Elizabeth Hernandez.

Bibliography note

Includes bibliographical references: (leaves 1-5 at end).

Corporate subject

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Third Convention)

Corporate subject

Mormon Church--Mexico--History.

Added author

Tullis, F. LaMond, 1935-

Pierce, Arwell L.
        achievements of, 37:1:127–28, 139–40
        in Mexican Mormon colonies, 5:2:156–57
        and Third Convention, 37:1:140–51, 148, 154–57



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