This letter was forwarded to Northwestern States Mission President John G. Allred in 1926:
Dear sir and brother: –
You will no doubt be very much surprised to receive this letter from an entire stranger, but I am hungry to hear from an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and would walk as far as I could to hear one preach the Gospel. I was baptized into the Church twenty-two years ago in the state of Wisconsin, by Elder James Shawcroft from La Jara, Colorado, but have not seen or heard an elder or a member of the Church for over seventeen years.
Couldn’t we have an elder out here? I know he would be received right. The people round about are anxious to hear the Gospel; they know little about religion. Once in a great while a minister comes down in this part and preaches a sermon, but they don’t seem to make much impression.
Years ago I used to get the Liahona regularly and enjoyed it so much, and I also had a nice lot of Church books; but we lost everything in a fire, so I have no books or papers now, but would like the address of the Liahona, and also a Sunday school paper for children, and the main newspaper of the Church.
If there is anyone that can spare the time I would be so glad if they would write to me. And please send us some one to preach the gospel to us. Surely you can spare one man to do God’s work out here.
Mrs. Flora Englesby,
Morwick P.O., Sask., Canada
Flora Isabel South was born in Sunrise, Minnesota, on 10 November 1874, and baptized in Wisconsin on 18 October 1903. She married Harrison Washington Englesby in Clay County, Minnesota, in 1895, but he was not baptized along with her.
Evidently President Allred did send elders to her almost immediately; her husband and two of her daughters were baptized in the summer of 1927. Some of her other children were baptized many years later, while others of her children did not join the Church. Flora had her deceased parents baptized in Cardston in 1928, and she and Harrison were sealed in the Cardston Temple in 1938 (after Harrison’s 1931 death). She died on 11 March 1957, in Penticton, British Columbia.