Joseph Robert LAMBERT

Born 11 Nov 1886, Heber, Wasatch, Utah Territory, United States
Died 15 Aug 1956, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Son of Joseph Heber and Alice Matilda MICHIE LAMBERT
Husband of Winnie MACKAY

Joseph Robert Lambert

Joseph Robert LAMBERT

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Life History of

Joseph Robert Lambert

Written by Himself

I, Joseph R. Lambert, was born of faithful L.D.S. parents, Joseph Heber Lambert and Alice Matilda Michie under the covenant of the eternal Priesthood, 11 Nov. 1886, in Heber City, Utah, in a home built by my father.

Three of my great grandparents and all of my grand parents were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My great grandfather, Hans Larsen, opened his home for the first cottage meeting held in Denmark. His daughter, my grandmother, Eline Hansene Larsen, then about 12 years of age became the first young person baptized in that mission. Two grandparents were early converts in England. The fourth, a native of Scotland, Robert Michie, was an early convert in that far-away land of South Africa. The Gospel has been a natural part of my life from birth.

When I was about 3 years old, my father was called on a mission to Holland under trying circumstances, leaving Mother to look out largely for herself, a baby brother, and me. After nearly three years of successful missionary work, he returned; my baby brother, Ralph, having passed away in his absence.

My early schooling was in Heber City where I completed the 8th grade. In 1902, I entered the Brigham Young University in Provo, attending the high school the major part of three years. I had a little high school work in a night school in Heber City, and spent six months of 1913 attending Utah Business College in Salt Lake City quitting school to get married and accept a position to work in the U.S. Post Office in Roosevelt, Utah.

I have had the honor of holding every degree of the Priesthood, and as Deacon, Teacher, and Priest, performed some extra service other than the regular requirements.

In 1908, our family moved to Roosevelt, Utah, where Father had secured a farm. The two previous years I had spent much time there doing farm and canal work. The winter of 1908, I worked in the store of C. C. Larson in Roosevelt. The winter of 1910 I worked in the Coltharp store in Vernal, Utah, and the following summer on the farm of my Uncle William Gibson in Vernal.

In Roosevelt, I became Stake Sunday School Secretary, an M.I.A. worker, and had other church duties including that of a Stake Missionary.

At Roosevelt, I met and learned to love Winnie Mackay. On the 5 November, 1913, I had the happy honor of going to the Salt Lake LDS Temple with her where she became my wife for all eternity. After 43 years of happy married life, I can say without reservation: She has proven to be all I hoped, the sweetest, choicest girl I have ever known, a choice wife in every respect, a choice home-maker, a choice mother; always helpful and cooperative, wise in her council and advice, always putting herself out that I might fill my church assignments.

Two months after our marriage, I was called to be First Counselor in the Bishopric of the Roosevelt ward, which gave me valued experience. A year later, my father became Bishop, and I was called to the Stake High Council. I also served about ten years as Secretary of the High Priests Quorum, and five or six years as Stake Genealogical Chairman, organizing and leading the three first stake excursions to the Manti Temple. Each excursion being for a week's duration.

Owing to temporal losses, I moved from the stake in 1937, after nearly 23 years of service in the High Council, being senior member at the time of removal. During my service in the Council, I think I filled more assignments than any other member. We moved to Provo in 1937, where we became active in church and genealogical work. We moved to Salt Lake City in 1942, and immediately became active in genealogical work, serving as Ward Chairman and in other capacities. Also, for several years was First Counselor to President of the Ward Group of High Priests, was released from this position owing to a two-year call to serve as Stake Missionary. Within two or three months, I was able to baptize my first convert; was made District President, serving as such until my release in November 1955.

I was employed at Hotel Utah for two years and then for nine years at the L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, until my retirement in August of 1955. In both institutions I worked as a painter. Since retirement and the close of my mission, I have done little but some temple work.

My wife and I have been blessed with three choice sons, Theron, Maurice, and Wayne. Two are seventies, and the other a High Priest. All three live clean lives, honor their Priesthood, and are diligent in Church service. All three served their country during the war, the youngest then accepted a call to serve the Lord for two years as a Missionary in the Central States Mission. This he did with honor. All three have Masters Degrees and are well employed. I am very thankful that all three have been married in the Temple to choice wives. The eldest now has seven children, the second son has four [five], and I trust in time the youngest, recently married, will be blessed with parenthood.

I have made my share of mistakes, especially in temporal affairs which have been disappointing and worrisome. However, we have a happy home which is free from debt, and the Spirit of the Lord is there. I haven't much of this world's goods, but have had experiences that may prove valuable some day. I look forward to eternity with the hope of continuing my life with my choice wife, building in the Celestial Kingdom--under the direction and with the help of the Holy Priesthood--a kingdom of our own. May our Father in Heaven help us so to do.

[Written in 1956 by J. Robert Lambert]


Name in full: Joseph Robert Lambert
Father's name: Joseph Heber Lambert
Mother's Maiden name: Alice Matilda Michie
Born: 11 Nov 1886, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah
Blessed: 15 Nov 1886 by Robert Michie (Grandfather) at home
Baptized: 16 Aug 1896, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, by Thomas Hicken Jr.
Confirmed: 16 Aug 1896 by Joseph A. Rasband
Siblings: Ralph (died 13 Jan 1891); Della Lambert Snyder; Donald (died shortly after birth); Harold; Gladys Lambert Wilkinson; Minola, died age 19; Alta Lambert Hurley; and Reed

Married to Winnie Mackay, Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, 5 Nov 1913, by Alvin Smith

Stake Mission: Temple View Stake 1953-1955 & a second Mission

Died: L.D.S. Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 Aug 1956 at 5:AM

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Buried: City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 Aug 1956

More about Joseph Robert LAMBERT:

In Memory of My Father, by R. Wayne Lambert, Son

Joseph Robert LAMBERT, by Verl Lambert, daughter in law

Alice Matilda MICHIE, mother

Alice Matilda MICHIE, mother

Joseph Heber LAMBERT, father

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