Sometimes only a poem will do. I have said this gratefully after I receive inspiration for a poem. For this subject, even more is needed.
215 Pairs of Shoes in Memory of the Buried Children
It was May 28, 2021, when I first learned of the 215 unmarked graves of children found – near and on the property of a former ‘Residential School’ in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Representatives of the Tk'emlúps te Secwe´pemc Nation had reported this heart-wrenching truth to a Canadian media outlet and the news spread fast.
1930 Photo of Kamloops, British Columbia, Residential School
715 Unmarked Graves of Buried Children at Marieval Residential School Grounds
In the 19th century, thousands of indigenous peoples in Canada suffered terrible emotional pain when separated from their children by government mandate. These people were and are the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Their children were placed in boarding schools where they were not allowed to speak their own language. A few of these schools opened in 1863 and soon afterward. By 1969 there were 130 residential schools, nearly three-quarters of which were run by the Roman Catholic church. The other residential schools were operated by Presbyterian, Anglican and the United Church of Canada.
Using penetrating radar scans of the ground, indigenous peoples in other than the Kamloops location, searched for unmarked graves on the properties of residential schools. Less than four weeks later 715 unmarked graves were reported to have been detected at the site of the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. According to BBC news, this school had been operated by the Catholic Church for almost 98 years; from 1899 to 1997.
Marieval Residential School, Cowesses, Saskatchewan
182 more unmarked graves found. Reported June 30, 2021
News reports on June 30, 2021 stated 182 unmarked graves have been located at the former property of St. Eugene’s School – also known as the Kootenay or Little Red Brick School. It had operated from 1890 to 1912. It stood near Cranbrook, British Columbia. Cranbrook is east of Vancouver, British Columbia by 524 miles. This school was turned into an industrial school in 1912, but until then, like the other residential schools in Canada, it was mandated by the Canadian government. In British Columbia the starting age of a child at a residential school was 7 years. Indigenous children between the ages of 7 to 15 years were required to attend. In some provinces, the minimum age of entering the system was younger, even as young as 3.
On June 30th, 2021, I did listen to Chief Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band give a brief and taut interview with CBC radio in which he said this is a deeply personal matter to him as he had many relatives that had had to attend residential school. He stated he considers this to be mass murder of an indigenous people.
I appreciated Chief Louie’s courage and demeanor in the midst of such sorrow for him, his family members, and his band’s brothers, sisters and families. I wished there was something I could do to help. But what do I have to give?
A Truth to Share with You.
Many years prior, 1997 to be exact, I was taking a double-semester University of Victoria course which involved the indigenous peoples of British Columbia and the evidences and heartbreaks of the inhumane period of residential schools in Canada. At that time, I felt the same kind of helplessness. But now I realize I do have something I can give. I couldn't put shoes at the art gallery in Vancouver. I'm thousands of miles from there. I hope the prayers and love will continue for a long time toward the families who are suffering, reliving the pain and heartaches of past years and past generations.
My offering is this: to share a truth I know, to share this pearl of truth with anyone who reads this and who has lost a young loved child. If a person reading this has been taught to believe that if a child has not been baptized before death, that child is going to hell, then, indeed, I do have a much-needed truth to share.
I hope that the majority of people who read this article already know this truth I'm about to review. But if there is even just one person reading this, who doesn't know this truth, then you are the reason I am putting this article up. (I demonitized my account quite some time ago. I'm not writing about this most sacred subject for money.)
First some background: The Stick of Judah and The Stick of Ephraim Go Hand-In-Hand
First, I have to lay a bit of background. Bear with me.
Many native peoples – and white people – and other ethnic groups – have lived on this continent. Two of those groups came out of Jerusalem, one at approximately 2200 BC and the other at 600 BC. The former group annihilated itself after many centuries, many years before the second Jewish group arrived. The second group of immigrants from Jerusalem wiped out almost all of themselves and their brethren. The records of the peoples who came to this continent at about 2200 BC and those who came at about 600 BC were preserved by the Lord due to the mighty prayers of the prophets of those people – and because it was the Lord’s will to preserve the records for these latter days on the earth. There are glorious promises for the remnants of these people.
More background information now, but this time it is from Ezekial of the Old Testament. If Hubpages allows me to quote this from scripture, I will do so. If it seems to Hubpages to be a copyright infringement even though I’m putting the source clearly as the following: Ezekial 37: 16-19, Old Testament, Holy Bible, King James Version, then I will simply put a link at the end of this article for you. This reference is with regard to The Stick of Judah, in other words, The Holy Bible; both Old and New Testaments – and in regard to The Stick of Ephraim, in other words, The Book of Mormon.
Ezekial 37: 16-19
Here it is: Ezekial 37: 16-19
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one astick, and bwrite upon it, For cJudah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and dwrite upon it, For eJoseph, the fstick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become aone in thine hand.
18 ¶ And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us awhat thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. (End of quotation from Ezekial, Old Testament.)
On it’s preface page, The Book of Mormon states it is an abridgment of the people of Nephi and descendants and also of Laman and descendants. It is written to the Lamanites who are in very fact, a remnant of the House of Israel, and it is also written to Jews and Gentiles – and it is sealed up to be found in the last days. (It says more than this, too.) The record has been found and has been translated into many, many languages around the world. The English version has 531 pages.
Ezekial (King James version) Chapter 37, see verses 16-19
Mormon's epistle to his son, Moroni, states Christ's words and Christ's reasoning.
In the last few pages of the Book of Mormon, in the chapters titled Moroni, see Chapter 8 and 9. You can find this book online at lds.org. Press on the top of the screen on the word ‘Libraries’ then press the image of the Book of Mormon. (The Holy Bible is also presented in its entirety there under the heading Libraries.)
At this point in the narrative, Moroni is living amid huge rocks on a mountain side in what is now New York state. It is 421 A.D. He has witnessed almost the entire destruction of his people and their brethren, the Lamanites. He does not care if he is found and killed. He knows the Lord will preserve the records with which he was entrusted to keep of former prophets' writings and the observations he has added to the record. He can see our day. He has written much for us and now has nothing more to say, so he includes an epistle and then another epistle that he had received some time before, from his father Mormon. In the first epistle from Mormon to his adult son, Moroni, (found in chapter 8 of Moroni, beginning on page 525 of the English version of The Book of Mormon) Mormon explains that infant baptism is an evil abomination and that little children are alive in Christ because of the atonement. Mormon explains to his son, Moroni, that the Holy Ghost manifested the word of God to him (emphatically) on this subject (see verses 1-30 in chapter 8.) Mormon explains to Moroni that it is solemn mockery before God to baptize little children (or infants). There is much detail in these 30 verses.
The Lord loves children.
My pointing this out to you here will not have the same effect that you can feel when you read this yourself from a prophet of old. When you read the words from the scriptures, the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ will carry the truthfulness of these chapters into your heart.
Christ's crucifixion and atonement cover children.
In verse 9 of Moroni, chapter 8, the Lord reminds us that He came into the world not to call the righteous, but the sinners to repent. He states, 'The whole need no physician, but they that are sick, wherefore little children are whole...' Christ says more in this verse and then says, 'Wherefore, the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them...'
I hope that if there is someone who has ever suffered from the falsehood of believing that little children need baptism, I hope that person reading this will go to find the outlined scriptures in The Book of Mormon. It is at lds.org as explained above -- at the libraries tab near the top of the screen.
The Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with The Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Christ.
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Pamela Dapples (author) from Arizona now on September 10, 2021:
I'm not sure how to turn on the comments section's availability here on this hub. I had noticed when I first published it that it wouldn't even let me put a comment, so I read up on how to get the system to allow it. I think I read it in a forum, but I still couldn't get anything to move on it. Now I see it IS allowing me to write a comment, so hopefully that means this hub is now able to receive anyone's and everyone's comments -- now and in the future.