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Serenus H. "Rea" Gardner
Birth: Dec. 6, 1891
Spanish Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1989
Gridley
Butte County
California, USA

Serenus Gardner was always called Rea Gardner.
Note: "Rea" rhymes with "Sea"
Rea Gardner was set apart for his mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on November 8, 1910 by Jonathan G. Kimball. He was assigned to the Eastern States Mission, in New York City. This mission was always the source of happy memories for him.

As a missionary, he received a very unusual assignment. He, and his companion,
William A. Casper
, were given the assignment in the spring of 1912 of traveling without purse or script from Kirtland, Ohio to Salt Lake along the Mormon trail.     During their 6 month journey walking from Kirtland to Salt Lake, the two missionaries proselyted along the way and helped pave the way for others to hear the gospel.

Their journey was briefly chronicled in The LIAHONA and also briefly summarized in the October 1912, General Conference by their mission president, Ben E. Rich.   Brother Rich said of the pair:

"These two young men that I have named have been very faithful missionaries, in the Eastern States Mission. From time to time we transferred them from one conference to another, and quite usually we allowed them to walk to their new fields of labor. A little over six months ago these two young men were transferred from the conference in which they were then laboring, in West Virginia, and were instructed to travel to Salt Lake City without purse or scrip, and to report to me at this conference.

Six months ago yesterday, they took their grips, and set their faces toward the setting sun, and traveled toward Zion. They reached here yesterday. They made the journey on foot. They have made their reports to the Eastern States mission, like other missionaries do, once a week. They have preached the gospel, and sought food and shelter while on their way, and during that six months' traveling, without purse or scrip, ordering their literature from the mission headquarters, in New York City, they have slept out, or failed to receive entertainment only four nights. They have had occasion to spend less money in their travel homeward than they have done in any other portion of their missionary experience.

Their missionary trail carried them to Kirtland. Ohio, to Nauvoo, and through other places where our fathers and mother's dwelt. They sought entertainment at the place where the Prophet and Patriarch were murdered; and in all of those places they met with a hearty welcome. During these six months they have been energetic in preaching the gospel in the open air, and at the firesides of the people. They have been treated well.

Of the thousands of missionaries that it has been my privilege to give an honorable release to, it is the first time that I have had the privilege of honorably releasing Elders while here at a general conference. These young men are willing to take their grips and go back again, and report once more in their former field of labor.

I thought I would like you brethren and sisters to see a living evidence of the simple energy, the faithfulness, the enthusiasm that dwells, generally, in the heart of a missionary. The missionaries are willing, any of them, to do as these young men have done. Sometimes I have thought that if more of them were directed to travel homeward, as these two young men have done, it would help to scatter the seeds of the gospel, and create even more energy in the hearts of the young men of Zion, and thus more might be accomplished in spreading a knowledge of the gospel that has done so much for us."

Some of his philosophy can be gleaned from quotations recorded in his diary:

A a rule, a man's a fool. When it's hot, he wants it cool. When it's cool he wants it hot, always wanting what is not.

The reason why men who mind their own business succeed so well is this: they have so little competition.

I have had many troubles in my life and most of them never happened.

Success doesn't come in never making blunders, but in never making the same blunder twice.

There can be no real and abiding happiness without sacrifice.

"I consider God created man with a mind capable of instruction and a faculty that can be enlarged in proportion to the heed give to the light emanating from heaven to the individual. The nearer one reaches perfection, the greater are his enjoyments until one overcomes all the evils of living and has no future desire for sin." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 54). 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Serenus Gardner (1860 - 1956)
  Josephine Hansen Gardner (1864 - 1941)
 
 Spouse:
  Pansy May Yarrington Gardner (1894 - 1966)
 
 Children:
  Don Gerard Gardner (1917 - 1969)*
  Hal Gardner (1919 - 2000)*
  Jack Harding Gardner (1921 - 1976)*
  Allen Gardner (1926 - 2012)*
  Colleen Gardner (1928 - 1928)*
 
 Siblings:
  Zella Laveve Gardner Smith (1887 - 1988)*
  Jennie Merle Gardner Sterling (1889 - 1974)*
  Serenus H. Gardner (1891 - 1989)
  Ina Josephine Gardner Marett (1896 - 1986)*
  Cora Gardner Eggertsen (1898 - 1991)*
  Elmer A Gardner (1900 - 1900)*
  Garr Gardner (1907 - 1933)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gridley-Biggs Cemetery
Gridley
Butte County
California, USA
Plot: Section 3 Block 3 Lot 24 Space 8
 
Created by: Bronson Gardner
Record added: Apr 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88145394
Serenus H. Rea Gardner
Added by: Bronson Gardner
 
Serenus H. Rea Gardner
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Serenus H. Rea Gardner
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My great grandfather
- JKG
 Added: Aug. 8, 2012
I still remember meeting you when I was 6, and getting a ride on your knee! I remember picking a pink rose that matched my pink stripe shirt. Thank you for all that you did in order for me to be here!
- JKG
 Added: Aug. 8, 2012
 
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