Aurelia Read <I>Spencer</I> Rogers

Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers

Connecticut, USA
Death 19 Aug 1922 (aged 87)
Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot G-6-5-2-W
Memorial ID 20937335 · View Source
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Aurelia was six years old when her parents, Orson and Catherine Curtis Spencer joined the LDS Church in 1841. Aurelia's father had been a prominent Baptist minister in New England. Almost directly after joining the LDS Church the Spencer family moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to join the rest of the Latter-day Saints. Orson's brother, Daniel, was instrumental in Orson's conversion and baptism.

When Aurelia was twelve years old her mother, Catherine, died at Sugar Creek Camp in Iowa shortly after the Latter-day Saints were driven out of Nauvoo. A few months later at Winter Quarters where they had established a temporary home, her father, Orson, was called to serve as the European Mission president. Along with her five brothers and sisters, Aurelia crossed the plains in 1848 in the Brigham Young Company, and settled in Salt Lake City where their Uncle Daniel Spencer built them a cabin. Her father Orson joined the children in September 1849.

At the age of seventeen Aurelia married Thomas Edward Rogers and moved to Farmington, Utah. There she raised ten children and led an active life. Aurelia was the founder of the Primary, and served on the General Board of the Primary Association from 1893 until her death. In 1895, she was a delegate to the Woman's Suffrage Convention in Georgia, and along with several other women represented Utah at the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.

The Primary Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on August 11, 1878 in Farmington, Utah by Aurelia Spencer Rogers, under the direction of Eliza R. Snow and President Brigham Young. Bishop John Hess of the Farmington Ward also gave his full support to her efforts.

As a mother Aurelia was concerned because the younger children had too much unsupervised time. While the fathers and older sons kept long hours on their farms, and the mothers and older daughters worked hard in the home, the younger boys, in particular, were becoming very unruly and mischievous.

With encouragement from Bishop John Hess of her Farmington, Utah ward, Aurelia Rogers consulted with her friend, Eliza R. Snow, and with permission from church leaders, she organized a Primary Association for her Farmington ward (congregation)on August 11, 1878. Two weeks later, the first meeting was held. At this first gathering boys were specifically taught not to steal fruit from the orchards and girls were taught not to hang on wagons. In addition, they were given lessons on faith, manners, obedience, and other worthy principles. Today the Primary Association is a world-wide organization.

Aurelia Spencer Rogers died at age 87 in Farmington, Davis County, Utah on August 19, 1922.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers (4 Oct 1834–19 Aug 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20937335, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Leena Rogers (contributor 46579230) .