In keeping with its policy of providing programs to fit the needs of all age groups, the church organized the Young Men's and Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association especially directed toward teenagers and young adults. It follows the Primary program and recognizes the needs of young people for direction and guidance in recreation, culture and ethics and provides opportunity for special interests, hobbies, self-improvement and service. This youth program, as it has evolved, has received recognition for outstanding achievement from social workers and youth leaders of various denominations and affiliations throughout the world.

Along with the other auxiliaries it was organized in the Lund ward in November, 1900. Moses W. Harrison was the first president of the Young Men's organization with Willard Burgess and George C. Gardner, counselors and Jacob J. Gubler, secretary. Delle R. Ivins was chosen as the first president of the Young Women's organization with Lucy Burgess and Dinah Chadburn, counselors, and Mary L. Oxborrow, secretary.

After they were organized in 1900, the Young Women and Young Men held their meetings separately. Then in October, 1906, they began holding joint meetings. Until March 17, 1907, only one class was held. That date marked the beginning of departmentalized classes with the organization of a Junior and Senior division. On April 9, 1916, the Beehive class was organized for the girls just entering the M.I.A. and sometime afterward the Boy Scout program was adopted by the Young Men's organization. The organization was subsequently divided into a number of groups variously called Mia Maids, Gleaner Girls, M Men, Ensigns, Laurels. The program also provided for activities in music, drama, dance and speech with a director for each to work with different age groups jointly or separately on a variety of projects.

As this indicates one important function of the M.I.A. is to provide leadership in wholesome recreational and cultural activities. A listing of some of its accomplishments over the years demonstrates the important role it has played in this regard in the history of the town. Minutes of the early meetings record some program numbers in the opening exercises each time and include reports on current events, sketches from the lives of notable people, book reports, readings and musical numbers, vocal and instrumental. One interesting feature (before the era of radio and television) was the time set aside during classes for reading aloud. The choice of material read in installments ranged from classics to currently popular novels.

From the beginning dramatics was an important part of the M.I.A. program and over the years many one to three act plays, operettas, minstrels and pageants were produced. Dances, excursions, sports and celebrations were under the direction of the M.I.A. The Old Folk's Party which at this writing, 1979, has been a traditional part of the Christmas season for over seventy years, was initiated by the M.I.A. about 1906 under the direction of Presidents Ruth B. Gardner and William Terry. The M.I.A. continued to sponsor this party until 1952 when, under Bishop Ervin Hendrix, the bishopric took over this function.

The ward has participated in music, drama and dance festivals sponsored by the church. In this connection the M.I.A. program has provided instruction in ballroom, folk and square dancing and the young people have taken part in dance festivals in the ward, the stake and at church-wide conferences in Salt Lake City. Ludean Carter has given outstanding service in this department.

The young people of the M.I.A. were introduced to a more formal type of entertainment with the Gold and Green Ball about 1927 and for a number of years thereafter. For this annual event requiring semi-formal dress, royalty was chosen and a gala atmosphere created with gold and green decorations. After the ward parties, a culminating activity was a joint ball at the stake house in Ely which gave the young people an opportunity for wider social contacts.

The M.I.A. sponsored sports program served the same purpose with competition within the stake and culminating church wide tournaments in Salt Lake City. For several years the Lund M.I.A. competed in basketball and twice, about 1950, won the league play in the stake and the opportunity to play in the all-church touranment. At another time some players were on an all-star team from the stake that went to Salt Lake City. After a few years a town team with membership in a county league replaced the M.I.A. sponsored basketball but the spirit of keen competition tempered with good sportsmanship has prevailed.

The different auxiliaries always had a part in the Christmas, Fourth of July and Twenty-fourth celebrations but they were under the overall direction of the M.I.A. One outstanding celebration they sponsored was the Golden Jubilee celebration of the founding of the White River communities. Invitations were sent out to all former Lund and Preston residents and the two-day celebration held on the twenty-third and Twenty-fourth of July, 1948, drew a large crowd to visit and renew associations.

Another example is given in a quote by Helen C. Gardner, president of the Y.W.M.I.A. from 1943 to 1952. "Another outstanding event took place while the new church was under construction. On April 16, 1950, in the High School building, under the direction of the M.I.A.,a Stake Breakfast was served with one hundred five people present, including Sister Bertha S.Reeder, General President of the M.I.A. and her counselor, LaRue C. Longden and other General Board members. At this meeting forty-three testimonies were given."

Another important feature of the M.I.A. program is service and many of its activities have been to raise money for a variety of ward projects. Among these were the building projects beginning with the first log all-purpose building, the cement block room that was added, and the new church completed in 1952. The Y.L.M.I.A. also helped the Relief Society purchase, restore and furnish the old Relief Society building which they shared for six years and the Relief Society continued to use for more than forty years. They also contributed to the two stake buildings inEly.

During World War I, under the direction of Ruth B. Gardner, the Young Women raised potatoes and purchased a $150 government bond referred to as a "Liberty Bond". The girls plowed, cultivated and harvested the potatoes themselves. Another method of raising money sometimes used by the M.I.A. as well as the other organizations was the "gathering of Sunday eggs". One entry in the M.I.A. minutes for 1925 records the amount received for Sunday Eggs was $28.05.

A change in the M.I.A. format came in the early 1970's with a more liberal concept of youth development. The name was changed and the new format encouraged the young people to formulate their own programs and plan their own projects with the directors of the various activities available on demand. This experiment did not prove any more successful than its counterpart in the public schools and the Lund M.I.A. has assumed its old name and reverted to a somewhat modified version of its old program.

LUND -- Women's Mutual Improvement Association


Positions and Names

1 Nov 1900

President: Della R. Ivins

Counselors:  Lucy Burgess, Dinah Chadburn

Secretary:  Mary L. Oxborrow

Aug 1903

President: Belle F. Gardner

Counselors: Ruth Gardner, Mary Oxborrow, Ethel Smith

Secretary: Ruth Gardner, Zina Smith, Jessie Reid, Ellen Bryner

5 Sep 1905

President: Ruth Gardner

Counselors: Ethel Smith, Mary Ashworkth, Etta Mathis, Zina Smith, Ella Oxborrow, Mary Sinfield, Jessie Reid, Vera Carter, Lillian Ashby, Zella Harrison, Mazie Ashby

Secretary: Ellen Bryner, Zina Smith, Emma Whitehead, Mary Sinfield, Vera Carter, Maggie Reid, Mona Smith, Eva Whitehead, Luella Fawcett

Summer 1921 - 1923

President: Mary Sinfield

Counselors: Vera Carter, Pearl Gardner

Secretary: Leonora Gardner

1923 – 1925

President: Lillie Smith

Counselors: Ellen Oxborrow, Laura Gubler

Secretary: Della Gardner, Aggie Gubler

1926 - 1934

President: Ellen Oxborrow

Counselors: Ida Wakeling, Luella Whipple, Vera Reid, Grace Vance

Secretary: Emma Hutchings, Fermith Vance, Tillie Gardner

1938 - 1940

President: Harriet Ivins

Counselors: Della Scow, Lucille Harrison, Kathryn Gubler, Alice Gardner

Secretary: Ada Reid

1940 -1942

President: Elinor Gardner

Counselors: Pearl Whitehead, Kathryn Gubler, Isabella Hermansen, Ruby Gubler

Secretary: Audrey Smith

1942 - 1946

President: Helen Gardner

Counselors: Pauline Sinfield, Karma Lewis, Kathryn Gubler, Sybil Terry, Della Scow

Secretary: Isabella Hermansen, Della Scow

1946 - 1947

President: Lois Horsley

Counselors: Lena Oxborrow, Karma Reid

Secretary: Opal Hendrix

1947 - 1948

President: Lena Oxborrow

Counselors: Karma Reid, Kathryn Gubler, Sybil Terry

Secretary: Mary Lou Reid

1947 - 1952

President: Helen Gardner

Counselors: – Audrey Smith, Mary L. Reid, Laura Hendrix, Kathryn Gubler

Secretary: Darlene Hendrix, Marguerite Gubler, Verdi Terry, Colleen Ivins

1952 - 1958

President: Laura Hendrix

Counselors: Della Scow, Geraldine Oxborrow

Secretary: LaRue Carter

1958 - 1960

President:  Joan Gardner

Counselors: Colleen Scow, Geraldine Oxborrow, Lillian Peacock, Faylene Ivins, Helen Gardner

Secretary: LaRue Carter

1961 - 1962

President: Colleen Scow

Counselors: Joyce Gardner, Helen Paice

Secretary: Josephine Reid

1962 - 1968

President: Helen Gardner

Counselors: Helen Paice, Joan Gardner, Wilma Whipple, Mollie K. Reid, Sherry Faught

Secretary: Edith Reid, Jisophine Reid, Ann Carter, Joy Gardner, Rhoda Gardner

1968 - 1969

President: Mattie Jean Kilmer

Counselors: Karen Black, Mollie K. Reid

Secretary: Joan Gardner

1969 - 1970

President: Sherry Faught

Counselors: Mollie K. Reid, Judith Savage

Secretary: Joan Gardner

1970 - 1971

President: Karma Lewis

Counselors: Sharon Doke, Arlene Mangum

Secretary: Joan Gardner

1971 - 1972

President: Arlene Mangum

Counselors: Shirley Peacock, Joan Cripps, Carol McKenzie

Secretary: Joan Gardner

1972 - 1973

President: Carol McKenzie

Counselors: Shirley Peacock

Secretary: Joan Gardner

1973 -

President: Mollie K. Reid

Counselors: Neva Horsley

Secretary: Joan Gardner


LUND – Men’s Mutual Improvement Association


Positions and Names

1900 - 1901

President: Moses W. Harrison

Secretary: Jacob J. Gubler


President: Thomas Judd

Secretary: Geo. C. Gardner

1902 - 1904

President: William H. Ivins

Secretary: Heber C. Smith

1904 - 1905

President: J.R. Lee

Secretary: Claude A. Gardner

1905 - 1907

President: Moses W. Harrison

Secretary: Henry A. Mathis

1906 - 1908

President: Edward H. Burgess

Secretary: Arthur Smith

26 Oct 1908 - 1912

President: William A. Terry

Counselors: George E. Burgess, George C Gardner, George W. Faucett, Bryant H. Ashby, Joseph A Vance

Nov 1912 - 1913

President: Clarence Burgess

Counselors: Joseph A. Vance, Ross Smith, George W. Fawcett, Ellis R. Terry

22 Nov 1914 - 1915

President: William A. Terry

Counselors: William E. Hutchings, Rennie A. Whitehead

3 Oct 1915 - 1917

President: George W. Fawcett

Counselors: Rennie A. Whitehead, Leo Gardner

1932 - 1933

President: M. Price Hutchings

Counselors: Vance McKenzie, Nathaniel Oxborrow

Secretary: Udell Gardner

26 Nov 1933

President: Kelly Harrison

Counselors: Morris Oxborrow

Secretary: Udell Gardner

1938 - 1940

President: Earl Long

Counselors: Duane P. Anderson, Shirley Hendrix

Secretary: Leonard E. Gardner

1940 - 1941

President: Owen Whitehead

Counselors: Cannon Gardner, Dowle Wakeling

Secretary: Morris Oxborrow

1941 - 1942

President: Arthur Carter

Counselors: Doyle Wakeling, Cannon Gardner

1942 - 1944

President: Vance McKenzie

Counselor: Udell gardner, Philip Carter

Secretary: Cannon Gardner

1944 - 1948

President: Harold R. Ivins

Counselors: Vance McKenzie, Lafayette Carter, Cannon Gardner, Van Gardner

1948 -

President: Neil Gardner Sr.

Counselors: Nephi Schwab, Myron Adams

Secretary: Wayne F. gardner

1951 -

President: Nephi Schwab

Counselors: Leonald Crane


Nov 1957

President: Wayne F. Gardner

Counselors: Harold R. Ivinas, Dale Waterlyn

Secretary: Cannon Gardner

Nov 1957 - 1958

President: Duane A. Gardner

Counselors: Max G. Reid, Philip J Carter

Secretary: James W. Whipple

1959 - 1960

President: Gary B. Hafen

Counselors: Philip J. Carter, Max G. Reid

Secretary: James W. Whipple


President: Merritt Paice

Counselors: John Adams, J.L. Whipple

Secretary: Ashby Sinfield


President: Allen C. Cristensen

Counselors: John L. Whipple, Ashby Sinfield

Secretary: James W. Whipple

1963 - 1965

President: Ashby Sinfield

Counselors: John L. Whipple, George Paice, Max Reid, Dean Whipple

Secretary: James W. Whipple, Nelson A Carter

1966 - 1967

President: Ronald A. Ivins

Counselors: J.L Whipple, George Paice, Max Reid, Dean Whipple

Secretary: Richard Horsley, Roderikck McKenzie, Larsen Crosby

18 Feb 1968

President: Clay Hendrix

Counselors: Max Reid, Albert S. Gubler Jr.

Secretary: Keith N. Ivins

23 Feb 1969

President: Roy Faught

Counselors: LeRoy Mangum

Secretary: Earl Sharp

22 Jun 1969

President: Roy Gene Horsley

Counselors: David Savage, Gilbert Savage, Dennis Larsen, Ronald Ivins

Secretary: Philip Carter, Dennis Reid

14 Feb 1971

President: Robert Bartlett

Counselors: Sheldon Reid

23 May 1971

President: Dean Thornock

Counselors: George Paice, Ronald Ivins

Secretary: Jeff Gardner

12 Mar 1972

President: Calvin Rollins

Counselors: Wayne Paice, Dennis Reid

17 Dec 1972

President: Jay Petersen

Counselors: Gardner Scow, max Mangus

Secretary: Jerry Mangus

6 May 1973

President: Gardner Scow

Counselors: Clay Butterfield

22 Sep 1974

Aaronic Priesthood DirectorElwin Whipple

Secretary: Lester Ivins

14 Dec 1975

Aaronic Priesthood Advisor: Neil Gardner Jr.

Secretary: Lester Ivins, Paul Reid