Monday, October 28, 2013

Jordan Valley Oregon
This past weekend we spent Saturday and Sunday in Jordan Valley, Oregon which is about an hour and a half south of Caldwell, Idaho.  We visited a very small LDS Branch which boasts 15 members max!  Norm and I spoke on Sunday on Missionary Work.
There is a possibility that a silver mine may reopen in this area which would bring employment and, hopefully, more members to the branch. We assured the members that we would be praying this will come about.

The Basque People
I've always been intrigued by the Basque people.  Their homeland is on the border of Spain and France near the Pyrennes Mountains and the Bay of Biscay.  It is said that half of Columbus' crew were Basque men.
Their language is very unique and is called Euskara.
They have tried for ages,it seems, to get their independence from Spain and finally got it in 1936.  Unfortunately, the independence was short-lived and Franco's forces totally destroyed Gernika, a major city, during the Spanish Civil War. Many left their homeland rather than live under Spanish rule.
The Basque people of the Jordan Valley region arrived in 1889. They were mainly sheepherders, stone masons, or inn keepers at that time.

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