Please do not reply to this message. If you need to contact us, forward your email to . Spread the word to all your friends about !
Riverton Area Single Adults
Invite you to a
Single Adult Fireside
September 12, 2010
12600 SOUTH 4080 WEST
RIVERTON, UT 84065
Questions? Contact Monique 801-518-2863
Elder John Groberg best known for his missionary memoir, "The Other
Side of Heaven" will be speaking.
(There is some talk of viewing the movie after the fireside...)
* /BORN 1934 IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO/
* /BAPTIZED AS A CHILD; AARONIC PRIESTHOOD AS A YOUTH; MELCHIZEDEK
PRIESTHOOD AS A YOUNG MAN/
* /MISSION TO TONGA 1954-1957/
* /MARRIED JEAN SABIN 1957; ELEVEN CHILDREN/
* /BISHOP, REGIONAL REPRENTATIVE/
* /PRESIDENT OF TONGAN MISSION/
* /FIRST QUORUM OF SEVENTY 1976-2005/
* /PRESIDENCY OF THE SEVENTY 2004-2005/
* /NAMED EMERITUS GENERAL AUTHORITY 2005/
In April, 1976 Elder John H. Groberg, then newly called to the
First Quorum of the Seventy, had many of the classic characteristics
of a lifelong member of the Church in the Rocky Mountains: his
ancestors were early members in Nauvoo and early pioneers; he was
raised in the Church; a turning point in his life was a three-year
mission to Tonga which started in a most untoward manner.
"Back on the Ship!" the imigration officials on the dock
ordered the lone missionary on the gangplank. "Not on my Ship!"
bellowed the captain from behind him. The Tonga-bound young man had
already been subjected to voyages on three ships since leaving
California, but at Suva, Fiji, there still was no one to meet him and
help him on his way. And now he was forbidden either to land or to
reboard the ship. Despite such unpromising beginnings,
twenty-year-old Elder Groberg's mission in Tonga would become a
profoundly memorable experience.
After a sucessful mission, he married the girl who waited for
him to return; and they now have ten children.
For the planting of his faith, Elder Groberg credits his
parents and upbringing. He was born June 17, 1934, in Idaho Falls,
Idaho, and his parents, Delbert V. and Jennie Holbrook Groberg, had
been president and matron of the Idaho Falls Temple since October of
At age twenty Elder Groberg was called to Tonga as a
missionary. He saw many miracles among the faithful Tongan people,
including several in which his life was saved. At one time he was
stranded on a hurricane-devastated island for nine weeks, during
which time some died from starvation and exposure.
When he returned from the mission he married Jean Sabin, whom
he describes as a wife of “great faith and tremendous support.”
Elder Groberg was made a bishop soon after his mission and served
five years in the Idaho Falls Twenty-Sixth Ward. He was then called
back to Tonga to serve as mission president.
The Grobergs’ first son was born in Tonga with a kidney
defect. The problem was so severe that Sister Groberg took the baby
back to Utah for treatment. She returned to Tonga after he had
recovered and they didn’t see their son again for over a year. He
was cared for by his grandparents.
Elder Groberg was called as a Regional Representative to the
South Pacific in 1969 and returned from his first assignment there
just a few hours before another of his children was born. He pays
tribute to his wife who encouraged him to go on the assignment and
assured him that the baby would not be born until he returned.
The children include Nancy Jean, Elizabeth, Marilyn, Jane,
Gayle, John Enoch, Susan, Thomas Sabin, Jennie Marie, and Viki Ann.
They range from a high school senior to a baby in arms. Elder Groberg
said they are generally excited about his calling and not all sure
what it will mean.
As a member of the Lamanite Committee, Elder Groberg had been
planning to attend conference, but a call from President Kimball
brought him to Salt Lake a few days early. He said he promised the
Lord at an early age to serve him all his life. His past service was
ready preparation for the responsibility he now received.
Elder Groberg served honorably in the First Quorum of the Seventy
and in April 2004 was called to the Presidency of the Seventy. The
call lasted but a year as he was released from the Presidency in
Having served with honor and distinction for many years, Elder
John H. Groberg was honorably released from the First Quorum of the
Seventy and named an Emeritus General Authority October 1, 2005.
----- End forwarded message -----
SPREAD THE WORD ON TO ALL YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS!!!!
Would you like to be in on all the LDS Singles Activities, be spiritually
uplifted, make new friends, have service opportunities, and receive a fun joke
or story from time to time?
was created for the intent and purpose to inform singles
35 years old and up, in the SLC and surrounding areas of the LDS Singles
Activities. With time the other additions became a popular request. The
activities are not always necessarily backed by the Church officials, they are
just organized by our singles members
for our benefit.
To get on this mailing list, simply do one of two things, either send
to requesting to be added, or go to
http://mailman.xmission.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/singles and add yourself.
If you feel you have gotten this message by mistake and would like to be
removed from this mailing list, you can go to the above link and remove
yourself. Or you can request to be removed by sending a message to
At the above site, you can also put your messages on hold for a while. And/or
request the messages come to you immediately after being posted, or in
You can also send out information regarding an activity you want to hold. Get
in contact with for more details.
Spread the word! Let all your friends know!
If you have never been to an activity, I personally invite you to join us!
Posted on the Singles mailing list. Go to http://mailman.xmission.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/singles to subscribe.