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More Than Food

Though Catherine Elizabeth Thomas Neff was just 11 when her mother died, a lasting influence was always there. Catherine’s mother taught her to pray, and Catherine never forgot the pattern, leaning on this instruction in the dark days after her mother’s death. “I can testify to his goodness towards me ever since I was large enough to kneel down,” she once said. “I feel to bless my mother, for she always taught me to pray and have faith in the Lord.” Catherine struggled to express just how much those simple lessons had meant to her since. “My prayers at times,” she said, “seemed more to me than my food.”

Minutes, July 14, 1894, in East Millcreek Ward Relief Society minute book, 1888–1900, 171, Church History Library, Salt Lake City