Faith, Pioneering People
A history of the Lutheran church in South Dakota, edited
by Donald Sneen 1981. In Chapter
1: "Life in the New Land - 1859 -
1880: The Scandinavian Experience",
Doris Stensland wrote about the Norwegian Lutherans who first settled
into the new Dakota Territory.
A TRIBUTE TO THE
they are gone,
testify of men
had a love for God
put Him first.
Sarahs by their sides.
left the fjords
mountain scenes behind.
sprouted on the plains
from their meager stores
sacrificed to build
life was rough
knelt and praised the Lord
knew so well.
we still can hear their voice:
us and for our house,
served the Lord."
then we stop and wonder.....
hundred years yonder
history say the same
Compiled by a committee of the Moe Lutheran Parish,
edited by Doris Stensland. This
booklet reflects a history of the Pioneers of the Lands, Romsdal and Trinity
Lutheran Churches, rural Hudson, South Dakota. Published in 1982.
how can we forget you?
in houses that you built
We plow where
you broke sod
benefit from trees you planted long ago
know Christ because you taught your children God.
We lovingly dedicate this book to the pioneer people of
Moe Parish who through their lives - with their dreams, their pains, their
perseverance, their faith in God and their accomplishments - encourage and
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us, looking to
Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews