This beaded shawl belonged to my great grandmother,
Anna Mathilda Svenson (1859-1930)
wife of August Joel Hoglund (1855-1926)
They married April 10, 1989 in the
Logan, LDS Temple
Anna brought this with her when she emigrated to the United States from Sweden at the age of 16 (around 1873)
The shawl is at least 140 years old.
At the end of his mission to Sweden, August Joel Hoglund was asked to go to Russia to assist with missionary work in St Petersburg Russia. He was one of the first LDS Missionaries to serve in Russia. As time went along, and communist rule took over Russia, members of the Church, as well as all residents of Russia did not have the freedom of religion. Fast forward to the the 1990s when Christianity was again allowed back in Russia. Because of the efforts and obedience of August Joel Hoglund and fellow missionaries, the LDS Church was recognized as a Church that had already been established in Russia and did not have to wait for approval to begin missionary work and establishing the Church in Russia. There was a long waiting period for many other religions and faith-based groups who desired to enter Russia and become established.