Christopher Roberts Biography
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Christopher Roberts was the son of John and Ann Pool Roberts, born 9 Mar 1838, at Serin, Flintshire, North Wales. He joined the Church in his native land, was baptized in Kello, Durham County, England, in Jan. 1857 by his brother, Peter Roberts, and confirmed by William Jones.
Christopher and his eldest brother Peter were the only ones of their family to join the Church. They remained true and faithful Latter-day Saints to the end of their days.
He was left without a mother at a very early age. His father was a poor man and when Christopher was but nine years of age, he started to earn himself a livelihood. He had a hard life; some of his task masters were hard and cruel to him and expected more of him than a small boy of his age was able to do.
He finally drifted over into England. There he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was convinced that it was the Gospel spoken by the Apostle John in the 14th Chapter of Revelations. He continued to work in England until he had saved money enough to take him to Zion. Before he left for America, he had a great desire to visit his father in Wales. He also had a sister, Jane and two brothers, John and Nicholas. He had a desire that they too should hear the Gospel.
He went to his old home arriving there early on a Sunday morning. It was a custom of his father’s family to read a chapter from the Bible on Sunday morning, then leave the Bible open at the chapter he had just read while he offered up a prayer.
When Christopher came to the door very quietly, he hesitated and listened. He could hear his father reading from the Bible. He waited until the reading ceased and the prayer was ended, then he knocked timidly on the door. His father came to the door. When he saw who was there he said “Be gone with you. I have been informed that you have joined those despised Mormons. I want nothing to do with you.” Christopher felt very sorrowful. He lingered around the neighborhood that day. He was on one side of the street and saw his father and sister go up the other side to church and return. That was the last he ever saw of his family in Wales. He left that evening and in a few days set sail for America.
He sailed from Liverpool early in Dec. 1863, touching at New York on 24 Dec. 1863 and landing at Philadelphia, PA, 1 Jan. 1864 where he labored on a farm until about the month of June 1864. He then proceeded to the frontiers. He drove six mules in a freight train across the plains and landed in Salt Lake City, 1 Oct. 1864. On this journey he met and traveled with the family of his future wife.
In the fall of 1865 they moved to Smithfield, Utah. Five children were born to them. At the birth of the last one, Catherine, the beloved wife and mother passed away.
On 9 November 1875 he married Katherine Kunz in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City. One child, Rachel, was born to them.
In the winter of 1869, while coming down the Smithfield canyon with a load of wood, the load tipped over on him and he lay pinned underneath until he was almost frozen to death. While in this position, not being able to move and in terrible pain, he breathed a prayer for deliverance, and through the miracle of a vision he saw a searching party organized and coming to his aid. The party that rescued him from being crushed and frozen to death consisted of David Heaps and Nathan Smith. At this time his feet were badly frozen and for a time it looked as though they would have to be amputated. But by the help of the Lord and Katherine’s skillful treatment, only three toes had to be amputated.
Christopher had the gift of healing. While he lived in Smithfield, he was sent for from one end of town to the other to administer to the sick. He always was kind and sympathetic—always much concerned for those in distress.
He continued to live in Smithfield with only an interval of a few years when he tried dairying in Bear Lake County. He assisted in building the Sale Lake and Logan Temples and the Logan Tabernacle. He was ordained an Elder 16 May 1868 by Robert Meikle at Smithfield and a High Priest 27 Oct. 1895 by Bishop George L. Farrell also at Smithfield. He received a patriarchal blessing from Patriarch C. W. Hyde 2 June 1867 in which he received remarkable promises.
He died 26 Mar 1909 at the age of 73. His second wife preceded him in death, having died 7 July 1907.
His life was characterized by public service, good habits, faithfulness to his family, his God and his religion. He was blessed with the qualities that make a consistent Latter-day Saint, a good neighbor and a good citizen.