Elder Henry B. Eyring: “On behalf of my family, I thank you.”

Eyring_mediumTricia Seguine (Francenia Lucy Tuttle) lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In February 2007 she attended an LDS Church stake conference where Elder Henry B. Eyring spoke. In his talk he mentioned Milo Andrus. Read on to hear what happened after his talk.


"On the Saturday night session of Stake Conference, Elder Eyring spoke of the man he says is responsible for his ancestor, Henry Eyring, joining the Church. He said his name is Milo Andrus, and he always shares that name in case Milo has a descendant in the congregation. Well, last night a descendant was in the congregation.

"I wanted to talk to Elder Eyring after the meeting, but I wasn’t sure how I was related off the top of my head. And I really don’t feel like looking stupid in front of a man who has a PhD in business from Harvard, let alone an Apostle of the Lord. So, I came home and did my research.

"This morning we arrived at the stake center an hour and a half early to sit 8 rows back into the cultural hall. The Stake President was milling around and my husband went up to ask him if Elder Eyring was going to stick around after the meeting to shake hands. He said that Elder Eyring had to leave pretty quickly afterward, but that he wanted our family to go and sit in the foyer to greet him as he came in. He felt it was important that Elder Eyring know that "we found him a descendant."

"The kids waited patiently and when Elder Eyring finally arrived I said, as he shook my hand, "Elder Eyring, Milo Andrus is my 3rd Great-Grandfather." To which he paused and looked at me while shaking my husband’s hand and said, ‘On behalf of my family, I thank you.’ "


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10 Responses to “Elder Henry B. Eyring: “On behalf of my family, I thank you.””

  1. Lynne Andrus Wright on February 16th, 2007 4:17 pm

    I was at a stake conference in South Carolina with Elder Eyring and he didn’t mention Milo! LUCKY YOU! Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. carol Robinson on January 22nd, 2009 10:26 am

    I wish I had known this story before President Eyring came to Alberta Canada for our stake conference. I would have talked to him and most certainly told him that I was the great great greatgrandaughter of Milo Andrus. How proud are we! Luck you, Tricia

  3. Valerie Hatch on April 19th, 2010 7:02 am

    I am also very proud to be Milo’s great great great granddaughter. Valerie Hatch (Utah)

  4. Gayla Fuhriman on April 5th, 2014 10:20 pm

    I am also proud to be Milo’s great great great granddaughter.(Utah)

  5. Kathy McIntyre on September 13th, 2014 12:36 pm

    Milo is my great-great grandfather. I come through the Abigail Jane Daly line. They were stalwart brave and humble people. They have been a wonderful blessing in my life.

  6. Mary Jean Andrus Thompson on November 22nd, 2014 8:15 pm

    Milo is my great-great grandfather through the Abigail Jane Daly line they have been such an example to me through out my entire life I loved hearing my Father talk about Grandma being buried in Richmond where he was born and raised. It was always so much fun to visit her grave site. And Grandpa Milo has been a big part of my life and my families through his journal the book the Trumpeter of God and the Andrus recorder. He comes to life when you read about him. What lucky grandchildren we are to have had such a wonderful faithful and willing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a grandfather, he is a wonderful example to all of us, and as for Grandmother she was a strong caring and loving woman. I for one am also very grateful for the Andrus organization thanks for all your hard work

  7. Marilyn Morgan on February 22nd, 2015 6:50 pm

    I am the Great Grandaughter of Milo Andrus through the Emma Covert line. My Grandfather was William Spencer Andrus.

  8. Truda Whitfield on May 18th, 2015 3:49 pm

    I, also, am the great granddaughter of Milo Andrus through Margaret Ann Boyce, my grandfather being Benjamin Milo Andrus.

  9. Doyle H Christensen on February 14th, 2016 12:58 pm

    I am the great great grandson of Milo Andrus. I come from Abigail Jane Daly line. My great grandmother was Amanda Ann Andrus. When Amanda became elderly my mother Edith Emma Egan used to have to live with her and help her. I am so blessed to be a Latter Day Saint and have such rich heritage. I taught seminary in Huntersville NC and one of my students last name was Wheatly. Milo Andrus was the captain of the Wheatley’s company coming across the plains. It is so exciting to be connected to such a great man and teach a family member that was connected to him also.

  10. Ralph Byron Olsen on March 10th, 2016 1:09 pm

    My whole life has been blessed by knowing the Andrus family. I grew up in South Eastern Idaho among dozens of faithful descendants of Milo Andrus. I went to school with them. I went to Church with them. They were my teachers in junior high school, high school and college. I married into the Andrus family through my wife, Annette Barker, and we have 7 children who all served full-time missions. Annette’s mother was Vera Andrus, a grand-daughter through Jane Munday. Milo was Vera’s grandfather. She lived to be nearly 98 years of age, passing away in May, 2013. Her father, Robert, was a son of Milo. Robert was a bishop and his wife, Lavenia, was Relief Society President for 18 years and 14 years respectively in Ucon, Idaho, most of Vera’s growing up years. I am grateful for Robert and Lavenia and for Annette’s parents: Lynn Spence Barker and Vera Valeria Andrus. There are hundreds and hundreds of Andrus descendants who have served missions. I am writing this from Santiago, Chile, where Annette and I have been serving the past 23 months as mental health advisors to the missionaries in Chile, where there are 10 missions and an MTC. We have met with hundreds and hundreds of missionaries one-by one as well as in groups. Annette has been faithful and true and is a great missionary companion. She supported me as bishop and stake president and now on this mission. God bless her. And may God bless the memory of Milo Andrus and his wives who were faithful in bringing to pass a righteous heritage into which I was fortunate enough to marry, raise our family, and pass on this great pioneer heritage.

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