Over 150 members, spouses and friends of the Morgan Chapter of the Utah Sons of Pioneers gathered at the Rock Chapel for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 18. After socializing and the recognition of December birthdays, dinner was catered by Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn. Outgoing president Alan Turner then presented the Modern Pioneer of the Award to Porterville resident Lloyd Aldin Porter. The Modern Pioneer Award is given to someone who has exemplified the same qualities of character demonstrated by our early pioneer ancestors.
Aldin was born in Salt Lake City to John Lloyd and ReVon Hayward Porter. He was the second of three children, the older and younger both being sisters. He was raised in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls and was actively involved in high school sports and academics. He served an LDS mission in the newly formed West Central States Mission. When he returned from his mission, he married his sweetheart, Shirley Palmer, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They moved to Provo, where he pursued his degree at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree.
Aldin and Shirley were blessed with six children, four girls and two boys, whom they raised in Meridian, Idaho, and Sandy, Utah. The also have 31 grandchildren and 64 great grandchildren, with three more on the way.
Aldin spent his career in Life Insurance and Estate Planning. He enjoyed working with people and helping them prepare a secure future.
Aldin has held many positions in his church. He has served as a High Councilor, Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative, Mission President of the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, and a Member of the First Quorum of Seventy. He also served as a councilor in the Boise Temple Presidency and as President of the Salt Lake Temple. He loved his assignments in teaching the Church in classes and training. He currently serves as a Ward Missionary and Home Teacher, an assignment he has faithfully completed since first being called as a young man.
Aldin has truly spent his life in the service of others and is the perfect example of a Modern Day Pioneer.
After Aldin received his award, the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers Board members for 2018 were given the oath of office by National President James Hurst.
Entertainment was provided by Dennis Barker, a well-known and talented violinist. His violin is over 200 years old. He favored us with several Christmas songs and closed with God Be With You.
The program concluded with Alan Medaris leaving us with a wonderful Christmas message.