A Christmas Dress for Ellen

by Ben Sowards , Thomas S. Monson

9781590383865

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On Christmas Eve, 1927, in the prairie town of Hillsspring, Alberta, Canada, a young mother, Mary Jeppson, was getting her five small children ready for bed. Her heart was full of sorrow, for there was nothing to fill the stockings, and there would be only a little much for breakfast. Mary had written to her sisters in Idaho, asking for help with such necessities as wheat, yeast, flour, and cornmeal. She had also asked for clothing and some old, used quilts, for all of hers were thin and full of holes.

At the close of the letter, she had written, “If you could just find a dress that someone has outgrown, I could make it over to fit Ellen. She is far too somber for such a young girl. She worries so about the family and about our needs. She has only one dress that she wears all the time, and it is patched and faded.”

Her letter had gone unanswered, it seemed, and their Christmas would be far from merry. But George Schow, their mailman, had a surprise in store. Could he brave the coming storm and bitter cold to deliver a Christmas miracle? And would there be a special present for Ellen? Find out in this classic tale of Christmas sacrifice and service.

About this book: President Thomas S. Monson told the story “A Christmas Dress for Ellen” at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional in 1997, and an adaption of his address was published as a Christmas booklet in 1998. The story was related to President Monson by Marian Jeppson Walker (now deceased), a daughter of Mary Jeppson, the mother in the story. Sister Walker and her husband, William, also exchanged correspondence about the story with President Monson over the years. Additional details were obtained through correspondence with descendants of George Schow, the mailman who delivered the long-looked-for packages to the Jeppson family on Christmas Eve. In addition to other family members, those descendants include Mark Schow (now deceased) and Gayla Woolf Holt. The help and information from all these family members is acknowledged and appreciated.

About the Authors

Ben Sowards

Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges.

Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001. He and his wife, Connie, enjoy life with their six daughters and a son in Cedar City, Utah.

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Thomas S. Monson

PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON has served as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008. He was called as an Apostle in 1963 at the age of thirty-six. After serving as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and then President Howard W. Hunter, he served as first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1995 to 2008. Thomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He had a distinguished career in the publishing industry. He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle. He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Great Great Nephew of Mary Jeppson
By , Submitted on 2017-01-08

Hits home very close not only because it's family but the beautiful lesson that can be learned from it. It really makes you stop and think of your own situation and what you would do.

A perfect addition
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

A perfect addition to your Christmas Treasury. Beautifully told and beautifully illustrated.

Love It
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I absolutely love this book. The story hits home everytime I read it and the illustrations are outstanding.

Miracle
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Thank you to President Monson for combining the two stories so eloquently. Thanks to Ben Soward. for his inspiring pictures. They aptly capture the humble essence of the story. What a priceless book! We are so delighted. Many thanks to all at Deseret Books from Canada! And a big hug to the Jeppsons from our family. Gayla W. Holt (Schow Grandaughter)

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