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10 responses to “The Spirituality of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

  1. Linda

    I remember reading about the Rose years. Then it got harder to understand.

  2. Melanie Beasley

    Didn’t Mary and Laura learn all the Psalms? ALL of them? That floors me every time.

    1. Sarah Uthoff

      Laura actually won a contest in Walnut Grove for memorizing the most Bible verses.

      Sarah S. Uthoff

  3. Carrie

    From the description of Sundays in the first book it seems that the Ingalls, at least Pa’s family are Seventh Day Adventist. Particularly the idea that Sabbath began sundown Saturday night to sundown Sunday.

  4. naomi

    Yeah, definitely nothing to suggest that the family were Seventh Day Adventists. Aside from the fact that they kept a Sunday Sabbath, the church didn’t even come into being until after Charles Ingalls was born, and didn’t spread much beyond its original congregation until shortly before Laura was born.

    1. TLynn

      Not to mention that they were drinking coffee and eating pork all the time!

  5. Carrie (Oz)

    Interesting discussion. I spent a good proportion of last year working in the South Pacific (yes, I know – start the violins). One thing I noticed in one of the countries, was their strict observance of the Sabbath, which started on Saturday night. This was irrespective of religious denomination, which included Wesley, Latter Day Saints and Uniting.

  6. Janessa

    I love Laura’s books, they are so good. They really have good detail and I love the pictures

  7. Melanie S.

    The Sabbath used to be what we now refer to as Saturday, but was officially changed by the Church a few centuries after Christ, as one of the many methods of creating a distinction between Christians, Jews, and various Pagan religions. But, as mentioned above, the observation of the Sabbath beginning the evening prior has its roots in Judaism, and makes a lot of sense, Jesus himself was a Jew.

    The Ingalls family were absolutely Congregationalists, which, as a Protestant denomination, was in large part an evolution of the earlier Calvinist tradition. The first many generations of Ingalls who settled within Massachusetts and migrated throughout New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Canada (prior to Laura’s great-grandfather Samuel’s settling in Western New York State) were largely, but not exclusively, of the 17th century Puritan/Calvinist tradition which spawned the Congregationalists of the 18th and 19th centuries. These early generations of Ingalls were very much like their neighbors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and much of Connecticut, where the Puritan/Calvinist/Congregationalist tradition was dominant for the first 250 years or so after initial colonization of New England. Methodist tradition makes its appearance in New Hampshire in the early 1800s, as did that of Baptists, but Congregationalists (now often referred to as United Church of Christ, or “UCC”) still have a strong presence in this region…albeit in competition with Roman Catholics, Jews, and the Greek Orthodox. These days, it is difficult to name a religious denomination, tradition, or spiritual path which doesn’t have some recognizeable representation in Metro Boston, but when Laura’s ancestors were still here, Congregationalists were arguably the most prominent Christian denomination.

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