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Julie Carling DeGrawJanuary 31, 2021

I love reading these comments from fellow descendants! My dad told us the story of the oxen and the temple dont our whole lives. It is a special and sacred story. I am a descendant of John Carling through his son Isaac V, and through his son John Henry. What a wonderful example he was for us all.

Stephanie GalleyNovember 9, 2020

I am also a descendant of John Carling and am so thankful for your work. I am sure he is also grateful for all you have done to help memorialize him!

Gabriel CarlingSeptember 26, 2017

I've got to say, I saw this headstone the last time I was in Fillmore and thought it was from back in the day. This was a lot of work, and I respect your submission, but I've got to say I am disappointed that it was so recent a memorial. It is good to see so many other descendants of John Carling. He is my Great-great-great grandfather.

Missy Wilson LarsenJuly 9, 2017

From another descendent of John Carling... THANK YOU! (Joseph Giles Carling is my grandfather)

Montie Brunson JonesFebruary 2, 2017

Thank you for the story, and for the gravestone Duane. I am among the hundreds of descendants of John Carling, and had heard the story, but had never seen it in print. Now I have something tangible to share with my six children and 22 grandchildren.

DUANE CARLINGJanuary 31, 2017

Thanks for all the nice comments. Fortunately I am related to many of the staff at Fillmore City Hall. They were supportive of doing this for our common ancestor. The Carlings and the Huntsmans are among the first settlers in Fillmore.

Stacy Carling HolmesJanuary 31, 2017

My sweet, newly baptized 8 year old daughter (at the time) was the inspiration for this project. The Friend article "coincidentally" was published the month that her great-grandma Carling passed away and we had to go to Fillmore for the burial. She was adamant that someone as important as John Carling have a memorable headstone for his descendants to remember him and his testimony of the gospel. It was a very special experience for her to return to Fillmore months later for the rededication of his headstone. As with all inspirational stories, there are many "coincidences" that fell into place to make this happen. Definitely a testimony booster for a sweet 8 year old.

Sherry BrownJanuary 31, 2017

Wonderful story Duane! I absolutely LOVE family history especially pictures and ancestor's stories. My 3rd great-grandfather is Elijah Fordham-the man whom Joseph Smith commissioned to build the first font out of wooden planks. His is an interesting story also but I'm thrilled to learn more regarding the stone font which replaced it and the "labor of love" you performed to honor your ancestor. Thank you!

Sharon MartinezJanuary 30, 2017

I am a descendant of Isaac Van Wagoner Carling who first came to Utah then wound up in Fillmore then Orderville. His daugher Phoebe Melinda Carling was my Great Grandmother. I have a book that she wrote and it tells about this story.

Matthew CarlingJanuary 30, 2017

John Carling is my third great-grandfather. I've visited his grave many times in Fillmore. Well done!

Janene BaadsgaardJanuary 30, 2017

I am also descended from this man. Thank you.

Shirley GriffinJanuary 30, 2017

I'm so glad you shared your story, Duane. The next time we drive through Fillmore (hopefully summer of this year) we will search for the headstone of John Carling. I'm so impressed by your procedure: inspiration, creativity, prayer, hard work, lots of time, beautiful result. John must have ended up in Fillmore. Congratulations on a lasting tribute to him.

BruceJanuary 30, 2017

Do we get to see the finished product?

KurtJanuary 30, 2017

What an inspiring story! May the stone last until at least Resurrection Morning, when John Carling can rise from the dead and see you lovely creation – and gift of love.

DJJanuary 30, 2017

Neat story- how did you go about getting permission to change the headstone and what was their response? Hoping you can post a photo of the before and after of the completed project at the cemetery.

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