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Methodism has been the dominant religion that has been important to my family and ancestors for many generations. My ancestors on both sides of my family came to America from Germany in the 1800’s (Elphic, 11/9/13). They made their way to Iowa with the hope of becoming farmers (Elphic, 11/9/13). Religion did not play a factor on where they settled (Elphic, 11/9/13). They were one of the first people to help establish and settle in a town called Benjamin in Franklin County, Iowa, in 1852 (Elphic, 11/9/13). The name of the town was later changed to Hampton, in 1883 and that is now currently still the name of the town. The Methodist religion has played an important role in the shaping of my ancestors lives and has touched most parts of their lives in some way.
My great grandfather was a carpenter and helped reconstruct and add additions to the United Methodist Church in Hampton Iowa to make it what it is today (Elphic, 11/9/13). My family has been members of this church sense it was first made in the 1800’s (Elphic, 11/9/13). My ancestors and family frequently gave donations to the church and attended regularly (Elphic, 11/9/13). Many of my ancestors and family got married and baptized in the United Methodist Church as well (Elphic, 11/9/13). They would always have the church pastor present during funerals (Elphic, 11/9/13). My ancestors would read from the bible every night (Elphic, 11/9/13).
As children my ancestors were raised into Methodism (Elphic, 11/9/13). They went to Sunday school and bible school as children and were baptized shortly after birth (Elphic, 11/9/13). Even though my ancestors went to church regularly, they did not feel the need to bring their religion out into the community (Elphic, 11/9/13). My ancestors...

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...r time compared to most of the traditions adherents at the time. I think overall my family and ancestors are consistent with the larger trend of Methodists. There are many different examples that I have mentioned that would support this thought.
However my family and ancestors are inconsistent with the larger patterns of migration and settlement shared by others of the same tradition. Most Methodist stayed closer to Eastern America at the time that my ancestors became Methodist (Elphic, 11/9/13). None of my ancestors or family has ever reported that they have had an instantaneous manifestation of sanctification (Roof, 305). The Methodist religion has played an important role in the shaping of my ancestors lives and has touched most parts of their lives in some way. I believe my ancestors and family were and still are consistent with the larger trend of Methodists.
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