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How the LDS Church Archives Helped Me Publish My Book

by Andy J. Semotiuk

This workshop will focus on Mr. Semotiuk's new book, A Promise Kept, and how he used the archives of the Church of Latter Day Saints to do my research on it.

A Promise Kept: A Tribute to a Mother’s Love is a family memoir focused on the life story of Salomea Drozdowska, the author’s mother, who was born in Western Ukraine and grew up under pre-World War II Poland. The book describes how, after losing her hearing as a young child, the author’s mother becomes a silent witness to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. Then, after surviving the war years, she flees through Western Europe just ahead of the invading Soviet Red Army to become one of the first refugees to Canada in 1948. Just when her life appears to settle, unexpected hardships greet her on the farms of Alberta ultimately driving her to Edmonton where she gives birth to a son. The story continues from there to describe how she and her Los Angeles-resident sister raise the author in North America.

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