Rebecca Rosetta Peterson Bean was born on 2 April 1891, in Richfield, Utah, and was the tenth child of fourteen, born to Ole Johanson Peterson and Julia Maria Hansen. On 17 September, 1914, she married Willard Washington Bean, known for his work with church leadership in procuring, maintaining, and presenting the church history sites in Palmyra, New York. She fulfilled a called mission with him, living in the Joseph Smith home for 25 years, helping the church’s image and membership in the area to grow and improve. She was primarily tasked with housing and feeding missionaries that would come, but would also on occasion teach visitors about the church, or draw crowds with her singing of hymns on the streets that her husband and others would then preach to. She had four children, Palmyra Bean, Alvin Pliny Bean, Dawn Guerdon Bean, and Kelvin Keyne Bean. She died on 25 June 1976, in Provo, Utah.
This 13-page typescript talk was prepared and delivered at a fireside. The date of the fireside is not provided. In this talk, Bean recounts her experiences and some of her husband, Willard Washington Bean’s experiences, as they fulfilled a 25-year mission living in the Joseph Smith home in Palmyra, New York. She talks of the process of acquisition for both the home and for the Hill Cumorah some years later, as well as of the persecution and prejudice the family faced when they first moved there. There is mention of some of Willard’s mission experiences, as well as her duties and callings in the area as the church began to grow there. She finishes her talk with an account of a dream or vision she had one night upon retiring to bed after a long, hard day, and bears her testimony of God’s love, of the church, and of Joseph Smith.