Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog
 


Welcome the Task: Chapter 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 24, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 6

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles has returned from Houston where she stayed until her mother underwent successful heart surgery. She returns home to assist in caring for her mother and the three Miles sons, ages seventeen, fifteen, and twelve. She is attracted to Steve Rey, the son of her mother’s close friend, but Jim Long, whom she met in Houston, is competing for her attentions. A phone call in the dead of the night summons the family to the hospital where her mother has been put due to complications.

After the first tears at the shock of losing her mother, Jennifer’s composure was marvelous, and beneficial to the rest of the family. She set about the tasks before her with serenity and a calmness that, at times, amazed even herself.

(more…)

“I Take Up My Pen”: LDS Servicemen’s Committee, 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 24, 2014

.

.

To Servicemen in Italy: August 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 24, 2014

Another newsletter from the American L.D.S. Chaplains of Italy, in the summer at the end of World War II.

L.D.S. Headquarters
Italy

August 1, 1945

Dear Brethren:

The 4th and 24th of July provided occasions for reunions and celebration for, at least, a portion of our men. On the 4th, a group of thirty L.D.S. men from Pisa, Florence, and Leghorn gathered together at Leghorn for a day of fun and fellowship. Following an afternoon of boating and swimming it was supper together, topped off with ice cream, then a first class magician performance by Wilson K. Anderson and more ice cream. The evening was yet young, and the sun still shone, so refreshments were followed by baseball and baseball by – yes, ice cream.

In Naples the group spent the day in an old fashioned beach party. Several present remarked that they hadn’t realized they could enjoy themselves so thoroughly over here. In fact, it was just like an M.I.A. outing back home.

The 24th was not an Army holiday, but most of our groups observed the occasion in the evening with appropriate talks concerning our pioneer heritage, recreation, and refreshments. Much private talk dealt with reminiscences of past Pioneer days and hopes for future ones.

(more…)

Mormon Woman

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

Mormon Woman

By Edith Cherrington

On these loved hills – this massive mountain range –
Distance shows a blue ridge high and strange,
Remote and cruel savage of the earth;
But it was this rough land which gave her birth;
Its fruit became her flesh and from its stone
Was carved her human framework, bone by bone.

Look at her now and let your fancy trace
Its rugged features in her handsome face;
The granite cliff her brow, her every limb
Proclaims a pine tree vigor, straight and slim,
Rounding from supple trunk to muscled thighs.
The blue of unmarked space is in her eyes;
Her browned and agile fingers are the roots
Searching the stony ground for hidden fruits.

The daughter of a re-created land,
She stands as proudly as the mountains stand –
Drawing her vigor from the vast frontiers,
Her courage from the Mormon Pioneers.

(1936)

“I Take Up My Pen”: San Luis Stake Academy, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

.

.

A Few Minutes in the North Weber Stake, 16 April 1916

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

Regular Priesthood Meeting, Sunday, April 16, 1916

The regular monthly priesthood meeting of the North Weber Stake of Zion was held in the Third ward meeting house Sunday, April 16, 1916, at 2:30 o’clock P.M.

President James Wotherspoon presided. Counselors John v. Bluth and Francis W. Stratford were also present.

The congregation sang: “Do what is right.”

Prayer was offered by Bishop William H. Jardine.

Minutes of the meeting of March 16, 1916, were read and approved.

(more…)

Welcome the Task: Chapter 5

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 5

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young girl of twenty-four, has been visiting friends in Houston. She has left behind Steve Rey, a young man to whom she is attracted. In Houston she meets handsome Jim Long who has devoted his attentions to her. The bishop of the ward is director of the famous Texas Heart Center. Jennifer’s mother is suffering from a serious heart ailment, and a famous doctor has performed a delicate operation on her.

Mrs. Miles was pronounced well enough to return to Utah just five weeks after the surgery had been performed. It was a joyous day for all when Dr. Mayhew gave them the good news. Charles, Jennifer, and Elizabeth made plans to fly to Salt Lake City, where they would be met by a grateful and happy family.

Jennifer’s excitement at the prospect of returning home was not too severely dimmed by the necessity of bidding farewell to Jim, although she admitted that she would miss him, and the attentions he had paid.

(more…)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Lawrence Madsen, Stake Clerk, 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

.

.

Latter-day Saint Images, 1918 (3)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

.

Manti North Ward, Utah
Sunday School

.

(more…)

God’s Love

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

God’s Love

By Anton J.T. Sorensen, Bountiful

It matters not what color skin,
Red, white, dark, yellow, gray;
There is a god that dwells within
Each living house of clay.

Each one makes footprints on the sand
And weave beside the loom;
The pattern weaved God understand
And soul within the home.

Me-thinks, while men this life pursue
God’s Love reach everywhere;
It matters not what shade the hue
Each have their load of care.

May sweet compassion rule each heart,
Dispel grim hate and fear;
O God, help each to do their part
While they shall journey here.

(1942)

Next Page »