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Two of a Kind

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 23, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1957 –

Two of a Kind

Maude Rubin

Sally Harding was struggling with her damp hair, trying to put it up in pin-curls. It was just wavy enough to be stubborn.

In the mirror she could see Mother Harding, Jim’s mother, watching her with polite interest. But without offering to help. Immaculate as always, in a smart blue suit and small blue hat, Mother Harding had stopped in to wait fort the bus, saying, “I thought I’d go into the city for lunch and the style show at Simmons’. It’s such a lovely day!”

Mother Harding might have been a fashion model herself, Sally thought wistfully as she looked at her – “What the Mature Woman Will Wear.” So slim and straight, hair smoothly waved, every detail perfect. Definitely ungrandmotherly … it was a disappointment, a hurt that Sally had not been able to overcome. She glared at her own wet brown locks and jabbed the last pin in viciously, so that it pricked her scalp.

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Why Are You a Sunday School Teacher?

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 23, 2014

From June 1928 –

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Latter-day Saints and Compulsory Military Service

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 23, 2014

When World War II ended in 1945, no one could fairly say that the Church had not supported national (U.S.) policies: LDS men had been expected, where able, to serve as their country directed – the Church did not support any conscientious objector status; from the earliest days of U.S. involvement in the war, the Church had ceased to call as missionaries any man potentially subject to the draft, whether or not he had received his induction notice; the Church supported LDS servicemen and women with chaplains and church services and gospel literature and in whatever other ways it found; the Church bought war bonds and; through the Welfare Program, it aided the families of servicemen and poured heavy resources into helping the world’s civilians recover from the effects of war.

But although large numbers of LDS men and women were still in the service, serving in armies of occupation or winding down the business of war, the emergency was over. The Church wanted its men and women – all men and women – to return to family, church, school, and employment, and resume the occupations of peace.

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The Hacking of AOL’s Mail Service

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 22, 2014

Finally – at least 40 hours after I first became aware of it – AOL has admitted that its mail service has been hacked and that spammers are sending out what by now must be millions upon millions of spam messages. My primary email service is AOL, and I feel like at least a third of those gazillions of spams have gone out under my name.

The hacker is not actually sending mail from within my account. My address book was stolen, and my address is being spoofed. I changed passwords at 4:00 a.m. Easter morning – the spammer was locked out, but still he continues to send forged messages. It is not a virus, although the links being sent out may or may not be viruses. Changing my password again will not help; running anti-virus software will not help.

I have been alerted by concerned friends at least 200 times, and I have tried to respond personally to each alert. After all, if you were courteous enough to warn me, you deserve a courteous response.

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Prerequisite

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 22, 2014

Prerequisite

By Florence Wightman Rowland

Some men have cried:
“We chose a lonely nook
Where we could pray to Him
And read His book.”

And some have built
Their fences high and said,
“We’ve never seen a child
In need of bread.”

And yet His Son
Was sent to teach this plan:
To live with God learn first
To live with man.

(1943)

Come to Meeting in Berlin, 1925

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 22, 2014

This is the hall in Berlin where the Saints met in 1925 –

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A Mormon Sermon in Calcutta, 1851

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 22, 2014

We can replay at will the videos of recent Conference talks; we can turn to the printed Conference Reports for decades of past Conference talks; we can read the Journal of Discourses for many Conference addresses of the 19th century.

It’s much less common to know what an ordinary – non-General Authority – Latter-day Saint speaker said at any time in the past, especially in places far from Church centers. What did ordinary missionaries teach in all those street meetings in Europe? What did local members preach in sacrament meetings in Australia or Japan? Unlike Conference sessions, those speakers didn’t have shorthand reporters taking down their words. Yet it would be so interesting to know what they said – what principles they taught, what our ancestors heard at their first contacts with the Church.

Even so, I do still find occasional records of sermons given by Latter-day Saints. One of the most unusual times and places to have found such a talk preserved is the account below of a sermon given by one of the missionaries teaching in Calcutta, India, in 1851 – especially intriguing, because Emily Wittenbaker McMahon may have been in his audience.

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Because of the Word, Chapter 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 21, 2014

Because of the Word

By Hazel M. Thomson

Previous Chapter

Chapter 6

Ruth lay on the bed and wept for a longtime. Alone! Here in Kirtland on the edge of nowhere, the baby almost due, and Vic gone! And living among people, most of whom she still considered strangers.

At last, her fury spent at Vic for being able to even think of leaving her now, she sat up and looked dully around the tiny room. The house! That was it! With Vic gone she could negotiate openly and even be moved in the new house when he returned. She slid heavily from the bed, walked to the washstand and poured cold water form the pitcher. She splashed it again and again over her swollen eyes.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: General Music Committee, 1937

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 21, 2014

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Little White Lab Rat Cleans Up After the Easter Bunny

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 21, 2014

Soft white fur … a twitching nose and bewitching whiskers … sensitive ears … an elegant tail … Yes, behold, your Little White Lab Rat is a beautiful creature! But all my sources indicate that another white rodent, whose long ears are floppy, whose big feet are hoppy, and whose tail, rather than being long and pink like mine, is stubby and hairy, has left too many boiled Easter eggs in the homes of Keepa’ninnies. Never fear – I shall help you dispose of them in the tastiest way imaginable!

Last month we looked at cookbook prepared by a YLMIA in 1920. One of the recipes in that book was for:

STUFFED EGGS

6 hard boiled eggs
4 slices bacon
Crumbs of 1 small cracker
Vinegar
Salt

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