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In Thanksgiving Daily: November 21

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 21, 2008

On the 10th of August [1848] we held a public feast under a bowery in the centre of our fort. This was called a harvest feast; we partook freely of a rich variety of bread, beef, butter, cheese, cakes, pastry, green corn, melons, and almost every variety of vegetable. Large sheaves of wheat, rye, barley, oats and other productions were hoisted on poles for public exhibition, and there was prayer and thanksgiving, congratulations, songs, speeches, music, dancing, smiling faces and merry hearts.

— Parley P. Pratt

The Improvement Era, October 1957



  1. I do love that the dad is holding the baby.

    Comment by Johnna — November 21, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  2. I believe the father in the picture could break Arnold Friberg’s Nephi in half (the forearms!).

    Comment by Justin — November 21, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  3. I think they borrowed this from a Soviet propaganda poster and airbrushed out a smiling Stalin from the upper right corner.

    Comment by Norbert — November 21, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  4. Where’d that come from, Norbert? I didn’t realize you were that twisted. :)

    It makes it sound like people who had an easy, luxurious life. It’s fascinating how perspective can change reality.

    Comment by Ray — November 22, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  5. I am wondering who painted this picture. There is a huge mural of it in the Bountiful Temple cafeteria……

    Comment by Beth — November 24, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  6. Beth, come back here tomorrow. I’ll check tomorrow morning to see if the magazine identifies the artist.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 24, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  7. Beth, this cover is a section of a mural painted by Mary Kimball Johnson for the Emerson Ward chapel (Salt Lake City). Its title is, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” (Psalm 24:1).

    It turns out there’s a story behind the painting of the mural, which I’ll make into a post in the near future.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 25, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  8. This is a mural from the old Emerson Ward Building on Emerson Ave. and about 1050 E. in Salt Lake City. When that building was taken down that moved the mural to the Bountiful Temple

    Comment by zion — July 17, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  9. It was located in the chapel behind the pulpit on a curved wall for the congergation to see as a backbrop during meetings.

    Comment by zion — July 17, 2013 @ 8:31 am

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