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Adam and His Nerve

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 15, 2009

Prof. Adam S. Bennion, a member of our [Sunday School] General Board, married Minerva, daughter of General and Mrs. Richard W. Young. Mrs. Bennion is known among her intimates as “Nerve,” and their two earlier-born children (they have a bran-new boy) as Phyllis and “Buddie.”

A year or so ago, General, then Major Young presented a small book to Prof. Bennion, with the following more or less improper inscription:

If this dear little book
Has a cheap little look,
And you return it as not worth A-dam;
Know that we all agree,
Buddie, Phyllis and me,
That we sure like your Nerve, the madam!

Juvenile Instructor, 1918



  1. FYI – Adam S. Bennion would serve in the Quorum of the 12 for six years in the 1950’s

    Comment by John Willis — July 15, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  2. playing with words is about the best game there is. i LOVE this kind of thing! thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by ellen — July 15, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  3. This was fun! It seems that Major Young had a sense of humor.

    Comment by Maurine — July 15, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  4. I agree with ellen! Good find, Ardis!

    Barely on topic: I lived in R Hall at Deseret Towers on BYU’s Provo campus for one semester. IIRC, it was also (rarely) called Adam S. Bennion Hall.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — July 16, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  5. Elder Bennion was one of my grandfather’s best friends and one of two men most influential in bringing my grandfather into the church.

    Comment by Steve Jones — July 16, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  6. Major Richard Young commanded “A” Battery of the Utah Artillery in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. The Utah units were highly praised for their valor and efficiency in many battles and skirmishes in the Manila area. Two of Major Young’s nephews, John G. Young and Harry A. Young, were killed in the fighting. Major Young also served as an associate justice on the Philippine Supreme Court. Later, Major Young was commissioned a Brigadier General in World War 1 and led an infantry brigade in France. He died of appendicitis in 1919.

    Comment by Curt A. — July 16, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

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