Sound-bites from LDS publications aimed at women, 1906:
Service is Not Serfdom
Service is kindness rendered, spiritual obedience, and love. it is voluntarily doing for others without reward or fear of punishment. It is a free gift of self in the interest of friends, strangers and the church, having no element of servitude. Can we find a life devoted to pure, free service? The Savior’s; he was the servant of all, yet He was free from bondage. The atonement is the highest possible conception of service.
Among the outward evidences of the divine origin of Mormonism, there is nothing that testifies more clearly or eloquently to the truth of the latter-day work, than the provision made therein for the uplifting and advancement of woman; for the salvation and exaltation, in this world and in the world to come, of woman as well as man. Were it otherwise, the divinity of Mormonism might well be doubted. No work could possibly be divine, and at the same time be unjust and partial. God’s works are perfect, perfect in design, as they are, or will be in fulfilment. Being perfect, they must be broad and benevolent, like their Maker; must have general aim and application, universal scope and significance. As the great sun shines for all; as the dews and rains descend for the common good; so the spirit of the Lord enlightens every soul that cometh into the world, and is poured out according to the capacity to receive. His truth is for the salvation, temporally and spiritually, of all men and all women, upon like conditions. – Orson F. Whitney
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A Vital Question
All true men and women recognize the beauty and holiness of marriage; to them it is sacred. When properly consummated and lived, it is the complete and perfect life. But there is one question of vital interest which confronts us.
It came to my attention recently in the case of a girl friend. She had long been of marriageable age, and, though well liked by her companions, had not married. As time passed, her friends mated and left her comparatively alone. If she found male companions of her own age she must find them of another faith. What should she do? Remain single or marry outside of the church?
Not one but many a young woman of a fine class has this question to meet. and there is great variety in the advice received from friends. One tells her that all the good she may do is vain if she does not enjoy the crowning glory of motherhood. Another even goes so far as to say, “marry! marry anyway! whether he is a good man or not. Better any marriage than none, for then you will have your children.” Gently, gently, friend! What did you say? Do all women who marry have children? And if so, what kind may they be when the father is a dastard? And what of the dreary routine of life where the gospel light is forbidden to shine? For what would you have her sell her birth right?
After all, it is a question each must answer for herself. And so, my girls, I leave you in Father’s hands. Pray to Him for guidance and see to it that you are in a condition to understand His answer.
There is dishonesty oftentimes, in our estimate of other people’s character. Prejudice will magnify little faults into wilful sins. And the habit of always thinking of certain people in a critical, unfair way, grows until the mind is unable to do them justice. It is far pleasanter, as any one who tries it will agree, to be ruled in thought and speech by that which we find to admire in our associates, instead of that which offends us. An honest analysis of anyone’s nature will surely reveal much that is praiseworthy. When you do not see more to admire than to condemn in your associates, be assured that the fault is yours. “Is it envy, prejudice, or mean criticism which makes my judgment unfair?” An honest study of different types of people, their dispositions, actions and apparent motives is one means of education, while a habit of finding fault and criticizing, trains the mind to be intolerant and unjust.
Avoid all excess, in exercise, in work and recreation, both physical and mental.
Take neither too much nor too little sleep.
Avoid staying at parties until after midnight, and when staying that late take a nap before going to make up loss of sleep.
Avoid eating meat at breakfast and supper, and eat sparingly of it at dinner in cold weather, and not at all in warm weather, but be sure to take other foods with meat values.
Do not eat candy, or sugar except what is used in plain cooking. Eat ripe fruit without sugar.
Give strict attention to sufficient bathing for perfect personal cleanliness.
Let not a day pass without outdoor exercise, the more the better.
Do not wear tight clothing of any kind.
The Destruction of Sennacherib (one of the “Hebrew Melodies”) is one of the best known of Lord Byron’s short poems. Read it.
Standard of Deportment
Your standard of general conduct should be above reproach. Be perfectly honest, truthful and reliable. Meet every obligation you assume. Consider what you attend meeting and other public functions for, and conduct yourself as a lady always. And be considerate of others in public as well as in your own little circle.
Follow mother’s advice very closely in your conduct at dances, parties and in every manner of association with young men. How does a lady act when alone with her sweetheart? Is any sort of familiarity becoming in a lady? What do you think of long rides alone at night with young men?
The lives of many young married people are wrecked by the discovery of the great difference between what people seemed before marriage and what they really are. And the constant companionship of married life reveals the sham. Don’t be a sham, and do be true, the same at home as with people you wish to stand well with away from home – be genuine through and through.
Girl’s Ideal of Her Own Home
Every girl has her ideals and dreams as to what she wants for a home of her own some day, when all will be bliss and beauty. Girls, you will realize your dreams just in proportion to your fitness and preparedness to make them come true. Just so far as you bring these things into the lives of those at home now will you bring them into that home you dream about.
Unkindness and insincerity today are the same things in greater measure tomorrow; just as loving cheerful service and kindly speech today mean greater heart culture and power to love and make happy tomorrow. this is a natural law that we cannot escape.
Rest and Recreation
The human being is so constituted as to require change and recreation. God recognizes the necessity, else why should He have ordained feasts and festivals to mingle with the fasts, Sabbaths to give change and rest from the toil incident to Life? True, some people appear to go on for years and years, working, working, working! But it will be found that they have either learned the art of successfully mingling pleasure with work, or are, sooner or later, called to a sudden halt by that nature which they have imposed upon.
Boil three potatoes in one quart of water. When very soft, mash in the water in which they were boiled, add one cup of flour while hot and two tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon of salt. When cooked sufficiently add one half yeast cake soaked in a little warm water. This will keep for three days and will raise bread more quickly than ordinary yeast.
Music can furnish, and often does, the entire keynote to a meeting. In the first place beautiful music commands silence, and tends toward stifling discordant noises. This alone would make it a necessary factor in the success of a meeting but its power over the emotions and the soul enhances its value a thousand fold. It has this power, at least with anyone who has any music in his soul, and we remember what Shakespeare says of the man who has not – that he is “fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.” How careful those who are blessed with this divine gift should be to select that class of music that will exercise the right power over the emotions!
The Savior of the world performed miracles among men and presented those miracles as evidence of his Messiahship. He promised the divine power to heal sickness and disease to his apostles and to all who should believe them. The promise was fulfilled, and the fulfilment is received as evidence as well of the Savior’s inspiration as of the disciples’ divine authority. In spite of the doubt that has been recently cast upon them, the New Testament miracles are incontrovertible evidence of the authority of Jesus and his disciples.
Things That Count
There are things that count for everything – purity, honesty, high sense of honor, lofty purpose, appreciation of the best in life, consideration of others, true love, gentleness, industry, willingness to work, true action, love of the Gospel, faithfulness to little every-day duties of life – these make our lives and the lives of those around us.