Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog » Be Honest With Yourself: This Is the Life!

Be Honest With Yourself: This Is the Life!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 06, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1960 —

This Is the Life!

Four young singers – healthy, happy, wholesome – harmonize in a church-sponsored quartet contest.

Elsewhere in hundreds of places around the world, hundreds of thousands of young Mormons live zestful, wholesome, happy lives. They love life. They’re happy because they live in tune with the teachings of parents and church.

From these teachings they know that life is meant to be happy. From childhood they have heard the words of ancient and modern prophets:

In the beginning “the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy”; and “men are that they may have joy.”

From sacred scriptures and the words of living prophets, they know that life has continuity and purpose; that they are the eternal children of an Eternal Father who, like their earth parents, wants them to live abundantly and be happy.

They know that this life is for living and enjoying, and for preparation for the future.

Yes, this is the life – the real, vital, earth life they were all promised long, long ago in another sphere … separate but inseparable from what has been and what is yet to be … the healthy, happy, wholesome life so richly deserved an so joyously lived by thousands upon thousands of faithful Mormon youth.




  1. I like this one. I like the idea of quartet competitions too. For many young men, it seems that if you’re not interested (and talented) in basketball or camping, there aren’t many activities in the Church to participate in.

    Comment by Clark — August 9, 2010 @ 11:53 am

  2. Quartets must have been very popular in the ’40s and ’50s and ’60s (when people were actually willing to perform themselves and not sit there waiting to be amused), judging by the photos in church publications. Not only were there competitions, but missionary quartets regularly toured missions, performing for social and governmental and charitable groups and winning lots of favorable publicity for the church. (It may be the potential for missionary service that was behind the MIA support of quartets.)

    Anyway, I’m glad you like this one. Thanks.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 9, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  3. But why are they all so lurpy?

    Comment by Orwell — August 10, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  4. I mean, be honest with yourself… no guy that age wants to do anything to make themselves more like skinny, awkward adolescent dweebs.

    (And I say that as a great advocate for singing in quartets.)

    Comment by Orwell — August 10, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

  5. As this series has been posted, I can’t help but notice a Norman Rockwellesque quality about these pictures. Intentional?

    Comment by Steve C. — August 10, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  6. Orwell, ever see an old Ed Sullivan tape of the Four Lads or the Lettermen? In the late 1950’s, they looked alot like this ilustration (buzzcuts and all) and I suspect htey weren’t considered “lurpy.” The “singing is uncool” factor must have come along later. (Any readers who lived through the era, feel free to correct me…)

    Comment by Clark — August 11, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

Leave a comment

RSS feed for comments on this post.
TrackBack URI