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Be Honest With Yourself: A Fireside Chat on a Burning Question

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 10, 2011

(See here for background)

From 1958 —

A fireside chat on a burning question

A Sabbath evening in a home where faith abides, with young friends gathered to engage in pleasant and prayerful discussion and song – this is “A Fireside.”

What beautiful images the word suggests: home, hospitality, friendship, security.

Fire, the key word, has been man’s friend or his foe through the ages.

It is heat for his home, elemental source of light, refiner and purifier of coarse materials, energy for machines.

The word “fire” has enriched our language: “fired with imagination”; “fired with enthusiasm”; “the fire of faith.

When God wanted to speak to Moses, He spoke with fire … “out of the burning bush.”

Fire is man’s friend – but it also can be his enemy.

One of today’s most destructive forms of fire is the tiny flame from the strike of a match or the flick of a lighter to start each year in America the slow burning of 400 billion cigarettes.

Light up? Just a minute, young friends of our “Fireside.” Let’s not play with this fire.

Beware of the burning tobacco leaf and its fickle promises which, like one’s “pipe dreams,” can’t come true.




  1. Someone just emailed to point out that the comments were turned off for this post. Dunno how that happened, and my apologies to anyone who did want to say something.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 10, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  2. I’m trying to remember but I can’t recall any fireside with an actual fire. Also, I don’t remember a lot of the messages from when I was a youth but I’m pretty sure they were about more than not smoking although not as helpful as they could have been on some other pressing issues. I do remember the dream of social interaction with young women hinted at in this picture (sigh) and all those awkward moments in reality – (sigh.) I’m just glad those teen years are long gone. (whew!)

    Comment by Grant — November 11, 2011 @ 7:56 am

  3. I think the unexpected change of topic gave me mental whiplash. One minute it’s firesides and socializing and the next it’s no smoking.

    I think the Church’s approach of not focusing on the sin is still being used, most recently in the anti-pornography book distributed to every man in the church “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts” which never once mentions p0rn.

    Comment by The Other Clark — November 11, 2011 @ 10:43 am

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