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“Loud Boys,” 1930

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 02, 2011

cf. Yoon Hwan Choi, October 2009

The Wisdom Club

Millennial Star, 3 July 1930

In attempting to establish a branch in Pembrokeshire, we extensively advertised our Sunday evening services. A group of boys began attending regularly to annoy those in charge and to distract the attention of those who were interested. As the attendance improved, the disturbances became more pronounced.

Using a knowledge of gymnasium work which I had gained at home, these boys were invited to attend a boys’ club meeting to be held each week. The assistance of a friend as instructor, who had been trained in the Royal Engineers, added colour to the club.

The boys’ club in a short time became a men’s and boys’ club, with an attendance of between forty and fifty at each meeting. The majority of these young men are over fifteen years of age.

These young men are all friends now, and will listen attentively each meeting to a talk about the Word of Wisdom, as it is explained to them the close relationship between the Word of Wisdom and the development of physical and mental efficiency. The experiments and conclusions of a famous English physician are used as a basis of these talks.

The antagonistic spirit first shown towards Mormonism has been removed, and this work has helped greatly in overcoming prejudice of the inhabitants of Pembroke.

Elder Albert W. Horman


1 Comment »

  1. What a unique and creative way to promote the Gospel in difficult circumstances! Much better than plain ol’ church basketball (which sometimes teaches a spirit not in harmony with the Gospel!)

    Comment by Grant — December 2, 2011 @ 8:26 am

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