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Street Meeting, 1915

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 08, 2013

Here’s a fun little bit I ran across today in a letter by George E. Clark, elder in the Southern States Mission, written to his wife at home in Alpine, Utah, in November 1915:

We have had quit a trip since we left Elkmont [Alabama] we have travled back and fourth and up and down, have had quit a trip, have held lots of Meetings. We have held nine this week already and are gowing to have one tonight this is Sat. We walked fouer miles this morning to Elkmont, and we ask one Merchant if we could hold meeting in frount of his store, he said yes, so we set our grips down in frount of his store nerly off the sidewalk on the side of the road, and then took our songbook out, and hats off laid them on our grips and started to sing, there was lots of people in town from the country, they begain to come in a hurry all along in front of the store they stood and back of us so after singing we had prayer and then sung again, how would you feel to stand out before a lot of people and sing, especialely if you were as fine a singer as I, I cant sing a lick, well I talked first I was not afraid to talk to them, when I have something to tell them, the more the people the better I like it, street meetings are something there aint many Elders can get up corage to hold, this was the first I have ever had.



  1. Ha! What an image — and some great one-liners in there. My favorite: “especialely if you were as fine a singer as I, I cant sing a lick” – thanks for sharing.

    P.S. Now, Ardis, if you could just learn to spell-check your typing. [wink]

    Comment by David Y. — April 8, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  2. David, I have to fight the auto-correct and spellcheck features of every program I use!

    This elder mentions in several letters that one of his companions, someone transferred out of Germany when WWI broke out, is a fine musician, and once he mentioned that all of his companions could carry a tune so he was let off the hook as far as leading songs for meetings … until he is paired with one companion who is as poor a singer as he is. It really poses a problem for the work.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 8, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  3. Fascinating.

    Comment by J. Stapley — April 8, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

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