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A Few Minutes in Strand, South Africa, 1932

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 18, 2013

4 September 1932

Minutes of Fast and Testimony Meeting held at Meeting Hall on the 4th September 1932 at 12 noon. Branch President Edwin J. Jakins presided and conducted. Opening Song No. [blank] Prayer by Sister Clarrisa Bibb. Song No. 98 “Come let us a New.” Sac Song No. 47 “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” Sac was administered by Dist President Harold H. Smith and Elder Evan P. Wright Sunday School Supervisor.

Testimonies were borne as follows: — Branch President Edwin J. Jakins, Sister Edith Jakins, Sister Mary Jakins, Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins, Bro. Frank Stegmann, Bro. C.G. Bibb, Bro. Petrus J. Coetzee, Sister C.Y. Coetzee, Elder Evan P. Wright, Bro. C. van Niekerk (Jun), Elder Harold H. Smith.

Closing song No. 55 “Prais[e] God from Whom all blessing[s] Flow.” Benediction by Bro. C. Van Niekerk Jun. Members 16, Visitors 3, Missionaries 2.

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Minutes of Afternoon Service held at Meeting Hall on the 4th September 1932 at 3.30. District President Harold H. Smith presided and Branch President Edwin J. Jakins conducted.

Announcements for the week are as follows: — Sunday Evening Preisthood and Relief society Meeting at Meeting Hall at 7.30. Thursday Evening Study Class at Sister Dunstrom’s at Vander Stell at 7.30. Friday Ev[en]ing Study Class at Bro. Petrus J. Coetzee’s on Union Street, Strand at 7.30.

Service was opened by singing Song No. 54 “Come ye children etc.” Invocation by Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins. Continued by singing on page No. 42, “Come listen to a prophets voice.”

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins welcomed Bro. Porter into our midst and then asked him to give an address. Had hear[d] of the Strand Branch. Finds it difficult to attend all the meetings because he is a good distance from the Meeting places. Not a “Mormon Church” but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saint[s]. The former is the name the world gives the Church. Jesus Christ without spot or Blemish. Christ went to John the Baptist to fulfil all Righteousness. The Spirit of God desended upon Christ in the form of a dove. A dove is the representation of purity. Christ answered Nickadimus’ question as follows. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you are born of the water and the Holy Ghost ye cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Christ’s plan for the Salvation accepted and Lucifer’s rejected. We are now preparing ourselves for the third estate. When we reach the presence of God we are perfect. Not one Church except the Church of Christ to claim the Devine Authority. Church to stand for Eternity.

Elder Evan P. Wright gave an address and said that he is always happy to talk about the Gosple in public or privately. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Former-Day-Church organised and established by Christ Himself. Christ asked Peter who he thought He was and Peter answered “Thou art the Christ” etc. Church spoken of as an organised body in the Bible. Church made up of all classes. Priesthood the Power of God given unto man to act in the name of God. Christ gave his Apostles authority to act in His name. Men honour Christ with their lips but their hearts are removed far from Him. Pagant people instituted the Higher degree of Idolitrous worshiping. Tyndal and other great religionists had not claimed authority. Churches sprank [sic] up through the precepts of men, and now we have over 800 different churches. James 5 verse 16 was quoted in connection with the organi[s]ation of the Church by Christ through Joseph Smith the Prophet. We have been permitted to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint[s] through the ordinance of Baptism.

Continued by singing on page No. 102. “We Thank Thee O, God for a Prophet.”

District President Harold H. Smith gave an address and analysed the activities of the Branch as follows. The Branch has tried very hard to accomplished [sic] its work. Some Conditions in the Branch which are not as they should be. Sunday school report quite satisfactory. Can the Sunday School be made more attractive to those who do not attend regularly. Comparing the Branches average attendance with other Branches it is high but that is not to say that we cannot do better. S. School Supr. Quite popular amongst the boys. Can make things more attractive if we follow the S.S. Superintendant. The Branch can do better. Unless we are satisfied those in authority over us can in no wise be satisfied. The Afternoon Service Meetings are fairly commendable. The Branch President are [sic] to be commended on, especially because he is so young in his office.

Elder Smith said that he was glad to hear the reason’s Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins has given for going genealogical work. The Genealogical Society can also be conducted on a higher scale. The better we understand the gosple the more constant it will be in our minds. Our actions are the result of our thoughts. Asked a very great blessing upon the Branch in general.

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins said that we must try to do better as the district President is not quite satisfied

Closing song No 232 “My Father Knows.” Benediction by Sister Mary Jakins.

11 September 1932

Minutes of After Noon Services held at Meeting Hall on the 11th September 1932 at 3.30.

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins presided and conducted. Announcements for the week are as follows: — Tuesday Evening Genealogical Meeting at Meeting Hall at 7.30. We[d]nesday Evening Priesthood & Releif Society at Meeting Hall at 7.30. Friday Evening B. of Mormon Study Class at Bro. Petrus J. Coetzee. Thursday Evening Study Class at Sister Sundstrom at Von der Stell at 7.30.

Opening song No. 83 “Oh my Father.” Invocation by Bro. C. van Niekerk. Song No. 121 “Guide me to Thee etc.”

Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins gave an address and said that some people say that when some children are born in excellent health and others sickly God is unjust. God sent the Angel Moroni to reveal the Book of Mormon. For the school we are going through we have shouted for joy before the foundations of this world was. Bro. Ernest Phillips bore his testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel. Bro. Douglas Phillips also bore his testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel.

Bro. W. Daniels (Jun) gave an address and said that “Once a Mormon always a Mormon.” Amongst rich or poor Mormonism exists firmly. The most wonderful religion. Use it in every phase of life. Bro. W. Daniels said that one feels at home amongst Mormons and then proceeded to bear his testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel.

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins said that one can feel the Brotherly and sisterly love that exists amongst the Mormon people.

Bro. W. Daniels Sen. Said that it gives him great pleasure to tell people of his wonderful conversion. Had been an Elder in the Dutch Reform Church for eighteen years. Always asks the Lord to help him in his talks so that he may do it in a pleasing manner. Investigated Mormonism and found how humbly they live and decided that he would be one of the Fold. People in Zion live what is commonly called “Yours is mine and mine is yours.” First spoke in Afrikaans and then translated it into English when called upon to talk in Zion. People in Zion say “make yourself at home.” Those who live the Gospel have no vanity. The president told him to tell the truth when he asked that President what he should do. Christ died because he told the truth so did President Joseph Smith. The Lord desires us to live His Laws. The truth the president told him to tell the people in South Africa is that there is no other true Church of Jesus Christ. Where there is no revelation the people will perish. Praise Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins for the bravery he has exercised in establishing the gospel in his father’s home and asked the Lord to bless the Branch and especially Bro. R. Bradfield Jakins.

Branch President Jakins remarked that the ministers of the various religious sects will always put down pre-existence and the truths of the Hereafter as the Mysteries of God.

Continued by singing on page No. 98 “Come let us a New.”

Sister Edith M. Phillips Senior gave an address and spoke of her recent tour round some of the Branches of the Church of Jesus Christ. Thanks God for the blessing of allowing her to rear so many children, a prevelige which not al[l] mothers have. Had explained to a Brit family the Gospel an[d] expects them to be counted amongst the fold. We cannot talk if we don’t ask God to let His spirit abide with us. Met two Elders in a maraculous way. It was a God send. If we thank God for the blessings He bestows upon us we will always be directed by Him. Without the grace of God life would be nothing. We must not be selfish. We must always share the Gospel with our neighbours. Hope that she will grow more in the Gospel and progress in Gods work. Pray for anything in sincerity and it will come to us. Branch President Edwin Jakins also remarked that we must share the Gospel. The Bible and Book of Mormon cor[r]oborate each other. People start thinking when they have hear[d] Mormonism.

Closing Song No. 157 “Nearer my God to thee.” Benediction by Bro. B. Edward Phillips.

18 September 1932

Minutes of Afternoon Service held at Meeting Hall on the 18th September 1932 at 3.30.

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins presided and conducted the exercises. Announcements for the week were made. Service commenced by singing on page No. 162. “When first the Glorious Light of Truth.” Invocation was offered by First Councelor R. Bradfield Jakins. Continuded [sic] by singing song No. 133 “Redeemer of Isreal.”

Bro. Bertram E. Phillips gave an address and said that the hour of redemption is near. When we feel blue, mentally depressed, we should read the Bible or pray to God. God had helped him in his depressed state. Daniel had a dream and wrote it. A mans heart given to the beast with wings ect. Defined the beast with the horns as follows: — The ten horns the ten Kingdoms of the world and the smaller horns will speak many marvelous things. The Latter-day-Saints will have the Kingdom for ever and ever. Daniel counciled with the Lord and was comforted.

Song No. 42. “Come listen to a Prophets’ Voice.”

Bro Petrus J. Coetzee (Second Councilor of the Branch) gave a talk and said that God had given the Isrealites a negative Law to live becaus[e] they were not up to a standard to live a higher Law. This Law is commonly termed as the “Mosaic code” or “The Law of Moses.” If we look round about us we will find that everybody is Judging everybody. We must first take the mault out [of] our own eye before attempting to do so for our neighbour. Read the ten Commandments in connection with “Can Salvation come by way of the Mosaic Code.” Two prophets 14 thousand miles apart receive the same devine Law and commandments. “Cast not pearl before swine. Knock and the door will be opened.” B. of M. If we keep knocking at the door God will open it. It is our duty to give our neighbour a clear understanding of the Gospel. Matt 22:35 read in connection with the first and greatest commandment. Bro Coetzee said that he is endeavouring to live the Gospel to the best of his ability. We must water the plant and cultivate it for we are all young plants in the Gospel.

Branch President Edwin J. Jakins said that we must ask God for knowledge. Vouches for the authenticity and divinity of the Church in general. Bible the Sticks of Juda. The Book of Mormon the Stick of Ephriam which two Sticks combined proves that there is a God. Prophet Joseph Smith the greatest prophet of Modern day.

Announced that Sunday Next will be a special Sunday for the purpose of making everybody well known with the miraculous coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

Closed by singing song No. 102 We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.” Benediction by Bro. C. van Niekerk (Jun)

25 September 1932

Minutes of Afternoon Service Held at Meeting Hall on the 25th September 1932 at 3.30. Elder Harold H. Smith Presided and Branch President Edwin J. Jakins conducted the exercises.

Announcements for the week are as follows. Tuesday Evening, Genealogical Meeting at Meeting Hall at 7.30. Wednesday Evening Priesthood and Relief Society Meeting Hall at 7.30. Thursday Evening, Study Class at Sister Dunstrone at 7.30. Friday Evening Book of Mormon Study Class at Bro. P.J. Coetzee’s at 7.30.

Opening Song No. 95 “Prayer is the souls sincere desire.” Prayer by Bro. Berrtram E. Phillips. Songs of Zion No. [blank]

The Branch President Edwin J. Jakins gave an address and said that the Angle who appeared to Joseph Smith said to him (Joseph) that he was Moroni. Lehi Braught out of Jerusalem by the hand of God. Reccords hid by Moroni in Hill Cumorah. Moroni the last of the Nephite Prophets. Vission so clear that he immediately knew the place when he saw it. Ancient stone Called the Urim and Thumium were used for translation. Joseph Smith went at the appointed time to the Hill Cumorah and recieved instructions. Mormon abridged the Plates. After the expiration of four years the plates were handed to Joseph Smith and he was charged to Keep them safe. Attacked three times by unknown people. Saved by the power of God. If we pray in faith our prayers will [be] answered. Some people think that if they join the Church every thing must go smoothly. This is a time of probation and we should endeavour to keep to the narrow path. Joseph no doubt was a prophet. If it was not for him we would still have been groping about in the darkness.

Elder John C. Dalton said that he is pleased to say a few words in connection with the com[m]emoration of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The stronger the opposition the stronger the Church will grow. No man could have written the Book of Mormon unless devinely inspired. Revelation equally important. Authority of the greatest importance. Confusion come amongst the sects who do not live within the Law. The Josephites have not Authority and are continually being confused. Mormons are a peculiar people. Prayed the Lord to bless the Strand Branch.

Service continued with the singing of the song No. 18, “What was Witnessed in the Heavens”

Elder Harold H. Smith gave an address and said that he wants to bring to the people’s minds these facts. If the God some people believe in is mystical then such people’s religeon is cloudy. A individual who refuses to accept the Gospel’s carracter is different than his associates. His standards of life are on a different level. An individual who is atheist is also different. One who has known God as He is has a stronger foundation. We should learn to know God as he is. And worship Him accordingly. Man’s character fashions after the degree of the Being he worships. May God bless us that we may come to the knowledge of Restoration of the Gospel.

Elder Harold H. Smith then proceeded to bear a very strong testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel. Every one will stand to the test which is bound to come. If we make religeon fantasy it will bring us no where.

The following Extra Meetings were announced. A Childrens Study Class at meeting Hall at 7.30. Study Class at Bro. P.J. Coetzee at 7.30 and also a Study Class at Sister Phillip’s at 7.30. All on the 25th September 1932.

Closing song No. 85 “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow.” Benediction by Bro R. Bradfield Jakins.



8 Comments »

  1. Was that “Pagant people” supposed to be “Pagan” or “Pageant”?

    Comment by Grant — June 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  2. Mebbe a pageantry of paganism?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 18, 2013 @ 9:58 am

  3. Strand was probably the southernmost of any congregations in Africa. And for years, South Africa had the distinction of being the farthest from Salt Lake City. It surely must have seemed like the far side of the world to the missionaries serving there in 1932.

    It appears that there isn’t a congregation in Strand anymore, but there is a ward in Somerset West, which borders Strand to the north and west.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  4. I served in South Africa in the late 80s. We had an Elder Jakins and the Bibb family was prominent.

    The aspect of these notes that stood out most for me is how regular they were. They could have been notes from contemporary meetings. There are a couple of the talks that I would have liked to listen to. I especially liked the District President’s closing remark, “If we make religeon fantasy it will bring us no where.”

    Are “the Josephites” the RLDS?

    Comment by Lonn L — June 20, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

  5. How nice to know that that some of these Church families are now multigenerational!

    Yes, the Josephites are the RLDS, in a nickname that is no longer polite, if it ever was. The name comes from their having followed Joseph III rather than Brigham Young. They returned the favor in the bad old days by calling us Brighamites.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 21, 2013 @ 3:20 am

  6. Thanks for posting this. The branch president is my great grandfather, and his first counselor is my grandfather.

    Comment by Darrell Jakins — November 25, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  7. That’s such fun to hear, Darrell! There is of course lots more in the minute books that would be of interest to you, if you sometime have a couple of hours to spend in the Church Hustory Library.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 26, 2013 @ 12:37 am

  8. These are delightfully detailed minutes! Interesting to read the numerous explicit criticisms of other religious groups.

    Comment by JB — December 16, 2013 @ 8:51 am

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