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A Few Minutes in Brooklyn, 1926

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 07, 2013

7 February 1926

Sacrament Meeting convened at 11:50 a.m. with President James S Knecht presiding and counselor Thatcher C. Jones taking charge. Opening song, 121, Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Prayer by Bro. Carl E. Petterson.

Sacrament song 57, Gently Raise the Sacred Strain. Sacrament administered by Brothers W.D. Newcombe and Percy L. Myer. Bro. Thatcher C. Jones consecrated a bottle of oil, after which he spoke a short while and then turned the time over to those present to use for bearing testimonies and use the time as they felt. Several bore testimonies.

Closing song 218, Count Your Many Blessings. Benediction Elder W.H. Steed.

42 Present

14 February 1926

Sacrament Meeting convened at 11:50 a m with President Jas. S. Knecht presiding and conducting. Opening song 24, Praise to the Man. Opening prayer offered by Brother Percy L. Meyer.

Sacramental song 262, O Lord of Hosts. Sacrament administered by Brother Wm. D. Newcombe and Robert Chennis.

Elder A.C. Cummings spoke on honesty, bringing in the honesty of great men including Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith. Elder Jesse Haws then spoke on being about our Father’s business. Then he spoke on the scattering and gathering of Israel.

Closing song, 92 Beautiful Zion Built Above. Prayer, Bro. F.S. Parkinson.

40 Present

21 February 1926

Sacrament Meeting convened at 11:55 a.m. with President Jas. S. Knecht presiding and Bro. Carl E. Petterson conducting the meeting.

Opening song page 228, Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake. Prayer offered by bro. Percy L. Meyer.

Song 33, O Thou Kind and Gracious Father. Sacrament administered by Elder H.C. Cummings and F.S. Parkinson.

Sister Margaret Roberts spoke on Relief Societies and their work. Elder Leland G. Larson then spoke.

Closing song 155, God Moves in a Mysterious Way. Prayer by Elder Milo s. Marsden.

42 Present

28 February 1926

Sacrament meeting convened at 11:50 a.m. with President Jas. S. Knecht presiding and conducting. Opening song, page 65, Did you think to prayer [sic] Prayer offered by Sis Lorean Hatch.

Sacramental song page 131, He Died! The Great Redeemer Died. Sacrament administered by Elders B.H. Knudson and R.E. Gardner.

Brother Reginald Beales, the first speaker, spoke a few minutes and after encouraging the members to attend their meetings, he bore a strong testimony as to the effect of religion in his life for good. Brother Jos. Wilson sang a solo “O My Father.” President Fred L. Markham gave many interesting facts of the course of the Gospel in New York City. He related the times when there were well organized branches and the moving of the members on two occasions to the West.

Closing song page 37. Closing prayer Elder J.A. Sorenson



  1. At last!

    I have another record of one of those meetings:

    Feb. 21, Sacrament Meeting–Sister Margaret C. Roberts, President of the Eastern States Mission Relief Society, spoke on the Relief Society and its importance in the world. Attendance 42.

    Sister Roberts was the wife of the mission president, B. H. Roberts.

    And, James Knecht, the branch president, served for nearly 24 years in that position, from 1909 until March 26, 1933, when Percy L. Myer was sustained to that position.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 7, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  2. I was wondering if Pres. Roberts would make an appearance. His wife is an acceptable substitute. Wasn’t the Eastern States Mission Home in Brooklyn?

    Comment by kevinf — November 7, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  3. It was next door to the chapel.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 7, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  4. If this works, this link will show the church on the right, and the red-brick mission home on the left.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 7, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  5. Cool, thanks Mark!

    Comment by kevinf — November 8, 2013 @ 10:23 am

  6. I’ll have to try on a computer and not my iPhone. Still waiting for Comcast to get us connected. Sigh.

    Comment by Juliathepoet — November 10, 2013 @ 12:12 am

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