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A Few Minutes in the Las Vegas 1st Ward, 1922

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 16, 2013

Minutes are sporadic; these scattered minutes are the only ones available for this period.

30 April 1922

Ira J Earl presided and conducted.

Meeting opened by congregation singing, “Nay Speak No Ill,” page 88.

Prayer was offered by Bro Ithol [?] Whitney. Congregation then sang, “Come Ye Children of the Lord,” etc. Sacrament was administered by Elders Lenard Dalton and Omar Bundy

President Willard L Jones and Joseph I Earl were present for the purpose of organising an independent branch of the church in Las Vegas.

Bishop Earl spoke on the Ancient and Latter Day Gathering of Israel. He feared that latter day property and social evils were destroying sincerity in worship. He explained the fact that we must have a building of our own in which to meet, and that we would have to be willing to make Sacrifices in Order to get it. He also spoke of the added responsibility that was being placed upon the Saints here in the organization of this ward

Sister Viola Gentry rendered a beautiful Solo.

The Congregation unanimously voted to support an independent branch fo the Church in Las Vegas.

Ira J Earl was chosen and sustained as President, with Omar Bundy and Leonard Dalton as Counslers.

Kennth O Earl was chosen and sustained as branch clerk.

Ithol [?] Whitney was sustained as superintendent of Sunday School with Bryon Bunker as first assistant and Ralph Whitney as second assistant.

Minnie Gillings was chosen and sustained as secretary and Clarise Craven as organist.

Mrs Isabel Whitney was chosen and sustained as president of the Relief Society, with Mrs Nellie Chappel as Secretary & Treasure[r].

President Jones compared the conversation of Paul with Joseph Smiths first Vision. Also enjoined the people here to live exemplary lives, and cited examples and incidents proving that we are living in the Last Dispensation of the Fullness of Times.

Sister Harry Gentry spoke on the added responsibility in carrying on the Relief society work, and the blessings to be gained by diligent work therein

CC Rounon [?] spoke on our own responsibility in work out our own salvation.

Meeting closed by Congregation singing “Theres Sunshine in my Soul To-Day” etc.

Kenneth O Earl offered the Benediction

28 May 1922

Minutes of meeting held in Las Vegas. President Ira J. Earl presiding and conducting. Meeting opened by Congregation singing “The Spirit of God like a Fire is Burning” page 104.

Prayer was offered by Leonard Dalton. Continued by singing “Earth With Her Ten Thousand Flowers” etc page 75

Sacrament was administered by Ithol [?] Whitney and Bryan Bunker.

Bros. Warren H Lyon and Flowers were present

Brown Warren H Lyon recalled some missionary experiences showing the hold which the gospel has upon the hearts of the faithful. We must live up to our reputation.

Bro Flowers spoke on the possibilities and blessings of the true gospel of Christ. Also on our duties to our children. Spoke on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Closed by singing, “I need Thee Every hour,” page 229.

Benediction was pronounced by Omar Bundy.

11 June 1922

Special meeting for setting apart of officers of the Relief Society.

Sister Rose Abbot was set apart as first counselor by Ira J Earl. Sister Miranda Craner as Second counselor by Ira J. Earl. Sister Alice Shaw as organist by Omar Bundy. Sister Visa Earl as chorister by Omar Bundy.

Bishop meeting opened by Bro Omar Bundy offering prayer. Minuets of Presiding Bishoprick meeting was read and discussed.

Substance of minutes of Bishop meeting held in Salt Lake City April 7 1922. Bishops were instructed to follow closely the published instructions to organize their Priests, Teachers and Deacons’ quorum and classes and to abandon all previous outlines and adopt the 1922 outlines immediately.

The Priests, Teachers, and Deacons should be set to work in their respective callings.

Bishop C W Nibley recommended that Sunday, May 14, be observed as Aaronic Priesthood Day to Comemorate 93rd anniversary of the confering of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

“By (or in) the authority of the Holy Priesthood I (or we) lay my (or our) hands upon your head and ordain you a Deacon (or other office in the Lesser Priesthood) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and confer upon you all the rights, powers and authority pertaining to this office, and call in in the Aaronic Priesthood in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Ward teaching should be kept up

Tithing should be paid monthly

Our slogan for 1922 is “Every member of the Ward a Tithepayer.”

Tithes should be paid in the season thereof and in cash if possible.

Bishop should be more prompt with cash reports. Church bnk account must be seperate from personal.

Bishops are urged to see that worthy persons do not lack for necessities of life.

Request was made that Bishop increase fast donations by encouraging the members of their Ward to refrain from partaking of two meals each month. Every person should feel [to] contribute the value of these two meals, at least 10c per meal, which would be 20c per person per month, as fast offering for the benefit of the poor.

Bishop[s] are requested to cooperate with the Relief Society in caring for the poor, the sick, the widow, and the orphan.

Emphasis was placed on the importance of privacy in rendering aid to the poor and the unfortunate so as to keep the self respect of those who are helped.

The people of Utah were urged to make themselves more self-sustaining in the way of Dairy Products.

25 June 1922

Minutes of Meeting held in Las Vegas

President Ira J Earl p[r]esided & conducted. Congregation sang “Do What Is Right” etc. Prayer was offered by Leonard Dalton. Continued by singing, “Earl with Her Ten Thousand Flowers.” Sacrament was administered by Elders Laman [?] Leavitt and Albert Leavitt Jr.

Bros. Mark Blake and Samuel Wells were the Visiting Brethren.

Bro Mark Blake spoke on the lack of spiritual development in his own life with regret. And Expressed a desire for future work in the Gospel.

Bro Samuel H Wells related timely experiences of his missionary work. Also on the lack of spiritual development among many of the saints of to-day; and enjoined each and every one to strive for something better.

Congregation sang “Redeemer of Israel” etc. Benediction by Omar Bundy.

Minutes of Sacrament meeting held at Las Vegas, Nev. Ward, Moapa Stake, Sept. 24, 1922. Bishop Ira J. Earl presided and conducted.

Singing No. 165 “Sunshine in the Soul.”

Prayer was offered by Elder Ralph Whitney.

Singing No. 272, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Sacrament was administered by Elders Stowell E. Whirney and Fred Gillins

Brother Kenneth O. Earl having removed from the ward he was released as ward clerk and Brother G. Nathan Abbott was sustained in his stead.

Elders Samuel H. Wells and John Lewis of Overton Ward were expected as Home Missionaries but for some reason did not arrive.

Elder Omer Bundy was called to address the meeting. He bore testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel, and spoke of the records which have been brought forth and which it has been predicted shall come forth. He also exhorted the Latter-Day-Saints to keep the commandments of God.

Elder G.N. Abbott then spoke upon the Mission of the Saviour and of the privileges and blessings which are enjoyed by the Latter-Day-Saints.

Elder Leonard Dalton spoke of the Restoration of the Gospel, and of the necessity of continued revelation. He also spoke of the necessity of studying the Gospel and becoming familiar with it its principles so that every Latter-Day-Saint might be able to defend the Gospel and to give a reason for the hope that is within them.

Pres. Ira J. Earl then addressed the meeting and compared the condition of the modern sectarian world with the conditions that existed among the Hebrews prior to Christ’s ministry. He spoke of the establishment of the primitive church and of the later departure from the teachings of Jesus Christ. He said it is upon revelation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is built upon revelation and spoke of the need of continuous revelation.

The meeting was brought to a close by singing No. 256 “Unanswerred Yet.”

Benediction was offered by Elder Leonard Dalton.



  1. I’m really enjoying this series. (I could say that about most series at this blog, but it’s no less true of this particular one.) Now I’m curious about the historical development of the calling of ward clerk and the minute-taking endeavor. Ardis, I recall you commenting back in March that you weren’t sure when the practice of minute-taking dropped out of sacrament meeting, though you did mention some transitions from blank ledgers to pre-printed forms. Have there ever been any worthwhile articles or books written touching upon these sorts of developments?

    (Also, I recall, also earlier in the year, you taking some nominations of wards to find minutes for. Sadly, most areas of my interest don’t seem to have any minutes in the CHL until after 1940, but some minutes from the Lexington Kentucky Branch in 1938 would be particularly exciting to see someday.)

    Comment by JB — December 16, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  2. I’ll take that under advisement,JB. :) Can any reader point us toward the kind of article JB wants? I don’t know of any — if I did, I might be able to answer some of the questions.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 16, 2013 @ 8:55 am

  3. Bishop Earl: “latter day property and social evils were destroying sincerity in worship.”

    Who does he think he is, the Pope?

    Comment by Grant — December 16, 2013 @ 9:01 am

  4. This caught my eye:

    Bishop should be more prompt with cash reports. Church bnk account must be seperate from personal.


    Comment by David Y. — December 16, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  5. That inclusion of the Presiding Bishopric meeting is gold. Really important, actually, as this time was a period of shifting in the ordination procedure, and they clearly focused on the older method. Thanks!

    Comment by J. Stapley — December 16, 2013 @ 11:15 am

  6. Even in 1922, a Bro. Flowers was present in Las Vegas.

    Comment by John Mansfield — December 16, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

  7. Could “Ithol” be “Athol”? That was a surprisingly common name in Southern Utah at the time. Scottish.


    “The people of Utah were urged to make themselves more self-sustaining in the way of Dairy Products.”

    Last time I checked, Las Vegas was in Nevada. Were they still considering themselves part of the old State of Deseret in 1922?

    Comment by Amy T — December 16, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  8. Great. Now I have to be more self-sustaining in the way of Daily Products. Like I don’t have enough on my plate. :)

    Comment by Chad Too — December 16, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  9. Are you asking about taking minutes in Sacrament meeting? My dad was the ward clerk in our ward in Wyoming during the 1960s and I remember sitting in the congregation taking the minutes when he couldn’t be there because of irrigating or something. My mother would spend time every week typing up the minutes he wrote in a notebook.

    Comment by Judy Kay Frome — December 16, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

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