In the years I’ve been writing Keepa, I’ve run across a lot of material that seemed like it should spark an interesting post, but which I’ve never managed to use. Here are some of those bits – make of them what you will!
From the Young Woman’s Journal, June 1912 –
Piercing the Ears.
For a while the barbaric custom of piercing the ears was obsolete. Alas it has again “come into fashion.” the long pendant ear-drops make many girls look positively brazen, to others they give an oriental look and the beholder thinks he is gazing on a maiden from the East. We look with dismay on the woman who has her nose pierced and a ring suspended therefrom. is not piercing the ears only a lesser form of the same evil?
From the Relief Society Magazine, October 1934 –
Socialized Class Work
From reports that come to us it is evident that many class leaders in the Literary Department do not socialize their work. It is easier for them to give their lesson as a lecture, and they like the finished result. Some give as an excuse that they cannot get the members to participate. We feel that every teacher who habitually does all the work herself is making a serious mistake. She is depriving the class members of the development that they are entitled to. One teacher recently said, “I can get participation from any group anywhere if I study the problem and work hard enough.” The profits of participation are so evident that we are surprised that any teacher is unwilling to make the effort to draw out her class. We urge each teacher to make a special study of drawing out the quiet retiring members of her class. Let her gage her success by the number who participate in the recitation.
From the Instructor, January 1938 –
We have been asked to make clear in The Instructor just what articles were in the stone box in the Hill Cumorah when Joseph Smith visited the place on the occasions when he and the Heavenly Messenger met there.
First of all, we must bear in mind that the Prophet was the only mortal who knew the contents of that box, for no other person, except Moroni, ever saw that box with its treasures. Joseph Smith, therefore, is the only one who can tell us what those contents were. And this is what he says:
“I looked in, and there indeed did I behold the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the Breastplate, as stated by the Messenger.”
it will be noted that no mention is made here of the existence of any other objects in connection with the contents of the box. Just how is it, then, that there has arisen an impression that this box contained, besides the articles here mentioned, the Sword of Laban and the Liahona? So far as we know, there is no other statement by the Prophet which would warrant the belief that the Sword and the Liahona were in the box. these two objects, however, are mentioned elsewhere.
In section 17 of the Doctrine and Covenants we read, in a revelation “given through Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris,” in June, 1829: “Behold, I say unto you that … you shall have a view of the Plates, and also of the Breastplate, the Sword of Laban, the Urim and Thummim, which were given to the Brother of Jared upon the Mount when he talked with the Lord face to face, and the Miraculous Directors, which were given to Lehi while in the Wilderness, on the borders of the Red Sea.”
Accordingly, all these objects – five in number – were seen by the Three Witnesses to the divine origin of the Book of Mormon, in 1829, in the woods near Peter Whitmer’s home in Fayette, New York. three of these had been in the box, as already stated, but nowhere, so far as we know, is there any statement by anyone to the effect that the other two – the Sword and the Liahona – were in the box.
That is all that can be said definitely on the subject.
From the Improvement Era, February 1966, recommending music for teen listening –