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A Few Minutes in Menan, Idaho: 11 August 1907

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 27, 2014

SUN. AUG. 11 [1907]

Meeting commenced at 2:20 P.M., bishop J.W. Hart present, Coun. Green conducting. Choir sang hymn, “Lo the mighty God appearing.”

Opening prayer was offered by Elder Wm. Berrett. Choir snag hymn, “The glorious day of promise.”

Sacrament was administered by Elders R.M. Poole and A.R. Green. Elder James Stephens was called to speak; said he had been appointed a home missionary and thought there was great responsibility to it, to go among the latter-day saints and teach them.

Said at priesthood meeting, Pres’t Steele told them to preach tithing, that this stake was falling off in its payment of tithing.

Spoke of general prosperity, the saints here were enjoying and of the bad hailstorm which recently did such damage west of Idaho Falls, and that we were not immune from the same calamity. Tithing is the law and blessings follow its observance.

Elder Robinson of Iona, of the Sunday school stake aids was present and addressed the meeting. Was interested in remarks of previous speaker and thought we ought to look seriously upon life. Said nature was a peculiar thing: we see land and crops &c. in good condition and in one moment it is all destroyed. We ought to give heed to those in authority and the priesthood.

Told of the ruler of Israel being commanded to go out to war with the enemy and to destroy them but to bring none of their, the enemy’s property, cattle, sheep or daughters back with them. The Israelites disobeyed and God brought punishment upon them. God’s commands are as binding today as in the olden times, his decrees will be fulfilled. He is blessing his people, if [we] disobey him he will punish them. Command him to obey and he will pour out blessing that we will not be able to contain them. To obey God is eternal life, the opposite is misery and woe.

Speaker said was here in interest of sabbath school work, came here to hold conference, but no preparations had been made for it; attended Sunday school, was interested in the work he saw being done. Said we lacked the parents class and teaching how to make the home a desirable place and comfortable and attractive to the children, this is what the parents class is doing. Told of a mother nursing a child as a tender plant, compared a child to a beautiful flower, but much more to be cared for, often they are left to wither and die morally for lack of attention in tender years. Children are the choicest flowers God gives to men, we are often so busy we have little time to look to the welfare of the children. Told of being in an ideal home – that of an Apostle – where the children were gathered around the family hearth and entertained by the parents with stories, &c.

Said greatest joy of missionary life was to gather round the fire with interested persons and explain the gospel to them. Told of small boy, who was sneeringly asked by man what he believed in. Boy recited the Articles of Faith, man was so impressed that he investigated and became converted.

Thought the young people ought to take more interest in strangers who come in their midst. Told of young lady who left her home and all she had for the gospel and came to Salt Lake City, went to meetings with her heart full of the testimony. The young people paid no attention to her and in her lonesomeness and longings for companionship began to neglect meetings and go to resorts. A man began to pay her attention which she rejected, but on account of his kindness and persistence, she began to accept his attentions. She finally married him against her parents’ will and they went to live in Kansas City. He deserted her there and it developed that he already was married.

We ought to consider the feeling of strangers, especially those from the old country, and show them attention. Said children born under the covenant would not go entirely astray; in time would be brought to the truth.

Told of Paul seeing the inscription, “To the unknown god,” and of his preaching the true God to them.

Said the heavens were sealed to those who preached a god without body, parts or passions, trying to get people to pin their faith on a being that did not exist. God would have more respect for the heathen who worshipped a crocodile or the Indian who prayed to the sun, than for the preacher who taught that God is nothing.

The saints see God’s goodness and power manifest and have the assurance that he has their destiny in hand. God’s children are going to establish Zion and are doing it by teaching the Gospel to the children in Sunday School &c. Remember that in mortal life, is part of life that is to be.

Elder Wm. Berrett gave notice of Field Day for M.I.A.

Choir sang hymn, “Zion stands with hills surrounded.” Ben. by Coun. E.O. Clark.

J.H. Yearsley, clerk



  1. Wait. Is that story of the young boy reciting the Articles of Faith a Mormon legend? I mean, a parable of exemplary youth?

    Comment by Grant — February 27, 2014 @ 7:49 am

  2. :) Something like it actually happened — I’ve got a letter from a woman in California who met a young boy on a long-distance bus who did just about that. At different times over the past five years I’ve tried to find out what happened to him — I’ve traced him through his career as a coach and to his death date, but I don’t know yet whether he stayed with the Church, and so the story isn’t ready to tell.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 27, 2014 @ 8:11 am

  3. But that happened considerably past 1907, so isn’t the basis for the story told in the Menan meeting.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 27, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  4. This caught my eye:

    Said children born under the covenant would not go entirely astray; in time would be brought to the truth.

    Interesting in light of Elder Bednar’s article in the most recent Ensign, and other discussions around the bloggernacle.

    I had also heard the story of the boy with the Articles of Faith. Nice to know there is some provenance for it. I always enjoy these minutes.

    Comment by kevinf — February 27, 2014 @ 9:45 am

  5. The story about the young lady who investigated the Church but was never befriended by anyone, except by an awful coniving bigamist, is the worst sort of story. Makes me shudder. Yes, “the young people ought to take more interest in strangers who come in their midst” indeed!

    Comment by David Y. — February 27, 2014 @ 11:05 am

  6. Elder Robinson sounds like a good spirited fella. I liked just reading the minutes. I’m sure the sermon was far better in person. The part of God being partial to the heathen that worship crocodiles instead of a formless god really struck me. How painful it must be for our Father in Heaven to be so misunderstood on a personal basis.

    Comment by Stan — February 28, 2014 @ 9:54 am

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