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A Few Minutes in Glasgow, Scotland, 1918

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 11, 2014

4 August 1918

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints
Glasgow Branch 30 Abbotsford Place

Minutes of evening service Sunday 4th August 1918. Meeting commenced at 6-30 p.m. Pres. John Hunter presiding.

Opening Hymn “Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning.” Invoc. Bro. Charles Glass. Cont. sing. “God of our Fathers”

Br. Wm. Rennie spoke on the persecution we Mormons received from the people we come daily in contact with & bore a strong testimony to the blessings received by him since he had become a member of the church.

Cont. singing: — “Zion Prospers all is Well”

Sister Mary Hunter, (President of the Relief Society) spoke on the work done by the Society & the warm reception she got while visiting the Red Cross Society for whom we are doing work.

Cont. Sing.: — “There’s Sunshine in the Soul”

Bened. Sis. Isabella Blake

Number present 35

11 August 1918

Minutes of Evening Service 11th August 1918

Meeting Commenced at 6-30 p.m. Pres. John Hunter presiding. Opening Hymn: — “Arise O glorious Zion.” Invoc. Bro. William Rennie. Cont song: — “If the Way be full of Trial”

Pres. Hewleth Akens. The Gospel is a garment and expounds a beautiful sermon on the subject. He also spoke on the perfect organisation of the Church

Cont. song: — “Nearer My God to Thee”

Pres. Owen spoke of his work while on the mission-field & of his enjoyable visit to the Saints in Scotland. Concluded by bearing a strong testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel

Elder Wm. D. McAlister spoke on the first principles of the Gospel.

Cont sing.: – “Now let us Rejoice.” Benedic. Bro. W.A. Lucas. No. present 46.

18 August 1918

Minutes of evening service 18th August 1918

Meeting commenced at 6-30 p.m. Bro. W.A. Lucas conducting: Opening Hymn – “The Happy Day has Rolled On.” Invoc. Bro. McGowan. Cont. sing. “Come listen to a Prophet’s Voice”

Pres. Leslie T. Harper gave a brief synopsis of how the Church of Christ was restored to the earth in these the latter days. He also explained some of the principles of our Church which have been responsible for the “outside world” terming us a “peculiar people.”

Elder Wm. C. McAlister spoke on the similarity in the conditions that existed in the primitive days when the Church was on the earth & now on the present day & age

Bro. Codd spoke on the prosperity of the Church

Cont. song.: – “Parting Hymn.” Bened. Sis. Isa Park. No present 48

25 August 1918

Minutes of evening service 25th August 1918. Meeting Commenced at 6-30 p.m., Pres. John Hunter presiding. Opening Hymn, “O ye Mountains High.” Invoc. Sis. Mary Hunter. Cont. song: — The Spirit of God”

Bro. Fred L. Hewton spoke on the historical events prophesied in the Bible.

Cont. song: – Ye who are called to Labor”

Bro. A.M. McGowan spoke on the position that he had received as teacher on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

Closing Hymn: – “Now let us Rejoice.” Bened. Bro. W.A. Lucas. No. present 50



  1. What?? No brawl this time?!

    Comment by Amy T — March 11, 2014 @ 8:28 am

  2. I wonder what principles President Harper identified as giving rise to the term “peculiar people.”

    Comment by Gary Bergera — March 11, 2014 @ 8:34 am

  3. Sunday evening meeting, I am assuming sacrament meeting, but then no mention is made of the sacrament being administered, and the second songs are not what we would typically hear used as the hymns in preparation for the sacrament. Am I missing something?

    Comment by kevinf — March 11, 2014 @ 10:30 am

  4. kevinf, I’m not sure what is going on, either. I know that the Church did often have an evening preaching service in addition to Sunday School and Sacrament meeting, but the only ones I’m really familiar with occurred in Wasatch Front stakes where the evening meeting on the first week was the responsibility of the Primary, on the second week the responsibility of the Mutual, and so on, and that hardly seems possible for Glasgow in 1918. And I don’t know why the minutes would record such an evening meeting and not the regular sacrament service.

    But doing history often works this way, doesn’t it? You look at a document, and notice an anomaly, and then try to figure out what was going on.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 11, 2014 @ 11:06 am

  5. Good to see the numbers increasing week on week! The minutes don’t term these gatherings sacrament meetings, and as kevinf points out, the sacrament hymn is conspicuous by its absence, so perhaps just a worship service – maybe the administration of the sacrament as part of Sunday School opening exercises was considered sufficient?

    Comment by Alison — March 11, 2014 @ 11:09 am

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