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A Few Minutes in the Chicago Branch YMMIA, 1903

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 27, 2014

10 November 1903

The members of the Y.M.M.I.A. met at 193 So. Oakley Blvd. Tuesday Evening November 10th, 1903, in first session of the winter for the purpose of effecting an organization for work during the season. Devotional exercises were held in conjunction with the Y.L.M.I.A.  Pres. E.H. Brown presiding.

Singing “Ere You Left Your Room this Morning.” Prayer offered by Elder H. Chamberlain. Continued by singing “Hope of Israel.”

The following Officers were chosen and sustained by unanimous vote. Elder Leo W. Pack as President and Elder F.E. Belnap as First Counsellor, of the Y.M.M.I.A. of the Chicago Branch. Elder Leo W. Pack set apart by Pres. A.H. Woodruff and Elder F.E. Belnap by Secty. G.E. Ellsworth. Pres. Leo W. Pack accepted the position given him in a few well chosen words. The following suggestions were made by members: (a) Make an effort to get members outside of Elders to attend; (b) Pres. to write letters to members and friends inviting them to attend.

Elder Ellsworth being called to speak said that he had derived great good from attending Mutuals from time of youth and thought they were of great good. Various suggestions regarding programs, manuals, etc. were made by members. First Coun. F.E. Belnap manifested willingness to work in position called to, though felt inability. Felt that the Lord and one man working together were a host.

Pres. Woodruff sanctioned the idea of securing as many to attend as possible, whether members or non-members. No excuse for delinquent Elders. Speakers should not consume time in making excuses because unprepared. Pres. Woodruff suggested that a feature of the program should be a five or ten minute presentation of current events in the history of the world. He then addressed the two Associations for the space of fifteen minutes. Strong characters are required for difficult positions. Quoted words of Nephi as encouragement to officers chosen, “The Lord commands nothing save he prepares the way for the one commanded to accomplish thing required.” Loves those who put their trust in him when called to perform duty even though great sacrifice is necessary. Must love a work in order to make success of it, not consider it merely as duty.

Concluded by singing, “Parting Hymn.” Benediction by Elder Edwin H. Brown

17 November 1903

The Y.M.M.I.A. convened at 193 So. Oakley Blvd. Nov. 17th 19803. Pres. Leo W. Pack presided.

Meeting commenced by singing “Give Us Room that We May Dwell.” Prayer offered by Elder F.E. Belnap. Continued by singing, “Kind Words are Sweet Tones of the Heart.”

Sisters Esther & Sarah Swart then favored us with a duet. The young ladies then adjourned to their room for classwork.

Minutes of the previous meeting read and accepted, one correction being made. Elder Leo W. Pack then read a piece entitled, “Our Work,” from the Improvement Era. Elder Belnap then read Instructions from the general Board. Pres Woodruff and Elder Heber C. Snell then made some comments on the matter that was read. Elder Leo W. Pack then made some suggestions about the length of time each speaker should take up. Walter H. Denison was then accepted as secretary of the Association. The young ladies reassembled for closing exercises.

Elder J.A. Rasmussen then gave a short talk in which he thanked the Saints for all the kindness shown to him, as he is going to labor in Indiana.

Meeting closed by singing, “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer.” Benediction by Sister Nellie Bromley.

24 November 1903

The Y.M.M.I.A. convened at 193 So. Oakley Blvd Tuesday Evening Nov. 24th 1903. Pres. Leo W. Pack presided.

Meeting commenced by singing, “Come Ye Children of the Lord.” Prayer offered by Elder F.E. Belnap. Continued by singing, “Oh Ye Mountains High.”

We were then favored with a duet by Elder F.E. Belnap and Sister Nellie Bromley. The young ladies then adjourned to their room for class work.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Roll was then called. Elder J.I. Atkinson then gave a short talk and spoke on the 1st and 2nd topics of Lesson I.

Comments were then made on the Lesson.

Elder Leo W. Pack then gave the next topic. Questions were then asked.

The young ladies reassembled for closing exercises.

Meeting closed by singing, “Weary Not.”

Benediction by Sister Marie Bedtker.

December 1903

The Y.M.M.I.A. convened at 193 So. Oakley Blvd. Dec. 1st 1903. Pres. Leo W. Pack presided.

Meeting commenced by singing, “Waiting for the Reapers.” Prayer offered by Elder J.I. Atkinson. Continued by singing, “We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet.”

We were then favored with a trio by Elders Leo W. Pack, F.E. Belnap and Henry Chamberlain. The young ladies then adjourned to their room for class work.

The roll was then called, fourteen members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted.

Lesson II of the Manual was given by the following: –

Topic I. “Effects of Modern Criticism on Belief in the Bible.” By Elder A.H. Woodruff.

Topic II. “”Modern Evidences in Support of the Bible,” By Bro. N. Johnston.

Topic III. “Necessity for Additional Evidence,” by Elder Heber C. Snell.

Questions on the lesson were conducted by Elder Leo W. Pack.

Meeting closed by singing a “Doxology.” Benediction by Elder Leo W. Pack.

 8 December 1903

The Y.M.M.I.A. convened at 193 So. Oakley Blvd. Dec. 8th 1903. Pres. Leo W. Pack presided.

Meeting commenced by singing, “God Will Bless the Pure in Heart.” Prayer offered by Elder D.E. Sargeant. Continued by singing, “How Firm a Foundation.”

We were then favored with a recitation by Walter Denison, and a song by Sister Mamie Word. Elder Leo W. Pack then gave a short talk on the “Love of God.” Young ladies then adjourned to their room for classwork.

Roll was then called, 15 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted.

Lesson III of the Manual was given by the following:

Topic I. “A Western witness ignored,” by Elder F.E. Belnap.

Topic II. “The Voice of the Western Hemisphere,” by Elder L.S. Harrington.

Topic III. “The testimony of Christ’s Ministry among the Nephites,” by Elder Henry Chamberlain.

Topic IIII. “The Eastern & Western Evidences compared,” by Elder B.G. Webb.

The Questions on the Lesson were conducted by Elder Leo W. Pack.

The Young Ladies then reassembled for closing exercises.

Meeting closed by singing, “Parting Hymn.” Benediction by Sister Mae Worger.



2 Comments »

  1. Huh. 3 of the 5 meetings were closed with prayers given by women. There goes another assumption about “the olden days”!

    Comment by David Y. — August 27, 2014 @ 10:24 am

  2. What “everybody knows” ain’t always so, eh? :)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 27, 2014 @ 10:37 am

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