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Guest Post: Stored Wheat

By: Keith Irwin - November 24, 2014

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A bit of background: Mormons have long been counseled to store food in anticipation of some time when they may need it — unemployment, emergencies, etc. In earlier times the counsel was for a longer term — a year’s supply — with emphasis on storing wheat. I always thought that last emphasis was with the influence of Utah and Idaho wheat farmers but that’s another story. We also joke about having to move hundreds of pounds of that stuff every time someone moves. (Mormons are also famous for loading and unloading U-Haul trucks.)

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In Our Ward: Lesson 43: The Shepherds of Israel

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 23, 2014

Thanks to Ben Spackman and Jana Reiss for ideas incorporated into this lesson plan.

Lesson 43: The Shepherds of Israel

Ezekiel 18, 34, 37

Purpose: to encourage class members to fulfill their responsibilities as “shepherds of Israel”

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. The shepherds of Israel
2. Repentance and forgiveness
3. Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of bones
4. The stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph

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Saturday Remix, 1920

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 22, 2014

And what were readers of the Church magazines laughing about in 1920? Read all about it —

It All Depends

Willie: “Pa, how long does a fish grow in a year?”

Pa: “It all depends, Willie, who is telling the fish story.”

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Mulek of Zarahemla: Chapter 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 21, 2014

From the Improvement Era, 1948 —

Mulek of Zarahemla

By J.N. Washburn

Previous Installment

Chapter 3

Synopsis: Mulek and his servant, Omer, were hunting when Mulek was rushed by a raging boar and his leg severely injured before Omer could kill the wounded animal. He thought of the strange perversity of fate that had put him who was entitled to be a ruler of the region in an inferior position. He loved Zarahemla. As he entered the city, he was amused to note that one of the priests, Shiblon, brother of Helaman, chief high priest over the church, was addressing a crowd. Mulek could not resist mocking him, asking whether he was indeed a prophet. Shiblon answered: “Thou hast asked whether I am a prophet, I will tell thee. If it be god’s will, thou shalt know this thing when thou goest without friends to applaud, without resources for wickedness, sick in body and soul, humbled to the dust.” Mulek shrugged his shoulders and limped away, thinking of Amalickiah, a man of tremendous powers and winning manners who was stirring up widespread interest in a reform of government. Moroni, young chief captain of the armies of the Nephites, had taken his own cloak and made it into a banner, calling it the Title of Liberty, and calling on all to rise to its defense. Mulek found himself consumed with jealousy. Before he could join with Amalickiah, he received a note from Sarah, who had him drugged so that he would be kept from the folly of joining in the rebellion.

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When Soda Was a Health Food

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 21, 2014

From the Improvement Era, 1949 —

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The Storm

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 20, 2014

The Storm

By Evelyn Fjelsted

Dark skies seem strangely ominous
Old trees bend in the wooded glen,
Rain drenched winds descend. – Then calm,
And soon the sun comes out again.

And so it is with life at times,
The way obscured, we can but wait;
The winter of our fear sweeps on,
Again we see our course laid straight.

(1946)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Manhattan Ward, 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 20, 2014

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Little White Lab Rat Inventories His Food Storage

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 20, 2014

The old Improvement Era often published cooking tips, usually tucked into the back pages among the advertisements and the conclusions of featured articles published in more prominent parts of the magazine. Often these cooking columns had a Mormon twist – multiplying recipes to serve a large gathering, like a ward dinner; Word of Wisdom-friendly party drinks; ways to use that wheat storage.

In 1948, the column reminded readers in early spring that “This is the time of year to take an inventory of your bottled and canned fruits and vegetables, which remain upon your pantry shelves. Budget their use so you will have variety from day to day until canning time comes again.” “Canning time” will not come soon for Little White Lab Rat, so he explored the recipes for … for what?

For canned vegetables??

Little White Lab Rat turned up his bewhiskered nose at such an idea – what recipe is needed for canned vegetables? One opens a can, one dumps the contents into a saucepan, one heats and serves. Who needs a recipe for that?

But that, my friends, is the point! Why settle for that, when a little creativity can turn tasteless canned green beans into this:

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Mulek of Zarahemla: Chapter 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 19, 2014

From the Improvement Era, 1948 –

Mulek of Zarahemla

By J.N. Washburn

Previous Installment

Chapter 2

Synopsis: Mulek and his servant, Omer, were hunting when Mulek was rushed by a raging boar and his leg severely injured before Omer could kill the wounded animal. As he made his way back into the city of Zarahemla, he thought of the strange perversity of fate that had put him who was entitled to be a ruler of the region in an inferior position. The sudden change from king to judge had effected the change. He loved Zarahemla and felt much pride in this city of his fathers. Indeed it was a city to be loved and honored. As he entered the city, he was amused to note that one of the priests, Shiblon, brother of Helaman, chief high priest over the church, was addressing a crowd. Mulek could not resist mocking him, asking whether he was indeed a prophet. Shiblon answered: “Thou hast asked whether I am a prophet, I will tell thee. If it be God’s will, thou shalt know this thing when thou goest without friends to applaud, without resources for wickedness, sick in body and soul, humbled to the dust.” Mulek shrugged his shoulders and limped away, thinking of Amalickiah, a man of tremendous powers and winning manners who was stirring up widespread interest in a reform of government.

In spite of his seeming eccentricities Mulek was a thoroughgoing Nephite. He was more intelligent, perhaps, than the average, surely better educated. As a general thing the Nephites had leisure and an abundance of riches to enjoy. Their land and climate filled them with pride. In short, they relished life, and this was true of the young prince in an almost exaggerated degree.

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The Chapel at Jacksonville, Florida

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 19, 2014

This chapel was built in 1905 —

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