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You Are Cordially Invited to a Silver Wedding Celebration

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 01, 2014

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Daddy

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 30, 2014

Daddy

By E. Carvel Campbell
Providence, Utah

’Tis your birthday today, Dad; I’m thinking of you,
Tho’ I’m not there to tell you my thoughts
Or to give you my wishes, or help bring you joy.
I know you won’t say, “He forgot.”

You’re older today, Dad; the years passing by
Add care, as is shown on your brow –
You’ve struggled to help me, I’ve caused you much pain –
I can see what you’ve done for me now.

Yes, I’m thinking of Mother today, as are you,
How she’s suffered and worried for me.
But as Mother has suffered, you, Daddy, have toiled –
You, dear Father, and dear Mother, she.

I’m glad, you’ve helped me. The thoughts you have given
Are chiseled in me as in stone.
I’m happy to think of the blessings I’ve had
Given freely by you, dear, alone.

Today, Dad, I hope someone cheers you along,
That you’ll have joy and happiness, too.
I hope you’ll have many bright birthdays to come –
I thank God for a father like you.

(1925)

Shape Up!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 30, 2014

From the Juvenile Instructor, 1917 —

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall, part 13

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 30, 2014

On March 18, 1907, the three-member Utah Supreme Court finally issued their ruling in the case of “Cora Birdsall, an insane person, by Isaac Birdsall her guardian, against James E. Leavitt and [wife].” Joseph E. Frick wrote the decision; William M. McCarty and Daniel N. Straup concurred.

First, the Court briefly reviewed the facts of the case, but only briefly – “The evidence is quite voluminous,” Frick wrote, “and to set it out would require too much space.” Instead, he picked out only facts that had a bearing on the Court’s final decision:

“The physician who treated Cora Birdsall was called as a witness, and testified as an expert from what he learned from personal observation of his patient. He in substance testified that Cora Birdsall suffered from a mental breakdown, … and that she at that time, in his judgment, was mentally incompetent and wholly incapacitated from making a deed. Her relatives testified to substantially the same effect, basing their statements upon actual observation and contact with Miss Birdsall.”

And what did Leavitt’s attorneys have to offer in contradiction to this?

“There is no evidence against this, except the conclusions of some of her neighbors, none of whom giving any specific data on which their conclusions are based, and being non-experts, their testimony is thus entitled to but little, if any, weight.”

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Dear Conquest — Part 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 29, 2014

Dear Conquest

By Deone R. Sutherland

Previous installment

Part 4

Synopsis: Maggie Sullivan, young and beautiful, comes to Oakville as a high school teacher. She makes many friends; however, her preference is for Ira Scott, a strange, silent rancher, who has few friends. Ira and Maggie become engaged on Christmas night and are married in May, despite the misgivings and apprehension of many Oakville people. The next April a son is born to Ira and Maggie, but Ira’s stubborn pride complicates the relationship between them. At Thanksgiving time they visit in Oakville at the home of Maggie’s former landlady, but Ira finds it necessary to return to the ranch to care for one of the hired men who has been injured in an accident. The blizzard forces Maggie and the baby to remain in town.

The next few days were filled with worry for all of us. The storm didn’t seem to ease up any, and we couldn’t know for sure that Ira and Jake and the doctor had got through to the ranch. My John had gone to Doctor Rich’s the day after Thanksgiving to see if the doctor had gone with them.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Tahitian Mission, 1931

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 29, 2014

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“Woman’s Influence”: The View from 1895

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 29, 2014

Mrs. Maud Stratford of the Salt Lake 4th Ward submitted this essay to her ward’s YLMIA “Review” in 1895.

Woman’s Influence

Do we realize the extent of woman’s power over mankind? She can make or mar at pleasure. By her love and the sweet refining influence with which she is endowed, she can draw an erring lover or husband back from the very brink of destruction. On the other hand, by sharp, cutting words, coldness and neglect, she can doom those who should be dear to her to misery and distress.

Oh! do let us be careful of this power the Lord has given us, so that it cannot be said of us, She drove me to it. (As I have read and heard of in many cases). Our first care and thought should be our home, the love and sunshine which reigns therein devolves mostly on us. We should make it a study when to give a kind word or caress to cheer away the clouds and gloom from those we love.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 28, 2014

Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets

Amos; Joel

Purpose: To teach class members that in the latter days, the Lord reveals his secrets to his prophets and pours out his spirit on all people.

Lesson Development

1. Amos teaches that the Lord reveals his secrets to his servants the prophets
2. Amos prophesies of ancient and latter-day Israel
3. Joel prophesies that god will bless his people in the latter days and pour out his Spirit upon them

There are multiple ways to study the scriptures, aren’t there? Sometimes you might read a book from beginning to end, following the story of, say, Matthew, or the entire Book of Mormon, because you want to follow the storyline as it develops. That’s a little harder to do with something like the Doctrine and Covenants, where there isn’t a continuous story – so how do you usually study the Doctrine and Covenants?

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Andrew Sproul, Missionary: January 1847 (part 1)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 28, 2014

January 3, 1847, started from our house this morning to attend the Glasgow conference which according to a previous appointment met in the Odd Fellows hall, trangat [sic], Glasgow. E. F.D. & S.W. Richards being appointed by the American deputations, conducted the business of the conference, especially Bro. Franklin. Through the course of the day we had much very interesting instruction. The evening he spoke of how the church had been wronged & deceived by those that lately stood at the head, & that by the fountain being polluted the streams or branches had to a certain degree been fouled, & that he could counsel all the Presiding Elders from the different branches (& I would that there was more of them present now) to go forth & teach the principle of rebaptism for the remission of sins, that by doing their first works the Holy Spirit of Promise may again be given to them & that they may begin to serve the Lord with new life & rigor & watch & pray & keep all the commands of God that we as a people may be saved from the evils that are fast approaching in this the judgment hour of the Lord. Some person may suppose that when you go & get rebaptised that surely you have been guilty of some very great crime & wonder what it may be, but I will tell you of one lovely scene that took place one afternoon in Nauvoo. Joseph & Sidney, while the latter of these two was in better standing than he now is, went down to the river Mississippi & baptised each other. Now, says Bro. Joseph, you may all come the same way if you please, the door is now open. Now, says Bro. Richards, I went & was rebaptised & thought if the Prophet of God could go & obey this command, who was so highly favoured of God, that to say the least of it, I thought it could do me no harm & I say that from that time I felt more of the Spirit & power of the Lord than I had ever done before. He also spoke on some other points of doctrine & principle which was truly glorious.

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Dear Conquest — Part 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 26, 2014

Dear Conquest

By Deone R. Sutherland

Previous installment

Part 3

Synopsis: Maggie Sullivan, young and beautiful, comes to Oakville as a high school teacher. Charlie Kirkenson and other young men are interested in Maggie, but she seems to prefer Ira Scott, a strange, silent rancher, whom she met at the Deer Hunter’s Ball. On Christmas night Maggie and Ira become engaged and plan to marry in the spring.

Ira Scott and Maggie Sullivan were married in the temple the last of May, right after school let out. They came back to Oakville for a reception which Annie and I gave for them in my house. We opened the sliding doors between the living room and dining room and put out chairs, opened up the parlor, and served in there. Then we used the upstairs bedrooms for presents. Maggie wore a white satin wedding dress her stepmother had bought her, and Ira wore a new suit. They stood alone because Maggie had had so many friends in Oakville who thought they should be the special ones to stand up with her. That was a way Maggie had, making a person feel he was extra special.

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