Sat. July 27, ‘18
Received letters from Ern & Elder Bulkley from Hickueru. Visited Mahana.
Sun. July 28, ‘18
I preached at afternoon services on prayer. Later we called on Terai & Coles.
Mon. July 29, ‘18
Packed my trunks to leave on the Vahine Tahiti for Hickueru, since it is uncertain whether or not the steamer will go. In the evening the Elders & I visited Mr & Mrs Wilson of the cocoanut oil firm, and their new home. Gave 28 numbers of the Young Womans Journal to Elizabeth, their daughter, to read.
In a garage at Albuquerque is posted: “Don’t smoke round the tank! If your life isn’t worth anything, gasoline is!”
And on the wall of a barber’s shop at Taos is prominently displayed: “If you can’t raise fifteen cents, raise whiskers!”
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND GAZETTE (London, England)
25 March 1854
Among other American importations, Australia is likely to have its share of Mormon propagandists. Mormon preaching has been going on in Melbourne for some time, and the body of the saints in Sydney is strong enough to support a periodical entitled Zion’s Watchman. There can be no doubt that the rapid spread of Mormonism is due to the fact that it has been persecuted in America – its founder, Joe Smith, having fallen a martyr by lynch law. Left alone, the stupid imposture would soon have died.
From the Relief Society Magazine, January 1951 –
“But Covet Earnestly”
By Mirla Greenwood Thayne
Monday dawned blue for Marcia, blue as indigo, though the sky was cloudless, and the sun rose triumphantly over the rain-drenched hills. Marcia had said that Monday need never be blue. Synonymous with the first day of creation, each Monday to Marcia meant a new beginning. She invariably arose early and by the time old Sol made his singular appearance her washing was usually well underway. She rather liked the clean smell of suds against duds, and the rhythmic swish of the swirling dolly often set her to singing.
This morning there was no sun in Marcia’s heart. Her throat was too tight for singing. She worked mechanically, her lips drawn into a thin line.
Utah Territory, under the direction of Brigham Young, sent this stone in 1853 as its contribution to the Washington Monument (another stone with the Utah name was sent years later). The stone was quarried in Manti, of the same material later used in the Manti Temple; it was carved by pioneer artist William Ward, and is found in the Monument stairway at the 220-foot mark. The stone is carved to be read normally, but daguerreotypes (this is a very early picture of the stone) display in mirror image.
This extract comes from a Relief Society lesson written by Ariel S. Ballif (an elder).
The activity of the women in the Church program is a manifestation of dedication to a great cause. This is demonstrated by a situation in the mission field where three wonderful Maori ladies, old in years, but vigorous in the love of the gospel, held a little branch together for many years until the Priesthood holders were regenerated. These faithful sisters did everything but the ordinances, and they guided the young Aaronic Priesthood members in the care and administration of the sacrament.
Many times the women of the wards and stakes have provided the activity necessary to the success of Priesthood projects. Through the efforts of the women in the home, the men are constantly built up and encouraged. They care for the children, assist their men in projects and programs, and provide leadership for the auxiliary organizations.
The blessings in store for the women of the church are limited only by the efforts they put forth to build the kingdom. Every effort they put forth in gaining knowledge, in exercising faith, and in performance of duty is a step toward perfect, and every step toward perfection adds blessings. The Lord is mindful of those who serve him. “… I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who … serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end. Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory” (D&C 76:4-6).
NORTH CHINA HERALD (Shanghai)
11 December 1901
Tokyo. — A Mormon prophet of the name of Heber J. Grant and three Elders, one of them a boy of 19, are at present staying in the Hotel Metropole here, but will soon move to a house close by, as they have received official permission to preach, on the express condition that they do not preach polygamy, and as they consequently intend to remain here a number of years. They are all merchants, able to pay their way, and their outward appearance differs in nowise from that of average laymen. But it is impossible to remain near them long without learning who they are, for they seem to be anything but ashamed of their belief and are eagerly on the lookout for converts, – European or Japanese, it’s all the same to them. In the evenings they sometimes take possession of the Hotel piano and sing inoffensive religious songs of the “Holy City” type until they imagine that they have worked the audience up to the proper degree of fevour [fervor?] whereupon they venture a little further and exhort people in general (in alleged poetry) to “Judge not harshly,” etc., etc., the concluding hymns being tearful appeals for tolerance and, if possible, sympathy (for the poor, dear Mormons, of course, although the sect is never mentioned by name).
By Daphne Jemmett
At twenty I knew, and I knew I knew –
While at thirty, I wasn’t sure.
At forty I knew that I didn’t know
A lot I had known before.
At fifty I sigh, and wonder how
One who had known so much so young,
Can know so little now.
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Flies … constipation … execution … is there anything the Church magazines of the past haven’t addressed? Here’s a missionary report published in the Juvenile Instructor in 1886 detailing scabies, or “the itch.”
Curing the Itch in Twenty-Four Hours
By Charles Henry Wilcken
During the Franco-Prussian war a large body of French troops took refuge in Switzerland, to escape capture, and according to certain rules of war among civilized nations, they were compelled to remain inactive, having retreated to neutral ground. While there they infested the portion of the country where they were quartered, (the east Swiss) with the disease commonly known as “the itch” to such an extent, that hardly a family escaped the dreadful scourge.