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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 29, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

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Chapter 3

Synopsis: Nina Karsh, thirty-nine, horseback riding in the Malibu Mountains of California, becomes lost. She meets Tomas Novarro, whose grandmother’s house she has just rented. He owns considerable surrounding property, and other property in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Novarro talks with Nina about the newspaper account of her dismissal as a nurse’s aid from the local hospital, and Nina explains the circumstance. Novarro brings his motherless, withdrawn son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Reluctantly, she agrees to look after the boy. She is visited by Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home who has taken a great liking to Nina, and enjoys riding her horse Dominick.

Doctor Jonathan edged his car up the perilous roadway to the hilltop house. He looked coldly at the pandemonium of color and line and vista stretching to his right. People ought to leave hills for trees or goats. Tomas Novarro’s people must have been made to have built a house so high and so far.

Another thing that made Craig Jonathan feel pettish was his errand. He wanted nothing to do with Nina Karsh. The Valley Hospital was still buzzing with her dismissal, people took sides.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 11

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 28, 2014

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“I Take Up My Pen”: H. Schatti, Hinwil Confiseriefabrik, 1937

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 28, 2014

(Today’s main post will be up later in the morning — have some candy for breakfast in the meantime. — Later: Or maybe not. I don’t seem entirely functional today. Sorry.)

Candymaker Badwagon Piranian was called from Zurich to be president of the Palestine-Syrian Mission 1933-35, and again 1947-50.

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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 27, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Previous Chapter

Chapter 2

Synopsis: Nina Karsh, thirty-nine, horseback riding in the Malibu Mountains of California, becomes lost. She meets Tomas Novarro, whose grandmother’s house she has just rented. he owns considerable surrounding property, and other property in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Novarro talks with Nina about the newspaper account of her dismissal as a nurse’s aide from the local hospital, and Nina explains the circumstances.

Tomas Novarro stood in the darkness. He held a sleeping boy in his arms.

“Mr. Novarro?” Nina fell back as he strode into the living room. He placed the child gently on the couch, covered him with the silk afghan Nina kept there. He stepped back. His eyes were on the boy’s sleeping face. “My son,” he said heavily. “I have brought him to you.”

Nina stood hesitantly beside him. The boy was very small, about four, she would say, the age of Danny when he came to her. But this was no robust, raucous, demanding child. Even in sleep, he was different, frail, his hair a pale drift on the pillow, unchildlike hollows under the long lashes.

“I … I don’t understand, Mr. Novarro.” Nina said.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 10

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 27, 2014

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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.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 9

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 26, 2014

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Kitchener Branch, 1941

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 26, 2014

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New Methods for a New Age: In Search of Truth / John A. Widtsoe

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 26, 2014

With his academic experience at what is now Utah State University, and at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, apostle John A. Widtsoe was keenly aware of the interests and attitudes of young people, and the changing times of the 20th century. As president of the European Missions, for instance, he realized that changing times called for new proselyting methods and messages.

The old missionary tracts, so comfortable and familiar to generations of missionaries, no longer spoke to the non-Mormon public. Those old tracts assumed that people believed in God and knew the Bible, and that their primary concerns were which form of baptism was preferred by God, or who had authority to speak for God. Answering those questions in favor of Mormonism, the old proselyting methods assumed, meant that people would join the Church. But Widtsoe realized that theological debates no longer appealed to most people, and certainly didn’t govern their behavior in choosing a church, or choosing to be religious at all. To meet the needs of changing times, Widtsoe wrote a set of tracts which he called “Centennial Tracts” in honor of the Church’s approaching 100th birthday, addressing the questions he thought were on the minds of modern people: What can a church and its teachings do to improve my life and meet my needs? His Centennial Tracts still taught doctrine and theology, but they began with the practical needs of modern people and showed how faith and Church membership would meet those needs.

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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 1 (of 6)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 25, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1962 –

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Chapter 1

She was lost. She was lost somewhere in the Malibu mountains, in country new to her, on terrain inhospitable and bleak. Nina Karsh reined Dominick in, and the mare came to a dancing halt. Nina braced against the jolts and patted the damp mane. Dominick whinnied, pleading to be allowed the reins. Nina rubbed the arching, golden neck. “You are beautiful, Dominick, but you are not clever, and I do not think you know the way back any more than I do.”

Her voice was pushed against her by the silence. Nina took off her gloves and looked about.

There are different ways of being lost, she thought. Within myself I have been lost – since Father died, since Laura and David moved to Milwaukee, and terribly lost since Danny went away. The thought of her nephew made him rise in the brush, a tall and vital mirage.

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