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Welcome the Task: Chapter 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 4

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young woman of twenty-four is spending the summer in Houston, Texas, with her mother’s cousin, Bea McPherson. Jennifer has left behind Steve Rey, whom she is attracted to, but the relationship is unsure. In Houston, she meets handsome Jim Long, who has been wooing her. The bishop of Bea’s ward is the director of the famous Texas Medical Center, and has indicated that it might be possible for Jennifer’s mother to have heart surgery to relieve the serious heart condition from which she is suffering.

One night early in September, Jennifer ventured to ask Bea what her feelings about Dick were.

“What do you mean?” Bea asked guardedly.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: South Los Angeles Stake, 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

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Conference Wordles — October 2014 Edition

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

It’s Conference Wordle time again! You know how it works: I run some text through the engine at Wordle.net, which creates a word cloud. Words that appear most often in that text are in largest type, while the smallest type is used for words that appear least often.

Your challenge is to identify which part of the recent General Conference is represented by each Wordle. Puzzles can come from any part of Conference: talk, song, prayer, any bit of business, and from any session of Conference, including sessions that were or were not or were again or [redacted], no, no, they weren’t part of Conference after all.

For talks, please name the speaker and the name of the talk; a listing of all Conference speakers and talks is found here (click the “show music” link to make the song titles appear). It would also be nice if you told us what clues in the Wordle prompted the solution.

Slight rule change from previous challenges: You may solve as many puzzles as you want, but you must wait one full hour after posting one solution before you post another. That will give more people a chance to play, while still allowing Wordle fans the opportunity to solve multiple puzzles.

Ready, set, SOLVE!

[Update: If you're somewhere with a filter that blocks images, send me a note (AEParshall at aol dot com) and I'll email you the images so you can play, too.]

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In Our Ward: Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 19, 2014

Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

Isaiah 22-30

Purpose: To help class members come unto Christ through recognizing some of the wonderful things he has done.

Scripture Discussion and Application:

1. The Savior opens the door to Heavenly Father’s presence.
2. The Savior shows mercy for those in spirit prison.
3. The Savior is a strength and a refuge.
4. The Savior will prepare a feast and destroy the “vail.”
5. The Savior wipes away our tears.
6. The Savior will bring the Resurrection.
7. The Savior is our sure foundation.
8. The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.
9. The Savior knows our trials and directs our paths.

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Saturday Remix, 1917

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 18, 2014

The Way of Life

I used to think I knew I knew,
But now, I must confess,
The more I know I know I know,
I know I know the less.

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 3

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, disquieted by a discussion with Steve Rey, the young man she had been dating, has gone to Houston to visit her mother’s widowed cousin, Bea McPherson. Bea’s stepson arranges for Jennifer to go on a blind date to the Astrodome.

Bea seemed amused by the look on Jennifer’s pretty young face. ‘now what could you have done that is so bad?” she asked smilingly.

Jennifer kicked her shoes off. Oh, Bea,. have you ever laid eyes on that Jim Long?”

“Jimmy Long has been in the ward for a number of years, and he is good looking. have you fallen for him already?”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Utah State Auditor, 1920

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

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Father Patrick Michael Cushnahan (Utah history)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

Patrick Michael Cushnahan was ordained a priest on his 32nd birthday in 1881. He immediately left his native Ireland for California, where the San Francisco archdiocese assigned him to Ogden. Father Cushnahan devoted the rest of his life to ministering to the Catholics – to anyone who needed him, really – of Utah.

In 1881, Cushnahan found only a handful of Catholics in Ogden, including a few Sisters of the Holy Cross who conducted the struggling Sacred Heart Academy. Cushnahan made his first home in one room of the small frame building used as a chapel. Over the next 25 years, Cushnahan built a new Sacred Heart Academy, a substantial church, a parish house, and St. Joseph’s School. Father Cushnahan became Monsignor Cushnahan in 1916 upon his appointments as vicar general of the Salt Lake Diocese.

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Blind

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

Blind

By Hilda N. Bingham

When she had lost the sight of day,
She found God’s hand to lead the way;
And trustingly she walked along
To heights of faith, and joy, and song.
She faltered not when came the night,
For in its place came heaven’s light
Which brings the joy that surpasses
The understanding of the masses.

(1942)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Seattle Stake, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

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