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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 01, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

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Chapter 4

Synopsis: Nina Karsh lives in a small house in the Malibu Mountains of California. The house is owned by Tomas Novarro, a sad and morose man of great wealth, who brings his withdrawn and motherless son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Nina agrees to look after the boy temporarily. She is visited by Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home, on the beach. Nina tries to help him into a better life adjustment. Dr. Craig Jonathan comes to check p on Joseph’s health. later, Nina goes to the Novarro home to find out all she can about Joseph’s background and the origin of the boy’s problems.

The wind blew hot from the desert. At the beach it was a fierce 110 degrees. Doctor Jonathan drove up carefully between the perilously dry eucalyptus trees and the equally perilous oak. The whole canyon could go up by spontaneous combustion. he looked up to the hills where the bright houses leaned into the sky. People were idiotic to build here and more idiotic to stay.

It had been three weeks since he had seen Joseph Novarro. Doctor Jonathan felt guilty about this, especially since Tomas made a point of calling him every Sunday evening to find out how the boy was doing.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 31, 2014

Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World

Jonah; Micah

Purpose: To encourage class members to fulfill their responsibilities as latter-day Israel to love all the people of the world and share the blessings of the gospel with them.

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. Jonah is called to preach to Nineveh, but he runs away.
2. The people of Nineveh respond to Jonah’s message and repent.
3. Micah prophesies of the mission of latter-day Israel.

The Old Testament concludes with 12 very short books of prophecy – the so-called “Twelve Minor Prophets.” Except for a verse here and there that we tend to quote in isolation as proof of some doctrine or other, most of us are entirely unfamiliar with most of these books. If you were to ask me to speak in Sacrament Meeting today on the book of Haggai, or the prophecies of Habbakuk, I’m afraid I’d have to make it up as I went along. And chances are, you wouldn’t know that I was making it up, because you likely are no more familiar with these books than I am!

Today we’ll be talking about one of those books, the book of Micah, a book with seven short chapters that you could probably read in a single sitting – although it would take us all many more than a single sitting to understand who Micah was speaking to, and what he probably meant by this or that statement. Still, in the time we have today, I’m sure we can go a long way toward learning what Micah had to say to us, here in this ward, in the year 2014.

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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

Previous Chapter

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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