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The Third House Down

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 01, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, May 1957 –

The Third House Down

By Florence B. Dunford

The first Grace Warren knew that their neighbors, across the street and the third house down, were moving was when she saw it in the morning Chronicle.

She looked across the breakfast table in the small, perfectly appointed dining room at her husband. “Tom, the Normans down the street are moving to California. The Whites had a neighborhood party for them last night.”

Tom, one of those good-looking homely men, looked up from his half of the paper. “Oh. How come they didn’t invite us?”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Taylor Bros. Co., 1906

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 01, 2014

T.N. Taylor was bishop of one of the Provo wards.

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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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