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Mormon Woman

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

Mormon Woman

By Edith Cherrington

On these loved hills – this massive mountain range –
Distance shows a blue ridge high and strange,
Remote and cruel savage of the earth;
But it was this rough land which gave her birth;
Its fruit became her flesh and from its stone
Was carved her human framework, bone by bone.

Look at her now and let your fancy trace
Its rugged features in her handsome face;
The granite cliff her brow, her every limb
Proclaims a pine tree vigor, straight and slim,
Rounding from supple trunk to muscled thighs.
The blue of unmarked space is in her eyes;
Her browned and agile fingers are the roots
Searching the stony ground for hidden fruits.

The daughter of a re-created land,
She stands as proudly as the mountains stand –
Drawing her vigor from the vast frontiers,
Her courage from the Mormon Pioneers.

(1936)

“I Take Up My Pen”: San Luis Stake Academy, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

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A Few Minutes in the North Weber Stake, 16 April 1916

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 23, 2014

Regular Priesthood Meeting, Sunday, April 16, 1916

The regular monthly priesthood meeting of the North Weber Stake of Zion was held in the Third ward meeting house Sunday, April 16, 1916, at 2:30 o’clock P.M.

President James Wotherspoon presided. Counselors John v. Bluth and Francis W. Stratford were also present.

The congregation sang: “Do what is right.”

Prayer was offered by Bishop William H. Jardine.

Minutes of the meeting of March 16, 1916, were read and approved.

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 5

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 5

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young girl of twenty-four, has been visiting friends in Houston. She has left behind Steve Rey, a young man to whom she is attracted. In Houston she meets handsome Jim Long who has devoted his attentions to her. The bishop of the ward is director of the famous Texas Heart Center. Jennifer’s mother is suffering from a serious heart ailment, and a famous doctor has performed a delicate operation on her.

Mrs. Miles was pronounced well enough to return to Utah just five weeks after the surgery had been performed. It was a joyous day for all when Dr. Mayhew gave them the good news. Charles, Jennifer, and Elizabeth made plans to fly to Salt Lake City, where they would be met by a grateful and happy family.

Jennifer’s excitement at the prospect of returning home was not too severely dimmed by the necessity of bidding farewell to Jim, although she admitted that she would miss him, and the attentions he had paid.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Lawrence Madsen, Stake Clerk, 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

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Latter-day Saint Images, 1918 (3)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

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Manti North Ward, Utah
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God’s Love

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

God’s Love

By Anton J.T. Sorensen, Bountiful

It matters not what color skin,
Red, white, dark, yellow, gray;
There is a god that dwells within
Each living house of clay.

Each one makes footprints on the sand
And weave beside the loom;
The pattern weaved God understand
And soul within the home.

Me-thinks, while men this life pursue
God’s Love reach everywhere;
It matters not what shade the hue
Each have their load of care.

May sweet compassion rule each heart,
Dispel grim hate and fear;
O God, help each to do their part
While they shall journey here.

(1942)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Taylor Stake, 1909

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

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My Words, Your Words, Their Words

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

Back in the early 1990s – can it really be 20 years ago? – I took part in some genealogical e-lists: readers could submit queries or compile local obituaries or whatever, and send them to a central address which would distribute them to everybody who subscribed to the service. I used to submit short pieces on topics like how to save money in genealogical research, or the genealogical clues to be found in the bonds that many jurisdictions required for marriage licenses, land sales, and other legal transactions. In addition to pleasant comments on the e-list, editors of genealogical societies around the country sometimes asked to reprint my pieces. I’d get paper newsletters from places I never heard of, with my name in print. Great fun, and some of my earliest experience in getting feedback from readers.

One member of the e-list, though, frequently exasperated me. She would take my pieces, strip my name off, add some asinine paragraph (no, S–, no civil government anywhere in the U.S. ever required a marriage bond  “to guarantee the virginity of the bride”!), and then send them out under her own name as a feature on the e-list called “S– H–’s Tips & Tricks.” When I’d protest, her response was always, “Well, how do I know you wrote that?” And my response was always, “even if you don’t know that I wrote it, you know that you didn’t write it, so why have you put your name on it?”

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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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