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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 12

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

Discussion No. 12

Word of Wisdom

1. Read Word of Wisdom, Sec. 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

a. What condition resulted in this revelation being given to Joseph Smith? D. & C. Commentary, page 705.

b. Call attention to the fact that the Word of Wisdom prohibits use of liquor, tobacco and hot drinks (tea and coffee).

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 11

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

Discussion No. 11

Holy Ghost

1. There is a difference between the Spirit of Christ or God and the Holy Ghost.

a. Spirit of Christ. D. & C. 84:45-46; Moroni 7:15-16; John 1:9; 1 Cor. 2:9-14.

b. Savior promises the Holy Ghost to the apostles. John 14:15-17.

c. We learn from the above scriptures that the Holy Ghost is a special gift reserved for those who belong to His church and obey His commandments. Acts 2:37-39; Acts 5:32.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 10

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

Discussion No. 10

Repentance and Baptism

1. Repentance is a conviction of guilt, to know that we have been in error, to be sorry for that error, to resolve to be different and to carry out that resolve. (Articles of Faith by Talmage, page 109.)

2. Repentance commanded because we grow and develop by rooting out wrong actions and ideas to make room for improvements. 1 Cor. 3:18-19.

3. Christ taught repentance. Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 13:3.

4. Peter commands. Acts 3:19; 2:38; 2 Peter 3:9, Luke 13:3.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 9

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

Discussion No. 9

Faith and Faith and Works

1. Definition: Faith includes belief, but goes further. See Articles of Faith by Talmage, page 97. Heb. 11; Alma 32:21.

2. We must have faith in Christ. John 3:35-36; 14:11-15; 1 John 3:22-24; Mosiah 3:170-18; Moroni 7:25-26.

3. and we must have faith in what He taught. Heb. 4:2; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 5:45-47; 1 John 3:23; Moroni 7:37-38; Mosiah 3:18.

4. How to get faith: Study, prayer, fasting, obedience. Rom. 10:13-17; alma 32:26-38; Matt. 17:17-21.

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“Not of This Fold”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, March 1959 –

”Not of This Fold”

by Frances C. Yost

Evelyn Handy’s fingers worked with the ceramics. Carefully she spooned the moistened plaster of Paris into the molds, and watched it take form. It was fun doing things creative, working with her hands. It reminded Evelyn of Relief society work meeting back home in Utah. She missed Relief society more than any one thing since Russell had been transferred and they had come East to live. Sunday wasn’t so bad, they almost always drove the long distance to the nearest latter-day Saint branch and attended meetings. But Evelyn couldn’t get to Relief Society on Tuesdays as she used to do back home.

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Children’s Friend, August 1922

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 8

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 31, 2015

I’m going to stop posting these as regular posts after today, because they turned out not to be of much interest. However, I have all the discussions typed and ready to post, and I might as well post them in a batch just to have them on the Internet where they might be of interest to someone sometime — besides their value in the history of Mormon missiology, I think they could be of use to Sacrament meeting speakers: these are ready-made outlines for good ol’ gospel preaching, after all.  I’m going to do a massive dump over the weekend to get these online. Heads up.

Discussion No. 8

Revelation

1. Revelation is communication between God and man. He revealed many things to Adam, to Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to Moses. The Savior re-revealed these truths and more, many of which have since been lost to the world. So we see that revelation has always been of great importance to the true church.

2. The greatest of God’s gifts is eternal life (salvation).

3. Eternal life is to know God. John 17:3.

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Louis James Claude: Notebook of a 19th Century Civil Engineer

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 30, 2015

This post has nothing to do with Keepa’s usual topic. I’m merely using Keepa as a place to park this information, in hopes that Google might eventually bring the right person here.

Louis James Claude (1825-1893) was a civil engineer, born in England, who was involved with the mechanics of locomotives, steam-driven ships, and similar engines. He obtained several patents in the 1840s. In 1851 he emigrated to the United States, and after short stays in Ohio and Kentucky, settled in Sauk County, Wisconsin. He married Elvira Ward in 1856, and was the father of two children – one of them, Louis Ward Claude, became a noted architect.

I am in possession of the 1843 notebook of Louis James Claude, which records the specifications for numerous engines, some general information on calculating diameters and lengths of various engineered parts, and the estimates of costs of some engines. There are a few sketches (not many) of mechanical parts, with measurements given.

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I Think of My Savior

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 30, 2015

I Think of My Savior

By Samuel B. Mitton

I think of my Savior, His mercy and love,
I think of His most humble birth;
How He left His beautiful mansion above,
To dwell among men on the earth.
I think of Him, too, as with tender caress,
He took each dear child on His knee,
And said, as each brow felt His lips’ gentle press,
“Let the little ones come unto me.
Let the little ones come unto me.”

I think of His sorrow, His anguish, and pain,
Of how His life’s blood freely ran,
When He on the cross was so cruelly slain,
To give life eternal to man.
O may I be worthy to see Him above,
And share His sweet love freely giv’n,
And hear His kind words said in mercy and love,
“For of such is the kingdom of heav’n.
For of such is the kingdom of heav’n.”

(1922)

Samuel B. Mitton also wrote music for this hymn.

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Roof Trusses, Salt Lake Tabernacle

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 30, 2015

A glimpse at the trusses supporting the roof of the Salt Lake Tabernacle:

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