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Young Woman’s Journal, April 1927

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 24, 2015

I’ve seen very few Young Woman’s Journals still in their wrappers.

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So You’re a Ward Teacher, 1952

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 24, 2015

It’s 1952, and you’ve been called to be a ward teacher – what we now call a home teacher. Here’s your shiny new Study Guide and Report Book

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Trouble Insurance for Bob

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 23, 2015

From the Improvement Era, January 1953 –

Trouble Insurance for Bob

By Lucille Harvey Walker

Myra Anderson walked more slowly along the wintry streets as she neared her home. The ache in her heart kept her from her usual enjoyment of the sparkling beauty of moonlight-jeweled snow. The hour at sacrament meeting had not brought its customary peace to her troubled spirit; in fact, the speaker’s message had only made her problem stand out in sharp silhouette. If only her husband had been with her, he might have been affected by the message also. But that was just it! He had not been at Church, and he probably would not be therein the future.

The thought of him and Babs, their fifteen-year-old daughter, sprawled comfortably in the living room at home, watching television, gave her anxiety a painful twinge as acute as if someone had bumped a sore spot, but this twinge would not be over in a moment – not until her problem was solved.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: The American Anti-Mormon Association, 1907

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 23, 2015

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Mormon Mourning — Right and Wrong

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 23, 2015

I’ve been to my share of funerals, Mormon and otherwise: These have been funerals of close family members (grandmother, both parents, nephew) and more extended family (for years I was my mother’s delegate to funerals of second cousins and great aunts). I’ve attended the funerals of women for whom I’ve been visiting teacher, former bishops, ward members, neighbors, and the family members of old school friends and mission companions. I’ve dressed the dead; I’ve spoken at funerals; I’ve attended funerals where I was just one of a room full of faces unknown to living family members. The funerals have been in LDS chapels, commercial funeral chapels, and at the graveside.

I can’t recall any LDS funeral, regardless of where it was held, that did not include something that could be called a “plan of salvation” talk. A very, very few of these may have been given by members of bishoprics, but every such talk I can actually recall individually has been given by a family member, or by someone asked earlier to do that by the deceased herself, or by a general authority invited to speak because of a personal relationship with the family or the deceased. Some have been more eloquent than others. Honestly, I can’t remember a single one that has been inappropriate in any way, or was not personal to the deceased (i.e., something like “Your father was a good man. Among the good he did in this life was x, y, and z. Our knowledge of the plan of salvation suggestions that your father was met at the veil by … and may even now be engaging in … and in time to come will rise from the grave to do …”)

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Chaplain B.H. Roberts Goes to Chaplains’ School

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 22, 2015

In May 1918, newspapers around the country carried this photograph of B.H. Roberts, under the headline “A Mormon Chaplain with Our Forces.”

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“Brigham H. Roberts,” they reported, “a chaplain of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, photographed at the training school for army chaplains at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky. Chaplain Roberts is the only Mormon at the school.”

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In Our Ward: Lesson 10: “Take My Yoke upon You, and Learn of Me”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 22, 2015

We’ve already had ward and stake conferences, so we’re behind many of the rest of you.

Lesson 10: “Take My Yoke upon You, and Learn of Me”

Matthew 11:28-30, 12:1-13
Luke 13:10-17, 7:36-50

Purpose: To help class members understand that as we take the Savior’s yoke upon us and do his will, we will find the peace and joy that he has promised.

Lesson Development

1. Jesus invites us to take his yoke upon us and learn of him.
2. Jesus declares that he is Lord of the Sabbath.
3. Jesus forgives a woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee.

Scripture Discussion and Application

When is the last time you had a drink of water?

Today I want to start by talking a little about the work that women do in this world to bring water into their homes, in parts of the world where water must be carried by hand. This particular work has also been done by men, but today, this job is chiefly done by women and girls.

In Egypt, 30% of the women walk over an hour a day to bring water back to their homes. In some parts of Africa, women and children spend eight hours a day collecting water. The women of India spend 150 million work days every day bringing water back to their homes. (Source)

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Five Reasons for Keepa’ninnies to Attend the AML Conference Next Saturday

By: James Goldberg - March 21, 2015

As you can read on A Motley Vision, the Association for Mormon Letters will be holding a somewhat unorthodox mini-conference this coming Saturday, March 28, from 1-5 pm on UVU campus (Library, rooms LI 515 and LI 516). The theme is “Everything you wanted to know about Mormon Literature (but were afraid to ask)” and the purpose is to introduce newcomers to the widening field of Mormon Letters, while also allowing veterans to be on live debates and wait for spilled blood.

Because dedicated Keepa fans have read more historic Mormon literature than you can shake a stick at, they would be honored guests at this free public event. Five reasons you should consider attending:

5) Because “Mormon letters” is not just another name for the Deseret alphabet.

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Many a nerdy Mormon has been horribly embarrassed by making this simple mistake at a ward linger longer. Don’t let it happen to you.

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Saturday Remix, 1968

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 21, 2015

The Latter-day Saint woman on the train was anxious to use the “golden questions,” so as soon as she could, she asked the man in the seat next to her, “How much do you know about the Mormon Church?”

“Oh, a little,” came the answer.

“Would you like to know more?”

“Yes,” he replied. “I am a stake president, and I need all the help I can get.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Clayton Music Co., 1904

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 16, 2015

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