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Saturday Remix, 1907

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 23, 2014

At His Trade.

Judge – What is your trade?

Prisoner (who was caught in a gambling-house raid) – I’m a locksmith.

Judge – What were you doing in there when the police entered?

Prisoner – I was making a bolt for the door.

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Room for Nancy

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 22, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, March, 1956 –

Room for Nancy

By Edith Larson

Adding her “Amen” to the others, Mary raised her head and looked around the breakfast table. Usually it warmed her heart to see her family together.

Richard, with graying hair making him more distinguished looking that ever, was turning his attention to his bacon and eggs. Susan was dressed for her office job, and the twins Joy and Jay wore the garb of the high school crowd. Seven-year-old Dickie was scrubbed and shining as far as his ears, but his hair stood on end, bed-tousled, and his neck and arms still bore the dirt of last night’s play.

Only Nancy was missing, and she might arrive with baby Larry any minute now. Arrive, expecting a welcome that wasn’t there. Mary’s heart twisted at the thought.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 7

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 22, 2014

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Just What You Were Waiting For: The Bloggernacle’s 329th Post on Elder Bednar’s Talk

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

When my stake president set me apart to serve as a missionary, his blessing included the claim that I was going to this mission at this time because I would meet people who would respond to the gospel as delivered by me, who might not accept the gospel from someone else. I wish I had a transcription of that (the stake president wouldn’t let me record it) so I could get the wording right. I didn’t think his words meant that anyone’s acceptance of the gospel depended solely on my knocking on their door – that would be rather counter to several principles of the gospel, I think – but he certainly made me feel that I wasn’t just preaching to the world at large, but looking for specific people who would respond to the message in the way I brought it..

I believed him, and I looked for those people. Twice I thought I had identified them … but because I was transferred virtually every month, I never got to stay around long enough to see anything develop. That’s one of the unresolved issues from my mission, 30 years on – I want to believe that there is something unique about me, and that God can use that uniqueness somehow, but what do you do when you fail, even when the failure was due at least in part to another’s agency?

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A Problem in Eve-olution

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

A Problem in Eve-olution

By Frank Oswald Warren

How big was Adam’s apple, Pa,
That halted in his throat,
To show all down the centuries,
Beneath his billy-goat?

How happened it that Eve could gulp
And swallow all o’ hern,
While Adam could not get his down
By any twist or turn?

The reason is, my little lad,
That Adam was a frog,
In throttle just about the size
Of yonder polly-wog.

The apple was not overlarge,
But froggie’s throat was small–
No wonder modern science doubts
He got it in at all;

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

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Children in Sacrament Meeting, 1953

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

This 1953 Church News article has been kicking around in my “to post” file for a couple of years now, without my knowing quite what to say about it. Time to pass it over to you for your evaluation:

SACRAMENT MEETING

Parents Told to Bring the Children

During the last General Conference, a new objective in attendance at sacrament meeting was announced by the Presiding Bishopric. it was suggested that plans be made to have 60 per cent of the ward membership in attendance at sacrament meeting each week. In making these plans, one of the factors to be kept in mind by bishops is that 18 per cent of the Church population are under eight years of age.

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The Apricot Tree

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1960 –

The Apricot Tree

Mabel Harmer

Janet drew her shawl more closely about her shoulders as she stepped out of the cabin door. The wind was sharp – for April. She hurried out to the shed and picked up an armload of wood. Thank goodness, she didn’t have; to shovel a path through the snow any longer.

On the way back she stopped to examine the buds on the apricot tree. Maybe last night’s frost hadn’t nipped them. It was hard to tell. This was the third tree she had planted, and they were hard to get. It had been the first one to survive at all, and maybe the buds on this one had been frozen so that there would be no fruit this year.

She hurried on. Timmie mustn’t be left alone for more than a few minutes. His breathing was easier this morning, but he’d had a hard coughing spell in the night. If she could just get that fever broken today he might do all right.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 5

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

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The Church’s Resolution on Disarmament, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

On Sunday afternoon, October 9, 1921, “in general conference assembled,” the following resolution was adopted by the Latter-day Saints:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brought forth and established by the power of God and dedicated to the mission of preparing the way for the glorious coming of the son of God to reign in the earth, in truth and righteousness and peace, beholds with deep interest every authoritative movement taken by the nations in the interest of world peace.

It is believed that the conference called in Washington to consider the limitation of armaments and questions concerning the Pacific and nations of the far east may, under the favor of Heaven, promote this great objective.

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