The Improvement Era asked its readers to submit Mormon-flavored jokes this year, mixed with the magazine’s usual brand of humor. Illustrations were provided by the Era’s in-house artist, Fielding K. (“Smat”) Smith.
Installment a la Utopia
Salesman: “And how would you like to arrange the deferred payments?”
By Belle Watson Anderson
Synopsis: Andrew Rumgay leaves his mother and his fiancee Jane Allison in Scotland and joins his friend Hugh Shand to emigrate to America. They meet Mother MacKinlay and her son Bob whom they had known while doing missionary work, and also become acquainted with Kathleen Coleman and her friend Margaret Purvis. Hugh and Kathleen are married on board the ship.
As the early, glimmering dawn softly silvered the Iowa prairies, a camp, with a large central tent surrounded by many smaller tents, was revealed near the banks of a winding stream.
Three miles north of Iowa City on a spot where the grass was long and tender, the Woods company had camped the night before. They had come from New York City on the train and now were resting on the land purchased by the Church for the use of emigrants on their long journey to the Salt Lake Valley.
From the Children’s Friend, July 1960 —
Please limit yourselves to identifying one wrong thing each, please, to give as many as possible a chance to play.
To an American in England
by Olga O. Wilkinson
When this war and strife is over,
You’ll return across the seas.
When you think of us in England,
Think of happy scenes like these.
Think of sunny days (we have some,
Though there’s lots of rain between),
Quiet lanes and dreamy by-ways,
Lakes and dells and trees and fields.
Busy towns and bustling markets,
Laughing children (“Any gum?”),
Days that brought you hours of pleasure,
Evenings spent in games and fun.
These are things we’ve tried to show you,
Whilst you’ve been among us here,
Things we hope that you’ll remember,
Through the coming brighter years.
When we come to Uncle Sam’s land,
Please, let’s find that you have told
Something of a spring-time England,
Not one that’s just wet and cold.
Let us find that you remember
(More than rain or snow or sun)
England as a place where friendships
Deep and lasting were begun.
By Belle Watson Anderson
Synopsis: Andrew Rumgay bids farewell to his mother, his relatives, and friends in Scotland and joins his friend Hugh Shand to emigrate to America. Andrew’s fiancee, Jane Allison, is broken-hearted and fears that she will never see Andrew again.
When Andrew and Hugh arrived at the wharf, some of their buoyancy left them. As they carried their luggage from the dray over to the ship, they became very serious.
“Let’s set our things down for a time, and rest on this bench,” Hugh suggested.
England was different from Scotland. Nature seemed more controlled, subdued. The boys sat gazing at the soft, blue sky and the glorious sunset.
We Thank Thee
By Ida R. Alldredge
We thank Thee our Father in Heaven above
For blessings you give us, through kindness and love,
For pretty warm sunbeams, that sparkle and gleam
As they shine on the dewdrops or dance on the stream.
We’re thankful to Thee for the flowers so fair
That cover the meadows and nod everywhere,
We’re thankful for showers that fall on the land
For streams of pure water, and mountains so grand.
We’re thankful to Thee for our parents so dear
For brothers and sisters, to mingle with here,
For more than all this we are grateful to Thee
And hope in the future more worthy to be.
Apostle Melvin J. Ballard delivered this address over the nationwide CBS “Church of the Air” program on 4 October 1936:
NEW WITNESSES FOR CHRIST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a sacred mission to perform in the world. One of the most important features of that mission is to provide new witnesses to this doubtful and skeptical generation that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the very Son of the living God, who died for men and is still interested in them and presides under his Father over the destinies of this world. We proclaim with John that by him, as the Father’s representative, was the world made. In the character of Jehovah before he dwelt among men in the flesh, he was the Spokesman of his Father, Elohim, delivering the commandments, inspiring the prophets and ultimately coming to dwell among men in the flesh, thereafter to be called Jesus Christ. He gave himself as a ransom to save the world and mankind; first, from the consequences of the fall which brought mortality and death. He brings us to immortal and eternal life. And through our obedience to his Gospel he redeems us from the consequences of our own sins.
But his interest in this world did not end when he had performed his great sacrifice. He is the Savior of all men, no matter where or when they have lived upon the earth. To his disciples at Jerusalem he said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) It is generally agreed now that when he spoke those words there was a mighty multitude of people living in this western world. He was their Savior and knew of their existence.
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From the Relief Society Magazine, 1948 –
By Belle Watson Anderson
At last came the click of the old hedge gate, the familiar creak of its rusty hinges, and Jane knew her waiting was at an end.
Andrew Rumgay, her fiance, was not one minute late, yet it had seemed to her that she had waited forever for his coming tonight. She opened the front door and saw him leaning against the luxuriant hedge that grew in front of the Allison home.
The moon was resplendent, silvering the beautiful village of King’s Kettle.
Andrew called excitedly to Jane, “What a wonderful picture to carry with me to America!”
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