From the Children’s Friend, August 1944 –
The title got you here, right? That is and always was the purpose of newspaper headlines. The following story describes an LDS baptismal service in Yorkshire, England, where – of course – there were no half-nude youths. I actually pulled it from a newspaper in Singapore, illustrating how far and wide news about Mormons tended to travel. Reports from French newspapers reached the most distant French islands in the Pacific; Mormon news from England shows up in Indian sources; Chinese newspapers picked up Mormon news from Japanese sources, which in turn had copied them from South African newspapers. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at least, the world lurved talking about Mormons.
And sometimes, they got the story right!
SINGAPORE FREE PRESS AND MERCANTILE ADVERTISER
15 January 1925, 4/
MORMON ACTIVITY IN WEST RIDING.
Baptisms at Public Baths.
Bradford, Nov. 23. 
A revival Mormon activity in the West Riding has evoked much agitation here against Mormonism and its methods, one of the practices alleged against them being that of immersing “half-nude young men and women” in their “secret rites” of baptism. Yesterday afternoon, in the Feversham Street School baths, there was a Mormon baptism, and the service was decorous almost to the point of dreariness.
It’s been quite a while since we looked at an old lesson series used in one of the auxiliaries. I like this one from 1922-23. It meshes quite well with the 21st century’s philosophy of “intentional living,” or being aware of everyday acts that are usually taken for granted, and directing those everyday acts into some pattern meant to improve ourselves and our world.
Doing Common Things in an Uncommon Way
A Study for the Advanced Senior Class, M.I.A., 1922-23
By George H. Brimhall, President Emeritus, Brigham Young University
Uncommon shall mean in this course out of the ordinary, higher and better than is usual, a mode of doing things on a plane to which the many have not arrived. It shall mean the excellence of action not yet reached by the mass or the popular majority.
The few are uncommon and the many common. In fact in each individual the uncommon qualities are not in the majority as to number but may be dominant because of their superior quality or uncommonnness. the uncommon feature of these lessons will be an attempt to do the uncommon thing of getting some common things considered from an uncommon point of view.
“A” Is for Apron
Ilene H. Kingsbury
Old woman! Old woman! Old apron woman! Are you too tired to walk the streets today? Why are you rocking so calmly under your plum tree shade? Haven’t you noticed your chair sinking ever deeper into the grassy ground?
Clarissa’s eyes, half closed to the slanting, setting sun scarcely acknowledged the taunt of imprudent children. Old apron woman, indeed! This starched linen apron, crisp to a scratchy crackle; this crocheted insertion six inches deep; this long mantle of white was all she asked of heaven for adornment.
And why not? For on the day she turned eight she wore just such an apron over her best linsey-woolsey, and by midnight it was in rags, covered with printers’ ink! Only one corner was worth being cut off to make a small handkerchief.
Sunday, November 14th 1909
Meeting commenced by singing Hymn 139 (Our Mountain Home so Dear) followed by prayer by Bro. Ephraim Ericson. The Choir then sang Hymn No 58 (Hark, Listen to the Trumpeters)
Whilst the Sacrament was being administered by Elder E.W. Polsen & Elder Wesley E. Smith, the hymn on page 70 was also sung by the Choir.
Certificates of Temporary membership were read & approved of, Bro W. Weech, from the Pine Grove Ward, Union Stake.
A Bottle of Oil was then consecrated by Elder F.P. Hammond, assisted by Elders Lattimer & President Jos. A. Geddes.
Elder Judd, who is a delegate from Utah to the National Land Congress, was the speaker. He gave a history of his life, told how he accepted the Gospel in England & described the trials & difficulties of Crossing the Plains. He dealt fully with the progress of the Church in its early days, & bore a faithful testimony to the Gospel, & the principles of the True Church in these last days.
Christie Lund Coles
He lives! Oh, let me say the words,
As real in me as breath;
He lived, he died, he rose again,
He triumphed over death.
He lives! His promise lifts my heart,
His goodness heals my soul.
Beyond this earthly path, I, too
Shall rise, serene and whole.
In anticipation of Daniel Berghout’s upcoming lecture at the Church History Library on August 14, 2014, Keepapitchinin is featuring a few selections from long-time Tabernacle organist, hymn writer, and German immigrant Alexander Schreiner (1901-1987).
The Schreiners lived in Kattenhochstatt, Germany, but attended the Nürnberg Branch, so the picture is of Nürnberg in 1906. Eleven-year-old Alexander was serving as branch organist when his family emigrated to America. He told the following story in his biography.
We arrived in Salt Lake City on a Friday. We were welcomed by Latter-day Saints who formerly lived in Nürnberg and had immigrated previously. We loved them and we were happy, of course, to see them again. There were also former missionaries who had been in Nürnberg. We were given a warm welcome indeed.
On Sunday morning we were taken to Sunday School, and of course, someone else was playing the organ. (more…)
From the Relief Society Magazine, 1959 –
“A” Is for Apron
Ilene H. Kingsbury
Hey, old woman, with the long white Apron!
What are you holding in it, your hands all bundled up inside?
Why do you walk along the shade of the poplars and pick your way so stoutly?
Hey, what are you thinking of at all?
Nudged from a memory, and rudely, to say the least, this aged woman, Clarissa by name, slackened her pace, squared her shoulders, and, for an instant, felt the tug of a remembered burden in her apron.
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