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A Few Minutes with the Jacksonville, Florida, Genealogical Committee, 1939

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 25, 2014

District Union Meeting for April 23 1939, San Mateo

Grace N. Gleaton presiding & conducting. Class began at 2:55. 25 present.

Martha Geddes 5 min. clearing up misunderstanding about Government Genealogist of England and Church Genealogist. That it was not Church Gen. that received monies for research & gave little or no service, but Government & other certified Genealogists.

A discussion on the April 5th Sunday program by class.

No temple work sheets to be sent in without a note accompanying them stating that they had been reported to branch Genealogy Secretary.

Convention for 1939 discussed with suggestions for branches to prepare to take part, and to get a report on all branch Gen. activities.


The Lantern in the Tower: Chapter 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 23, 2014

Real life is interfering with the schedule. I’ll post the story this morning, and hope I can add another post at noon when the story normally goes up.


The Lantern in the Tower

by Elizabeth Cheatham Walton

Previous chapter

Chapter 2: Shadows on the Wall

Patty started out, far up the beach where the white foam could not possibly touch her shoes. She sank into the sand. Slowly she pulled one foot out and then the other, plodding heavily along close to the great dunes that lined the beach above the high tide mark.

“This will never do,” thought Patty. “I’ll get there tomorrow at this rate.”

Down toward the sea she went, closer and closer to the scallops of foam, but the sand remained soft and dry. As she put each foot forward, the heel sank deep, followed by the instep and the toe.

“What is the matter?’ thought Patty; then she knew.


The Cynic

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 22, 2014

The Cynic

By Helen Martin Horne

The mocker of faith resorts
To the laughter of hollow scorn
To intimidate the heart
Of the simple to worship born.
On the Lord’s green earth he walks
In Haughtier brash – unwise,
A cynical scorn on his lips,
And a glimmer like hate in his eyes;

But the simple endures in trust –
Content in the Spirit’s birth;
He walks with a joyous step
On his scrap of the Lord’s green earth.
The scorner he dare not hate
Lest he catch him – trapped in surprise –
The Prodigal’s woe on his lips,
And a longing like pain in his eyes.


“I Take Up My Pen”: University of Utah, 1919

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 22, 2014

It counts as Mormon letterhead: there’s Elbert D. Thomas (past missionary, future Senator) again, and look at that Deseret beehive –



Guest Post: Joan Florence Prangnell Farbus: “Pioneering” Ulster Hostess

By: Coffinberry - July 22, 2014

A post in 2011 featured a 1961 photo of Irish Saints dressed for the westward trek on a parade float that didn’t quite get off the ground. (See “It’s Still Tough Going West”).

Sister Joan Farbus (1926-1996) was one of the sisters in pioneer garb. Her daughter recently shared a story about Joan published in the Millennial Star, April 1966.




The Lantern in the Tower: Chapter 1 (of 4)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 21, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, 1950-51 –

The Lantern in the Tower

by Elizabeth Cheatham Walton

Chapter 1: The Dark Sea

Patty’s eyes opened wide.

“Belle,” she called softly. “Belle.”

There was no pad, pad of the big white setter’s feet, nor any low friendly whimper answering her call. She was wide enough awake now to remember. Belle had gone back to the lighthouse with Andy. It couldn’t have been the dog.

Outside, the waves crashed on the beach with a steady roar. Inside, the windows were pale gray squares and the furniture dark, shadowy blotches, like crouching, shapeless forms poised to spring. but Patty was not afraid of the dark, or of strange noises in the night. She was afraid of only one thing – the sea. She, a fisherman’s daughter, was afraid of the sea! Do what she would to hide it or batter it down, the ugly fear was there. She slid down in her bed and drew the soft checked quilt up around her neck, glad that she was safe inside in the warm, comfortable dark.


Elizabeth Kane Meets the Madonna Dolorosa

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - July 21, 2014



In the early 1870s, Brigham Young invited his ailing friend Thomas L. Kane to spend the winter with him in St. George, Utah Territory. Kane headed west from Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two young sons. During their trip, Elizabeth wrote a journal and sent regular letters home to her father filled with witty and sometimes biting portraits of the people she met in Utah. These accounts of her trip are available in two books: Twelve Mormon Homes and A Gentile Account of Life in Utah’s Dixie.


In Our Ward: Lesson 27: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 20, 2014

Lesson 27: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders

1 Kings 11-12; 2 Chronicles 17, 20

Purpose: To encourage class members to develop good leadership qualities so they can influence others to live righteously.


1. The kingdom of Israel is divided, primarily because of Rehoboam’s harsh leadership.
2. Jeroboam and Rehoboam lead their kingdoms into idolatry.
3. Jehoshaphat leads the kingdom of Judah to follow the Lord and His prophets.

What parts of the Old Testament are most familiar to Latter-day Saints? Why do you think that is so?

We are now entering a part of the Old Testament that is much less familiar to most Latter-day Saints than the books we have looked at so far this year – yet the history we’ll talk about today is some of the most important history in the Old Testament, at least so far as concerns our understanding of why the Old Testament. [Sketch the following on the board.]


Andrew Sproul, Missionary: February-March 1842

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 20, 2014

previous installment

Thursday night, Febr. 3, 1842 – E.G. & myself went [to] Charleston & held meeting at Mrs. Eccles’ house. I opened meeting with a hymn & prayer. E.G. preached to the meeting. A number of strangers was there & told them all what was a-doing in these days. After he was done I bore testimony to the truth & read the “Dialogue with the Saint & Inquirer” to them & etc. & closed our meeting.

Saturday, Febr. 5th, 1842 – Margaret Eccles & William Eccles was baptised for a remission of their sins in Miclerigs burn by A Sprowl. This is the woman who has given us her house to meet in at Charleston. Lord bless her & him.

Sunday, Febr. 6, 1842 – Was appointed a day of fasting & prayer at Paisley, & E.G. & I made appointment with the Saints at Nielston to come who could, for we would be there. Therefore we met with the Saints in fasting & prayer 7 we had a happy day of it while we was together. We had many exhortations from the Elders & priests & the spirit of supplication & prayer was manifest amongst the Saints. It continued from 8 morning till 4oclock evening.


Keepa’s Schedule

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 19, 2014

We have some new readers, and I’ve received a couple of queries lately that suggest it might be useful to outline Keepa’s weekly schedule. I’ll link to this from the “About” page for future reference.

Monday through Friday

6:30 a.m. (Mountain Time; or later, if I’m lazy) – the day’s main post goes up.

10:00 a.m. – Usually something visual: an advertisement from an old Mormon publication; historic Mormon letterhead, a photograph that doesn’t need much explanation.


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