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William B. Hodgetts, Writing from Worcester

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 17, 2015

DESERET NEWS
21 May 1856

ENGLAND

Worcester, Nov. 12th, 1855.

Editor Deseret News: –

Sir – I left G.S.L. City, on the 9th day of Mar., 1854, in company with Elders Clapp, McGaw, Martindale, Toon, and several others, some omissions to the States, and some to England. Brs. Hodgkinson, Toon, James Foster and myself arrived in Liverpool, on the 19th day of August.

I was appointed to labor in the Worcestershire conference, under Pastor John Barker. For about two months I traveled among the saints living in straw thatched cottages among the hills in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

I told them of the good spirit that prevailed in Zion, and encouraged them as much as I could, and I have felt much blest in so doing.

I was there taken down with pleuracy and inflammation on the lungs, and after I recovered, Prest. F.D. Richards sent me to Cambridge conference, to labor under Pastor C.R. Dana. I labored there about five months, living and working hard, and the God of Israel greatly blest me and increased my strength.

I am now laboring in my native place, Worcestershire conference. I feel well in the work; the city of Worcester is all alive with Mormonism.

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The Scar

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 17, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1946 –

The Scar

Martha Robeson Wright

Dr. Bowen’s hand was gentle on her arm, though his voice was firm.

“It could be much worse, you know, Rowena. It’s a clean scar; no infection, and it’s on the side of your face.”

Rowena Marshall sat stiff and upright in her chair. Her left hand was moving on her face, following the ridge from the left temple down to her neck.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Brigham Young University, 1923

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 17, 2015

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London’s Saints Rally to the Aid of the Titanic’s Victims

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 17, 2015

London’s Latter-day Saints were as shocked as the rest of the world by news of the Titanic’s sinking on 15 April 1912, and rushed to do what they could to contribute to relief efforts for the survivors, and the families of those who had not survived. Within days of the disaster, members of the several branches in London were planning a benefit concert, to be held at “Deseret,” the Latter-day Saint hall in South Tottenham. (“Deseret,” pictured below, was a former concert hall, gaudy and so over-sized that parts of it were rented as warehouse space to local businesses, purchased a few years earlier to give the Saints a hoped-for impressive presence in the capital.)

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The President Is at Home

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 16, 2015

SALT LAKE HERALD
1 January 1882, 16/2

THE GARDO HOUSE.

The Gardo House has been finished, furnished and fitted up as a residence for the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his family, the work being done under the direction of a committee appointed by the council of the apostles, composed of Hon.’s Moses Thatcher, William Jennings and Angus M. Cannon. President John Taylor and family will henceforth occupy that fine dwelling and he will inaugurate his occupancy by receiving such of his many friends as may call upon him to-morrow – New Year’s day,1 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Herald wishes the president many years of health and happiness in his new home.

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The Gardo House, Salt Lake City
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  1. Elsewhere, this issue mentions that Monday, 2 January 1882, would be celebrated as New Year’s Day in Salt Lake City. []

The Star Still Shines

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 16, 2015

The Star Still Shines

Jeanette P. Parry

I do not mind dark Christmas skies tonight,
And ruthless winds invading naked trees;
The selfsame star still shines on Bethlehem
That brought the frightened shepherds to their knees.

I wish I might have heard the angels sing
When all the world in silver silence lay,
And Mary, mother of the Son of God,
Delivered, rested on the manger hay.

I do not see him on a roughhewn cross
With crown of cruel thorns upon his head;
I see the glory of the virgin’s smile
That left a halo on his lowly bed.

The memory still glows in spite of evil deeds,
Of fear and greed and hearts bowed low with pain,
He walks upon the hills to give us hope
His star will shine in all the world again.

(1946)

Joseph F. Smith Family Reunion, 1970

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 16, 2015

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The New Woman: The View from 1904

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 16, 2015

Last night the Salt Lake Tribune sponsored a panel discussion among a half-dozen Mormon women on the theme “What Mormon Women Want.” Participants best known in the Bloggernacle (or at least to me) were Andrea Radke-Moss and Barbara Jones Brown. You can watch the discussion here – it will be well worth your while, IMO.

Some elements of that discussion, together with the heavy focus on “The Family” in the recent General Conference, and even some of the anticipation for the upcoming new kind of Mormon singles conference in New York City, Of One Body: The State of Mormon Singledom, brought to mind this 1904 hand-wringing article from the Juvenile Instructor.

The more things change …

The New Woman: The View from 1904

There are some grave considerations about the new woman that are occupying the discussions of patriotic statesmen as well as men in the medical profession. The new woman may enjoy enlarged social and legal privileges; she may have a broader education than was formerly given her; and in the industrial world, she may be a more important factor than she has ever been; and yet she is today in vital respects more unfortunate than at any time in her history. A woman’s most sacred rights are to be found in the privileges of wifehood and motherhood. When these are denied her, all other rights are merely crumbs that fall from the table of a perverted world. Statistics are given to show that only about two-thirds of the men and women of this country ever marry: and we are told that this proportion is constantly and rapidly decreasing. When added to this is the fact that the birth rate is not fifty per cent of what it should be, it will be clearly understood that the position of woman in the world is perverted from its God-given purpose.

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Joe Smith’s Secret Plan

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 15, 2015

THE DAILY PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
2 March 1843

[Mormon Preachers]

The Mormon delusion is not likely soon to come to an end, for it is said that Joe Smith has recently sent out a large number of female preachers, of “great talent and surprising beauty.” They will do more to keep up the delusion than could all the men in christendom. – N. Y. Aurora.

The Finish

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 15, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, May 1958 –

The Finish

By Frances C. Yost

Tom sat down at the breakfast table. He noticed the crisp white tablecloth, the neatly folded napkins, the pretty dishes Sally had used. Then he looked at the breakfast fare and a frown gathered on his face.

“What, cracked wheat cereal and powdered milk again … oh, no!” Tom shuddered, looked at Sally, and shook his head.

“I’m sorry, Tom, honest I am.” Sally looked a little hurt.

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