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Blind

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

Blind

By Hilda N. Bingham

When she had lost the sight of day,
She found God’s hand to lead the way;
And trustingly she walked along
To heights of faith, and joy, and song.
She faltered not when came the night,
For in its place came heaven’s light
Which brings the joy that surpasses
The understanding of the masses.

(1942)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Seattle Stake, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

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But the Fun Was Not Rationed

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

During World War II when many commodities were in short supply, nations issued ration books to fairly distribute what goods were available among all their citizens. You couldn’t buy shoes or sugar or gasoline without turning in stamps or coupons from a ration book (or having your book stamped, or punched, or otherwise cancelled), and then you couldn’t buy more of that commodity until the next ration period, when another coupon in your book would become valid. Taking care of your ration books was incredibly important because they governed your quality of life – but they also must have been incredibly frustrating, as people tried to keep track of which coupons were valid on what dates, and tried to plan decent meals and wardrobes based on what could be purchased in a given week or month.

One ward in Salt Lake City, though, had a little fun with the concept of ration books in 1942. That ward issued mock ration books — a strip of cardstock folded into four pages — for a ward entertainment –

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 2

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles is disquieted by a discussion with Steve Rey, a young man whom she has been dating, who tells her he is not ready to marry. Although she is in no hurry to marry, for she is convinced that there is something else she must do first, his attitude worries her. Her parents sense that Jennifer is uncertain about several things and suggest a trip to visit Bea McPherson, a recently widowed cousin, in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer settled herself in the luxury of the beautiful home that John McPherson had left his wife. The air conditioning felt too good for words to express. Jennifer commented on the beauty of the large, exquisite home.

“Yes,” Bea said, “it is lovely. While John was alive it was full of happiness and sunshine, but now it seems too big and too lonely, although I would hate to give it up.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Scandinavian Meetings, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall, part 15

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

There is an entry in the district court minute book of Sevier County, dated 26 July 1907:

In the matter of the Insanity of Cara Birdsall, Incompetent. On this matter the guardian of the person and estate of Cara Birdsall appears in open Court and makes a petition verbally by counsel I.J. Stewart for an order of delivery of said Cara Birdsall. Upon hearing the matter the Court issues its order for the delivery of the said incompetent to Isaac Birdsall her guardian.

After all she’s been through, and they can’t even get her name right!

But never mind that; Cora came home. The State Hospital’s records don’t tell us when she was released, or what condition she was in when she came home. Had her mental health improved at all? I don’t know. Who went to Provo to bring her home, and how was her behavior on the way home? I don’t know. Since Mary Birdsall was with her daughter through everything that had gone before, I think she must have gone to Provo to retrieve Cora – but this time, whatever Cora’s behavior, she would not have had the assistance of the sheriff who had helped deliver Cora to the hospital in the first place.

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Partnership with God

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 14, 2014

Partnership with God

By Gertrude Hanson

We dare not carry it alone,
This sacred call to parenthood …
In humbleness we kneel to plead
For all the help that we shall need.

We pray for understanding hearts,
For courage, love, for songs to sing
And staffs for paths that must be trod …
We are in partnership with God.

(1940)

“I Take Up My Pen”: BYU Alumni Association, 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 14, 2014

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 1 (of 8)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 13, 2014

From the 1968-69 Relief Society Magazine –

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Chapter 1

Jennifer Miles leaned against the big walnut tree gracing the back yard of the large family home in Springville, Utah. It was early spring, and the mountains to the south were still a beautiful blue and white from the winter’s snow. The lake to the west and the sky above were an identical blue. The eastern mountains were beginning to turn green. The air was pleasantly warm and flowers were beginning to bloom all across the valley. Jennifer loved the springtime, for it signified new birth and was a change from the final dreary months of winter; but she loved each new season as it came.

She sighed audibly. She was failing in a valiant but vain attempt to get an early start in preparing for final examinations at the university where she was a junior student in business education. When she finished she would be qualified to teach in high school. There were three more semesters, one of which involved student teaching, before she would finish her course of study.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: St. Johns Cooperative, 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 13, 2014

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