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Welcome the Task: Chapter 5

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 5

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young girl of twenty-four, has been visiting friends in Houston. She has left behind Steve Rey, a young man to whom she is attracted. In Houston she meets handsome Jim Long who has devoted his attentions to her. The bishop of the ward is director of the famous Texas Heart Center. Jennifer’s mother is suffering from a serious heart ailment, and a famous doctor has performed a delicate operation on her.

Mrs. Miles was pronounced well enough to return to Utah just five weeks after the surgery had been performed. It was a joyous day for all when Dr. Mayhew gave them the good news. Charles, Jennifer, and Elizabeth made plans to fly to Salt Lake City, where they would be met by a grateful and happy family.

Jennifer’s excitement at the prospect of returning home was not too severely dimmed by the necessity of bidding farewell to Jim, although she admitted that she would miss him, and the attentions he had paid.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Lawrence Madsen, Stake Clerk, 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

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Latter-day Saint Images, 1918 (3)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 22, 2014

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Manti North Ward, Utah
Sunday School

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God’s Love

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

God’s Love

By Anton J.T. Sorensen, Bountiful

It matters not what color skin,
Red, white, dark, yellow, gray;
There is a god that dwells within
Each living house of clay.

Each one makes footprints on the sand
And weave beside the loom;
The pattern weaved God understand
And soul within the home.

Me-thinks, while men this life pursue
God’s Love reach everywhere;
It matters not what shade the hue
Each have their load of care.

May sweet compassion rule each heart,
Dispel grim hate and fear;
O God, help each to do their part
While they shall journey here.

(1942)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Taylor Stake, 1909

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

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My Words, Your Words, Their Words

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 21, 2014

Back in the early 1990s – can it really be 20 years ago? – I took part in some genealogical e-lists: readers could submit queries or compile local obituaries or whatever, and send them to a central address which would distribute them to everybody who subscribed to the service. I used to submit short pieces on topics like how to save money in genealogical research, or the genealogical clues to be found in the bonds that many jurisdictions required for marriage licenses, land sales, and other legal transactions. In addition to pleasant comments on the e-list, editors of genealogical societies around the country sometimes asked to reprint my pieces. I’d get paper newsletters from places I never heard of, with my name in print. Great fun, and some of my earliest experience in getting feedback from readers.

One member of the e-list, though, frequently exasperated me. She would take my pieces, strip my name off, add some asinine paragraph (no, S–, no civil government anywhere in the U.S. ever required a marriage bond  “to guarantee the virginity of the bride”!), and then send them out under her own name as a feature on the e-list called “S– H–’s Tips & Tricks.” When I’d protest, her response was always, “Well, how do I know you wrote that?” And my response was always, “even if you don’t know that I wrote it, you know that you didn’t write it, so why have you put your name on it?”

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 4

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young woman of twenty-four is spending the summer in Houston, Texas, with her mother’s cousin, Bea McPherson. Jennifer has left behind Steve Rey, whom she is attracted to, but the relationship is unsure. In Houston, she meets handsome Jim Long, who has been wooing her. The bishop of Bea’s ward is the director of the famous Texas Medical Center, and has indicated that it might be possible for Jennifer’s mother to have heart surgery to relieve the serious heart condition from which she is suffering.

One night early in September, Jennifer ventured to ask Bea what her feelings about Dick were.

“What do you mean?” Bea asked guardedly.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: South Los Angeles Stake, 1945

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

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Conference Wordles — October 2014 Edition

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2014

[UPDATE: All Wordles have been identified -- see comment 53 for a complete list of solutions. ]

It’s Conference Wordle time again! You know how it works: I run some text through the engine at Wordle.net, which creates a word cloud. Words that appear most often in that text are in largest type, while the smallest type is used for words that appear least often.

Your challenge is to identify which part of the recent General Conference is represented by each Wordle. Puzzles can come from any part of Conference: talk, song, prayer, any bit of business, and from any session of Conference, including sessions that were or were not or were again or [redacted], no, no, they weren’t part of Conference after all.

For talks, please name the speaker and the name of the talk; a listing of all Conference speakers and talks is found here (click the “show music” link to make the song titles appear). It would also be nice if you told us what clues in the Wordle prompted the solution.

Slight rule change from previous challenges: You may solve as many puzzles as you want, but you must wait one full hour after posting one solution before you post another. That will give more people a chance to play, while still allowing Wordle fans the opportunity to solve multiple puzzles.

Ready, set, SOLVE!

[Update: If you're somewhere with a filter that blocks images, send me a note (AEParshall at aol dot com) and I'll email you the images so you can play, too.]

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In Our Ward: Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 19, 2014

Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

Isaiah 22-30

Purpose: To help class members come unto Christ through recognizing some of the wonderful things he has done.

Scripture Discussion and Application:

1. The Savior opens the door to Heavenly Father’s presence.
2. The Savior shows mercy for those in spirit prison.
3. The Savior is a strength and a refuge.
4. The Savior will prepare a feast and destroy the “vail.”
5. The Savior wipes away our tears.
6. The Savior will bring the Resurrection.
7. The Savior is our sure foundation.
8. The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.
9. The Savior knows our trials and directs our paths.

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