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Saturday Remix, 1943

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 11, 2014

Harry: “Mother, won’t you give me five cents for a poor man who is crying out in front?”

Mother: “Yes, my son, here it is, and you are a good boy to think of it. Poor man, what is he crying about?”

Harry: “He’s crying, ‘Fresh roasted peanuts, five cents.’”

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Be It Ever So Humble

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 10, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1934 –

Be It Ever So Humble

by Ida R. Alldredge

Grandma Biby sat in her rocker by the window watching the girls and boys as they hurried home from school. Tiny snowflakes whirled through the air and fell lightly to the ground. the branches of the trees, already loaded from recent storms, groaned under their new weight.

Grandma smiled as the girls and boys, in their childish glee, threw snowballs at one another.

Her thoughts flew back to her own little John and Helen, and the first big snow man they made. It had stood on the back porch for almost a week. How their daddy laughed as he hurried in from his chores as they pelted him with tiny snowballs.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Niobrara, Nebraska Branch, Western States Mission, 1946

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 10, 2014

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To the Mormon Missionaries

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

To the Mormon Missionaries

By Lenore Bredeson

(daughter of the non-LDS landlord of
the elders in Winona, Minnesota)

There is no stoop to that young walk,
No dissipated air,
Profanity cannot abound
Be these crusaders there.

The light that shineth in their gaze
Sincerity assures,
And also proves that deep within
Serenity endures.

Their zeal, faith, love, and earnestness
Will surely e’er impart
A flame of understanding
In a seeking, blinded heart.

We may not think that they are right,
But we can still admire
Their humble efforts to fulfill
The Father God’s desire.

(1941)

Meet the Israelites — Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

From the Improvement Era, June 1957 —

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Donnie’s Day — October

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1944 –

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Flooding the Earth — or at least Facebook

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

This profile picture is spreading fast among my LDS friends — steal it here if you want it. (Designed by Nate Oman, inspiration by “The Garden of Enid.”)

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Help Wanted

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, September 1944 –

Help Wanted

By Nora Wayne

Ellen stood on the crowded bus, one hand clutching the back of a seat, and swayed with its lurchings. Her mind was performing its usual five-o’clock treadmill. How many potatoes were left from dinner last night? if there should be enough to cream she could open a can of salmon and dinner would be easy. No, she had used the last of the salmon a week ago. There hadn’t been any in the shops for a long time now. What could she fix? Since the meat shortage it had been hard to think up quick meals. She’d have to wait until she got home and see what there was on hand. They’d have to get along on what she could find, she was just too utterly weary to shop tonight. She supposed she wasn’t a good manager. Maybe she wouldn’t get so tired if she didn’t do all her work twice, once thinking of it and dreading it, and once when she did it. If Gil were only more co-operative. But he didn’t want her to work.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Knight Sugar Co., Ltd., 1906

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

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How the “C” Word [Correlation] Was Introduced to the Church, 1970

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

We’ve all heard of Correlation, and have some idea of what that means. Our ideas may not be entirely accurate, and the purpose/methods of Correlation may have changed over the years – but here is how the idea was presented to the Church in am adult Sunday School lesson of 1970:

Priesthood Correlation

When the Church was organized in 1830 with only six members, the Lord appointed an administrative head of two elders to preside over it. As the goals and services of the Church enlarged, the administrative head also expanded under the divine council of the Lord; these new servic3es and functions r3equired additional leadership. Soon a Presiding Bishop was selected, a First Presidency was chosen, and apostles were called and ordained. Other general authorities, priesthood bodies, auxiliaries, and councils followed which were established, each with varying responsibilities in the building of the Lord’s kingdom.

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