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Children in Sacrament Meeting, 1953

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

This 1953 Church News article has been kicking around in my “to post” file for a couple of years now, without my knowing quite what to say about it. Time to pass it over to you for your evaluation:

SACRAMENT MEETING

Parents Told to Bring the Children

During the last General Conference, a new objective in attendance at sacrament meeting was announced by the Presiding Bishopric. it was suggested that plans be made to have 60 per cent of the ward membership in attendance at sacrament meeting each week. In making these plans, one of the factors to be kept in mind by bishops is that 18 per cent of the Church population are under eight years of age.

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The Apricot Tree

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1960 –

The Apricot Tree

Mabel Harmer

Janet drew her shawl more closely about her shoulders as she stepped out of the cabin door. The wind was sharp – for April. She hurried out to the shed and picked up an armload of wood. Thank goodness, she didn’t have; to shovel a path through the snow any longer.

On the way back she stopped to examine the buds on the apricot tree. Maybe last night’s frost hadn’t nipped them. It was hard to tell. This was the third tree she had planted, and they were hard to get. It had been the first one to survive at all, and maybe the buds on this one had been frozen so that there would be no fruit this year.

She hurried on. Timmie mustn’t be left alone for more than a few minutes. His breathing was easier this morning, but he’d had a hard coughing spell in the night. If she could just get that fever broken today he might do all right.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 5

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

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The Church’s Resolution on Disarmament, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 20, 2014

On Sunday afternoon, October 9, 1921, “in general conference assembled,” the following resolution was adopted by the Latter-day Saints:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brought forth and established by the power of God and dedicated to the mission of preparing the way for the glorious coming of the son of God to reign in the earth, in truth and righteousness and peace, beholds with deep interest every authoritative movement taken by the nations in the interest of world peace.

It is believed that the conference called in Washington to consider the limitation of armaments and questions concerning the Pacific and nations of the far east may, under the favor of Heaven, promote this great objective.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 19, 2014

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Phoenix Stake Relief Society, 1950

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 19, 2014

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Guest Post: The Bishop’s Court

By: Mark B. - August 19, 2014

We have heard a lot recently about disciplinary councils in the Church, which generally seem to have had unhappy endings, at least for some of the participants. As an antidote to all the somber news, here is an account of a bishop’s court, held near the turn of the 20th Century, which had a happier outcome. From Claude and Evelyn: An anecdotal account of the lives of Evelyn Thurston and Claude Cornwall (Ithaca, NY: self published, 1975).

At this time in our history there was not too clear a line drawn between the jurisdictions of Church and State. It was a policy of the Church that petty quarrels or differences could be settled in the Bishop’s Court rather than have them move into the less friendly realm of State or County. We had so recently emerged from a Territorial status, and were just getting used to elections rather than appointments for County and State positions under the law. So my father, being a Bishop, had the obligation to settle, if he could, petty differences that might arise within the flock. Many of these disputes had to do with uses and control of irrigation water. Water is the lifeblood of the West, as everyone who lives there well knows.

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Within Our Reach

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 18, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1954 –

Within Our Reach

By Donna Day

The boy, emerging from the flow of sleep, lay quietly in his bed on the back porch. With intense loneliness, he contemplated the tremendous and moving quietness of awakening. Could one awaken and continue dreaming? The slow consciousness of his surroundings took shape out of shadow. That first light brought the sudden realization that tomorrow they would go to the crater. No, not tomorrow. Today! Lifting himself abruptly, he started to climb out of bed. There were so many wonderful things to see and think about.

Suddenly his mother stood in the kitchen doorway looking upward. Out of the glowing east, spears of sunlight illuminated her face and put a glitter in her pale hair. She shook out her apron as if it were sun crumbs she was scattering.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Logan Knitting Factory, 1903

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 18, 2014

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A Few Minutes in the North Weber Stake, 25 June 1916

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 18, 2014

This is much longer than the usual “A Few Minutes” post – it is the record of a single day’s meetings kept by an extraordinary man. David W. Evans was clerk of the North Weber Stake for 47 years (1908-1955), and his minutes, always kept as beautifully as this set, are simply extraordinary. In the case of major speakers, such as Orson F. Whitney’s two addresses to the stake on this day, he captured their words in shorthand, then typed page after page of transcription into the stake minute book.

If you don’t have time to read the full set, I’d suggest you use your browser’s search function to search for the word “scholarship” to read Elder Whitney’s defense of culture and education in the Kingdom, or “Unitarian” to read about his encounter with a gentlemanly opponent, or “Adam fell that men might be” to read his defense of Adam and Eve. Or, leave a comment mentioning other bits you think other readers might enjoy.

Thirty-First Quarterly Stake Conference, June 25, 1916

The Thirty-first Quarterly Stake Conference of the North Weber Stake of Zion convened in the Ogden tabernacle Sunday, June 25, 1916, meetings being held at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. There were present of the General Authorities, Elder Orson F. Whitney, of the quorum of Twelve Apostles. Of the Stake Authorities: Each member of the Stake Presidency, the Stake Clerk, each member and alternate of the High Council, each officer of the High Priests quorum, 2 of the 3 patriarchs of the Stake, 35 of the 36 bishops and counselors, an 47 of the 54 auxiliary stake workers, a total of 110 out of 119 of these officers, or 92%, the 9 absentees being excused, 5 on account of sickness and 4 for other causes. There were also present counselor John Watson of the Weber Stake Presidency and, during the afternoon, patriarch George W. Larkin of the Weber Stake. The general attendance at the morning session was 1024, and during the afternoon, 1124.

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