Booklists were a regular feature in early Keepa days, but we haven’t had one for a while. Here’s the catalog of the library assembled by the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association of Kaysville (uh, “Kay’sville”). No date is given on the printed list, but spot checking some of the titles leads me to believe this library dates to the earliest YMMIA days, probably the late 1870s or early 1880s. I haven’t found anything published more recently than the late 1860s, although, of course, some of the titles are classics that could have appeared in many editions at later dates.
Not to yawn at their choices, but the list does smack of the “improvement” emphasis of MIA, no?
Catalogue, Y.M.M.I.A., Library.
Kay’sville, Davis County, U.T.
No. . Title.
1 . . Josephus.
2 . . Rollins’ Ancient History. vols. 1 & 2.
3 . . Rollins’ Ancient History. vols. 3 & 4.
4 . . Stephen’s Travels in Central America. vol. 1.
5 . . Stephen’s Travels in Central America. vol. 2.
From the Children’s Friend, January 1945 –
“… And Let Who Will Be Clever”
By Mabel Harmer
“‘Miss Jinny Carlisle will please come forward and receive this medal for her heroic work in rescuing a baby from a burning building. My, what lovely golden curls you have, Jinny. it is wonderful to be both brave and beautiful –’ Oh, I forgot that it is my turn to do the dishes,” and Miss Jinny Carlisle slipped an imaginary medal into the top dresser drawer, tossed her brown pigtails over her shoulders and dashed downstairs to wash the luncheon dishes.
As she poured a generous supply of soap powder into the dishpan, in order to work up a beautiful, foamy lather, she wondered in a vaguely vexed sort of way why it was that people in other places had all the exciting things to do. Last evening, for instance, when they were calling at the Lamberts’, where Don and Ruth were visiting for the Christmas vacation, the visitors talked so casually about sailing a boat on the San Francisco bay that Jinny had almost fallen from her chair. She simply couldn’t imagine anyone being casual about sailing on a real ocean.
From the Relief Society Magazine, 1959 –
The New Day
by Hazel K. Todd
For quite some time now Lynn had sat there by the train window, her eyes on her hands resting idly in her lap. The sunlight streaming through, together with the vibration of the streamliner, as it fled over the countryside, brought vividly, now and then, sudden glints of light from the diamond on her finger. She had been watching it half consciously, wrapped in a lovely warmth for David whom she had left yesterday in Chicago.
Now she gazed curiously out the window at the once familiar landscape. Nine years was a long time. And yet how well she remembered the long line of poplars. More real now than the lost love it signified, it stretched away to the high school building at the top of the hill, still too far away to be anything but a vague red dot. The spring breeze moved the leaves on the trees outside.
The Utah-Posten was one of several foreign-language newspapers published in Salt Lake City in the early 20th century, subsidized by the Church for the benefit of newly arrived immigrant converts. These newspapers were sometimes also distributed in the relevant European Missions as a missionary tool, and to dispel rumors about the horrible conditions of immigrant Mormons, especially women, that sometimes ran rampant in the missions.
The Mormons: An Illustrated History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. by Roy A. Prete. London/New York: Merrell, 2013. 160 p. index. ISBN 978-1-8589-4620-7. Hardcover. Cover price: $34.95 (US); £24.95 (UK); $38.95 (Can.), but currently $18.90 on Amazon.
The subtitle “An Illustrated History” may conjure up expectations of familiar paintings of the First Vision and Joseph Smith at the Hill Cumorah, and old sepia-tone photos of the Kirtland Temple and a wagon company in the canyons of Utah. There is some of that in this attractive book of photographs with running commentary and interesting sidebar articles. However, that traditional (or stereotyped?) presentation of our history fades into the background here: This is overwhelmingly a look at contemporary Mormon life with historical context, rather than the far more common study of early Mormon history with a brief nod to modern developments.
I like it.
From the Relief Society Magazine, December 1936 –
“Evergreen and Folly”
By Maryhale Woolsey
Snow was falling; a biting wind hurled the flakes viciously against faces and inside coat-collars. But the high spirits of the Christmas Eve shopping crowd defied the discomforts of the storm. Cheeks glowed; eyes peered narrowly but merrily above close-drawn furs and tightly clutched packages; voices rose with increased good cheer. Even the colored lights of the street decorations seemed to sparkle and glow more festively.
Edward Thane, warm and comfortable inside his big black limousine, viewed the scene in his usual detached manner. Distinctly alien, more than a little intolerant, he felt himself to be – apart from all the world at this season when goodwill was the expressed order. Christmas had long since ceased to mean anything to Ed Thayne personally. An able secretary discharged the few duties he felt obligatory – sending a few cards, giving to a half-dozen preferred charities, preparing “bonuses” for presentation to a few employees of long standing. That would be about all. And even that mattered but little.
From the Relief Society Magazine, December 1952 –
The Christmas Tree
By Lillian S. Feltman
“Silent Night – Holy Night.” The soft strains carolled thinly on the crisp December night air. Ellie, walking homeward in the snowy dusk, paused a moment to listen. “Silent Night – Holy Night.” It was almost like old times, just hearing it.
Old times – when the children had all been home and their stockings had hung limply, waiting for Santa to fill them. Tom and Ollie and Marge had married, and had gone, one by one, away from the old home. There was no one left, now, but herself and Paul. Just as there had been only Paul and herself in the beginning.
Lesson 44: Being Good Citizens
Doctrine & Covenants 134
Purpose: To encourage Church members to be good citizens by participating in government, obeying the law, and strengthening the community.
Lesson Discussion and Application
[1. Participating in government
2. Obeying the laws of the land
3. Strengthening the community]
Write on board before class, in a place where it can remain throughout the lesson even if the board is used for other purposes during discussion: “In the Church … there is neither Scandinavian nor Swiss nor German nor Russian nor British, nor any other nationality.” – Joseph F. Smith, 1917
Fri. July 6, 1917
Wrote letters. Were expecting the steamer so walked down to the wharf at night, but no sight of it. Received news that Mr Gardello the mayor of Papeete had passed away. Aged 79 yrs.
Sat. July , 1917
Attended Mr Gardellos funeral & called to see the American Consul in the evening.
Sun. July , 1917
S.S. & Sacrament meeting. Sister Compton gave her farewell speech in the afternoon & did very well. Paloana arrived at daybreak & was to leave early next morning. So Sister went aboard to sleep & I went down to keep her company. I hid a beautiful embroidered Chinese red shawl in her cabin for her to find after she had set sail.
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Keepapitchinin features a fair amount of historical Mormon poetry, stories, music, and jokes since, of course, a culture’s literature offers valuable insights into its past and present identity.
For obvious reasons Ardis has rarely featured offerings from other languages, but our recent German history and culture week allowed a brief exploration of a hymn text from a German-American Latter-day Saint, Louis F. Mönch.
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