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Five Reasons for Keepa’ninnies to Attend the AML Conference Next Saturday

By: James Goldberg - March 21, 2015

As you can read on A Motley Vision, the Association for Mormon Letters will be holding a somewhat unorthodox mini-conference this coming Saturday, March 28, from 1-5 pm on UVU campus (Library, rooms LI 515 and LI 516). The theme is “Everything you wanted to know about Mormon Literature (but were afraid to ask)” and the purpose is to introduce newcomers to the widening field of Mormon Letters, while also allowing veterans to be on live debates and wait for spilled blood.

Because dedicated Keepa fans have read more historic Mormon literature than you can shake a stick at, they would be honored guests at this free public event. Five reasons you should consider attending:

5) Because “Mormon letters” is not just another name for the Deseret alphabet.

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Many a nerdy Mormon has been horribly embarrassed by making this simple mistake at a ward linger longer. Don’t let it happen to you.

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Saturday Remix, 1968

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 21, 2015

The Latter-day Saint woman on the train was anxious to use the “golden questions,” so as soon as she could, she asked the man in the seat next to her, “How much do you know about the Mormon Church?”

“Oh, a little,” came the answer.

“Would you like to know more?”

“Yes,” he replied. “I am a stake president, and I need all the help I can get.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Clayton Music Co., 1904

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 16, 2015

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In His Own Words: Fred L.W. Bennett, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 16, 2015

It is a little over five years since I gathered with the body of the Church in Utah. I was a member of the Norwich conference, and like most of the other saints in the European Mission, looked with longing eyes toward the Rocky Mountains, Previous to my investigation of the teachings of the Latter-day Saints I had been indifferent to organized Christianity. As I became acquainted with the Mormon missionaries and observed their humility, and their courage in the face of mobs, not to mention the financial sacrifice they were making in order that they might deliver their message, I thought, “Surely these men are true followers of Christ. how wonderful it must be to live among them!”

In less than six months after I was baptized, I made preparations to go to America, to dwell among the latter-day Saints. During the five years that have elapsed since that memorable Monday morning when, with other members of my family, I set foot on the streets of Zion for the first time, I have had an opportunity of studying the Mormon people such as is given to few emigrants in the first five years, or the first ten.

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Saturday Remix, 1922

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 14, 2015

The Open Season

Little Boy: “I saw you kiss Sis, and if you don’t give me ten cents I will tell.”

Young man: “Here’s the dime.”

Little Boy: “Thanks. That makes three dollars I’ve made this season.”

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Forever Orchid

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 13, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, May 1955 –

Forever Orchid

By Frances C. Yost

May reigned as queen, with dandelions spreading a carpet everywhere. The air, fresh and invigorating,w as heavily scented with lilacs while late blooming tulips and early blooming peonies mingled their brilliance with the blossoming snowballs. The month of May reigned in all her glory, and tomorrow would be Mother’s Day.

Ora Mathews was busy cleaning her big house. It must shine from basement to attic for the children were coming homer … all except Julie. Ora thought of her family of grown children. She was proud of all of them. They were good citizens. They were all making a place for themselves in their Church and community. They were all practical and thrifty … except Julie.

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Prayer for a Son

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 12, 2015

Prayer for a Son

By LeRoy Burke Meagher

Give me a son who loves to run
With life full in his face,
Likes dogs and lanes and quiet rains
And kites the breezes race;
Who knows the creed of earth and seed,
And tends the precious flame
Of faith with care, by daily prayer
In Jesus’ holy name.

(1948)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Malad Stake Messenger, 1922

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 12, 2015

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On the Program: Woman’s Committee of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1911-1912

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 12, 2015

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Miracles Do Happen

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 11, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1934 —

Miracles do Happen

By Claire Stewart Boyer

Characters:
Ann Cowan (Hesitant)
Rebecca James (Bitter)

Place: At Ann’s Home.

SCENE 1. 1926.

(At rise of curtain Ann and Rebecca seated in rockers near small table.)

Rebecca (in discouraging voice): It’s no use, Ann! Any way you look at it it’s all wrong! We women haven’t a chance. It’s just as hard as it was in pioneer days – only it’s different. We work from dawn till dusk just the same and Saturday night we’re not ready for the beginning of a new week at all. We’re not even ready for Sunday.

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