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Strange Bond

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 08, 2014

This one is going to drive young mothers up the wall … yet it is very reflective of the way my generation grew up.

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1962 –

Strange Bond

By Thelma Grube

Ellen was two and spring not yet born when we began to notice the very old man. Each day at precisely the same time he rode precisely by on an English bike. He looked neither to right nor left, up nor down. He looked, as only the very old can look, directly forward into the past. No matter how chill the east wind, nor how hot the west, the old gentleman always wore the same outfit – dark trousers held at one cuff by a bicycle clip, a brown tweed jacket, and a white silk muffler. He wore no hat.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 12

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 08, 2014

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Charles Lowell Walker: Keeping Dixie Sane

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - September 08, 2014

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Charles Lowell Walker was a busy man. In 1863 he noted, “This winter I have been attending to the Seventies Meetings, Sunday meeting, ward Meetings, besides a Lyceum and Dramatic association of which I am a Member, so I havnt had Much time to waste.” Besides attending meetings, he needed to provide for his wives Abigail Middlemass and Sarah Smith and a growing family, build a home in the Southern Utah desert, help build irrigation systems, work as a stonecutter for the St. George Tabernacle and Temple, and fulfill other duties.

In addition to all his duties, he wrote what historian Davis Bitton later called “one of the great diaries of pioneer and territorial Utah.” (more…)

Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 05, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Previous Chapter

Chapter 6

It was on the third day of October that Tomas Novarro came for his son. It was a bright and brittle morning, with the desert winds blowing hot down the hills, and the sea taking on the deep vital blue that was a sign of autumn as plain as maple leaves on fire.

This was the last time Nina would take down small Joseph’s special bowl, or spoon into it the hot, nourishing cereal. This was the last of the brilliant mornings rich with plans for the day. There would be no more Disneyland expeditions or deep sea fishing with Tomas to show her how to reel in her line. He was taking his son to Europe to show him the world and to have him entirely to himself. He had talked about it, planned for it, writing for brochures, bringing them over in the evenings to see what she thought of the side trips he had planned.

Nina made herself very busy. Today she would houseclean the kitchen cupboards, put down new paper, and tomorrow she would go to the Children’s Hospital and apply for a job. She needed a new car, and now she could afford one. By all these thoughts, like actors on a stage, she fought to keep back the one tall and spectral figure – loneliness.

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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 5 [this is working now]

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 04, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Previous Chapter

Chapter 5

Synopsis: Nina Karsh lives in a small house in the Malibu Mountains of California. The house is owned by Tomas Novarro, a sad and morose man of great wealth, who brings his motherless son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Nina agrees to look after the boy temporarily. Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home, visits Nina at times. She tries to help him into a better life adjustment. AT the request of Tomas Novarro, Dr. Craig Jonathan comes to check up on Joseph’s health. Joseph shows gradual but consistent improvement, and Nina feels a deep satisfaction. Dr. Jonathan continues to call and becomes interested in Nina.

Tomas Novarro came home on one of the hottest September days in California history. Nina, unaware of his arrival, had taken small Joseph and Tommy to the beach.

Joseph had come to love the sea with a small boy’s passion for sound and motion. Nina had to watch him every second or he would have been out beyond his depth. She could not understand this heedlessness of danger in one who once trembled at the sound of running water. Joseph had come a long way. He was really talking now, sometimes long furious sentences that were not always clear – but he was talking.

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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 4

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 01, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Previous Chapter

Chapter 4

Synopsis: Nina Karsh lives in a small house in the Malibu Mountains of California. The house is owned by Tomas Novarro, a sad and morose man of great wealth, who brings his withdrawn and motherless son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Nina agrees to look after the boy temporarily. She is visited by Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home, on the beach. Nina tries to help him into a better life adjustment. Dr. Craig Jonathan comes to check p on Joseph’s health. later, Nina goes to the Novarro home to find out all she can about Joseph’s background and the origin of the boy’s problems.

The wind blew hot from the desert. At the beach it was a fierce 110 degrees. Doctor Jonathan drove up carefully between the perilously dry eucalyptus trees and the equally perilous oak. The whole canyon could go up by spontaneous combustion. he looked up to the hills where the bright houses leaned into the sky. People were idiotic to build here and more idiotic to stay.

It had been three weeks since he had seen Joseph Novarro. Doctor Jonathan felt guilty about this, especially since Tomas made a point of calling him every Sunday evening to find out how the boy was doing.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 31, 2014

Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World

Jonah; Micah

Purpose: To encourage class members to fulfill their responsibilities as latter-day Israel to love all the people of the world and share the blessings of the gospel with them.

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. Jonah is called to preach to Nineveh, but he runs away.
2. The people of Nineveh respond to Jonah’s message and repent.
3. Micah prophesies of the mission of latter-day Israel.

The Old Testament concludes with 12 very short books of prophecy – the so-called “Twelve Minor Prophets.” Except for a verse here and there that we tend to quote in isolation as proof of some doctrine or other, most of us are entirely unfamiliar with most of these books. If you were to ask me to speak in Sacrament Meeting today on the book of Haggai, or the prophecies of Habbakuk, I’m afraid I’d have to make it up as I went along. And chances are, you wouldn’t know that I was making it up, because you likely are no more familiar with these books than I am!

Today we’ll be talking about one of those books, the book of Micah, a book with seven short chapters that you could probably read in a single sitting – although it would take us all many more than a single sitting to understand who Micah was speaking to, and what he probably meant by this or that statement. Still, in the time we have today, I’m sure we can go a long way toward learning what Micah had to say to us, here in this ward, in the year 2014.

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Sow the Field with Roses: Chapter 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 29, 2014

Sow the Field with Roses

By Margery S. Stewart

Previous Chapter

Chapter 3

Synopsis: Nina Karsh, thirty-nine, horseback riding in the Malibu Mountains of California, becomes lost. She meets Tomas Novarro, whose grandmother’s house she has just rented. He owns considerable surrounding property, and other property in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Novarro talks with Nina about the newspaper account of her dismissal as a nurse’s aid from the local hospital, and Nina explains the circumstance. Novarro brings his motherless, withdrawn son Joseph and asks Nina to take care of him. Reluctantly, she agrees to look after the boy. She is visited by Tommy Benedict, a young boy from an unhappy home who has taken a great liking to Nina, and enjoys riding her horse Dominick.

Doctor Jonathan edged his car up the perilous roadway to the hilltop house. He looked coldly at the pandemonium of color and line and vista stretching to his right. People ought to leave hills for trees or goats. Tomas Novarro’s people must have been made to have built a house so high and so far.

Another thing that made Craig Jonathan feel pettish was his errand. He wanted nothing to do with Nina Karsh. The Valley Hospital was still buzzing with her dismissal, people took sides.

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 11

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 28, 2014

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“I Take Up My Pen”: H. Schatti, Hinwil Confiseriefabrik, 1937

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 28, 2014

(Today’s main post will be up later in the morning — have some candy for breakfast in the meantime. — Later: Or maybe not. I don’t seem entirely functional today. Sorry.)

Candymaker Badwagon Piranian was called from Zurich to be president of the Palestine-Syrian Mission 1933-35, and again 1947-50.

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