From the Relief Society Magazine, June 1941 –
The Blue Dress
By Vera Mayhew
Nancy looked with longing eye at the old pink pitcher on the second shelf of the kitchen cupboard. It held a hoard of fifty-cent pieces, quarters, some small change and even a few dollar bills – ten percent, in fact, of all her chicken and egg money she had earned all summer. It was her tithing, and she was going to Church in town next Sunday and pay it to the bishop. At least, that was her plan. That’s what she had saved it for.
With one part of her she wanted to do the thing she had planned. But there was that troublesome other part – the part that liked to dress up and look pretty and that wanted to buy the new dinner dress she had seen in Capwell’s window the day before when she had been in town with Ren. It was so exactly her blue. She stole a look at herself in the mirror above the sink and smiled at the image that looked back at her. A year of hard work hadn’t dimmed the luster of her yellow hair nor coarsened the beauty of her clear complexion. She had taken good care of that. She looked at her hands in the soapy dishwater. Covered with rubber gloves, they were. When her sister had protested at the lovely Nancy marrying a farmer, Nancy had answered that Ren loved beauty as much as any man and that she would take good care not to lose hers.
The Primary class for the 9-year-old girls through the 1960s was “Gaynotes,” part of the Lihoma (or “LIttle HOmeMAker”) group. In addition to the bandlos for that age group, girls also had a “home builder’s book,” a workbook to record key facts about prayer, church organization, and the New Testament, the major themes for their classes that year.
The Gaynote lesson manual was translated into Spanish in 1966. For three or four years before then, teachers in Spanish wards and branches used the old manual from the Lark class (predecessor of the Gaynotes), adapting it as well as they could to the new program. The girls’ workbooks were translated into Spanish in 1964, though. This post presents the 1964 edition of that Notas Contentas workbook.
May 8, 1947
My good intentions didn’t last very long. We’ve had a very good week so far. Monday we started to work on our Mothers Day cards for Primary. We went for a “May Walk” in search of a leaf to use as a pattern for the cards. Then I traced them and Sis Winters cut them out – no wonder our hands were tired We did enough leaves for 22 cards, they each have 2 covers and a center sheet. On the front each child will put his picture and over that a doilie with the center cut out. Inside there is a verse about mother and it is tied together at the base of the stem with a ribbon. “Very cute, (as usual).”
In the afternoon we went to see Sis Blackner and took my Doctrine and Covenants to read because every one was supposed to read their favorite passage out of it the next day. No one was home so we waited on the porch for a while, then wrote a “funny” note, put it in my book and left it in their kitchen. In the evening we finished the Mothers Day cards. (Monday, May 5th)
Discussion No. 24
Repent and Be Baptized
By this time your investigators should have read the Book of Mormon and should be convinced that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. A good spirit has been present at your meetings which should also be a testimony that your message is not an ordinary one. Call these things to their attention. The doctrines and ordinances you have presented are the same as those taught and obeyed in the days of Christ and His apostles, and have been substantiated by the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. This should cause them to apply for baptism. If they do not, I suggest you briefly sum up the important doctrines mentioned below showing a comparison of the doctrines of the New Testament church with those taught by the churches today.
New Testament Church: Church should bear name of Jesus Christ. Eph. 2:19-20; Eph. 5:23-24; 3 Nephi 27:8.
Churches of Men:Called after men, method, or movement.
Discussion No. 23
Was Joseph Smith a Prophet and
Did He Restore the Gospel?
Because of the teachings and the practices of the Christian churches which have held the attention of their members for many generations, it is a difficult thing, even after we have presented the proof of the restoration, for some to accept Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God. Therefore, we here give evidence to substantiate this fact.
Apostasy and Restoration
The ancient apostles and prophets wrote that there was to be a complete falling away from the Church established by the Savior and His apostles. Isaiah 24:5; 2 Thess. 2:1-3.
They also predict a restoration of that Gospel in the latter days. Rev. 14:6-7; Acts 3:19-21; Dan. 2:44.
Discussion No. 22
Fruits of Mormonism
Objective: To show that by living according to the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members have better health, live longer lives, are better educated and have high moral standards.
1. By their fruits ye shall know them. Matt 7:16-20.
2. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defileth the temple of God him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 24 Psalms 3, 4, 5.
Discussion No. 21
Church Auxiliary Organizations
An Evidence of the Gospel Restoration
As the church grew, inspiration and revelation came to its leaders for the education, recreation and advancement of its members. This brought into being the different auxiliary associations which have become so effective in the progress and development of its people. D. & C. 68:25-28; D. & C. 88:117-119; D. & c. 68:77-80.
Each of these organizations has a presidency and a general board made up of specially qualified persons who direct the studies, activities and training of its members. Each of these associations prepare and publish study courses and a monthly magazine which are used in the local organizations in the different parts of the world wherever Latter-day Saints live.
Discussion No. 20
Objective: To show that Tithing is a divine law of ancient origin restored to the earth in these latter days.
The Lord has spoken and again instituted the law of Tithing. D. & C. 119; 64:23.
Tithing is a schoolmaster to prepare for higher and more sacred principles which were had in the church at the time of the apostles. Acts 4:32.
Blessings from the payment of tithing are many and the nine-tenths are much more beneficial than the “whole” when the Lord is not remembered.
Relate some experiences that show blessings from the payment of tithing.
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Discussion No. 19
“It has always been a cardinal teaching with the Latter-day Saints that a religion that has not the power to save people temporally and make them prosperous and happy here cannot be depended upon to save them spiritually and to exalt them in the life to come.” – Joseph F. Smith.
1. Care of the poor, part of religion and the obligation of all.
a. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27.
b. “Remember the poor,” was the counsel Peter gave to the Apostle Paul, “The same which I also was forward to do,” he said. Ga. 2:10; 1 Tim. 5:8; Alma 34:28-29.
c. The duty is laid upon us to impart of our substance to the worthy poor, and this duty will continue, “For the poor always ye have with you.” John 12:8.
d. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.” Prov. 19:17.
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