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Adult Aaronic Priesthood: “Led to What They Should Be”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 12, 2015

Alfred Peter Anderson Glad (1890-1962) was a bishop in Salt Lake City’s 28th Ward during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In part because of the financial difficulties faced by so many living within his ward boundaries, Bishop Glad began to hear from many men who had not been active in the Church since their childhood or teen years. Some of them had been ordained as deacons, teachers, or priests but had never advanced to the Melchizedek Priesthood; others had never been ordained at all. Some had picked up bad habits – smoking – during their years away from the Church. Most remembered little they had learned in childhood about the scriptures, or about praying. But they were all part of his flock, and Bishop Glad sought out these men and invited them back.

His invitations were persuasive, and a number of the men did return to the ward – once or twice, but then they did not come back. When Bishop Glad visited them again and invited them to come again, some half-heartedly agreed, but then did not come.

“This condition was a constant worry and concern, and I set about to find out why these men failed to continue in attendance,” Bishop Glad said. “So for months at every opportunity, these men were questioned as to why they failed to keep their interest.

“In every case I received the same answers – ‘We do not feel at home. The elders are so far advanced. We would like to attend, but feel out of place.’”


A Compliment for Mom

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 11, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, June 1946 –

A Compliment for Mom

By Olive W. Burt

Janet, seeing that baby Carol was asleep, wheeled the pram into the yard and around the house to her favorite spot under the apple tree. She placed the pram carefully, so that the baby would be protected from the direct rays of the early summer sun, and yet could benefit by the slight breeze that stirred the branches overhead. Then she flung herself on the grass and picked up the book she had been reading.

It was a fascinating book, called “Ballet Slippers,” telling about the struggles of a little girl Janet’s age who wished to become a dancer. Janet was absorbed in the tale, and was not conscious that her parents were in the living room until she heard her father say, “Maybe she won’t want to go.”’

Her mother’s voice answered earnestly, “But she must go, Robert! That’s just the point of it – she’s altogether too wound up in us. She’s got to learn that there are other people, other places, other things to do. It troubles me –”


When the Deseret News Was a Publishing Empire

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 11, 2015

From 1874 —



You Have Been Listening to Elder John A. Widtsoe, “Faith Under the Atomic Bomb”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 11, 2015

This address was given by apostle John A. Widtsoe on 7 April 1946, broadcasting from the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the CBS radio program “Church of the Air,” eight months after the US use of atomic weapons against Japan.

Dear Listeners to the Radio:

A new age began when the atomic bomb was dropped upon the deserts of New Mexico. Thenceforth, man could set free the forces which under the creative power of God, became our material world. For the first time the solid earth could be made “to fail beneath our feet.” An apparently impossible dream had come true.

This occurred in the midst of the madness of murder we call world War II. The hearts of men were already bleeding from the wounds of long years of warfare. Now, the new power seemed as an added unspeakable horror, that promised a new type of destruction, so awful that the hearts of men failed them. The rising ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki appeared as burnt offerings to the incarnation of the world’s evil.


In Our Ward: Lesson 16: “I Was Blind, Now I See”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 10, 2015

Lesson 16: “I Was Blind, Now I See”

John 9-10

Purpose: To help class members have a greater understanding and appreciation of Jesus Christ as the Light of the world and the Good Shepherd.

Lesson Development

1. Jesus gives sight to a man who was born blind.
2. Jesus teaches that he is the Good Shepherd.
1. Our responsibilities as shepherds.
2. “Other sheep I have.”

Scripture Discussion and Application

Today’s lesson text is John, chapters 9 and 10 – I think we won’t get beyond chapter 9, though, so that would be the place to put your bookmark so we can keep going back to that chapter even if we chase through other parts of scripture.


Saturday Remix 1927 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 09, 2015

Just Begun

Roberts: “So you’ve been having an argument with your wife. What over?”

Robbins: “It isn’t over!”

An Unbeliever

“Do you believe in the survival of the fittest?”

“I don’t believe in the survival of anybody. I am an undertaker.”


Heart’s Bounty, Chapter 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 08, 2015

Heart’s Bounty

By Deone R. Sutherland

Previous chapter

Chapter 6

It was on Parker Josephson’s second visit to the Griffith farm that he brought with him his grandmother’s high, square-cut diamond ring.

“Mother’s sister inherited the wedding ring, but I’m having one made that will harmonize with this.”

“It’s the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. I’ll be afraid to wear it,” Annie exclaimed.

“Well, we’re both afraid of something then. I’ve got to talk to your father tonight.”

They were standing under the young orchard trees that were budding. The blue sky dipped in streaks of color in the west until it reached the ever-stretching peaceful lake.

Annie smiled, “Oh, Parker, Father’s always liked you. The first time he ever met you, you did him a kindness.”


“I Take Up My Pen”: Agricultural Experiment Station of Utah, 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 08, 2015

Not strictly Mormon letterhead, of course, but I wanted to preserve that wonderful typeface. The Agricultural Experiment Stations were forerunners of the Extension Service, where practical training and assistance is provided to communities through state universities. The letter carried by this particular example was written while Lewis A. Merrill was on a trip through the state of Utah, speaking at academies and universities — including the Church schools — in the interest of raising professionalism among farmers and ranchers.



The Bible in Our Literature: Lesson 8: Bible Influence as Revealed in Children’s Literature

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 08, 2015


Dr. Howard R. Driggs

Lesson 8 – Bible Influence as Revealed in Children’s Literature

For Tuesday, May 21, 1946

Literature for children had its beginning in folk lore. Out of the wealth of stories created in the long-ago for fireside entertainment and to impress life lessons have come many stories of appeal for both young and old. Youth enjoys the story; age gets more of the inner meaning from it. In this time-tested literature is a rich heritage for all.

Among these treasures are Aesop’s fables – a collection of little tales, mainly of Greek origins, each carrying its moral. Legend ha woven some interesting stories about Aesop. He is said to have been a pedagogue or teacher, full of quaint wit and wisdom. Certain it is that the tales credited to him preserve in living form some helpful maxims; for example:


Of Plain and Hill

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 07, 2015

Of Plain and Hill

By Dott J. Sartori

You who faced that West of long ago–
Roadless, hostile, citiless, unknown –
Who dared to trust your frail mortality
To oxen’s gait, to prairie waste and stone,

I seek your sweet sublime obedience,
I need your simple faith in God’s great will,
For, ever must each generation cross
Some trackless treachery of plain and hill.


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