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Without Money, and Without Price

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 10, 2014

William C. Dunbar (1822-1905), born in Inverness, Scotland, a perpetual missionary for many years, had already been a member of the Church for ten years by the time he penned this 1850 article for the Millennial Star.

Without Money, and Without Price

In my travels among the Saints I have heard the above text often made use of; some through ignorance, and others, because they have small contracted nut-shell souls.

The Saints generally are, though poor, a benevolent, kind, and open-hearted people, and considering their limited means, it is almost astonishing to see what they can accomplish. But scattered among them are a few drones, who, while others are putting their hand to the work, go buzzing about, and will not be content themselves, neither will they allow others to be, if they can help it; and when an elder makes his wants known in the shape of a coat, pair of shoes, or travelling expenses, or if the president of a conference requires means to take him to the valley, the grumbler buttons up his pocket, opens his eyes as if quite surprised, and exclaims – “The apostles preached without money, and without price. I thought when I came into this church, I would have nothing to pay.”

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Happy Ending

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 09, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, November 1943 –

Happy Ending

By Rosa Lee Lloyd

Kirk had always loved Linda’s dark hair. Now his hard hand touched it reverently, almost as a small son would smooth a mother’s forehead.

“How about it, Belinda?” he asked, eagerly.

“All right, Kirk. I can’t argue with you anymore – not in that uniform. So if that’s the way you want it – we’ll have a wedding.”

“That’s the way I want it.” His brown eyes teased her. “Never argue with a top sergeant: especially on his first furlough. Remember I had to be plenty tough to win these stripes.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Juvenile Instructor, 1929

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 09, 2014

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Jack the Ripper and the Lady Missionaries

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 09, 2014

Sorry — that’s a bait-and-switch title. Sort of.

I think we’ve talked about William Jarman before, the man who spent a few years in Utah as a Latter-day Saint, then returned to England and engaged in one of history’s foulest long-term campaigns against Mormonism. He gave lectures, sometimes dressed in temple robes, filled with lurid tales of murder and sex slavery among the Mormons. He attracted audiences to his lectures with posters and handbills, like this one:

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The Seeing Heart

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

The Seeing Heart

By Maud Baggerley

If thou a gift of Deity wouldst ask,
Then, for discernment pray!
For he who hath the seeing heart,
Like miracle of day,
Doth glad the fainting soul of each
Upon Life’s vast highway.

(1916)

Lorenzo Snow’s Funeral, 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

The interior of the Tabernacle during Lorenzo Snow’s funeral. You can read the Deseret News account of the funeral here.

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall: part 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

Cora’s appeal before the stake presidency and high council in Richfield took place on October 21, 1902. She did not have to wait long to hear the decision of the court.

Decision of Stake Presidency

Richfield, Utah, October 22, 1902.

In this appeal case, brought from Bishop Orson Magleby’s court, in which James E. Leavitt is the accuser and Sister Cora Birdsall is the accused,

Sister Cora Birdsall appeals from the decision of Bishop Orson Magleby’s court.

On this case we render the following decision:

We sustain the decision of Bishop Magleby’s court, viz., That Cora Birdsall shall deed unto James E. Leavitt the northwest forty (40) acres of the southeast quarter of section one (1) in township twenty-five (25) south, of range four (4) west of the Salt Lake meridian, and that James E. Leavitt pay to Cora Birdsall the sum of one hundred dollars upon receipt of said deed. And we require Sister Cora Birdsall either to comply with this decision or appeal to the first presidency of our church before the 10th day of November next.

WILLIAM H. SEEGMILLER,
JOS. S. HORNE
JAS. CHRISTIANSEN,
Sevier Stake Presidency.

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Kabobs for Stevie

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, March 1963 –

Kabobs for Stevie

By Mabel Harmer

“Mother, will you measure this skirt so that I can wear it tomorrow?” Pam held up a flowered skirt, which to Elaine’s harassed eyes seemed to be at least twenty yards around.

“I’ll try,” she agreed. “If any two of you four could manage to get in for lunch at the same time it would leave me a few minutes for other tasks. Vacation is definitely not for mothers.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: George Q. Cannon Association, 1904

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

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A Few Minutes in Menan, Idaho: 15 December 1907

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 1907

Regular Sunday services commenced at 2:10 P./M. Bishop Hart and Coun. Green and Clark present. Bishop Hart conducting exercises. Fair congregation – about 45 present.

Choir sang hymn, “Softly beams the sacred dawning” &c. Prayer was offered by Coun. Green. Choir sang hymn, “Come let us anew, our journey pursue” &c.

Sacrament was administered by Elders I.W. Merrill and A.R. Green. Elder Z. Ballantyne was asked to speak – Felt great responsibility in speaking to saints, but are under responsibility to respond. Spoke of elders who stay from meeting for fear they be called to speak; thought they refused by staying away. Those who accept priesthood are under responsibility to respond to call to preach, is one of things that go with ordination. There is one thing that makes it still harder to be teacher, great many people who seem to think person ought to live up to all he teaches. Believe, with them, ought to be aim of everyman to live up to all requirements of gospel.

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