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Attention Sisters! This Document Intended for Male Eyes Only!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 17, 2014

I spotted this document left on a bench where the elders who pass the sacrament in our ward (we have no Aaronic Priesthood) had been sitting. Although I have suspected for decades that such documents exist and circulate within the quorums, this is the first time I have beheld such a thing with my natural eyes. Gaze upon it if you dare, sisters — this is a rare opportunity to peek behind the veil.

(Okay, I’m being silly. But brethren, can you understand why so many women have little understanding of the oath and covenant of the priesthood, or the nature of priesthood itself, when our only exposure to either doctrine or practice is as passive observers? when discussion of priesthood is generally limited to persuading us that we-do-but-we-don’t have a priesthood role? This document illustrates something you don’t give a second thought to, but which fascinated me by its novelty and practicality.)


In Our Ward: Lesson 31: “Happy is the Man That Findeth Wisdom”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 17, 2014

Lesson 31: “Happy is the Man That Findeth Wisdom”


Purpose: To inspire class members to be more Christlike by applying the wise counsel in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. Wisdom
2. Trust in the Lord
3. The words we speak
4. Pride
5. Friendship
6. Raising children
7. Happiness and good humor


Andrew Sproul, Missionary: May 1842

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 17, 2014

previous installment

Minutes of the Glasgow General Conference on the western branches, held in the trades hall, Paisley, on Sabbath, May 1, 1842, 10 o’clock morning.

It was moved and seconded Y& carried unanimously that Elder John McAulay pride over this conference & that Elder Wm. Gibson be Clerk, the meeting was then opened with singing & prayer after which Elder McAulay addressed the brethren & sisters present on the progress the work has made in Scotland, notwithstanding all the opposition the Priestcraft, Infidelity, and Falsehood of every kind could bring against it & that through the truth through the knowledge of which the Saints is rejoicing in the assurance of being the Sons & Daughters of the living God & of receiving their inheritance with their Lord & Savior Jesus Christ if they prove faithful to the end, while the sects & parties of the present day instead of filling the earth with the knowledge of the Lord have filled it with the doctrines of & commandments of men, each one starting up in opposition to the other & persecuting one another even to the death as each had the ascendency.


Saturday Remix, 1913

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2014

Not in the Army After All

A Methodist exhorter shouted: “Come up and join the army of the Lord.”

“I did join,” replied one of the congregation.

“Where’d you join?” asked the exhorter.

“In the Baptist Church.”

“Why, child,” said the exhorter, “you ain’t in the army; you’re in the navy.”


“A” Is for Apron: part 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 15, 2014

“A” Is for Apron

Previous episode

Part III

Ilene H. Kingsbury

Old apron woman! Do you have to always be seen in a style so old-fashioned that we smile as you walk by?

Yes, indeed! For then around my knees my children are still playing, my loving husband comes close to my side, old friends call my name.

And Clarissa mused on a night, half a century ago. Before a glowing pine-knot fire she waited with her husband for rescue in a long storm, early arrived on the summer range.


Donnie’s Day — August

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 15, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, August 1944 –


History’s Newsroom: The Truth About “Immersing ‘Half-Nude Young Men and Women,’” 1924

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 15, 2014

The title got you here, right? That is and always was the purpose of newspaper headlines. The following story describes an LDS baptismal service in Yorkshire, England, where – of course – there were no half-nude youths. I actually pulled it from a newspaper in Singapore, illustrating how far and wide news about Mormons tended to travel. Reports from French newspapers reached the most distant French islands in the Pacific; Mormon news from England shows up in Indian sources; Chinese newspapers picked up Mormon news from Japanese sources, which in turn had copied them from South African newspapers. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at least, the world lurved talking about Mormons.

And sometimes, they got the story right!

15 January 1925, 4/


Baptisms at Public Baths.

Bradford, Nov. 23. [1924]

A revival Mormon activity in the West Riding has evoked much agitation here against Mormonism and its methods, one of the practices alleged against them being that of immersing “half-nude young men and women” in their “secret rites” of baptism. Yesterday afternoon, in the Feversham Street School baths, there was a Mormon baptism, and the service was decorous almost to the point of dreariness.


Doing Common Things in an Uncommon Way: Preliminary; Lesson I — Thinking

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 14, 2014

It’s been quite a while since we looked at an old lesson series used in one of the auxiliaries. I like this one from 1922-23. It meshes quite well with the 21st century’s philosophy of “intentional living,” or being aware of everyday acts that are usually taken for granted, and directing those everyday acts into some pattern meant to improve ourselves and our world.

Doing Common Things in an Uncommon Way

A Study for the Advanced Senior Class, M.I.A., 1922-23

By George H. Brimhall, President Emeritus, Brigham Young University


Uncommon shall mean in this course out of the ordinary, higher and better than is usual, a mode of doing things on a plane to which the many have not arrived. It shall mean the excellence of action not yet reached by the mass or the popular majority.

The few are uncommon and the many common. In fact in each individual the uncommon qualities are not in the majority as to number but may be dominant because of their superior quality or uncommonnness. the uncommon feature of these lessons will be an attempt to do the uncommon thing of getting some common things considered from an uncommon point of view.


“A” Is for Apron: part 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 13, 2014

“A” Is for Apron

Previous episode

Part II

Ilene H. Kingsbury

Old woman! Old woman! Old apron woman! Are you too tired to walk the streets today? Why are you rocking so calmly under your plum tree shade? Haven’t you noticed your chair sinking ever deeper into the grassy ground?

Clarissa’s eyes, half closed to the slanting, setting sun scarcely acknowledged the taunt of imprudent children. Old apron woman, indeed! This starched linen apron, crisp to a scratchy crackle; this crocheted insertion six inches deep; this long mantle of white was all she asked of heaven for adornment.

And why not? For on the day she turned eight she wore just such an apron over her best linsey-woolsey, and by midnight it was in rags, covered with printers’ ink! Only one corner was worth being cut off to make a small handkerchief.


A Few Minutes in the Chicago Branch, 1909

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 13, 2014

Sunday, November 14th 1909

Meeting commenced by singing Hymn 139 (Our Mountain Home so Dear) followed by prayer by Bro. Ephraim Ericson. The Choir then sang Hymn No 58 (Hark, Listen to the Trumpeters)

Whilst the Sacrament was being administered by Elder E.W. Polsen & Elder Wesley E. Smith, the hymn on page 70 was also sung by the Choir.

Certificates of Temporary membership were read & approved of, Bro W. Weech, from the Pine Grove Ward, Union Stake.

A Bottle of Oil was then consecrated by Elder F.P. Hammond, assisted by Elders Lattimer & President Jos. A. Geddes.

Elder Judd, who is a delegate from Utah to the National Land Congress, was the speaker. He gave a history of his life, told how he accepted the Gospel in England & described the trials & difficulties of Crossing the Plains. He dealt fully with the progress of the Church in its early days, & bore a faithful testimony to the Gospel, & the principles of the True Church in these last days.


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