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Flooding the Earth — or at least Facebook

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

This profile picture is spreading fast among my LDS friends — steal it here if you want it. (Designed by Nate Oman, inspiration by “The Garden of Enid.”)

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Help Wanted

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, September 1944 –

Help Wanted

By Nora Wayne

Ellen stood on the crowded bus, one hand clutching the back of a seat, and swayed with its lurchings. Her mind was performing its usual five-o’clock treadmill. How many potatoes were left from dinner last night? if there should be enough to cream she could open a can of salmon and dinner would be easy. No, she had used the last of the salmon a week ago. There hadn’t been any in the shops for a long time now. What could she fix? Since the meat shortage it had been hard to think up quick meals. She’d have to wait until she got home and see what there was on hand. They’d have to get along on what she could find, she was just too utterly weary to shop tonight. She supposed she wasn’t a good manager. Maybe she wouldn’t get so tired if she didn’t do all her work twice, once thinking of it and dreading it, and once when she did it. If Gil were only more co-operative. But he didn’t want her to work.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Knight Sugar Co., Ltd., 1906

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

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How the “C” Word [Correlation] Was Introduced to the Church, 1970

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2014

We’ve all heard of Correlation, and have some idea of what that means. Our ideas may not be entirely accurate, and the purpose/methods of Correlation may have changed over the years – but here is how the idea was presented to the Church in am adult Sunday School lesson of 1970:

Priesthood Correlation

When the Church was organized in 1830 with only six members, the Lord appointed an administrative head of two elders to preside over it. As the goals and services of the Church enlarged, the administrative head also expanded under the divine council of the Lord; these new servic3es and functions r3equired additional leadership. Soon a Presiding Bishop was selected, a First Presidency was chosen, and apostles were called and ordained. Other general authorities, priesthood bodies, auxiliaries, and councils followed which were established, each with varying responsibilities in the building of the Lord’s kingdom.

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Arise, O Youth

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 07, 2014

Arise, O Youth

By Ruth May Fox

Arise, O Youth, and follow in the steps
Of that devoted band whose call divine
To teach God’s truth and spread His marvelous work
Was answered by a willingness sublime.

O, blessed memory are they! As did
Elijah’s mantle fall upon his friend
With two-fold power, so may their loyalty,
Their faith, upon the Youth of Israel descend.

With such an heritage, O, Zion’s Youth,
With dreams prophetic of a glorious goal,
And God’s transcendent power to guide your steps
You cannot fail the whisperings of your soul.

The coming years are yours, O, valiant Youth,
In which to test your knowledge, strength, and skill,
Regenerate this suffering, sin-torn world
And turn men’s hearts to do the Father’s will.

The crisis of the ages knocks aloud,
Is pleading at your door for help and trust;
For you, O, Youth, to batter down the walls
Of prejudice and selfishness and lust.

Arm yourselves with justice, love, and truth,
You’re sure to win – your Father’s at the wheel;
Arise and shine; your armor waits for you,
And untold glory shall reward your zeal.

To build the towers of Zion is your right
From their resplendent spires your songs shall ring
‘Tis yours to hear the standard of the Lord
And yours to shout the triumph of the King.

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How Firm a Foundation

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 07, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, June 1952 —

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall, part 14

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 07, 2014

(We’re reaching the end of this series, I promise. Part 15 will probably be the last.)

As you would expect, the decision of the Utah Supreme Court in Cora’s case was covered in the Utah newspapers.

The Deseret News was the first to report the decision, in a prim little summary:

An opinion has been handed down by the supreme court, reversing the judgment of the lower court in the case of Cora Birdsall, an incompetent, by Isaac Birdsall, her guardian, appellant, vs. James E. Leavitt and Hulda Leavitt. The action was brought in Sevier county to annul a deed to a parcel of land transferred to defendants for a consideration of $100. It was alleged that Miss Birdsall was not in her right mind when she executed the deed, and that she was coerced into signing it by undue influence. It was further alleged that plaintiff had been excommunicated from the Mormon Church because she refused to sign the deed, and that she signed merely to be restored to her standing in the Church.

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Such a Heavenly Secret

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 06, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, July 1959 –

Such a Heavenly Secret

by Mabel Law Atkinson

“How about it, Doctor, will I make it?” Grandpa Jensen, as he was called by all the children in the small country town, forced a smile as he asked the question.

“Of course you’ll make it, Papa.” It was diminutive Grandma Jensen who assured him. “Of course you will. Why, he’s simply got to get better, Doctor. Home wouldn’t be home without Papa.”

“Now, Mama, I didn’t ask you,” and looking into the kindly eyes of their old family doctor, Grandpa asked again, “Will I make it?”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Salt Lake Stake, 1903

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 06, 2014

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Lücke Margaretha Burlage Ojemann: Badbergen, 1748; Oakland, 1972

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 06, 2014

A brief conversation this week about changes in temple practice (not ordinances, in this case, but simply the practical matters of tracking what work has been done, and who is responsible for what in the mission of redeeming the dead) reminded me of my own first temple excursion.

I was 13, a Beehive girl of Susanville, California, and our Mutual chartered a bus to go to Oakland to do baptisms. I don’t remember much about the trip at all – Google tells me that the places are something over 200 miles apart, but I don’t remember what must have been a long bus ride, or even whether we drove there and back the same day or stayed overnight somewhere. No idea.

I remember being in the Temple – the funny white jumpsuits, sitting on a bench waiting my turn, the feel of the wet floor (I’ve never liked being barefoot). I remember the instructions someone gave us to help the man baptizing us – bend your knees when you go under the water, they said, and when you come up, push with your feet and do as much lifting as you can yourself, because the baptizer’s arm gets very sore if he has to lift your full, wet weight out of the water.

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