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Sister Missionary: 8 May – 9 May 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

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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)

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 24

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

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.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 23

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

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.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 22

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

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.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 21

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

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.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 20

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

Discussion No. 20

Tithing

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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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 19

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

Discussion No. 19

Welfare Program

“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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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 18

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

Discussion No. 18

Gathering of Israel

Objective: To show that the scriptures predict the gathering of Israel in the latter days, and that this Church’s role in the gathering bears witness of its divine mission.

1. The origin of Israel. Gen. 17:1-8.

2. Brief history of Israel. Ex. 1:1-11.

3. Israel scattered among all nations. Amos 9:9; Lev. 26:27-33; Ezek. 20:23-24; Deut. 28:64; James 1:1.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 17

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

Discussion No. 17

Missionary System

Objective: Show that the gospel is being preached as it was in the days of Jesus Christ and His Apostles – without pay.

The Gospel without Pay

1. Explain missionary system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

a. Instruction to some of the first missionaries. D. & C., Sec. 32, Sec. 33, Sec. 65, Sec. 75:2-5, Sec. 18:10-16.

b. Tell of some experiences and conversions in the early missionary work.

c. The first missionary journey was made by Samuel H. Smith, June, 1830, who distributed Books of Mormon in New York and Vermont, the first copy to Rev. John Greene, a minister. This copy was read by Brigham and Joseph Young and Heber C. Kimball and caused them to investigate and join.

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“Cottage Meeting Outline” for Missionaries, 1951: Discussion No. 16

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 16, 2015

Discussion No. 16

Eternal Marriage and Family Relations

Objective: To show that eternal marriage is scriptural; therefore, Joseph Smith is a true prophet.

1. One of the most sacred ordinances performed in our Latter-day Temples is marriage for eternity. No one can receive of this ordinance who has not previously made solemn covenant that he will keep himself pure, clean, wholesome and chaste. Such a marriage tends toward the highest ideals of manhood. It also produces the lowest divorce rate known. If mankind lived in strict obedience to the gospel, in that love which is by the Spirit of the Lord, there would be no divorce.

a. Power given in this dispensation to bind on earth and in heaven. D. & C. 68:12; 124:93; 132; 45-46.

b. If not married by proper authority for time and eternity, marriage contract ends with earth life. D. & C. 132:18.

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