By Janice Blanchard
A telegram! and rain and sun, what weather!
Blending the knife-thrust and old joys together.
She raised her eyes to see a broken arc
Of rainbow with its shattered end in dark
Receding storm clouds, and its base in bright
Now her hidden fright
Of death, pierced by the lancet, eased of pain;
And with his eyes she flew in sun and rain
To know the rainbow’s perfect round and see
Reunion circling through eternity.
From the Children’s Friend, September 1930 —
Earlier this summer we looked at the “Gospel Tent” used in the Southern States Mission in 1913-14 to host revival-type missionary meetings in districts where the elders had difficulty securing brick-and-mortar places in which to teach.
I have no idea whether the Southern experiment influenced this, but in 1915, another big-top showed up in Church history, this time in Salt Lake City. The Richards Ward in Sugarhouse (the southeast corner of Salt Lake City in its then-much smaller footprint) was a new ward, newly split off from the Sugar Ward. While the two wards continued to share their original building for a few months, the Richards Ward Sunday School needed to meet somewhere else – in those days, it was practically unheard-of for two wards to share one building, and they hadn’t yet worked out staggered schedules, meaning that both Sunday Schools expected to meet at the traditional mid-morning time, and the building simply couldn’t accommodate them. So the Richards Ward sought out a novel home for their Sunday School.
One of the ward members loaned the ward a beautiful lot near the intersection of 12th South and 9th East. Amongst the trees on that lot, and with the help of the Boy Scouts (newly arrived in Utah), the Richards Ward erected several tents: a large one for ward meetings, and a series of smaller ones to serve as classrooms.
By Belle Watson Anderson
Synopsis: Andrew Rumgay leaves his mother and his fiancee Jane Allison in Scotland and join his friend Hugh Shand to emigrate to America. They meet Mother MacKinlay and her son Bob, whom they had known while doing missionary work, and become acquainted with Kathleen Coleman and her friend Margaret Purvis. Hugh and Kathleen are married on board the ship. While crossing the plains Andrew is lost in a blizzard and is rescued by Margaret. She later leaves the Macs and goes to live in Tooele. Andrew and the Macs arrive in Zion and Kathleen and Hugh have a son – Mac Coleman Shand. Andrew farms and saves money to bring Jane from Scotland. When he finally ends it, he receives news that Jane has married someone else. Andrew is a grieved and lonely man and he sends for the two youngest children in his family. He is called on a mission, and Margaret comes to stay with the children while he is gone.
Andrew became a hero overnight. The news spread to every part of King’s Kettle that Andrew Rumgay, the Mormon boy, who went to America a few years ago, had returned.
Friends and relative from near and far began calling to see him, asking many questions. “What about the gold lying in the streets of America? What about all the free land? Does every man own his home? Are you rich, Andrew? Show us some of your wealth.”
With the recent emphasis on keeping the Sabbath day holy, I thought you might enjoy the suggestions of the Relief Society in 1929, in the words of Ethel C. Butt, for sparing Mother from the ordinary work of preparing meals on the Sabbath – at least in the summer time. Now she can enjoy Sunday School without a thought of Sunday dinner! How easy life was on Sunday!
Let Martha Rest Sundays
By Ethel C. Butt
When the icicles are hanging from the eaves and the family come shivering in with red noses and cold-whipped appetites, is the time for steaming hot roasts, puddings, and spicy foods.
But in August let us have something cold or quickly cooked for Sunday dinner; something with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
What a relief it is to mother to feel free to don her Sunday best, and march to Sunday School with the children, knowing that in record time she can place a satisfying meal before her family.
By John Lyon,
Mormondom’s “Scottish Bard”
Ye sons of Israel arise,
Nor round your city dally.
An echoing voice prophetic cries,
“Go seek some lonely valley.”
In ambuscade the foemen lie,
Watching you with a tiger’s eye.
Up and away, to your mountain home,
Where wild beasts prowl, and red men roam,
There round your standard rally.
Oh! linger not, though loved ones plead,
And fondly wish you tarry,
Proscrib’d, yet bless’d; why should you dread
The blood-stain’d emissary?
Your Temple’s spire still points to heav’n,
Whence God reviews the outcast driven;
And angels guard the hallow’d ground,
Till once with glorious triumph crown’d,
You, Zion back shall carry.
Shall scornful Gentiles’ ruthless ire,
The work of God fulfilling –
E’er quench the rapturous desire,
That’s in your bosoms thrilling.
Be still, and know the voice of God –
The coming bliss, the fearful rod;
There hide ye, till the scourging blast
“Of judgment set, and thrones o’ercast,
Then wait for God’s revealing.
Go, where ne’er a white man trod:
Unveil each Indian nation,
Unfold the stick of Ephraim’s God,
The cov’nant of salvation.
Then the despised, and trodden down,
Shall rise to glory and renown,
And nations in earth’s midst shall flow
To Zion, and a kingdom grow,
To swell the restoration.
Kilmarnock, February 5th
A brief history of the Church in Los Angeles notes that:
Between 1923 and 1927, more than 60 percent of all wards created in the Church were established in Los Angeles. During that period, Church membership in the city topped eight thousand. The tremendous growth and the faithfulness of the Saints opened the door to the creation of a second stake in Los Angeles in 1927—this before other major metropolitan areas had their first stake.
One of the fruits of that growth was the building of the Mar Vista chapel, dedicated in 1928. These three pictures show members inside the building before construction was complete; members gathered in front of the building at the time of dedication; and a close-up of Heber J. Grant and other Church leaders who were present for the dedication.
Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, was born in 1847, in London. While still at school, he attracted attention both good and bad: He was a brilliant orator; and he purchased a horse despite a college rule against the ownership of horses by undergraduates. He was given the choice between selling the horse or leaving school … and he left school. Later that same year (1868), his grandfather died and Archibald succeeded to the title as Earl of Rosebery.
In 1878, Archibald married Hannah de Rothschild, the sole heir of Mayer de Rothschild, the wealthiest British heiress of her generation. The couple had four children; Hannah died in 1890.
Two of Britain’s greatest politicians of that era, political rivals – Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone – tried to enlist Archibald in their political parties. Gladstone won, and Archibald became an official in his government, serving as Gladstone’s foreign secretary, and after Gladstone’s retirement from politics, Archibald became Prime Minister for a short period (1894-95). My brief excursion into the history of British prime ministers tells me he wasn’t considered a very successful prime minister. After the end of his political career, he took to writing biographies, collecting rare books, and supporting the Scottish football program. He died in 1929, after 11 years of ill health following a stroke.
Where’s the Mormon history in there?
By Belle Watson Anderson
Synopsis: Andrew Rumgay leaves his mother and his fiancee Jane Allison in Scotland and joins his friend Hugh Shand to emigrate to America. They meet Mother MacKinlay and her son Bob, whom they had known while doing missionary work, and become acquainted with Kathleen Coleman and her friend Margaret Purvis. Hugh and Kathleen are married on board the ship. While in Iowa preparing for the handcart journey across the plains, Margaret tells Mother Mac that she is in love with Andrew, and Kathleen tells the two women that she is expecting a baby. While crossing the plains Andrew is lost in a blizzard and is rescued by Margaret. She later leaves the Macs and goes to live in Tooele. The others later arrive in Zion. Kathleen and Hugh have a son and name him Mac Coleman Shand. Andrew farms and saves money to bring Jane from Scotland. When he finally sends it, he receives news that Jane has married someone else. Andrew is a grieved and lonely man and he sends for his small brother and sister, instead.
From the very first day Andrew went to see the Hunters, he had been interested in wool – it may have been because his mother worked in it at home. When the snow was too deep for timbering he spent his time, after the chores were all completed, carding wool.
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