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“I Take Up My Pen”: Washington, D.C. Chapel, 1940

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 05, 2014

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The Whole Year Through: Juvenile Instructor, 1917

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 05, 2014

It’s been a while since we looked at cover art from the old LDS magazines. These pictures from the covers of the 1917 Juvenile Instructor – not created by Latter-day Saints but purchased from a commercial enterprise – continued that magazine’s tradition of colorful covers. This was, in fact, the only use of color in any of the Church magazines that year.

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January

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Confession

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 04, 2014

Confession

By Ruth Louise Partridge

When I was very young and small
I wanted to grow old and tall,
And now the years have brought to pass
The thing I yearned for, but alas,
I find with wormwood and with gall
It isn’t what I want at all!

(1943)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Bureau of Information, Hill Cumorah, 1937

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 04, 2014

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“We Thank the Lord for Honouring Us with the Dear Little Soul”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 04, 2014

Hettie Hilda Harper was the young girl of Dudley Port, England, who started a Primary for her two younger sisters when their mother died in 1922. Somewhat against her own inclinations, Hettie opened that Primary to scores of other children in the neighborhood, filling her father’s house with noise and dirty faces and gospel stories. Her efforts with the children attracted their parents, and after a few years, Hettie’s home Primary had grown into a full branch. I’ve learned, since telling that story here at Keepa what an influence Hettie had on the entire British Mission, as her example prompted the formal organization of Primaries throughout the Mission, for non-member children as well as for members – who knows how many Later-day Saints today owe their family’s introduction to the gospel to a grandparent who, as a child, learned to pray and sing in such an organization?

Later, as Hettie’s two sisters grew into teenagers, she began to hold Beehive Girl activities for them and for their friends. And then, in 1935, Hettie married and began her own family.

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Slight Hazards

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 03, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, June 1957 –

Slight Hazards

By Deone R. Sutherland

Katherine stirred the wheat cereal into the boiling water and looked across Peterson’s back yard into Arnolds’ next door. Carrie Arnold sat in the early spring-frayed grape arbor painting a picture of what? “Of Mount Majestic.” Katherine’s eyes filled with tears. What was the matter with her? She had been like this almost ever since Bobby had been born just three weeks ago. She was so happy to have this fourth baby, she knew. Yet what was it that filled her with resentment every time she looked toward Carrie’s? Katherine blinked the tears from her eyes as the Arnolds’ back door slammed.

“Carrie! Carrie!” Tom Arnold’s strident, exasperated voice carried into the Petersons’ neat little kitchen. From habit Katherine Peterson shut her ears to it, but she couldn’t help noticing how slowly Carrie rose to answer the summons, how she stopped to dab once more at the painting before, with the utmost serenity, she turned and, with flapping house slippers, went dilatorily into the Arnold house.

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History’s Newsroom: “Don’t Call Us Mormons”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 03, 2014

Toronto Star
16 January 1948

‘Don’t Call Us Mormons’ Founder’s Grandson Begs

by Monroe Johnson

Don’t call W. Wallace Smith, grandson of the Joseph Smith, the founder of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon.

For Mr. Smith, a friendly six-footer, from Portland, Oregon, will tell you: “We have always fought the connotation of this term. Mormonism as applied to a person is synonymous to a degrading practice, polygamy, and the courts have ruled we can recover damages for slander if the term is used to describe our church membership.”

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Want a Job? Sugar Has One for You

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 03, 2014

From 1942 —

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Missionary Preparatory Training Course, 1926

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 03, 2014

Here’s another schedule for the “Missionary Home” – the early 20th century equivalent of the Mission Training Center – from some of its earliest days:

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In Our Ward: Lesson 39: “How Beautiful upon the Mountains”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 02, 2014

Lesson 39: “How Beautiful upon the Mountains”

Isaiah 50-53
Mosiah 14-15

Purpose: To strengthen each class member’s testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

1. Isaiah speaks of messengers who bring glad tidings.
2. Isaiah prophesies of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice.
3. Isaiah describes some of our responsibilities.

Scripture Discussion and Application

[Draw familiar timeline on board: United Israel, division into two kingdoms, Northern kingdom cut off, Southern kingdom taken captive to Babylon; indicate that today’s scripture comes at the end of the captivity]

The passages we are discussing today were spoken by Isaiah about the time when the Babylonian captivity is coming to an end, and the king Cyrus has given permission to the Israelites to return to Jerusalem.

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