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The Centipede

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

The Centipede

By Solveig Paulson Russell

A centipede sat on a tumbling weed
And cried till the ground was wet,
“Because,” said he, “shoes come in pairs
And not in hundreds yet!
And so my feet are bare, bare, bare,
And my toes are cold indeed,
Oh pity the sorry, sorry plight
Of a trembling centipede!”

Along through the air came an oven bird
And he heard what the poor bug cried,
So he gobbled him up and said with a smile,
“He’ll be quite warm inside!”

(1960)

2014 Arrington Lecture: “Heroes and Hero Worship”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

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Groundbreaking

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

President George Albert Smith breaks ground for construction of Primary Children’s Hospital, 1 April 1949 –

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall: part 9

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

In April 1900, about a year after Cora Birdsall won the patent for the land she had homesteaded, Reed Smoot was called to be an apostle. In March 1903, just after Cora’s trial in the bishop’s court, and while she was waiting for word from the First Presidency about her (premature) appeal to them of the decision of that court, Reed Smoot was elected by the Utah legislature to represent Utah in the United States Senate.

Smoot took his seat in the Senate, but almost immediately there began what was to become a four-year battle to expel Smoot from the Senate. Opposition to Smoot was ostensibly on the grounds that the election of an apostle violated the principle of separation of church and state. The Senate committee organized to inquire into that question initially focused on Smoot’s personal fitness for office – Was he a polygamist? (No, he was not and never had been.) Did any oaths he had taken in the Latter-day Saint temple render him unable to uphold his oath as a Senator to serve under the U.S. Constitution? (No, not without grossly exaggerating the terms of temple oaths and their practical effects on a Latter-day Saint’s public behavior. [Note: We’re not going to discuss temple oaths at the moment, either in this post or in comments.])

What began as an inquiry into Smoot’s personal qualifications quickly became an inquisition against the Church itself, with scores of witnesses called to give testimony into every facet of Latter-day Saint doctrine, history, and activity. Some witnesses came willingly, others grudgingly, and still others (notably, two members of the Quorum of the Twelve) evaded service of the summonses that would have compelled them to attend. Even President Joseph F. Smith was required to go to Washington and be grilled on the details of his family life; he was later charged and fined for violating the law against unlawful cohabitation – that was still on the books, despite the Manifesto, and despite the granting of Utah statehood.

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Bleak House

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 04, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1957 –

Bleak House

Florence B. Dunford

“I’m all right, everything’s fine,” Rose Bennett said.

“You’re sure?” That was Walt, wanting the impossible, wanting to be assured of the impossible.

Rose’s gray eyes met his. Everything’s wrong, it’s terrible, you know it’s terrible! She could not help the silent accusation. Still, it was not all Walt’s fault. Perhaps he had done the best he could with the small amount of money, the time he had.

But couldn’t you, her heart cried out, have found a better house than this? Something at least respectable? Something that wouldn’t degrade the children, stamp them all, before they had a chance to prove themselves?

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Deseret Alphabet First, er, Second Reader

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 04, 2014

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A Few Minutes in Eastern Washington, Northwestern States Mission, 1917

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 04, 2014

(This minute book records missionary activities, rather than the meetings of a ward.)

January 7, 1917

Pres. M.J. Ballard visited the city and was with us in all of our meetings that day. He gave two wonderful sermons. There was a very good attendance. He also gave Pres. Hanks some good instructions in regards to work in conference. The brethren in the conference report conditions in their fields favorable and expect good returns.

Feb. 6 1917

Pres. Hanks received word from Pres. Ballard of the death of a Sr. Haines in Wallace Ida (who was at one time in Spokane) and of the funeral they were going to hold here. Pres. Hanks and I (T.A. Clawson) went to the depot and met the body accompanied by Mr. Haines, and arranged with him for the funeral on the 7th at the Smith undertaking parlors. In the eve. we held a splendid cottage meeting at the home of Bro. Geo. Cluff, having some interested neighbors present.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 29: “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 03, 2014

Lesson 29: “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”

2 Kings 2, 5-6

Purpose: To help class members understand how the authority (mantle) passes from one prophet to another, to encourage them to obey the words of the prophets, and to assure them that the power of God is greater than any other power.

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. Elisha succeeds Elijah as the prophet.
2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy.
3. Elisha guides Israel in a war with Syria.
1. Elisha’s miracles.
2. A young Israelite girl tells Naaman of Elisha.

[Before class, draw the familiar timeline on the board: line representing united Israel, forking into two kingdoms; place an “x” on the Northern Kingdom line, labeled “Elijah/Elisha”; write “850 B.C.” near line]

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Andrew Sproul, Missionary: April 1842

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 03, 2014

previous installment

Hymn P.M.

O God the eternal Father
In mercy look on me
& give me knowledge greater
That I may clearly see

All thy command & sayings
Which thou, O Lord, has said
Glad obedience may I yield
In the [malon?] be led

O God, thou seest my wants even now
O do thou send relief
This hungry heart to satisfy
& give joy for grief

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Saturday Remix, 1938

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 02, 2014

It Flew

Teacher: “Lot was warned to take his wife and daughter and flee out of the city. Lot and his wife and daughter got safely away.”

Willie: “What happened to the flea, sir?”

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