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“I Take Up My Pen”: St. Johns Cooperative, 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 13, 2014

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Laura Rees Merrill: Getting a Big “Bang” out of Missionary Work [updated: photo]

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 13, 2014

Remember Laura Rees Merrill? She was the widow in Logan, Utah, who wrote letters to the families of dozens of men, soldiers returning from the Korean War, who were killed when their airplane went down in the mountains above Logan. We noticed in that post that she served two missions in the 1940s.

In 2009, when that post was published, Keepa’ninny Mark B. noted that Sister Merrill had served one of her missions in the same time and place (1946-48, Canadian Mission) as his own father, and he called his father to ask if by any chance he remembered Sister Merrill.

I just spoke to my father, who remembers Sister Merrill very well.

He said that the most memorable thing about her was that she worked, very, very hard–whether in the heat and humidity of a Toronto summer, or in the bitter cold of the winter.

She and her companions worked like lions “who were hungry.”

He also said that the mission president was careful to assign her companions (who would have been nearly 50 years her junior) who were vigorous and healthy, so they’d be able to keep up with her.

Altogether a remarkable woman.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 36: The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 12, 2014

Lesson 36: The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense

Isaiah 1-6
2 Nephi 11

Purpose: To encourage class members to avoid the evils of the world by standing in holy places and to help them draw strength from Isaiah’s willingness to serve.

1. Isaiah describes the condition of the world in the last days.
2. Isaiah counsels the faithful to stand in holy places.
3. Isaiah describes the gathering of Israel in the latter days.
4. Isaiah responded willingly to his call to be a prophet

Scripture Discussion and Application

We have now reached the part of the Old Testament that you have all been waiting for – we’ll be spending the next several weeks talking about Isaiah!

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Saturday Remix, 1943

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 11, 2014

Harry: “Mother, won’t you give me five cents for a poor man who is crying out in front?”

Mother: “Yes, my son, here it is, and you are a good boy to think of it. Poor man, what is he crying about?”

Harry: “He’s crying, ‘Fresh roasted peanuts, five cents.’”

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Be It Ever So Humble

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 10, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1934 –

Be It Ever So Humble

by Ida R. Alldredge

Grandma Biby sat in her rocker by the window watching the girls and boys as they hurried home from school. Tiny snowflakes whirled through the air and fell lightly to the ground. the branches of the trees, already loaded from recent storms, groaned under their new weight.

Grandma smiled as the girls and boys, in their childish glee, threw snowballs at one another.

Her thoughts flew back to her own little John and Helen, and the first big snow man they made. It had stood on the back porch for almost a week. How their daddy laughed as he hurried in from his chores as they pelted him with tiny snowballs.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Niobrara, Nebraska Branch, Western States Mission, 1946

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 10, 2014

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To the Mormon Missionaries

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

To the Mormon Missionaries

By Lenore Bredeson

(daughter of the non-LDS landlord of
the elders in Winona, Minnesota)

There is no stoop to that young walk,
No dissipated air,
Profanity cannot abound
Be these crusaders there.

The light that shineth in their gaze
Sincerity assures,
And also proves that deep within
Serenity endures.

Their zeal, faith, love, and earnestness
Will surely e’er impart
A flame of understanding
In a seeking, blinded heart.

We may not think that they are right,
But we can still admire
Their humble efforts to fulfill
The Father God’s desire.

(1941)

Meet the Israelites — Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

From the Improvement Era, June 1957 —

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Donnie’s Day — October

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 09, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1944 –

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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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