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Good Singing Is Impossible

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 31, 2014

From August 1928 –

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Branch Conference, 1928

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 31, 2014

Do you think of ward conference as a missionary opportunity? Me, either. But in Germany, in 1928, missionaries distributed these handbills inviting all to attend the branch conference on April 8 … the same day that General Conference was being held in Salt Lake City:

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Venus in Tahiti: 28 August – 27 September 1918

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 30, 2014

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Wed. Aug 28, ’18

Nothing unusual. Class visited saints & meeting.

Thurs. Aug 29, ’18

Conducted childrens class & Relief Society meetings. Also received an answer to my fast & prayers.

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Proper Use of the Word Moisture: A Primer for Utah Mormons

By: Artemis Lucky - March 29, 2014

Let’s start with a definition.

Moisture: Water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapor, within a solid, or condensed on a surface.

Here are some sample sentences which show the appropriate use of moisture.

A sheet of kitchen towel placed in the bag will help to absorb any moisture.
The inner layer wicks moisture to the outer layer where it is dissipated.
Trapped moisture on the floor covering is a breeding ground for micro-organisms.
Indirect lateral ventilation prevents formation of condensed moisture inside the goggles.
Moisture absorption inhibits gluten formation.
Cylinders are first heated to drive off any residual moisture.

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Hard Times

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 28, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1934 –

Hard Times

By Mabel S. Harmer

Barbara greeted the knowledge of the coming of her child with a feeling something akin to panic. It had been entirely different with the other two. Small Joan had been welcomed with the ecstasy accorded a firstborn and when Bobby arrived, two years later, Barbara had airily announced to the nurse that she intended to have at least half a dozen. She remembered now, with a smile of amusement, the “you-poor-benighted-thing” look the nurse had given her.

But this time it was different. Paul’s salary had already suffered two cuts and there was always the fear lurking in the background that he would lose his position altogether. It had been months since they had been able to save anything.

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A Hide as Tough as a Hippopotamus: Charles W. Penrose Schools His Feelings

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - March 28, 2014

Charles W. Penrose was called as a missionary not long after his baptism in England. A decade later as he was finishing his missionary labors and preparing to emigrate to Utah Territory, he noted, “A sort of quiet slander had been circulated concerning me in Birmingham by an elder from Zion and it had cut me to the quick.”

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When he had moved to head the Birmingham Conference, he had taken family furniture and other belongings with him and had used them to furnish the office.

It was intimated by one of the Elders from Zion that I was endeavoring to lay claim to the property that belonged to the Birmingham Conference… I had labored then over ten years in the ministry, most of the time as traveling elder, literally without purse or scrip. I started that way and had continued, suffering a great many hardships and difficulties and trials that I need not refer to now, and this touched me right to the heart. I did not know how to bear it.

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Speech

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 27, 2014

Speech

By Grace Ingles Frost

A glorious gift is speech, but greater far
The gift to know just when to speak and how,
That thought expressed may never courage mar,
Nor doubt enthrone where joyous faith hath been;
But ever be a forceful giving forth
Of strength unto all struggling fellow men.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: O.H. Berg, 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 27, 2014

Berg Mortuary is probably familiar to former BYU students as well as to longer-term Provo residents … to say nothing of very long term former Provo residents …

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They Had “Peculiar” Questions, 1912

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 27, 2014

In 1912, a letter filled with questions was received in Salt Lake City, sent from someone in Australia. Charles W. Penrose of the First Presidency elected to answer the questions “so that it may not be truthfully claimed that we avoid them,” but he also chose to answer them briefly and without elaboration. Calling them “peculiar,” he thought they seemed designed to “promote controversy rather than to obtain information … Some of them are not subjects of discussion among the Latter-day Saints, but are brought forward usually by persons who desire to cavil and contend, and rarely from a real desire for information.”

It’s largely1 a different set of questions than we generally see today, and maybe we’d try to be more tactful than to say “you’re just trying to pick a fight,” but we’ve all see lists of questions with similar intent – questions about Kolob and underwear and what somebody somewhere might have said sometime about something that is completely tangential to the gospel as we know and teach and discuss it, but which the question attempts to paint as “what Mormons really believe.”

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  1. Not entirely – I’ve seen versions of three of these questions thrown up as “gotcha” points within the last two weeks []

Out of the Wilderness: Chapter 8

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 26, 2014

Out of the Wilderness

By Shirley Thulin

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Chapter 8

The next few weeks were hard ones for Marian. She was growing weary, and she was remembering Charles, and she could not straighten out her feelings about him.

Jim was more excited than ever, though, and talked of little else than how proud he was of all the things they had been able to accomplish.

“It will only take me a few days to finish replacing the timber at the mouth of the mine,” he said. “The road is done, the water is drained out of the mine, and next year I can retimber the next level.”

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