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“I Take Up My Pen”: C.C.A. Christensen, 1893

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 08, 2014

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Books Fall from Shelves

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 08, 2014

About an hour ago (I’m writing this late on Tuesday evening), in a Facebook discussion about whether “Mormon studies is a one way slog to desolation,” a friend wrote:

I mean Ardis said at sunstone that books fall from shelves in front of her and she miraculously finds answers to research she is looking for and attributes that to supernatural help. I’m not making fun of that but that isn’t my experience nor would it be the experience of the majority of the folks I know. We are left with just raw facts to determine if something is true or happened the way it is said to happen.

My friend was recalling a few words from my 2011 Pillars of My Faith talk, where I said:

I began to have odd experiences, the kind that all genealogists recognize and that all non-genealogists laugh at. Books fell off of shelves and fell open to pages that showed where a missing family member had moved …

Whether that kind of thing is within my friend’s experience or not, I stand by my statement. (more…)

Knowledge

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 07, 2014

Knowledge

By Elaine V. Emans

When I was young, I thought that courage went
With a shout upon the lips and banners high.
I thought possessing courage always means
That one could very easily defy
Whatever enemy approached because,
Wearing the shining armor, he had no
Fear nor uncertainty. I thought he was
Impregnable to much of grief or woe.

But now I know so well there is another
Courage of quietness, and such was yours,
Day in and day out, bannerless, my mother.
And now I know the spirit that endures
The unendurable is braver far
Than those with flags and shouting often are.

(1953)

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By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 07, 2014

From the back cover of an issue of the Relief Society Magazine, 1922 –

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Morning Miscellany

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 07, 2014

In the years I’ve been writing Keepa, I’ve run across a lot of material that seemed like it should spark an interesting post, but which I’ve never managed to use. Here are some of those bits – make of them what you will!

From the Young Woman’s Journal, June 1912 –

Piercing the Ears.

For a while the barbaric custom of piercing the ears was obsolete. Alas it has again “come into fashion.” the long pendant ear-drops make many girls look positively brazen, to others they give an oriental look and the beholder thinks he is gazing on a maiden from the East. We look with dismay on the woman who has her nose pierced and a ring suspended therefrom. is not piercing the ears only a lesser form of the same evil?

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The Silver Leash — chapter 1 (of 8)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 06, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, 1959 –

The Silver Leash

by Beatrice Rordame Parsons

Chapter 1

The bus rolled steadily along the dark strip of asphalt which seemed to unwind itself under the wheels. The desert was unending. LaRue Harding stared out of the window and shivered.

I’m a stranger, she thought.

Not only a stranger to this corner of Arizona, but a stranger to her brother-in-law, Herbert Vetterly. He had married LaRue’s sister, Amelia, seventeen years ago.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Salt Lake Temple, 1894

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 06, 2014

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Japanese Incident

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 06, 2014

From the Improvement Era, March 1951 –

Japanese Incident

By H. Ted Price

Mushi atsui is Japanese for the humid heat that follows the rainy season, and not a breath of air stirred the newly planted rice shoots this summer afternoon. My missionary companion and I walked past several groups of curious people, turned down a narrow path, and as in numerous times past saw several wide-eyed children disappear into a mud-walled farmhouse. Although our message of Christ’s teachings would be the same at this straw-roofed dwelling as in the most spacious city mansion, this visit really started six years ago on a war-torn Pacific island.

The Marine Corps machine gun unit to which I belonged in July 1944 had not been in the first waves ashore on Tinian island, but after two years on a series of such rocks, where or when didn’t matter so much. In the caves and dense jungles at one end of the island, I remember it only as Marpo Point: Japanese forces surrounded on three sides by sheer cliffs were making a last stand. The nightly rains fell on the young dead of two nations, as I recalled a mother’s teachings of brotherly love.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 1: “This Is My Work and My Glory”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 05, 2014

Lesson 1: “This is My Work and My Glory”

Moses 1

Purpose: To help class members understand that (1) we are children of God, (2) we can resist Satan’s temptations, and (3) God’s work and glory is to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life.

Scripture Discussion and Application

[1. God teaches that Moses is a son of God.
2. Satan confronts Moses; Moses casts him out.
3. God appears again and teaches of his work and glory.]
[1. “Moses was left unto himself”
2. All are children of God.
3. The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.]

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Venus in Tahiti: 1 November – 3 December 1917

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 05, 2014

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Thursday, Nov. 1st 1917

The Tiare Tapano, San Francois & the Mette, arrived but neither Elder Burton, who we were expecting from Papeete, nor the mail was on any of them. The St Francois had been equipped with a wireless apparatus since the last trip. Word was received that two large Norwegian vessels were at Papeete, but they were under suspect of being German vessels as they wouldn’t open their hatches for inspection. Many of the people at Papeete were expecting trouble & had fled to the districts around the island.

Fri. Nov. 2, 1917

The Hinano returned from taking the Hao & Hickueru people home, so we are busy preparing to leave.

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