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Oh, What a Puzzle: What if Your Genealogy is “All Done”?  

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - April 29, 2014

As with all generalizations, the following will have plenty of exceptions, so feel free to share your own personal experiences in the comments.

There are three kinds of people who don’t do genealogy: those who have no interest or think they have no time; those who don’t know how to get started or, having started, don’t know how to continue; and those who think their genealogy is “all done.”

The following is for those in the third category.

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During all my time doing genealogy, I have met exactly one person whose genealogy is done. His name is Jens. He is Danish. He has exhausted all the possible records on all his family lines.
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British Journalist Advises Changes in Missionary Methods, 1947

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 28, 2014

Vivian Meik (1894-1955) was a noted British newspaperman in the middle of the 20th century. He first became aware of Mormonism in a favorable way immediately after World War II, when he saw the Church Welfare Plan in action in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe. He wrote a number of newspaper articles about Mormonism, including this open letter to Church members in 1947 suggesting what changes would be needed in the standard program to make missionary efforts as successful in Britain as welfare efforts were proving to be.

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This is one of the most difficult articles I have ever faced. I have spent weeks of personal enquiry on it. I have made more than two hundred long distance calls across the length and breadth of Britain and through every grade of British society. I have checked and double-checked my facts.

But I am still doubtful about your reaction.

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Social Meet-ia

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 28, 2014

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Money Isn’t Everything

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 28, 2014

It isn’t even 8:30 on Monday and I’m already hours behind schedule … Posts today will go up in reverse order: Fiction now, and — with any luck — a history post at noon.

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From the Relief Society Magazine, November 1944 –

Money Isn’t Everything

By Olive C. Wehr

“I wish you wouldn’t go, Alice.” Jack Hayden’s big, work-hardened hands lifted in a brief gesture of appeal, then dropped hopelessly as he concluded, “Money isn’t everything.”

His young wife bent her auburn head to examine the worn knee of a pair of her son’s brown cords, then folded them decisively into the large, shabby family suitcase spread open on the bed.

“Do we have to go all over that again?” she asked wearily. “Just because you are rooted to the ‘good earth’ is no reason I should go on grubbing my life away, doing without things, getting older, wearing last year’s clothes –” She stopped abruptly to search hastily for a handkerchief.

Jack’s face reddened, and his Adam’s apple moved convulsively.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 15: “Look to God and Live”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 27, 2014

Lesson 15: “Look to God and Live”

Numbers 11-14, 21

Purpose: To encourage class members to overcome worldly desires and fears and look to the Savior and his prophets for guidance.

Scripture Discussion and Application

1. The Lord answers the Israelites’ desire for meat by sending them quail and smiting them with a plague.
2. The Lord chastens Miriam and Aaron for speaking against Moses.
3. Moses instructs 12 men to search the land of Canaan.
4. Moses makes a serpent of brass and tells the people that if they look at it, they will be healed.

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Venus in Tahiti: 16 December 1918 – 2 January 1919

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 27, 2014

(Previous installment)

Mon. Dec. 16, 1918

Sighted Tahiti about 9: am. About 7: pm we came sailing into the pass at Papeete and happily anticipating a good bath, supper & the priviledge to lying out straight in a nice clean dry bed (the first time in 4 1/2 months) when the pilot boat came out & put us under quarantine, informing us that the Spanish influenza was raging in Papeete, about 3000 people having already died with in [it] on Tahiti Moorea Raiatea & Maktea. In Papeete alone about 25% of the population were gone, as many as 180 having died in one day. It was indeed strange to see the effect that the news of the plague had on the different passengers on board. The Chinese all huddled close to-gether in a dark corner of the boat like a lot of frightened whipped dogs. The natives were terror stricken but showed how much they really are of the blood of Israel, for they all kept saying repeatedly, “Tei te Atua” “Tei te Atua.” “It is God’s will.” Two white men of [on] board, Mr. Drollett & Davis (who had been at Hickueru the past four months with fast girls, while the wives and children were at Papeete) became enraged at the news, pacing the deck, cursing God & even to say that there was no God, who would allow such afflictions upon man kind. I can’t just tell how we felt at the news, but we retired to a secluded spot behind the galley way and there offered up our hearts in humble prayer, putting our trust in him and dedicating ourselves to his care. It was a forbid[d]ing scene that greeted our gaze the next morning after a sleep[l]ess night. Papeete was deserted with no signs of life on the streets excepting the improvised red cross truck racing to & from the hospital, and the “death truck” conveying dead bodies to the cemetery, from where we could see the thick smoke rising up from the cremating ovens where the bodies of the dead were being burned. A ship was high and dry on the reef, its entire crew having died at sea & it was left to the mercy of the waves. Besides our vessel there were several others under quarantine in the harbor.

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Saturday Remix (1925)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 26, 2014

Have you been missing your regular Saturday Funny Bones? Believe it or not, I’ve run out! Oh, I’m sure more jokes will turn up in odd corners of the records I search, but we’ve been through all the [printable] jokes from my usual sources of Funny Bones.

So, on the theory that a good joke is worth laughing at again (or on the alternate theory that most of these jokes are too dumb for you to try to recall), we’ll try reposting them for your renewed pleasure and/or pain. Sometimes I’ll choose jokes that fit a theme – but not always; can you imagine an entire post of ethnic jokes? *shudder* – and sometimes they’ll be chronological.

In any case, laugh again. I’ll keep hunting for more humor printed in old Mormon sources.

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First Flea – Have you been on a vacation?

Second Flea – No; just on a tramp.

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Lady-in-Waiting

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 25, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, March 1946 –

Lady-in-Waiting

By Marguerite J. Griffin

The little old lady was so small and slight that she hardly made a swell in the bed covers. I wondered what I would say to her, meeting her for the first time this way. Her granddaughter whom I was visiting would not let me leave until I had seen her.

“For she will not be with us long, you know. She is very old, almost ninety-five. She isn’t sick. Her body is just wearing out, becoming weaker and weaker. There isn’t much for her to do, just waiting like this, and she has always loved people. Seeing you will brighten her whole day.”

This suggestion did not make me happy. I dreaded going into her room. I had always thought old age at best was a tragic time of life. And now to meet a human being who was just waiting for her mechanism to stop functioning, who was waiting for death to walk in at her door – But there was nothing I could do. I couldn’t refuse if I might brighten one last moment. But how? what should I say to her?

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The Word Processor, 1968

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 25, 2014

Oh, the joy of owning a long-carriage typewriter! You could type your pedigree charts and family group sheets on those old-fashioned long forms without folding the paper!

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Whole Year Through: The Children’s Friend, 1962

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 25, 2014

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