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Joseph F. Smith: “The Mob as an American Institution” (1903)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 02, 2015

Joseph F. Smith’s editorial in the Juvenile Instructor of 15 September 1903, decrying mob violence, just feels odd to me – help me to figure it out.

Hyrum Smith, Joseph F.’s own father, died at the hands of a violent mob. Joseph F. normally has no hesitation in retelling that awful story. Here, though, although he speaks in general of violence against missionary elders in the South, and about the “drivings” of Mormons in the 19th century, he doesn’t make any direct reference to his father or to Carthage. Why do you think that was so?

His attitude toward the lynchings of blacks is remarkably banal. He seems to accept without question that black men are guilty of crimes against white women, merely shrugs when he writes of lynchings, even of the killing of the “wrong” men, and only expresses dismay when the killings become too violent, mingled with “torturing and burning.” How do you feel about his attitude?

He seems to have two primary purposes for this editorial: One, it seems to me, is a sense that mob violence will spread as, perhaps, one of the factors in the destruction of the last days, in the category of “wars and rumors of wars.” He also cautions Latter-day Saints against participating in mob violence – he seems concerned about our participation in mob action as perpetrators, not as victims. Is that how you read this? or do you see other purposes for the editorial?

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In Our Ward: Lesson 8: The Sermon on the Mount: “A More Excellent Way”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 01, 2015

We had ward conference last Sunday, so we’re a week behind most of you.

Lesson 8: The Sermon on the Mount: “A More Excellent Way”

Matthew 5

Purpose: To encourage class members to come unto Christ by applying the principles he taught in the Sermon on the Mount.

LESSON DEVELOPMENT

1. Jesus teaches the Beatitudes to his disciples.
2. Jesus declares that his disciples are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”
3. Jesus teaches a higher law than the law of Moses.

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Saturday Remix, 1923 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2015

Change

“Do you notice any change in me?”

“No. Why?”

“I’ve just swallowed a nickle.”

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The Promise

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 27, 2015

From the Relief Society Magazine, May 1937 –

The Promise

By Blanche Sego

Eleanor Martin opened her shabby pocketbook and placed the five dollar bill inside, as she thanked her employer and left the store.

It was her earnings for the few days in which she had held the position as clerk in the small country grocery, during the rush of customers that the sale had brought.

Holding her head high with a new sense of self reliance, she walked slowly down the sidewalk.

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“An Onion of the Gospel”: J. Golden Kimball Speaks in Portland, 1934

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 27, 2015

[Portland] Oregon Sunday Journal
7 October 1934, 9/2-3

Pioneer Mormon Leader Says Nation Must Work, Beat Slump

The past few years have been “just a bad stretch in the road” to J. Golden Kimball, 81, pioneer leader, philosopher and humorist of the Mormon church who is able to think in terms of covered wagon days while contemplating the nation’s present economic conditions.

According to Kimball, “we’ll pull through all right, if we have faith, stop some of our cussedness and get to work.”

The veteran Salt Lake City churchman spoke at a special service in the Central Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, before leaving for California.

“The brethren will probably give me the devil for playing hookey from conference. It will be the second time in 50 years I have missed a session,” Kimball said in referring to his absence from the semi-annual conference of the Latter Day Saints church now being held in Salt Lake City. “But I surely like this country. You know, I believe I could stand a lot of rain up here and still like it.”

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White Crosses

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 26, 2015

White Crosses

By Howard Carl Badger

(Written by Chaplain Badger for a boy whom he took to visit his brother’s grave in Belgium.)

White crosses stand where once stood grain
Marking graves of the valiant who fought, in vain?
No! not in vain was their courage, their love of right
Their desires to save at any cost
A priceless heritage.
With those ideals in sight, they freely gave their precious blood
That Freedom’s soul should not be lost.

Once thrilled with life, they are now but clay,
And yet which one of us can say but that he yet lives who has been
Smiled upon by those he loves,
And whose children with pattering little feet
Have brought to him such joy,
Our Father’s gift from above.
Their lives are molded by his character true
And because of his love will ever be sweet.

He is not dead who has known God and served fellow men
Whose memory those he helped will recall again.
Mourn not, dear ones, though your loss seems so great.
Rather live for that glorious day
When you’ll see him once more.
Go forward with courage, don’t hesitate!
Love truth, cherish honor, seek for the good.
God’s will obey.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Contributor, 1895

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 26, 2015

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Guest Post: The Mystery of Lot Number 106, “Mormon Folk Art Carved Figure”

By: Glen Nelson - February 26, 2015

First published by Mormon Artists Group, October, 2014

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Ricky’s Decision

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 25, 2015

From the Children’s Friend, February 1938 –

Ricky’s Decision

by Sylvia Probst

On the very first day that Ricky Dean went to the Lynden School he found that Dan Yates was going to cause trouble for him. Dan was out in the school yard making snowballs that Monday morning and when he saw Ricky coming he let out a yell, “Well, look who’s coming, fellers, the new kid that moved in Wilson’s old house. How about a winter apple?” And he sent an icy snowball toward Ricky, just missing his head. “Say, what’s all over your face?” he taunted, coming nearer. “Looks like somebody plastered you with gingersnaps. Gingersnaps, that’s a good one.” And he laughed uproariously.

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Oakland, California

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 25, 2015

The Oakland, California chapel, dedicated in 1923 —

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