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Jack the Ripper and the Lady Missionaries

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 09, 2014

Sorry — that’s a bait-and-switch title. Sort of.

I think we’ve talked about William Jarman before, the man who spent a few years in Utah as a Latter-day Saint, then returned to England and engaged in one of history’s foulest long-term campaigns against Mormonism. He gave lectures, sometimes dressed in temple robes, filled with lurid tales of murder and sex slavery among the Mormons. He attracted audiences to his lectures with posters and handbills, like this one:

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The Seeing Heart

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

The Seeing Heart

By Maud Baggerley

If thou a gift of Deity wouldst ask,
Then, for discernment pray!
For he who hath the seeing heart,
Like miracle of day,
Doth glad the fainting soul of each
Upon Life’s vast highway.

(1916)

Lorenzo Snow’s Funeral, 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

The interior of the Tabernacle during Lorenzo Snow’s funeral. You can read the Deseret News account of the funeral here.

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall: part 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2014

Cora’s appeal before the stake presidency and high council in Richfield took place on October 21, 1902. She did not have to wait long to hear the decision of the court.

Decision of Stake Presidency

Richfield, Utah, October 22, 1902.

In this appeal case, brought from Bishop Orson Magleby’s court, in which James E. Leavitt is the accuser and Sister Cora Birdsall is the accused,

Sister Cora Birdsall appeals from the decision of Bishop Orson Magleby’s court.

On this case we render the following decision:

We sustain the decision of Bishop Magleby’s court, viz., That Cora Birdsall shall deed unto James E. Leavitt the northwest forty (40) acres of the southeast quarter of section one (1) in township twenty-five (25) south, of range four (4) west of the Salt Lake meridian, and that James E. Leavitt pay to Cora Birdsall the sum of one hundred dollars upon receipt of said deed. And we require Sister Cora Birdsall either to comply with this decision or appeal to the first presidency of our church before the 10th day of November next.

WILLIAM H. SEEGMILLER,
JOS. S. HORNE
JAS. CHRISTIANSEN,
Sevier Stake Presidency.

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Kabobs for Stevie

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, March 1963 –

Kabobs for Stevie

By Mabel Harmer

“Mother, will you measure this skirt so that I can wear it tomorrow?” Pam held up a flowered skirt, which to Elaine’s harassed eyes seemed to be at least twenty yards around.

“I’ll try,” she agreed. “If any two of you four could manage to get in for lunch at the same time it would leave me a few minutes for other tasks. Vacation is definitely not for mothers.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: George Q. Cannon Association, 1904

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

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A Few Minutes in Menan, Idaho: 15 December 1907

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 07, 2014

SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 1907

Regular Sunday services commenced at 2:10 P./M. Bishop Hart and Coun. Green and Clark present. Bishop Hart conducting exercises. Fair congregation – about 45 present.

Choir sang hymn, “Softly beams the sacred dawning” &c. Prayer was offered by Coun. Green. Choir sang hymn, “Come let us anew, our journey pursue” &c.

Sacrament was administered by Elders I.W. Merrill and A.R. Green. Elder Z. Ballantyne was asked to speak – Felt great responsibility in speaking to saints, but are under responsibility to respond. Spoke of elders who stay from meeting for fear they be called to speak; thought they refused by staying away. Those who accept priesthood are under responsibility to respond to call to preach, is one of things that go with ordination. There is one thing that makes it still harder to be teacher, great many people who seem to think person ought to live up to all he teaches. Believe, with them, ought to be aim of everyman to live up to all requirements of gospel.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 25: “Let Every Thing that Hath Breath Praise the Lord”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 06, 2014

Lesson 25: “Let Every Thing that Hath Breath Praise the Lord”

Psalms

Purpose: to help class members show their gratitude for the Savior and for the many blessings that he and our Heavenly Father have given us.

Lesson Development

1. Prophecies of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
2. “The Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee”
3. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?”

Introduction

In a discussion of the Old Testament, a friend recently pointed out that parts of the Old Testament were used by the ancient Israelites in somewhat the same way that we use certain books in the modern Church:

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Andrew Sproul, Missionary: November – December 1841

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 06, 2014

previous installment

Monday night, Nov. 1st, 1841 – B Kirkwood & I went to widow Inch’s’ house and no one came. We spake to the widow & B Inch & etc.

Sunday, Nov. 7th, 1841 – B. Gibson & I started for Nilston [Neilston]. We held meeting at B. C. house. I opened meeting & spoke to the Saints, etc. B. Gibson bore testimony to the truth. We held meeting in the afternoon. B. Gibson administered supper & preached. B. Camb. [Brother Campbell] bore testimony.

Monday night, Nov 8th, 1841 – B. Gibson & I went to widow Inch’s house but the people will not come out to hear us & etc. E. G. [Elder Gibson] prayed and we parted.

Sunday 145th – E. Gibson & I according to appointment went to Nilston. The Saints there met with us but few strangers. We held meetings fore & afternoon & teaching them to observe to do their duty & in the evening we left them to God’s care.

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Saturday Remix, 1941

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 05, 2014

Two small British boys were gazing at the shop windows decorated for Christmas. Presently they came to a butcher’s shop, and one of them pointed to a number of hams hanging from a large holly branch. “Look, Tom,” he said. “Look at them ‘ams agrowing up there.”

“Get away,” said the other. “’Ams don’t grow.”

“Well, that’s all you know about it,” said the first scornfully. “Ain’t you ever ‘eard of a ‘ambush?”

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