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Mollie Higginson: Criticising the Bible (1920)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 07, 2014

Criticising the Bible.

In the world to-day there is a growing tendency to criticise the Holy Scriptures. Higher criticism has declared that the Bible is not authentic, that it contains so many discrepancies and errors that it is not to be relied upon, and, of course, with the Bible must go our faith in God. These would-be savants would thus ruthlessly take the very bread of life from the hands of hungering humanity and in its place they give – what? Just nothing; they have no substitute to offer; they take away the word of God, which has proved to be an unfailing source of comfort to so many generations and give us nothing in its place.

Let us consider a few facts. Excavations recently made in Mesopotamia have thrown light on many of the Bible customs. Excavations in the Sinaitic Peninsula and in Palestine have proved that kings mentioned in the Bible really lived and moved and had their being as stated in the scriptural records. In 1872 George Smith discovered the Babylonian account of the deluge contained in a poem.

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Home on Leave

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 07, 2014

Home on Leave

By Ruth Bassett

We sat together there, within the Church,
You in navy blue, with stripes of gold.
You in navy blue! My heart turned cold
With apprehension, and I turned to search
Your bronzed, uplifted face, afraid to find
A grim resentment that would silence prayer;
But only trust and reverence were there,
And trust that he to whom you prayed is kind.
I thought, in death’s stark nearness he has come
Nearer to God than I, who feel secure.
Whatever he is called on to endure,
The vanguard of that faith will bring him home.
So comfort came, as we were sitting there,
As if in answer to a sailor’s prayer.

(1951)

Down the Lanes of August

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 07, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, August, 1960 –

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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 1

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 07, 2014

I have about a dozen poems in a series dating from 1931 which I will post over the next two weeks, without editorial comment. The first:

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For the sake of search engines:

“Who Are You Redman?”
By Bertha A. Kleinman

Years upon years ago, so they tell,
When white men came to this land to dwell,
They found you, Redman, but no one knew
Who brought you here and not even you
Could tell the legend that made it plain,
So they took from you your land and gain
And pressed you into the wilderness.

From North to South and from East to West
They scattered your tribesmen far and wide,
And legions out on the trail have died.
They called you savage and Indian,
You who are truest American,
Men know you as Pima and Papago,
Sioux and Apache and Navajo;
The past has hidden your primal name,
And nobody tells from whence you came.

Cora Had a Question, 1903

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 07, 2014

Well, Cora herself may not have had this question, but somebody at the general Church level was certainly responding to Cora’s case when this appeared in the Juvenile Instructor in the summer of 1903, six weeks after Cora’s excommunication.

Church Courts and Land Disputes

Question: Has a Bishop’s court authority to try cases involving land disputes?

Answer: Before our lands were surveyed by the government, settlements had been formed and boundaries clearly established. After the survey was made it was found that, as a general thing, the lines of a quarter section would run through the lands of more than one settler; and in order that every man might have title to that which belonged to him, one of the interested parties would comply with the provisions of the law and obtain the title, and after doing this he would deed to the others such portions of the homestead entry as belonged to them; and it was not an uncommon thing for our Church courts to settle disputes arising under those circumstances. But since the government survey it has not been customary for church courts to entertain complaints involving the title to lands, and the same may be said with respect to water. All disputes involving legal titles must be adjudicated by courts of competent jurisdiction. The point is this, Church courts must not undertake to interfere with the legal rights of any member.

President Young held that when any person secures title to land from the government, part of which has been occupied and cultivated by others, he or she should respect the rights of such persons by being willing to deed to them the land they have improved, provided that they pay their share of the expenses incurred in securing the government title, and also a fair remuneration to the pre-emptor or homesteader, for the loss of his or her pre-emption or homestead right in proportion to the amount of land which the various parties received.

In addition to the timing of this Q&A, one more tiny detail points squarely to its being in response to Cora’s case: Church magazines do not normally use “he or she” in writing like this, especially when it involves the traditionally male sphere. They add “or she,” because it’s a “she” whose case they have in mind!

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Steak for Thursday

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 06, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, April 1955 –

Steak for Thursday

By Rosa Lee Lloyd

Cristeen McCarthy put Tommy in his high chair and tied a bib around his neck.

“Mulk!” he crooned as his little hands went around the cup she handed to him. He gulped rapturously.

“Just like your daddy,” she observed, glancing at Tom as he sat contentedly eating his bacon and eggs. “Give your daddy enough to eat and a place to sleep, and he crows with delight. He likes to live in a rut. Even when he has a chance, he won’t get out of it!”

Tom put his fork down with a little sigh. The smile went away from his thin, Lincolnesque face.

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Penny Parade, 1959

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 06, 2014

Campaign to support Primary Children’s Hospital, February 1959 –

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Guest Post: Alexander Schreiner Explains the Hymn

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - August 06, 2014

In anticipation of Daniel Berghout’s upcoming lecture at the Church History Library on August 14, 2014, Keepapitchinin will be featuring a selection or two from long-time Tabernacle organist, hymn writer, and German immigrant Alexander Schreiner (1901-1987).

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Twelve years before the Church published the most recent edition of the LDS Hymnbook, Alexander Schreiner put out a call in the Ensign for new hymns. “The task and challenge before us now and during the next few years is to produce a body of one or two hundred new hymns that will reflect the talents of our finest and most spiritual poets and our best musicians.” (more…)

The Centipede

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

The Centipede

By Solveig Paulson Russell

A centipede sat on a tumbling weed
And cried till the ground was wet,
“Because,” said he, “shoes come in pairs
And not in hundreds yet!
And so my feet are bare, bare, bare,
And my toes are cold indeed,
Oh pity the sorry, sorry plight
Of a trembling centipede!”

Along through the air came an oven bird
And he heard what the poor bug cried,
So he gobbled him up and said with a smile,
“He’ll be quite warm inside!”

(1960)

2014 Arrington Lecture: “Heroes and Hero Worship”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2014

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