Saturday, May 24, 2014

Forty-five Minutes Notice

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While serving in the New England States on my mission, I once had a companion tell me that he had one week’s notice from the time he received his call in the mail to the time that he had to report to the old mission home in Salt Lake City (I know, I just aged myself). At the time I thought that might have been a record—apparently not, in fact, not even close. Just recently I read what might be the all-time whirlwind, let’s-get-out-of-here-and-on-our-mission record. Forty-five minutes—insane! Who was ready to go with this little notice?

a.      Joseph F. Smith

b.      David O. McKay

c.       Samuel Smith

d.      George Q. Cannon

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   To participate in a play

James H. Stoddard, one of the famous actors of America and England, was invited to come and participate with the local Home Dramatic club in Saints and Sinners. In his book entitled Recollections of a Player, he wrote, “I received a letter from Salt Lake City, asking me to go there and play for a week with an amateur organization in Saints and Sinners. As the offer was a liberal one, . . . I consented. Although it was quite a long journey to take for a week’s engagement, I was amply repaid by the warmth of my reception and the kindly courtesy extended to me during my brief stay. We had only two rehearsals, and it really would have astonished many old professionals to have seen the careful attention, earnestness and ability displayed by my Mormon associates. The play was excellently staged and well performed.” He even mentioned that Governor Heber M. Wells played the part of Ralph Kingsley in such a manner that would have been creditable to any experienced actor. He concluded by saying “Much was done for our amusement, including organ recitals at the Mormon Temple [tabernacle], excursions to the lake, social receptions, etc. When one contemplates what has been accomplished in this city in creating as it were, a garden out of a desert, founding and building so beautiful a metropolis, bespeaking so much toil, thrift, and indomitable perseverance, it must call for sincere admiration and command great respect.”

Lesson Committee, Museum Memories (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 2009), 62-63.

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