Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Sisters had to Steal

What did the Orderville sisters have to steal so that the children could have Christmas?
a.                  Straw for dolls
b.                  Flannel for stockings
c.                   Nuts and fruit for stockings
d.                  Molasses for cookies and candy

Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Come, Come Ye Saints
From the life of Levi Edgar Young:   I remember our first Christmas in the valley. We all worked as usual. The men gathered sagebrush and some even plowed, for though it had snowed, the ground was still soft and the plows were used nearly the entire day. Christmas came on Saturday. We celebrated the day on the Sabbath, when all gathered around the flagpole in the center of the fort and there we held a meeting. And what a meeting it was! We sang praise to God, we all joined in the opening prayer, and the speaking that day has always been remembered. There were words of thanksgiving and cheer. Not a pessimistic word was uttered. The people were hopeful and buoyant because of their faith in the great work they were undertaking. After the meeting there was handshaking all around. Some wept with joy, and the children played in the enclosure, and around a sagebrush fire that night we gathered and sang: “Come, come ye Saints, No toil nor labor fear, But with hoy, wend your way.”
   That day we had boiled rabbit and a little bread for our dinner. Father had shot some rabbits and it was a feast we had. All had enough to eat. In the sense of perfect peace and good will, I never had a happier Christmas in all my life.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:182-183.

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