Dear Editor: My child has lost her appetite, with appar-
ently no cause. She seems well, but just does not want to eat.
Can you suggest a remedy? â€” Mrs. A. V. J., Manti, Utah.
This is often the result of a long period of over-feeding or
the use of milk too rich in fat. If in all other respects the child
seems well and simply does not want her food, give the food at
regular hours. Never in between periods. On no account coax
a chil 1 to eat, much less force her. No greater mistake can be
made. Weaken the fond given and lengthen the intervals.
QUllRY BOX. 165
What points should guide one in selecting toys and play-
things for an infant? â€” Mother.
The instinct in a baby to put everything in its mouth is so
strong that one should be very careful not to give things that
cannot be safely treated in this way. Hence, things that can be
washed easily and things that are not sharp and that have no loose
parts that might be swallowed should be chosen.
Please give through the Relief Society Magazine, a recipe
for carrot pudding. â€” Mrs. G. R. D., Salt Lake.
1 C. suet creamed well ; add 2^ C. stale bread crumbs. 1 G.
Beat yolks of 4 eggs, add gradually 1}^ G. brown sugar.
Gombine mixtures. Add grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 tb. vinegar.
Mix 1 C. raisins, cut fine ; % G. carrots dredged with ^ G. flour,
y^ T, salt, 1 T. cinnamon, ^ T. nutmeg, ^ T. cloves, whites of 4
eggs beaten stiff. Steam 3 hours in buttered mold.
When the Relief Society arrange excursions, they will always
invite the bishops, stake presidents. Genealogical Society repre-
sentatives and priesthood generally to assist and accompany them.
It would be much better for the priesthood to arrange the excur-
sion and invite the sisters to accompany them ; but we can only
suggest and hope for this better way. Meanwhile the sisters can
certainly plan for their own work, remembering the motto of the
General Genealogical Gommittee of the Relief Society : "Provoke
the brethren to good works, but don't provoke the brethren while
God in His love gave His only Son,
To teach us if ideals are won.
That e'en tho' hearts break
Must our dearest and best
Be nailed to the cross
E'er the end of the quest !
Entered ai lecond-class matter at the Poit Office, Salt LakÂ« City, Utak.
Motto â€” Charity Never Failetk.
THE GENERAL BOARD
Mrs. Emuelinb B. Wells President
Mrs. Clarissa S. Williams First Counselor
Mrs. Julina L. Smith Second Counselor
Mrs. Amy Brown Lyman General Secretary
Mrs. Susa Young Gates Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. Emma A. Empey Treasurer
Mrs. Sarah Jenne Cannon Mrs. Carrie S. Thomas Miss Edna May Davis
Dr. Romania B. Penrose Mrs. Alice MerrillHorne Miss Sarah McLelland
Mrs. Emily S. Richards Mrs. Priscilla P. Jennings Mrs. Elizabeth C. Crismon
Mrs. Julia M. P. Farnsworth Mrs. Elizabeth S. Wilcox Mrs. Janette A. Hyde
Mrs. Phoebe Y. Beatie Mrs. Rebecca Niebaur Nibley Miss Sarah Eddington
Mrs. JdaS. Dusenberry Mrs. Elizabeth C. McCune
Mrs. Lizzie Thomas Edward, Music Director Miss Edna Coray, Organist
RELIEF SOCIETY MAGAZINE
Editor SusA Youno Gates
Business Manager Janette A. Hyde
Assistant Manager Amy Brown Lyman
Room 29, Bishop's Building, Salt Lake City, Utah
Vol. III. ' MARCH, 1916. No. 3
A TESTIMONY OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL.
The books written by the friends and followers of
What is a the Savior are called "The New Testament." In
Testimony? law, a man testifies to a certain fact, and he is
spoken of in legal parlance as a "testator." When
the Church was first organized, men and women arose in their
prayer meetings, and "testified" to the truth of the things
taught by the Book of Mormon, and by the Prophet Joseph
Smith. This solemn "testifying" finally became crystallized
in our religious phraseology into a "testimony" of the truth.
Testimonies sometimes came by dreams, visions, by the simple
preaching of the word, by healings of the sick, and in divers
ways. But usually we conceive the testimony of the truth as
being that "still small voice" which can never deceive, and which
pierces the very marrow, making us to know that this work is
true better than we know any visible thing in this world.
The world knows nothing of this. They some-
The times speak of "a change of heart" or of "getting
"Mormon" religion," or of "being saved." But the burning
Conception testimony, the spiritual conviction, which Peter
of A confessed and which belongs of right to every
Testimony, baptized soul in this Church is an unknown
mystery to those outside this Church. Plow is
that "testimoii}'" obtained? In one way only, and that is through
After one has obtained this pure testimony, can it
A be lost? O yes, yes. No matter how long it may
Testimony have been in your possession, no matter how many
Lost. miracles may have been performed through its
agency, no matter how powerful you were under
its influence nor how happy, no matter who you are and who
were your parents. It is a living thing and subject to the laws
of life, growth, development, and progress as well of change,
decay, death and dissolution. How can it be lost? In pre-
cisely the opposite manner in which it was obtained.
Who should possess this testimony? Will you
Who has not answer by saying that every person who has
this reached the years of reason should and must
Testimony? eventually acquire that living, burning testimony
of the truth of this gospel. It is not enough to
think it is so, to hope it is true, to merely believe that it is of
God. We must know, not for another but for ourselves. It
must be a very part of our being, greater than honor or fame,
more vital than life, dearer than kindred and home. If we
have not this testimony now, we should be striving constantly
here and hereafter, till we do get it. Else are we subject to the
changing winds of doctrine â€” blown by theories, blinded by our
carnal desires and ambitions, on the trembling verge of for-
getfulness, and that change which begins with indifference and
neglect, and ends with apostasy and despair.
The women of the Relief Society are this month celebrat-
ing the organization of this great and wondrous Society, by the
Prophet Joseph Smith. They are reading the minutes of the
organization. They are peering into the past for every ray of
historic light. They are presenting programs of music and
speeches. The soft rustle of well-gowned women will mingle
wnth the subdued conversation of our modern and up-to-date
gatherings. Dainties will be served by delicately clad young
girls, daughters of worthy women and grand-daughters of
heroines. But if any one of the lovely and gracious women
who come together on our Annual Day think that the lessons
we study, the means we acquire, the reports that can be made,
the refinement and culture that may be in evidence, will com-
pensate any one of them for the lack of a testimony of the truth â€”
how deceived they will be. No matter what other works we may
do in this Society, let not the pure and sacred testimonies of the
sisters be neglected. President Wells is constantly troubled
lest our many other strenuous labors and duties shall rob us
of this priceless jewel, this pearl without price, which is more
precious than life itself â€” the testimony that this is the Church
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and Kingdom of God ; that Jesus is the Son of the very Eternal
Father, and that the Prophet Joseph Smith was the instrument
through whom the gospel was again revealed to the earth.
After bringing forth the Book of Mormon, establishing the
Church with all its power and priesthoods, gifts and blessings,
he sealed his testimony with his blood in Carthage jail. With
this, we are safe, without it we are lost. Seek and ye shall
find, knock and it shall be opened unto 3 ou.
OUR DELEGATES IN WASHINGTON.
At the Triennial session of the National Council of Women,
held in Washington, D. C, on the 12th of January, that body ad-
mitted to its membership the Federation of Women's Clubs, the
Daughters of the American Revolution, two powerful College
Alemunae, besides a dozen other national bodies of women, thus
increasing the membership of the Council to two million women.
Our Relief Society, which is a charter member of this Council
was represented by Counselor Clarissa S. Williams, Mrs. Elizabeth
C. McCune. and Mrs. Mary M. Howells. The Y. L. M. T. A., was
represented by Pres. Martha H. Tingey and Mrs. Rose W. Bennet.
Mrs. Williams was honored by being asked to introduce the incom-
ing ofificers, and placed on the nominating committee and on the
credential committee. In making a report of our work, she fol-
lowed a lady who spoke of the great age of her society â€” organized
in 1880. Mrs. Williams referred in glowing terms to the fact that
this Society was brought into existence through revelation by the
Prophet Joseph Smith in 1842, in Nauvoo. And that every prin-
ciple of intelligence and power now in operation in women's so-
ciety throughout the world was introduced and promulgated under
his divine inspiration as the foundation of this greatest and old-
est of organizations. She was listened to in breathless silence,
and was congratulated many times afterwards. She told them
of our neighborhood nursing, and School of Obstetrics, of our
extension courses of study, our system of gathering and distribut-
ing charity which is without question the most efficient in the
world. We are very proud of our Society and proud of such able
representatives as were present in Washington.
The new President of the National Council of Women is Mrs.
Phillip Moore of St. Louis; the three Vice-Presidents are, Mrs.
John Hays Hammond, Mrs. Joseph Mumford and Mrs. Kath-
erine Harris. Mrs. Roger Bacon, Recording Secretary; Mrs.
Harry L. Keefe, Correspondnng Secretary; Mrs. Kate Waller
Barrett, Treasurer ; the Auditors are Mrs. Emma E. Bower,
and Mrs. Carrie A. Bahrenberg.
Theology and Testimony.
First Week, April, 1916.
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE.
LEAH AND RACHEL.
(Read Genesis, Chapters 28-37.)
Leah and Rachel were sisters, Leah being the elder. They
were daughters of Laban who was the brother of Rebecca, Jacob's
mother. They were therefore cousins to Jacob. The sympathy of
Bible readers, as a rule, goes out to Rachel, the "beautiful and
well favored," instead of to Leah, whose "eyes were tender."
We see nothing of these women till the arrival of Jacob, who
came to Haran partly to flee from the natural wrath of his brother
Esau on the score of the transferred blessing, and partly to obtain
for himself a wife from the "seed of Abraham." When Jacob
reached the vicinity of Haran three flocks of sheep were waiting
at the well to be watered. As Jacob was pressing his enquiries of
the shepherds respecting his uncle Laban, who should come up but
Rachel with her flock to be watered? "Jacob kissed Rachel, and
lifted up his voice and wept." Removing with his own strong
hand the great stone over the mouth of the well, he gave drink to
his cousin's sheep, while she ran to her father to tell him of
At the expiration of a month's stay with Laban, during which
he probably worked for his uncle, Jacob proposed to serve seven
years for the hand of Rachel. This was agreed upon. And the
time seemed to the lover "but a few days, for the love he had to
her," says the picturesque and suggestive narrative. When how-
ever "the days were fulfilled" and Jacob was to receive his bride
after the prevailing custom, the crafty Laban brought into Jacob's
room, not the young woman he had worked for all these years,
but the elder sister Leah. Jacob, though, did not discover the de-
ception till it was too late, and the father-in-law made the hypo-
critical explanation that "it is not so done in our place to give
the younger before the firstborn. Fulfill the week of this one, and
we will give the other also for the service which thou shalt serve
with me yet seven other years." Jacob did this, and in the end
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he won â€” or rather earned â€” Rachel, And he loved her "more than
Leah." It would seem that both women were sensitive on this
point of their having been bargained off by the mercenary Laban,
for years afterward they asked bitterly, ''Are we not counted
strangers? for he hath sold us."
It is interesting, in these days when it is unfashionable to
have large families, to follow the race of these two women for the
favor of their spouse through child-bearing. Leah bore Jacob
four children in rapid succession, before Rachel had even one.
Then she "left bearing." Rachel "envied her sister." She said
to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die !" Jacob's answer was
as petulant as his favorite wife's, "Am I in the stead of God?"
So Rachel gave him her maid Bilhah. Bilhah bore two sons to
her mistress one after the other. Leah, not to be outdone by her
sister, gave Jacob her handmaid Zilpah, who bore two sons.
Leah bore two more sons in succession, and Rachel two. This in-
teresting rivalry is stamped in the very names of the fruit of it.
Reuben was given this name by Leah "because now my husband
will love me ;" Naphtali for the reason that Rachel had "mighty
wrestlings" with her sister; Issachar means "hire," in evident al-
lusion to the bargain over the mandrakes ; and Zebulun signifies
"dwell," referring to Leah's hope on the birth of h-r si-:th son
that "now my husband will dwell with me."
But even though Rachel had the favor of her husband and the
Lord, it is clear from the narrative in the Bible that Leah also had
more or less of the favor of the Lord. And not without good and
sufficient reasons. Leah was blessed of the Lord from the begin-
ning, in compensation, it would seem, for Jacob's "hatred" of her.
"The Lord saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb, but
Rachel was barren." Then again "from Leah sprang Judah, in
whose line the promise to Abraham was to be fulfilled." It
would be too much to say with some that "Leah was the one whom
God intended for Jacob;" for Joseph, the "fruitful bough by a
well." came from Rachel. During her early years of anxiety for
children Rachel appears not to have been so mindful of the Lord
as of her husband ; whereas Leah, on the contrary, per force gave
less attention to her husband, although he, too, appears to have
been much in her mind. But afterward Rachel somewhat modi-
fied her attitude in the matter, for the Lord "hearkened unto
her," which ^^'ould imply prayer on her part, and gave her a
son. loseph. Moreover, when Jacob was stealing away with his
now numerous family and herds and flocks from his wily father-
in-law, Rachel stole some idols of her father's which he valued and
probably consulted as oracles instead of the Lord. This woidd
appear to signify that her faith still clung to some extent to the
old gods instead of to the living God of her husband Jacob.
GUIDE LESSONS. 171
1. Who were Leah and Rachel?
2. Describe the character of Laban.
3. Tell of the first meeting between Jacob and Rachel.
4. Relate the deception Laban played upon Jacob. Was it
justifiable from Laban's point of view? What do you think was
his real motive in the matter?
5. Describe the character of Rachel.
6. Describe the character of Leah.
7. Which do you consider the most favored? Why?
Work and Business.
Second Week in April.
Genealogy and Art.
Third Week in April.
We took the liberty last month of transposing the March and
April lesson in order to meet the needs of a number of stakes that
desired this done.
This month we again suggest that a beginner's class in gene-
alogy taken from our last year's Guide Lessons and from the
Genealogical Lesson Book shall be kept up in all the branches
of the Society. Those who have these lessons well learned and
who are in the advanced grade will be glad of the practical help
given this year in our lesson work for the establishment of a firm
foundation on which to carry forward their individual and Relief
Society work. But there are and always will be beginners who
need the first lessons.
It has been suggested by the Board that every member of the
Society shall spend at least one day in a temple, or arrange for
someone to do this for her. This brings up at once the great
question of excursions to a temple. Many ask us how this can be
done. We give the following suggestions for the chairman of the
Genealogical Committee, acting always under the approval of
the Relief Society Presidency:
1. Consult the stake Presidency and obtain their full ap-
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2. Invite the representative of the Genealogical Society to
co-operate with the Relief Society.
3. Ascertain from the railroad agent what arrangements can
be made for party rates.
4. Find out through the ward Genealogical Committee about
how many persons will go.
Note: A successful plan is to invite so many from each
ward to go, making them feel that it is a privilege rather than a
5. Write to the president of the temple in your district and
ask how many persons your stake may present at the chosen day
Note : Always visit your own temple rather than wait for
conference time and try to come to the Salt Lake temple. That
temple has been so crowded of late that hundreds are turned
away each week, and conference time is always a particularly
6. Ascertain where your people can get lodgings for a day
or so, if you travel long distances, by writing to the stake president
or the temple president. Some rent rooms and carry their own
7. The Genealogical Committee should next discover how
many names can be supplied from their own wards and stakes.
Oftentimes some poor persons have long lists of names, but can-
not afiford to go to the temple, while it also happens that some who
can afford to go have no names. The committee in this case, can
act as an exchange bureau.
Note: Unless the chairman of the committee is familiar
with the mode of preparing baptismal and other temple sheets,
it is better to simply insist on each person bringing a clearly
written statement of record of the work he wishes to do and trust
to the competent temple recorders to prepare the names and in-
formaion after reaching the temple.
It must always be bourne in mind that the chairman of any
or all committees in the Relief Society work under the advice and
supervision of the presidency of her Society. There must be
order in the Church. A chairman is always in order in devising
ways and means for the advancement and development of the
work placed under her charge; but this must be done after con-
sultation, and with the direct approval, of the presidency of the
8. Our last suggestions are for those who live too far away
from the temples to take an excursion, but who should not be
deprived of the privilege and blessing derived from this glorious
(a) Work in harmony with your stake presidency, and the
representative of the Genealogical Society.
GUIDE LESSONS. 173
(b) Send your missionaries to every member of the Society,
to collect means and names.
(c) After arranging all data and having means enough to
cover the cost of substitute work, forward the whole to the presi-
dent of the temple in your district.
9. Report all official work thus done on your ward records.
(a) Always remember your donations and make them pro-
portionate to your circumstances.
Now, sisters, go on with this glorious and necessary work,
and let no woman say "there is no temple work for me to do."
Here is a way for all to work and be blessed in the doing of it.
1. What arrangements can you suggest to enable your ward
to be represented this year at the temple?
2. Who is the representative of the Genealogical Society
in your ward and stake?
3. Which is the better plan : to call persons to go on an
excursion, or to invite them?
4. Write a model letter to the temple president, asking
permission to visit the temple in your stake in one month from
5. What can you say about preparing sheets for your temple
6. What should be the attitude of the chairman of the Gen-
ealogical Committee to the president of the Relief Society?
7. If your stake is too far away to go on a temple excursion
what can you do as satisfactory substitute work?
8. What members of the Society would you excuse from
actual or substituted temple work during the year 1916?
ART AND ARCHITECTURE.
THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE.
However unslightly a building may appear, or however beau-
tiful the architecture of a home or church or business block may
be, its effect may be greatly modified by the landscape.
The English ivy, the Boston ivy, a climbing rose, wisteria or
honeysuckle vine, or the fruiting grape, may be so successfully
placed, that it assists the architecture in creating an atmosphere of
sweetness and grace. On the other hand, a badly kept lawn, ugly
paths and walks, and sickly, untrimmed trees, poorly placed, can
make a poem of architecture look indeed ridiculous.
When designing a house or church building, the architect al-
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ways gives consideration to the landscape â€” the surrounding fields,
trees, and buildings.
It would be poor judgment, indeed, to plan beautiful archi-
tecture, without planning for the surroundings as well. A lawn
here, a walk there, a rose garden yonder, a tall tree planted
to balance the other end of the roof, a mass of flowers, a garden-
seat â€” any one of these may be used to make perfection or to mar
the beauty of church or home.
The architecture and garden, together, may be all that one
might desire, yet there are moments when the landscape unites
with them to complete a picture worthy to be preserved forever.
Let us not then pass unnoticed the rose-tinted clouds at dawn, the
v\ind-swept cloud, a sunset sky, a double rainbow, that gives
tliis addel touch of entrancing loveliness. And while we study
beautiful bulidings, let us think of beautiful gardens, and a beauti-
ful landscape, to complete the picture.
Let us pay special attention to the surroundings, in connec-
tion with the home. Turn to page 144, Devotees and Their
Shrines, and notice an illustration in which the lines all lead to the
porch roof, and then come down the corner post to our lady in
white. The masses of flowers in the foreground, seem to creep
close to the path, which leads up to the step, and the fences seem
to follow toward the same goal. The nearby stones seem com-
fortably settled in lines leading to this same spot. Therefore,
there is rest, harmony and rythm, in this picture. Without Mrs.
Allen, the picture would not be so successful.
Turn to page 145, to the house where Julina Lambson Smith
was born, and note the splotch of green in the upper left-hand
corner. It repeats the mass of tree and vine. It gives a touch of
strength and vigor to the whole picture, and by filling up a large,
empty space, in the sky, makes the design good:
Draw a circle, including dear Aunt Melissa, the vine, and
the chimney, and the bush at the corner of the house. A second
and larger circle will include Uncle Albert at the door, the poplar
tree, the dark spot of tree in the sky, the distant trees and shrubs
beyond the kitchen, as well as the shrubs below, the holly-hocks,
and the border in the foreground. Circles such as these are very
pleasing in architecture and landscape gardens, as well as in
pictures and statuary.
We have studied this lesson of artistic gardening by Leila
Merrill Allen, page 144, Devotees and Their Shrines, with the idea
of choice of flowers and flower beds. Now add to this, the thought
of the architecture and landscape surroundings of the home.
a. Why do you plan a garden with walks, borders, lawn,
trees, shrubs, and flower beds?
GUIDE LESSONS. 175
b. Invent a color scheme for a garden for spring flowers.
c. Invent a color scheme for fall flowers.
d. What vines may be trained over sheds to give beauty?
e. What flowers are most suitable for a brilliant border;
what for a sweet-scented border?
f. Make a plan for a peony garden. When should the
peonies be planted?
g. Design a rose garden behind the house.
h. Plan walks and flower beds with place for dwelling in-
i. Plan paths, creek, and house in a mountain home (\). 152).
Read: Pages 149-150, "The Dear Old Garden," written by
Aunt Em, of her own garden.