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Ward Officers' Meetings or abocrac cr∞ or cr∞ ∞ Teach.-Tr.Class
*Not sufficient girls in all wards for Bee-Hive Swarms. In several stakes it was impossible to hold union meetings.
Are you honest in the use of the time you are paid for?
Are you doing your very best? Are you loyal to your employer? Do you spend an undue amount of money and time on pleasure?
Do you spend an undue amount of your salary on yourself? Do you save?
Do you keep growing? Do you control your temper and keep sweet when things go wrong?
Are you tolerant of the opinions of others yet rigid in your adherence to what you think is right?
New Member of the General Board
The General Board is happy to add to its numbers one of our gifted young Latter-day Saint girls-Sister Evangeline Thomas, who will assist in the supervision of our musical activities. She is the daughter of Mo
roni J. and Agnes Olsen Thomas, both well known among the musical people of the Church, the latter having been one of Salt Lake's popular soloists.
Sister Thomas' services in the Church have also been chiefly along musical lines, she having been active in the ward choir, a member of the Tabernacle choir, and ward chorister in the Sunday School. She has also been a teacher in the Sunday School and for one season, a local president of the Y. L. M. I. A. She gave special attention to music while at the Latter-day Saints University and later completed a course at the University of Utah, receiving from that institution a Music Supervisor's Certificate. She taught music in the Junior High Schools of Salt Lake City for one year and for two years was supervisor of music in the Cache County schools.
Miss Thomas is doubtless known to a number of our officers through her work in Educational Institutes which have been held in many of our Latter-day Saint communities. She has twice had charge of the music in extension work of the Agricultural College of Utah.
Possessed of strong personality, ability, a kindly spirit, and an earnest desire to serve, Sister Thomas will prove a welcome member on the General Board.
"Tree-Top Mornings," by Ethelwyn Wetherald is a little volume of charming verses for children. Published by the Cornhill Publishing Company, Boston. Price, $1.50.
Sources of Joy and Factors of Happiness
During one of the recent "ownyour-own-home" campaigns, the problem was found to possess two sides of very up-to-date interest, and the question arose as to whether home attraction was not based more upon animal instinct than upon rationality. On one side it was urged that home attractiveness was more than instinctive, that it had behind it an intrinsic ideality, the attainment of which was a high form of happiness, that there was truth as well as poetry in the expression, "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home." "A charm from the sky" not only "seems to hallow us there," but does hallow us there; "which seen through the world is ne'er met with elsewhere." It was urged that "the orchard, the meadow, the deeptangled wildwood, and every loved spot that my infancy knew" contributed a joy to life for which there could be no adequate substitute. It was also urged that home-making, home-keeping, was but a miniature world-creating and heaven-making. When it came to the question of economics it was shown that the apartment house plan could claim life advantages which the segregated home could not give, that the building and maintaining of individual dwelling places was as wide of good business as the family shoeshop, spinning, and weaving room, bakery, and laundry; some of which have proved their unfitness to survive, and others
are fast passing into the realm of the obsolete. Summed up, the argument against the home meant that more of the real honey of life could be conserved in tenement hives than in homes.
The question is still an open one, and time alone can determine which side was right, but with the assumption that we are still in the home age, we can stand safely on the ground that home-comings are sources of joy and factors of happiness.
The Family Home coming.Fences and what they surround, walls and what is within them, do not constitute home. The real home is life environed by home surroundings, and the life of home is the family. Family home-comings may fittingly be held anywhere designated as place of gathering. The most ideal place is the old homestead, the place of patriarchal interest as was Adamondi-Ahman, where the first family home-coming was held and where a greater one still is to be held. Doctrine and Covenants, Section 107:5356; 116:1.
propitious days for family homecomings, as is also Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Year's Day, the Fourth and the Twenty-Fourth of July. The social and industrial freedom, coming from public holiday provisions, may be made to contribute to interest in family home-comings without detracting in any way from the community holiday inter
The program that will distribute the home-coming activities widely will succeed best. That branch of the family which has something to do will rarely be unrepresented and generally will respond in full force.
Houseparties. We have family houseparties, many of which, too large for private residences, are held in public meetinghouses. Then we have the family outing and greater still, the family Temple day, where help from earth is handed up to increase the joys of heaven.
Community Homecomings.These gatherings have more than a social value. Besides the greetings, the renewal of acquaintanceship, the recounting of comrade hardships and adventure, the visiting of childhood haunts or places endeared by long ago associations, all of which contribute to the fulness of life by mingling the past with the present, there is an exchange of ideas, a sort of traffic of ambitions, a commerce of experiences, that is of intrinsic value to the community. The home-comer enriches the old town, and the old town with its newness adds to the home-comer, and thus these comeback community conferences tribute materially to the welfare of all within the circle of the gathering's
There is a form of sub-home-coming gaining in popularity, such as the gathering in one city of all the form
er inhabitants of another city or state. The gathering of all the Spanish Forkers residing in Salt Lake City, or all Utahns in Washington, or New York are illustrations.
It is preeminently fitting that the M. I. A. should lead out in these high grade community functions, which have claim to perpetuity on the grounds that they are sources of joy and factors of happiness.
School Home coming s.-The school is our foster home, in recognition of which we call it our AlmaMater. While every commencement exercise is more than a call for the graduates to come back and see the school and contribute to its greatness by their presence, a prevalent college custom is to have a homecoming every decade, for a rallying of the classes, a renewal of old-time college yells and songs, a reviewing of old-time episodes and escapades, the retelling of college tales, the opening up of the stream of inquiry concerning the what and where and who of both the present and the absent. These school home-comings. bring us back to where we may have experiences of which we may exclaim thereafter, "For that brief space, I was a boy again."
When a home-coming college procession has in it a relatively strong showing of graduates, it becomes an exhibition of its present strength, and a prophecy of its future greatness. The college jubilee home-coming and the centennial gathering of the graduates are events of rarity. but as civilization evolves so will they increase for education and civilization are complements of each other, one is not without the other.
Home-comings Hereafter. The future that is worth while is the present more nearly perfected. Heaven without family heart-throbs, quick