A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.
Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.
Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said
"I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions.
I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do
everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."
John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.
As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"
James writes on page 93: "Developments, changes and advancements that have taken place under my observation, if foretold, would be incomprehensible and unbelievable. Yet, true no business houses in the town of Mt. Pleasant are now, in 1947, operating under the same name as in 1888, the year of my marriage.
Meeting held 8th, 1878
Opened with singing "Oh My Father, Thou Do Dwellest".
Prayer by Sister Peel
Sister Morrison addressed the Sisters feeling so much pleased to see so many of the Sisters coming to meeting and hoped and prayed that they have come here to be benefited and having their good desire in their heart to come again and unite with the Sisters and celebrate the spirit of God.
The minutes from the former meeting were read and accepted; also the minutes of the 22nd of June. Then Sister Morrison thought it best to put business up to the next meeting and have this meeting for a Testimony meeting; hoped that the Sisters will be free and bear their testimony; urged the Sisters to be grateful and thankful to the Lord that He has brought us out of (?).....and home to Zion. She only wished that we could live (?) before the Lord day after day; exhorted Sisters to be Prayerful and try to overcome that spirit and influence that advise try to overcome us and try to lead us astray. (???)
She talked about the great responsibility that rests upon us as mothers in Israel to raise up our children in truth and righteousness and make them useful for this reat work roll on. She also felt much pleased to hear of the young Sisters, that she had a good meeting where everyone felt the Spirit of God richly manifested. Sister Peel also bore her Testimony; felt so much benifited in the good meetings she attended when our visiting Sisters were here; especially spoke a good deal about the gospel instruction was given in Fairview; and said that she only wished the spirit would move upon her with that much power as he did when she heard the speaker, but many things slipped from her mind but was sure that it had done much good.
Sister Simpson felt very glad to see so many Sisters together for a good purpose and prayed to God that all may feel to continue and bore her Testimony.
Sister Seely bore her Testimony; felt glad to meet and spoke upon our children. If we do our duty and teach them good principles, we let the .......consequence(?) follow; if we do that in combination with prayer, their actions will not be for us to answer, it will fall to their own condemnation.
Mother Watkins bore her Testimony; felt so glad to be here, thought it was the best meeting she had attended since she came from the old country and said she would come again and wished that her name would be enrolled as a member of the Society.
Many of the Sisters spoke in their own language and a good spirit prevailed.oci
Meeting closed with singing and benediction.
Louise Hasler, Secretary
MFC Morrison, President
The following names were given in as member of the Society:
Ema Pay Rozil Andersen
The acceptance of these Sisters as members of our Society was moved and seconded and unanimously carried.
Sophia Miller were set apart to the Visiting Committee.