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Qjiessings in the ilew year

A S a New Year approaches, in addition to silent resolutions one makes

for personal improvement during the coming year, it is also a time for an expression of thankfulness and gratitude to the Lord for the innumer- able blessings of the past year.

At the October General Relief Society Conference, the Brethren who spoke were united in extolling the worth of Relief Society and the need for all Latter-day Saint women to become members. To those who are giving devoted service, there comes a realization that with the service the greatest good comes to the sister for her personal advantage and edification. Her faithful attendance at Relief Society meetings, week after week, increases her understanding of gospel principles which she is taught to apply in her own life and in the lives of her children. She receives counsel which guides her in deciding where her duty lies in a given situation.

The rearing of one's family assumes first importance to a Relief Society mother, yet her endowments seem to expand so that she may also give service to Relief Society. Her tender ministrations to the sick and homebound enlarge her soul and bring feelings of personal satisfac- tion, setting an invaluable example in loving, unselfish service to her children. By fulfilling requests made of Relief Society by the Priesthood, she trains herself in the rendering of obedience. In helping to raise funds to maintain Relief Society as a self-sustaining unit, she is encouraged to be industrious and thrifty. A member, through her training and association in Relief Society, grows in her ability to be a better woman, wife, and mother.

As the days, weeks, and months of the New Year roll on, let thanks- giving continually well up in the heart of every Relief Society member, thanking the Lord for the glorious privilege of belonging to and serving in the divinely inspired Relief Society.

The General Board extends love, respect, and gratitude, at the begin- ning of 1961, to every Relief Society member in every country of the world where they are found. The same spirit attends them in their meet- ings, in their de\'Otions, and in their labors. The same blessings are visit- ed upon the sisters of every land, as they minister according to the grand key words of the Society, ''Said Jesus, Te shall do the work which ye see me do.' " May every Relief Society member follow this admonition and find increasing joy in the New Year.

Affectionately,

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I have the privilege of working as stake theology leader in Minidoka Stake. Each year, in place of Christmas cards, I send to family and friends a mimeographed sheet containing some choice bits of literature. This year, one of the best things I have read is the very timely article in the Sep- tember issue of The Relief Society Maga- zine, ''Sleep When the Wind Blows," by Mildred B. Eyring. Thanks so much for the inspiration we have received from that article.

Bertha Mae Hansen

Rupert, Idaho

We have so much enjoyed the copies of The Relief Society Magazine given us by the missionaries, and now my thirteen- year-old daughter has finally persuaded us that we need our own subscription. Our whole family were baptized this month, and we need all the inspiration and en- couragement that come from reading Church publications, all of which are wonderful. We will be looking forward to receiving our own copy of The Relief Society Magazine.

Mrs. Douglas Schlueter

Le Sueur, Minnesota

I would like to tell you how much I enjoy The Relief Society Magazine kindly gifted me from my cousin Mrs. Mary Eas- ton Cutler, Glendale, California. I have enjoyed all the writing in the Magazines and the community of spirit expressed, and of course, I was particularly pleased with the cover of the September issue Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland. Jean Watson

Falkirk, Scotland

I live several miles from the branch where I have membership and seldom get to Relief Society, but I keep up with the lessons and enjoy them very much. I have received inspiration and strength from articles in the Magazine and I read each issue many times. I especially enjoy the beautiful covers, giving us scenes from so many interesting places.

Mrs. Irene Welch

Rockville, Missouri

I have enjoyed The Relief Society Mag- azine so much. Many times I have used the thoughts for Primary prayer meeting. It is only through the Church that I could find so much happiness with my husband and six boys.

Mrs. LaRae Robinson

We love to use the recipes published in the Magazine. My Magazine is a great comfort to me, especially to read in the evening. I thank you for all the wonder- ful stories and poems,

L. Goddard

Roseville, California

The sisters receiving the gift subscrip- tions of The Relief Society Magazine here in the Norwegian Mission are overjoyed at the kindness of our sisters in the States. I have been a member of Relief Society since I was fifteen years old, and through the years have learned how wonderful the work really is. I have enjoyed and re- ceived much help from the Magazine throughout the years.

Zina R. Engebretsen

Kearns, Utah

President

Norwegian Mission Relief Society Oslo, Norway

Our Relief Society Magazine is the best and most educational one published any- where. Thanks for its help in trying to live up to a better life. Your regular reader and longtime subscriber, Mrs. Albert A. Bahr

Payette, Idaho

I am impressed with your selection of photographs for The Relief Society Maga- zine — they are excellent. Robert W. Mix

Salt Lake City, Utah

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THE RELIEF SOCIETY MAGAZINE

Monthly Publication of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

RELIEF SOCIETY GENERAL BOARD

Belle S. Spafford --___. . President

Marianne C. Sharp _____ _ First Counselor

Louise W. Madsen _____ Second Counselor

Hulda Parker - _ _ _ _ Secretary-Treasurer

Anna B. Hart Christine H. Robinson Annie M. Ellsworth Fanny S. Kienitz

Edith S. Elliott Alberta H. Christensen Mary R. Young Elizabeth B. Winters

Florence J. Madsen Mildred B. Eyring Mary V. Cameron LaRue H. Rosell

Leone G. Layton Charlotte A. Larsen Afton W. Hunt Jennie R. Scott

Blanche B. Stoddard Edith P. Backman Wealtha S. Mendenhall Alice L. Wilkinson

Evon W. Peterson Winniefred S. Pearle M. Olsen LaPriel S. Bunker

Aleme M. Young Manwaring Elsa T. Peterson Marie C. Richards

Josie B. Bay Elna P. Haymond Irene B. Woodford Irene W. Buehner

RELIEF SOCIETY MAGAZINE

Editor _---------. - Marianne C. Sharp

Associate Editor __________ Vesta P. Crawford

General Manager --_-_____. Belle S. Spafford

VOL 48 JANUARY 1961 NO. 1

LyOntents

SPECIAL FEATURES

Blessings in the New Year General Presidency

Feminine Spirituality in the Home Mark E. Petersen

Award Winners Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest

Song of Three Marys First Prize Poem Sylvia Probst Young

Joseph the Prophet Second Prize Poem Genevieve S+. Cyr Groen

Pilgrimage to Christmas Third Prize Poem Dorothy J. Roberts

Award Winners Annual Relief Society Short Story Contest

Grafted First Prize Story Hope M. Williams

Temple Square in Salt Lake City ' Part III Preston Nibley

Prevent Crippling Diseases Basil O'Connor

nCTION Love Is Enough Chapter 1 Mabel Harmer

GENERAL FEATURES

From Near and Far

Sixty Years Ago

Woman's Sphere Ramona W. Cannon

Editorial: And Tell of Time Vesta P. Crawford

Singing Mothers to Present Music at Dedication of Hyde Park Chapel in London

Notes to the Field: Relief Society Assigned Evening Meeting of Fast Sunday in March

Award Subscriptions Presented in April

Bound Volumes of 1960 Magazines

Hymn of the Month Annual List

Notes From the Field: Relief Society Activities Hulda Parker

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Birthday Congratulations ."...'..... 72

FEATURES FOR THE HOME

Afterglow Nancy M. Armstrong 15

Julia Anderson Kirby Specializes in Hardanger Work 41

Fun to Make and Wear Shirley Thulin 42

Stretching Celia Larsen Luce 55

LESSONS FOR APRIL

Theology The Second Coming of Christ Roy W Doxey

Visiting Teacher Message "Thou Shalt Not Speak Evil" Christine H. Robinson

Work Meeting Feeding the Patient Oral Medications Local Application

of Heat and Cold Maria Johnson

Literature Emerson, the Spokesman for His Age Briant S. Jacobs

Social Science Growing ReUgious Values in the Home Blaine M. Porter

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The Cup Once Filled LesHe Savage Clark

Thanks for Five Senses Irig w. Schow

Hidden Harmonies Maude O. Cook

S^^s -^-- Padda M. Speller

Have Courage Catherine B . Bowles

A Child Scys Grace Ethel Jacobson

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PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE GENERAL BOARD OF RELIEF SOCIETY

Copyright 1960 by General Board of Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Editorial and Business Offices: 76 North Main. Salt Lake City 11. Utah: Phone EMpire 4-2511: bubscriptions 246 ; Editorial Dept. 245. Subscription Price: $2.00 a year; foreign. $2.00 a year ^Oc a copy ; payable m advance. The Magazine is not sent after subscription expires. No back numbers can be supplied. Renew promptly so that no copies will be missed. Report change of address at once, givmg old and new address.

Entered as second-class matter February 18, 1914. at the Post Office. Salt Lake City. Utah, under tne Act Of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in section 1103. Act of October 8. 1917. authorized June 29. 1918. Manuscripts will not be returned unless return postage is enclosed. Rejected manuscripts will be retained for six months only, ine Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.

Feminine Spirituality in the Home

Elder Mark E. Petersen Of the Council of the Twelve

(Address Delivered at the Officers Meeting, Relief Society General Conference,

October 5, i960).

I am surely grateful, my sisters, for the opportunity of being with you. I am very glad to welcome this chorus from Big Horn. I was glad to see the wife of our stake president from there present with them, encouraging them with their singing.

I was very thrilled with the report given by Sister Spafford. I would like you to know that we feel these sisters who make up your General Presidency and General Board are very remarkable women, and we are so grateful for their outstanding leadership.

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the very splendid message of our wonderful Presi- dent of the Council of the Twelve. I would like to talk along a similar line to some extent and also give support to Sister Spafford's great message.

Those who study trends in America are alarmed at the rapid disappearance of the traditional family life that once was so much a part of the American scene. Home is fast losing its power. Once it was the foundation stone of civilization, the cradle of liberty, a source of true faith in God. Once it produced greatness of character in individuals, which in turn made nations great. While there are still strong homes like this, guided by men and women who regard their parental duties as God-given opportunities, they are becoming rare indeed.

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For many, home is now a mere base of operations from which they direct their outside activities. It retains little of the permanency that once it had. Outside interests are making it impossible to do a ''heap o'livin' " in our modern homes, where formerly most of our living centered in home and family. Now, for so many people, nearly all activi- ties are away from home and family. Inevitably this brings about separa- tions, and with them comes a loss of home interests, the forming of new and competitive attachments, and a weakening of the influence which made a house a home.

Our many outside interests often drive a wedge between children and parents. Youngsters have a new feeling of independence from their parents, involving an earlier cutting of the apron strings, and with it they sense less their obligation to father and mother. This, in turn, results in less obedience to parents, less regard and respect for them, and, when parents are old, very lit- tle, if any, responsibility for their care.

Many mothers now go out to work. This, again, leads to the for- mation of new and separate ties apart from home and family. It forms new companionships also which sometimes lead to illicit ro- mance and a breaking up of mar- riage.

The collapse of the home, as you know, brings divorce, juvenile prob-

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lems, an increase in the general crime rate, and a widespread loss of faith in God. It brings less and less Church attendance, less and less family worship, fewer and fewer prayers, and an ever-shrinking de- pendence upon the Lord. National- ly, this has resulted in a near spiritual bankruptcy for millions of people. How long can any nation withstand such a trend?

The report of the i960 White House Conference for Children and Youth casts a glaring spotlight on these shortcomings. It points out that among the principal contribut- ing causes of crime and delinquency in youth are faulty family relation- ships and unwholesome home en- vironments. The bad example of adults is one of the worst contribut- ing causes of drinking and dishon- esty among youngsters. One state survey, for instance, showed that most of the high school students who use alcoholic beverages had their first drink in their own homes or in the homes of relatives.

A NOTHER study in a midwest- ern state, made among high school students, revealed that, al- though every child listed a church preference on his personnel card, many of them had never attended any kind of church service, except weddings and funerals, and knew nothing whatever about Christian belief.

The parents of these pupils showed a similar history. It is from this group that most of the children with problems arise. They consti- tute the delinquents of the com- munity and the disciplinary problems of the school.

A national survey was made

among young delinquents them- selves — boys and girls who had been arrested for one crime or another. This survey revealed that eighty per cent of these problem children said their parents were too busy with outside interests to give them any guidance or counsel; eighty per cent said that there was no teamwork in the home and no planned family activity of any kind; seventy-five per cent said their par- ents did not care whom they chose for friends; eighty per cent reported no religious training in the home.

The records in one sheriff's office in a large western county indicated that over a period of six months, among Latter-day Saint juveniles arrested, not one of them was active in the Church. All had slipped away. Lack of parental care at home was the chief cause.

A survey taken among a cross- section of the Latter-day Saint boys who are not active in the Church, indicated that in nearl}^ every case the parents were not active either. A similar study showed that eighty per cent of the girls in a given area who were not active in the Church had parents who were not active in the Church. On the contrary, it is shown that nearly all of the children in our Church who are active in their wards have parents who are active.

Where there is a religious home, the children learn to love religion. Where there is an irreligious home, the children tend to become irre- ligious like their parents. From religious homes few delinquents come. From irreligious homes most delinquents come. In religious homes, the principles of honesty, virtue, good citizenship, and good character are taught. In irreligious

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homes these teachings receive httle, if any, emphasis.

Then, what do we need? We need to restore rehgion to the home. The gospel is the foundation stone of good character and good citizen- ship. It is the basis of a good home. It is what gives parenthood its true meaning. It is what makes father and mother more than mere pro- genitors. It is what makes them partners with God, in rearing his own children and theirs, to become like him. Our great need is for the restoration of a true home with all it stands for in good family living.

Who in the home can best achieve this objective? Manifestly, it must come from the joint efforts of father and mother, with the full co-operation of the children. Through a united effort from all concerned, ideal conditions may ob- tain.

But, even in that situation, there stands out above all else the steady- ing hand of one great individual who nurtures every member of the fam- ily, who comforts them in their distress, who has them kneel at her side as she teaches them to pray, who teaches them faith in God from the cradle onward, and who helps to provide discipline when discipline is needed.

With all that father does, the very nature of his employment as the breadwinner, takes him away from the home to a point where most of the child's care is left to the mother, and in every good home mother accepts the task. Even where fathers do not live up to their responsibility, mothers still carry on if they catch the true vision of their destiny. At times we have seen children of the very best type come

from a home where the father has been an alcoholic, but they had a wonderful mother who had the strength to show them what was right, to teach them how to live, and to help them on their way.

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OTHER is the center of the home. Generally speaking, where she wants the family to serve the Lord, the family, as a rule, serves the Lord. Generally speaking, where the mother wants family prayer in the home, family prayer is held. Generally speaking, where mother wants the scriptures read in the home, the scriptures are read. Generally speaking, where she wants observance of the Word of Wisdom, the Word of Wisdom is kept, be- cause she has taught it to the little ones from infancy.

But mothers need help. They need the strength of other good women. They need to have their sights raised from time to time. They need a constant source of new ideas, new hopes, new stimulation. To inspire others to greater heights, even mothers need inspiration. To strengthen others against the evils of the day, even mothers need more strength. Where can they obtain such help?

Mothers need the reassurance which comes from the Priesthood in the home, that is true, but there are manv homes in which the Priest- hood has been allowed to languish in disuse. Mothers must come to sacrament meetings with their fami- lies, partake of the Lord's sacred emblems, and rededicate them- selves to his service. They need to go to the temples to participate in the sublime and sacred proceedings of those sanctuaries.

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But they need something else something strictly feminine some- thing especially for women, for good women, for right thinking women, something, if I may use this expres- sion and not have you misunder- stand me, something which is femininely spiritual.

Having known my lovely convert mother, having known my wife's wonderful mother also a convert of remarkable strength having known my deeply spiritual wife, hav- ing known my faithful sisters, I have learned that there is a feminine side to spirituality which we men seldom, if ever, truly appreciate. That feminine type of spirituality is truly divine. It is what makes good mothers great. It is what makes them partners with God in a very real and literal sense. It is what makes them the queens of their homes, the spiritual centers of their families.

To nurture this feminine factor in spirituality, a woman needs a woman's spiritual contact just as a man for his masculine type of faith, needs the power of the Priesthood quorum. Women need to unite with other women in the develop- ment of their own spiritual natures. They need to unite with other wom- en of like faith and spirituality to obtain the added strength to take their place as the center of faith and devotion among their children. Knowing this, the Lord provided a special women's organization for his faithful daughters. It was estab- lished by the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is the Relief Society organization of the Church.

As a man needs his Priesthood quorums, so a woman needs her Relief Society. As every home

needs spirituality, so every home needs the help it can obtain from both the Priesthood and the Relief Society. There is a remarkable har- mony and co-operation between the Priesthood and the Relief Society. This co-operation pertains not only to care of the needy and the dis- tressed — great as that co-operation is it also pertains to the develop- ment of good homes, high spiritual- ity, and stable children devoted to the Lord.

nPHE threat to good homes arising out of the many outside inter- ests which beckon all family mem- bers is so great and is taking such a toll that we of today must arise to meet it and defeat it. We must protect our homes. We must protect and preserve good family life.

That means, among other things, that every mother must have all the help possible to strengthen her for the work at hand. She needs the help of her sisters in the Church. The need is universal. Every home requires it. Every mother should band together with every other Lat- ter-day Saint mother to build the needed spirituality to preserve the home.

Relief Society is a home builder, a faith builder, a stabilizer in the community, and since every wife and mother needs the strength which Relief Society can give, every wife and mother should belong to Relief Society.

But they don't. And why not? Have we failed to tell them ^^'hat Relief Society can do for them? Have we neglected an opportunity to tell our neighbors about this won- derful organization? Do our neigh- bors misunderstand the purpose of

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Relief Society? Do they suppose that it is strictly a relief organiza- tion? Have they not learned of its cultural and spiritual values, its power to build better homes, great- er faith, more solidarity in the fam- ily?

How effective have we been in our persuasion? Have we ever gone into a home and sat down objective- ly with the mother there and given her an actual demonstration of what Relief Society can do for her? Have we taken our class leaders, for in- stance, into a given home, there to demonstrate what each class has to offer, and thus convert our sisters to joining the Relief Society? Or have we been content with a mere invitation to come out?

Invitations alone are not enough. We must almost be like salesmen in portraying the values and bene- fits of our work. We must be mis- sionaries seeking to convert these women to the Relief Society way of hfe.

Since every woman needs what we have, and since so many, as yet, have not joined, are you willing to be missionaries to bring them into our Relief Society fold? Would you be as willing to present Relief Society work to nonmembers of the society

as missionaries are willing to carry the gospel to nonmembers of the Church? Would you be as willing to prepare for this effort as the mis- sionaries are to prepare for theirs? Are you as willing to study your les- son courses, the aims and objectives of Relief Society, as the mission- aries are willing to learn their lessons in order to present them effectively?

We appeal to every active Relief Society woman to be a Relief So- ciety advocate, to teach her neigh- bor the values of the society, and convert her to joining it. They need what we have to offer. Their homes need it. With a united effort on our part to bring all Latter- day Saint women into Relief Society as active participants, we can make a significant contribution to the soli- darity of family life in the Church. We can help build more faith in God and more understanding among family members, with love and peace in the home. Will you Kelp?

I hope and pray that it will not be long until every wife and mother in the Church is enrolled and active in this great organization so that the strength of the Church may become even more effective in building strong homes. For this I pray, in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

cJhe L^up y:ynce QJilled

Leslie Savage Clark

She whose cup once brimmed with love,

Although she now may dwell

In arid lands of drought and thirst.

Can bj-ave their lonely spell

While the flagon of memory still is hers,

And the heart's deep well.

,yLvc>ard v(/inners

(bliza U\. Snow LPoem Lyontest

nr^UE Relief Society General Board is pleased to announce the names of the three winners in the i960 Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest. This contest was announced in the May i960 issue of The Relief So- ciety Magazine, and closed August 15, i960.

The first prize of forty dollars is awarded to Sylvia Probst Young, Midvale, Utah, for her poem "Song of Three Marys." The second prize of thirty dollars is awarded to Gene- vieve St. Cyr Groen, Salt Lake City, Utah, for her poem ''Joseph the Prophet." The third prize of twenty dollars is awarded to Dorothy J. Roberts, Salt Lake City, for her poem 'Tilgrimage to Christmas."

This poem contest has been con- ducted annually by the Relief So- ciety General Board since 1924, in honor of Eliza R. Snow, second General President of Relief Society, a gifted poet and beloved leader.

The contest is open to all Latter- day Saint women, and is designed to encourage poetry writing, and to increase appreciation for creative waiting and the beauty and value of poetry.

Prize-winning poems are the prop- erty of the General Board of Relief Society, and may not be used for publication by others except upon written permission of the General Board. The General Board also re- serves the right to publish any of the poems submitted, paying for them

at the time of publication at the regular Magazine rate. A writer who has recei\'ed the first prize for two consecutive years must wait two years before she is again eligible to enter the contest.

Mrs. Young appears for the fourth time as an aw^ard winner in the Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest; Mrs. Groen is a first-time winner; and i960 marks the fifth time that Mrs. Rob- erts has placed in the contest.

There were 181 poems submitted in the i960 contest. Entries were received from twenty-two States of the United States, and from Wash- ington, D. C, with the largest num- ber coming, in order, from Utah, California, Idaho, Arizona, New York, Washington, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, and Massachusetts. En- tries were received also from Can- ada, Hawaii, Samoa, Australia, England, and New Zealand.

The General Board congratulates the prize winners and expresses ap- preciation to all entrants for their interest in the contest. The General Board wishes also to thank the judges for their care and diligence in selecting the prize-winning poems. The services of the poetry commit- tee of the General Board are very much appreciated.

The prize-winning poems, togeth- er with photographs and brief highlights on the prize-winning contestants, are herewith published in this issue of the Magazine.

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[Prize ' vl/ inning Lroems

ibliza U\. Sno\K> [Poem (contest

SYLVIA PROBST YOUNG

First Prize Poem

Song of cJnree ii Largs

(A Sonnet Sequence) Sylvia Probst Young

Mary, The Mother

And while a wonder star shone from above, You watched beside the httle manger bed; Your eyes aglow with tender mother love, You marked the petal cheek the wee, fair head. . You were the first to guide his eager feet With quiet pride you watched as he would share With any child that played along the street. When day was done you knelt with him in prayer;

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You knew his world each singing brook and flower; His sudden laughter, and his quick embrace; In work or play, you shared a golden hour When boyhood's light was glowing in his face

Oh, tender Mary, never was another.

So heaven-blessed as you whom he called Mother.

Mary of Bethany

Within your gracious home the Lord found rest.

And quiet peace, away from pressing care

With you he was an ever welcome guest,

And always you would bid him linger there.

While Martha, in her quick solicitude,

Looked to his comfort, but you wanted first

To hear his word, for you it was the food,

The drink, for which your hungering soul had thirst.

He was your teacher and your friend; you knew

His calm simplicity, his gentle ways;

How precious was the time he spent with you

A crowning joy to brighten all your days.

You saw him raise young Lazarus' from the dead Your gift was spikenard his, living bread.

Mary Magdalene

When morning light was breaking through the gloom,

When spring's new green had touched each bush and tree,

You came with those who loved him to the tomb,

With those who followed him to Calvary.

You who had known the dear Lord's healing hand,

The many, kindly ways his love was shown;

Bowed in your grief, how could you understand

The angel's word? You tarried there alone.

Thinking the gardener talked to you, but when

Your name was softly spoken, your heart cried

With gladness, for you knew the Savior, then,

The resurrected Lord the Sanctified.

Oh, Magdalene, the wonder of that dawn

Would light your life when earthly joys were gone.

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Three Marys, highly favored of the Lord Who walked with him and gloried in his word.

GENEVIEVE ST. CYR GROEN

Second Prize Poem

Joseph the [Prophet

Genevieve ^t. Cyr Groen

We set a fence of lilies where he stood Dreaming the birds a song for April skies^ Though henna leaves were red as martyrs' blood.

Pleasant children play in a circled good. Repeating the white dove, his gentle sighs. We set a fence of lilies where he stood.

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Young, we were fabled in that sheltered mood

Of music and the day that never dies,

Though henna leaves were red as martyrs' blood.

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His words lovely as manna for our food, We heard no hunger in the wild hawks' cries. We set a fence of lilies where he stood.

They came, the birds of prey, their shadowed hood Hiding the hot intent deep in their eyes, Though henna leaves were red as martyrs' blood.

Bird, song, and air broke in a fiery flood, And turning to banish our grief's surprise, We set a fence of lilies where he stood. Though henna leaves were red as martyrs' blood.

Sylvia Piohst Young, Midvale, Utah, is well known to readers of The Relief Society Magazine. Her stories and poems, several of them prize-winners, have appeared frequently in the Magazine since 1947. She summarizes for us, her happy, busy life: "Everyone needs some kind of creativity, whether it is painting a picture, baking a pie, or writing a poem. I enjoy the latter, but because I am a busy housewife and schoolteacher, too, I find time for writing in summer only, or unless I burn the midnight oil.

''Eliza R. Snow's life and writings are such a great inspiration to me that I con- sider being a winner in this contest my greatest literary achievement. My thanks to The Relict Society Magazine for its encouragement of writers.

"Elder Reid W. Young, Bishop of the Midvale Fourth Ward, is my husband, and we have four wonderful boys. They are very active in the Priesthood and other Church activities. I consider them our greatest blessing."

Genevieve St. Cyi Gioen appears for the first time as a winner in the Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest, although readers of the Magazine are already acquainted with her poems which have been published at intervals since 1953. Mrs. Croen summarizes for us her family background and her literary work: "My childhood home was Minneapolis, Minnesota. My college work was done in Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York City. Although reared a de\'Out Catholic, I married a member of the Latter-day Saints Church, Henry }. Groen, Salt Lake City artist, and when our first son Jay was two years old, in 1946, I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. A year later, when our second child Jo-Rene was an infant, we were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. We now ha\e three more sons, Martin, David, and Meru. I have been active in the auxiliary organizations of the Church, including theology class leader. Singing Mothers chorus, and as a visiting teacher in Relief Society. At present I am working on the genealogy of my family name, and this year learned that I am a direct descendant of the persons known as Evangeline and Cabriel, portrayed by Longfellow in his poem on the Acadian exiles. I am a member of the Utah Poetr}' Society, the League of Utah Writers, and an annual member of the Writer's Conference, University of Utah.

DOROTHY J. ROBERTS Third Prize Poem

Lrilgr image to y^nnsttnas

Doiothy ]. Roheits

Peace is warmth and sound of pigeons, pining, And silhouette of camels weaving by. . . . I have fanned old ashes into ember And overhead a star grows in the sky.

By rose or thorn the pilgrim paths return And I will take the first, as once before, Content to walk the dimly cloistered land And lay no sole to sink beyond the shore.

For once, while he walked calmly, sea's horizon, As Peter, sinking, I implored his name. Reaching for help of parable and promise; I could not walk the water till he came.

Upon that path I paced meridian. The bitter thorn was doubt, a weapon then, Yet as the nailed act of destruction, doubt But crucified him into life again.

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Now I have welded weapon into plowshare, That, grain he savored on a Sabbath meal, Nourish the flesh of speech; I have known famine More vast than earthly appetite can feel.

Treading the rose's path of faith and wonder, I find his healing hand held out to save, His robe trailing the crested mount forever, His sandaled signature upon the wave.

DoTOthv J. Roberts' poems, many of them prize winners and frontispiece features, have appeared frequently in the Magazine since 1941. In the following sketch, Mrs. Roberts summarizes a number of experiences which have enriched her life: "One of my most rewarding roles through the years has been that of neighborhood bard, composing verses for family and social occasions. Often, it is a surprise and a joy to find that words one has written open avenues of rewarding exchange with the lives and hearts of others. In this way I have received wisdom, beauty, and compassion from both writers and non writers.

"I feel honored to receive an award in this year's Eliza R, Snow Poem Contest a loved and looked-forward-to tradition and a highlight of the months. This summer I received third place in the poetry division of the Utah State Fine Arts Contest, and a sixth grandchild. These also brought proud and happy moments to my beloved husband L. Paul Roberts and myself."

Jrifterglow Nancy M. Armstrong

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HE colorful pink afterglow sparkled like frosted jewels on the snowy east mountains, left there by the last rays of the setting sun. Many experiences in life leave just such a rich, warm afterglow: the happiness of friendship, the bliss of achievement long worked for, a favor- ite book many times reread, the memory of one much loved, though long departed, days amid the awesome beauty of God's creations, moments of real understanding shared with one's husband.

The deep, enduring values of life love of home love of family love of friends love of God cast a roseate afterglow that permeates the whole of living.

J/i\s?ard Vi/i

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xyinnual uielief Society Short Story (contest

'T'HE Relief Society General Board is pleased to announce the award winners in the Annual Relief Society Short Story Contest, which was announced in the May i960 issue of the Magazine, and which closed August 15, i960.

The first prize of seventy-five dol- lars is awarded to Hope M. Wil- liams, Richfield, Utah, for her story "Grafted." The second prize of sixty dollars is awarded to Hazel K. Todd, Brigham City, Utah, for her story "The Happety Road." The third prize of fifty dollars is awarded to Kit J. Poole, Long Beach, Cali- fornia, for her story "Stranger at the Gate."

Mrs. Williams is a first-time win- ner in this contest; Mrs. Todd is a winner for the second time; and Mrs. Poole is a first-time winner.

The Annual Relief Society Short Story Contest was first conducted by the Relief Society General Board in 1942, as a feature of the Relief Society Centennial observance, and was made an annual contest in 1943. The contest is open only to Latter- day Saint women who have had at least one literary composition pub- lished or accepted for publication in a periodical of recognized merit.

The three prize-winning stories will be published consecutively in the first three issues of The Relief Society Magazine for 1961. Fifty- eight stories were entered in the contest for i960.

The contest was initiated to en- Poge 16

courage Latter-day Saint women to express themselves in the field of fiction. The General Board feels that the response to this opportun- ity continues to increase the literary quality of The Rehef Society Maga- zine, and will aid the women of the Church in the development of their gifts in creative wTiting. Women who are interested in entering the short story contest are reminded that for several years past, and con- tinuing until May 1958, a helpful article on short story writing was published in the May or June issue of the Magazine.

Prize-winning stories are the property of the Relief Society Gen- eral Board, and may not be used for publication by others except upon written permission from the Gen- eral Board. The General Board also reserves the right to publish any of the other stories submitted, paying for them at the time of publication at the regular Magazine rate.

A writer who has received the first prize for two consecutive years must wait for two years before she is again eligible to enter the contest.

The General Board congratulates the prize-winning contestants, and expresses appreciation to all those who submitted stories. Sincere gratitude is extended to the judges for their discernment and skill in selecting the prize-winning stories. The General Board also acknowl- edges, with