VOL. 42 NO. 1


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

Velma N. Simonsen ----- Second Counselor

Margaret C. Pickering ----- Secretary-Treasurer

Mary G. Judd Evon W. Peterson Christine H. Robinson Charlotte A. Larsen

Anna B. Hart Leone O. Jacobs Alberta H. Christensen Edith P. Backman

Edith S. ElUott Louise W. Madsen Mildred B. Eyring Winniefred S.

Florence J. Madsen Aleine M. Young Helen W. Anderson Manwaring

Leone G. Layton Josie B. Bay Gladys S. Boyer Elna P. Haymond

Blanche B. Stoddard

REUEF SOCIETY MAGAZINE Editor --....--.-- Marianne C. Sharp

Associate Editor ---.-..-. Vesta P. Crawford

General Manager ------... Belle S. Spafford

Vol.42 JANUARY 1955 No. 1



Greetings for the New Year 3

ReUef Society Women As Home Missionaries Mark E. Petersen 4

Award Winners Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest _ 8

Three Scenes in Oil First Prize Poem Eva Willes Wangsgaard 9

My Peace Second Prize Poem Caroline Eyring Miner U

Dedication Third Prize Poem Hortense Richardson 12

Biographical Sketches of Award Winners _ 13, 21

Award Winners Annual Relief Society Short Story Contest 14

Wallflower First Prize Story Alice Morrey Bailey 15

Infantile Paralysis and the March of Dimes Basil O'Connor 33


Faith and Prayer and Johnnie Morton Maryhale Woolsey 22

Grandma's Responsibility _ Mary C. Martineau 35

Contentment Is a Lovely Thing Chapter 4 Dorothy S. Romney 43


From Near and Far _ _ 1

Sixty Years Ago _ 28

Woman's Sphere _ Ramona W. Cannon 29

Editorial: Morning and the New Year Vesta P. Crawford 30

New Serial "Green Willows" to Begin in February 36

Notes to the Field: Relief Society Assigned Evening Meeting of Fast Sunday in March 32

Bound Volumes of 1954 Relief Society Magazines ...— 32

Award Subscriptions Presented in April _ 32

Notes From the Field: Relief Society Activities ~ Margaret C. Pickering 47


Mimosa Eggs _ _ 37

There Is a Time for Formality Helen S. Williams 38

Bathroom Tricks: Novel Towel Holders Elizabeth Williamson 41

Her Hobbies Bring Joy to Others (Mary Elizabeth Jensen Bingham) 42


Theology: Helaman, Son of Alma, and His Two Thousand Sons Leland H. Monson 51

Visiting Teacher Messages: "For That Which Ye Do Send Out Shall Return Unto You Again,

and Be Restored" > Leone O. Jacobs 56

Work Meeting: Vacuums Rhea H. Gardner 58

Literature: Aaam Bede by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) Briant S. Jacobs 59

Social Science: The Constitution of the United States, Articles XI-XV Amendments Eleven

Through Fifteen Albert R. Bowen 66

Erratum in Social Science Lesson for February 40

POETRY "Let Me Then Answer," by Frances C. Yost, 21; "Winter Song," by Thelma J. Lund, 21; "Driftwood," by Natalie King, 31; "Before the Storm," by Zara Sabin, 33; "White World," by Gene Romolo, 34; "A Boy,' by Sylvia Probst Young, 41; "Wintertime Cafe," by Bernice T Clayton, 50; "The Difference," by Ing Smith, 57; "On Measuring," by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 71; "New Years Prayer," by Vesta N. Lukei, 71; "Back Fence Neighbors," by Christie Lund Coles, 71; "Playtime Is Over," by Ivy Houtz WooUey, 72.


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I have been a subscriber to The Relief Society Magazine for more than thirty- five years, and had access to the Wom- an's Exponent when my mother was a Rehef Society president.

Mrs. Arthur Eskelsen

Midvale, Utah

I have been sent to the hospital so much, and when I would come out they would send me to a different place. I am a shut-in, seventy-eight years old, and I haven't walked a step alone for seven years. I have a cane, and a nurse has to hold me while I move my limbs. I love the Magazine to read to keep my mind off the rain clouds and the war clouds. I have taken the Magazine every year but one since 1921. I feel like I ought to take the Magazine, because my father's aunt, Jane Snyder Richards, years ago, was an officer in Relief Society. I have been in her house a lot of times. Laura M. Atwood

St. Helens, Oregon

I enjoy the poetry and stories in the Magazine very much, as well as every- thing else .... I don't know of another place we could get literature that would compare with it. I always especially en- joy the "From Near and Far" and "Notes From the Field" departments. I watch them closely to see if any of my old friends from the "Y" might be there. Peggy J. Hardin

Kermit, Texas

I enjoy our Magazine very much. I have a friend I let read my Magazine, and now she attends Relief Society. I love to visit and talk with women of the Church about our wonderful Magazine. Fannie Christensen

Ucon, Idaho

The Magazine has been a great help to me in presiding over the Relief Societ}' of our ward. It has given me subject ma- terial for talks, as well as many entertain- ing moments in reading stories, poetry, and recipes.

Afton C. Hill

Idaho Falls, Idaho

I received the letter and check for my poem ("The Pumpkin Pie Glorified," November 1954). I think every woman should have the experience of writing a poem and having it published. It lifts her out of the routine of her days. My husband and my one remaining son at home had a very respectful gleam in their eyes when I showed them the check. For the first time in months they didn't seem to associate me with the pots and pans. Yesterday in Relief Society the women were just as pleased and proud as if I had done each of them a personal favor .... I have been surprised at the thoughtful- ness expressed by so many, even by mail and phone, over that one poem. It just goes to show how kind most people really are.

Bertha F. Cozzens Powell, Wyoming

I think The Rehef Society Magazine is the most uplifting woman's magazine pub- lished today, because it does not print material of a questionable nature. The articles written by Elsie Carroll, my very dear friend, on the First Ladies (series published in 1953-54) ^^^ ^^ themselves worth a year's subscription. Also I ap- preciate the lovely verse published from month to month. I was especially im- pressed with the poem "Poetry" by Mary Gustafson (November 1954). It illustrates the theme perfectly truly it is poetry, not just verse. I also like the serial "Contentment Is a Lovely Thing," by Dorothy S. Romney. The Magazine edi- torials are also very pertinent and fine. They are usually the first pages to which I turn.

Gene Romolo Provo, Utah

There is no Relief Society here, but I wish to keep up with the lessons. Although we move around, The Rehef Society Magazine helps to keep us in touch with the Church, to guide and inspire us. The family enjoys the lovely stories. We read them aloud in the evenings. Even the teenage boys enjoy them.

—Mrs. Viola F. John

Dove Creek, Colorado

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'TTHE general board of Relief Society extends our love and the season's greetings to our beloved sisters throughout the world. May the year 1955 be marked in the lives of all of us by advancement in the understand- ing of our purpose here upon the earth and in our righteously fulfilling that purpose. In this New Year may all of us overcome weaknesses and develop additional virtues, and may we continue to be a comfort and a guide to each other. May our Father in hea\'en richly bless us in our homes and in our labors in his kingdom. May the burdens that come to each be borne cheerfully, the trials met bravely, and the temptations over- come triumphantly. May peace dwell in the hearts and homes of all man- kind everywhere.

The Cover: "Snow People," Mount Spokane, Washington, Photograph by C. W. Tramm,

Relief Society Women As Home Missionaries

Elder Mark E. Petersen Oi the Council of the Twelve

[Address Delivered at the Annual General Relief Soeiety Conference,

September 29, 1954]

SURELY, it is a great inspira- tion to see this building so well filled with stake officers of the Relief Society. It is a great privilege to meet with you. It is very inspiring to observe the great work that you do, and we express sincere appreciation to you for your very effective efforts.

This afternoon, I would like to talk with you about missionary work. I would like to mention three different phases of missionary work. But before doing so, I would like to read to you from a bulletin which was issued by the First Presi- dency in 1952 on the stake missions, giving reference therein to the co- operation expected by the First Presidency on the part of the aux- iliary organizations of the Church. In the paragraph or two devoted to this subject, the First Presidency say this:

The stake and ward auxiliaries, with their enlistment committees and other fa- cilities, should lend the fullest possible assistance and cooperation in aiding the stake missionary program. They should gather information on investigators and others who might be interested, and cause such information to be transmitted to the mission presidency. They should, wherever possible, adapt classes to meet the needs of investigators and new converts.

Stake presidencies will arrange for a proper correlation of the auxiliary organ- izations with the stake mission.

Now, the first phase of my discus- Page 4

sion has to do with the stake mis- sions. Our stake missions are doing a tremendous work. They are bring- ing into the fold thousands of men and women, and boys and girls who live within the stakes. They are your neighbors and mine. These stake missionaries, as they go out among the people, have a definite program to follow. They are using the uniform missionary plan which is being used in the foreign missions as well as in the stake missions. They go into the homes, and, in an order- ly manner, give lessons by which they take up various principles of the gospel so that the people can readily understand those principles.

We expect that in the ordinary proselyting work, the first contacts with non-members usually will be made by the missionaries. Of course, as members of the Church, you and I should be missionaries and be will- ing to preach the gospel or explain about the Church to anyone who seems interested at any time. But I mean to say on a proselyting basis, as we go from house to house per- forming missionary work, the orig- inal, the initial contacts are general- ly made by the stake missionaries, who will begin to give the lessons outlined in a manual to the inter- ested families.

Now, after the missionaries have brought the family up to a certain point of interest where they believe


it would be profitable and helpful, ly and friendly with these investi- they may well notify you as Relief gating ladies. We in the Church Society officers so that you may organizations have a great responsi- send your teachers or other repre- bility to new converts who have sentatives to these investigating fam- been brought into the Church. The ilies, inviting them to come out to tendency in some areas is for the your Relief Society meetings. We missionaries to bring them into the do not ask that you as Relief So- Church through baptism, and then ciety workers, go from house to leave them hoping that the other house proselyting, but of course you organizations will ''pick them up" could invite your non-member and carry on with them. However, neighbors to go with you to your too many of the organizations do not meetings. We ask that you carry ''pick them up." Too many of on your usual Relief Society work, these converts become forgotten But when the time comes that the men and women, missionaries have developed suf- This we must change. We must ficient interest in an investigator to encourage our auxiliaries and our make it profitable for that investi- Priesthood groups to become inter- gator to be invited to your socials, ested in these new converts im- to your class work, your lesson work, mediately, and assist them to be- or to participate in some other way, come integrated into the Church, we would be grateful if you would as well-established, active members, then step in, as Relief Society Above all, we hope that the workers, and help them to become Relief Society sisters will do all they interested in Relief Society work. can to help the members of the

Church live exemplary lives so that "IITE would be glad if you would there will be no violations to tear talk Relief Society, so that down what the missionaries are try- these women can become acquaint- ing to do. One of the big hurdles ed with and interested in the Relief we have to meet in stake missionary Society program. The missionaries work is the inactivity and the diso- will take care of the proselyting part bedience of persons who are mem- of it, so far as teaching the prin- bers of the Church who are not ciples of the gospel is concerned, keeping the commandments. But we would like, so very much. Now, under assignment from the to have the women who are investi- bishop, the stake missionaries may gating, even before their baptism, also call on part-member families, invited to come to our Relief So- Some people have spoken of them ciety organizations, and those invi- as split families, but we do not like tations could well be given by your that designation— part-member fam- visiting teachers. But I would ilies is the way we speak of them, always plan to make those visits in Now, if the wife is the non-mem- harmony with the plan of the stake ber in a part-member family, we missionaries themselves, so that would like to suggest to you that there will be no conflicting visits or you approach her in the same way conflicting program of any kind, as I have described for a total non- We hope that you will be neighbor- member family because, of course.


she is still a non-member of the Church.

However, if, in a part-member family, the wife is a member of the Church, certainly she should be treated as a member and encouraged and warmed in every way you can.

And that leads me up to my next point. We hope that we may have full co-operation from the Relief So- ciety in connection with our Senior Aaronic Priesthood activity, which is a definite missionary program. We find that many people are inactive in the Church because they are not converted to it— they do not under- stand it. Some are inactive because they feel a little bit left out, some say that they have actually been froz- en out in some wards where they have lived. We would like to build up in the minds of the wives of Senior Aaronic Priesthood members a definite sense of belonging. We would like for you to treat them as sisters and labor with them and en- courage them to come out as far as you are able to do so.


ND I believe that one of the most effective ways by which you may accomplish missionary work in regard to these Senior Aaronic Priesthood families is that you take into their homes some definite recommendations and plans encouraging them to observe the Family Hour. I don't know of any way by which you may bring the spirit of the gospel more readily in- to the home of a Senior Aaronic Priesthood member than to help the wife institute the Family Hour in that home. Especially is this ef- fective where the children are small. As the wife and mother makes the plans for these Family

Hours and the children participate, it will not be long until the warmth of the spirit will penetrate to the heart of the man of the house, and he will be able, then, to understand the spirit of our program far more readily.

I believe that the Family Hour program likewise will be very ef- fective in a part-member family where the wife is the member of the Church. The same penetration of the spirit of God will be seen in the heart of the non-member man when his children and his wife participate in a Family Hour program such as that.

Then, of course, we hope that you will continue to urge observance of family prayer in each of those homes because, as the wives and mothers and the children pray, they will have a great effect upon the men who live there, whether they are cooled- off Senior Aaronic Priesthood mem- bers or not even members of the Church at all. That is missionary work. That is right in the line of Relief Society work. After all, we are all missionaries. The worth of souls is great, and each one of us is called to cry repentance and save as many as we can for the work of the Lord.

Now my next point is this— I be- lieve there is no greater mission field than your own homes. I be- lieve there are no more precious souls to save than the members of your own family. Satan is making a great attack upon us these days. He seems to sense that his time is short, and he is doing all within his power to destroy that faith which we try to establish in the home. We encourage every Latter-day Saint, every woman especially, to exert all


the power you have to bring con- version into your own homes.

Now, if you will examine carefully the attack that is being made by the powers of Satan, you will see that those attacks are more and more assaults upon virtue. It is al- most frightening when you pick up magazines and newspapers and when you go to movies and when you see the billboards and you hear the radio programs to note that everything is tainted with this at- tack upon virtue— just about every- thing.

Now, we must meet that. I be- lieve the first line of defense for vir- tue is modesty— modesty in dress— and my appeal on this point to you sisters is to remember that you are trying to save souls. That is your responsibility. Will you remember that your first responsibility in re- gard to salvation is to those of your own family, and that you must do all you can to save the members of your family? Will you, as the sis- ters of the Relief Society, be willing to use this first line of defense for virtue as a means of preserving the very souFs salvation of your daugh- ters and your sons, and will you, the sisters, take a leading part in it? Will you set the example?

"I^TE have had some difficulty with mothers on this matter of modesty. Where the M.I. A., for instance, has been trying to get the young ladies to avoid wearing strap- less gowns, usually the girls have been willing to comply. We have had our difficulty with the mothers of those girls who insist on putting strapless gowns on their daughters. Will you sisters clothe your own selves in modesty, and then will you

clothe your daughters in modesty?

I have often wondered what went on in the mind of a girl when she has observed her mother in some of these sun-suits and other immodest things that mothers ought to know better than to wear. What does that do to the values of virtue and chas- tity in the mind of the girl?

And I have often wondered what goes on in the minds of the sons of those women— sons who are just emerging into that age when they begin to take notice of the opposite sex. Now, this is not a matter of fashion. Good taste and modesty are always in fashion— always.

As for the men, and I believe that I can speak for the men, I don't believe there is a man living who respects a woman for exposing her- self, not even the evil men whose interests are strictly predatory. If you want to save your daughters, teach them modesty in dress, and if you want to save your sons, teach them a proper understanding of modesty and of virtue so that they, in turn, will appreciate true woman- hood when they meet it.

There is no salvation in immod- esty. Salvation rests upon the foundation stones of virtue. No un- clean thing can come into the pres- ence of God. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. Do you remember what The Book of Mor- mon says, "I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women" (Jacob 2:28)?

Will you be good missionaries in all phases of your activity, and will you uphold the standards that make for salvation? That is my prayer for all of you, in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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ibliza U\. Q>no\s> iPoera (contest

T^HE Relief Society general board is pleased to announce the names of the three winners in the 1954 Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest. This contest was announced in the June 1954 issue of the Magazine, and closed September 15, 1954.

The first prize of twenty-five dol- lars is awarded to Eva Willes Wangsgaard, Ogden, Utah, for her poem 'Three Scenes in Oil/' The second prize of twenty dollars is awarded to Caroline Eyring Miner, Sandy, Utah, for her poem ''My Peace." The third prize of fifteen dollars is awarded to Hortense Rich- ardson, Salt Lake City, for her poem "Dedication."

This poem contest has been con- ducted annually by the Relief So- ciety general board since 1924, in honor of Eliza R. Snow, second gen- eral 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 writing and the beauty and value of poetry.

Prize-winning poems are the prop- erty of the Relief Society general board, and may not be used for pub- lication by others except upon writ- ten permission of the general board. The general board also reserves 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 received the first prize for two con- secutive years must wait two years'

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before she is again eligible to enter the contest.

There were one hundred thirty- seven poems submitted in this year's contest. Many of the poems re- vealed a discriminating choice of subject material and a careful use of poetic technique.

Twenty-two states were repre- sented in the contest entries, the largest number of submissions came, in the following order, from Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, Indiana, and Nebraska. Five entries were received from Canada and two from England.

The winner of the first prize this year, Eva Willes Wangsgaard, was awarded first prize in 1942, 1946, and 1953, and second prize in 1939 and 1947. Caroline Eyring Miner, win- ner of the second prize this year, was awarded the second prize in 1950, and the third prize in 1945 and 1946. Mrs. Hortense Richard- son is a first-time winner in the Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest.

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 committee of the general board are very much appreciated.

The prize-winning poems, togeth- er with photographs and biograph- ical sketches of the prize-winning contestants, are published herewith.


l/^nze ' Vi/ifiriing LPoems

ibliza irioxey Snow 1 1 iemonal LPoem L^ontest

First Prize Poem

cJnree Scenes in y:yil

Eva Willes Wangsgaard

I— Winter and Childhood

She knew this canvas well where rushes grew In rank profusion down a marshy stream. No ripple marred the surface of the slough, Yet shape of wind was everywhere the theme Caught in a bronze-white January world. Tall reeds bent, wind-cupped, over shrunken snow And, while the sails of storm were tightly furled, She felt its lashes ready to let go. Yet stood waist-deep in summer reeds instead, Heard killdee calls and blackbirds' loud alarms. All love was lamplight and a path that led To mother's kiss and father's playful arms. Remembered voices bringing childhood near— But loneliness had marked her even here.

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II— May and Love

She mused a long time, staring at a wall, And suddenly the painting hanging there Was not a scene in oil. The aspens' tall White limbs shook spangles down the waiting air And lightbirds chased thin shadows over grass Where daisy-yellow nudged delphinium-blue Live gold too warm to let the sunbeams pass, Too radiant to let the shadows through. The snowflakes on her windowpane grew warm And melted into springtime. Jim walked in, Bringing the gay lost years. All thought of storm And loneliness grew pale and snowflake-thin. They melted into patterned mist where May Held time forever in one love-filled day.

Ill— October and Summer Memories

She hugged its warmth and watched lost years go by Down love-warmed pathways of another scene. Here bright October blued the hills, the sky. And shaggy meadows wore a golden sheen. Behind the willow shrubs, just out of sight, Jim's shovel caught peace signals from the moon. And now, as then, his task would be made light Because she waited. He'd be coming soon. She felt his joy embrace her as he came Warming the room and pushing shadows back. She heard his silenced lips caress her name. And life held neither loneliness nor lack, But living years caught by three artists' brushes In aspens, golden grass, and river rushes.


Second Prize Poem

1 1 ill [Peace

Caioline Eyring Miner

''My peace I leave with you'' ... in quiet way

Of soft-voiced water lapping at the shore;

In whisper of a scented breeze at play

With silvery mist the magic time before

The sun floods heaven and earth with morning gold;

In softness of late shadows tucked in hills

Like purple velvet laid in gentle fold;

In these my peace. I understand. It spills

Like perfume over me. His peace I know,

His love. He found it in blue Galilee,

On Mount, and in Gethsemane. No foe

Can overcome if I have eyes to see

And heart to understand this earth so fair

Where beauty ever breathes a solemn prayer.

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Third Prize Poem



HoTtense Richardson

Grant me this— that I may always be Humble and prayerful unto thee, That I may guide these little tots of mine In ways of truth .... I do not pine For worldly goods, or fortune's kiss Endowing me with power . . . only this, That I may serve another in his need. And know contentment . . . and sow the seed Of happiness into a world grown sad. Giving of myself to make another glad. Only this . . . that perhaps through me, A portion of the world returns to thee.

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{Biographical Sketches of jA^ward Vi/inners in the ibliza U\. o/iow LPoetn (contest

Eva Wi7Jes Wangsgaard was born in Lehi, Utah. She attended the University of Utah and became a schoolteacher in her home town. She married David Wangs- gaard, who had been her teacher in high school, and who later became Superintendent of Ogden City Schools. He died in 1946, the day after their oldest son returned from Japan at the close of World War II. There are three children, all living in Cache Val- ley. Mrs. Wangsgaard took postgraduate work at the University of Utah and Utah State Agricultural College after her third child was born and taught in Ogden City schools for ten years. She did no writing of poetry until after her fortieth birthday. Her first book, Singii7g Hearts, was published within fifteen months of the writing of her first poem. She learned to type and studied technique diligently. Her publications have kept a regular pattern, uith three other books: Down This Road, After the Blos- somings and Within the Root. She has published hundreds of poems in newspapers and magazines and has won numerous national and local contests. In 1943 she was guest of honor for a week at Huckleberry Mountain Writer's Colony in North Caro- lina; in 1948 she was invited to Norfolk, Virginia, to give a poetry program in the Civic Hall; in 1954 ^^^^ ^'^^ invited to Corpus Christi, Texas, to be a member of the staff of the Southwest Writers' Conference, where she acted as poetry critic.

Caroline Eyring Miner, a gifted and versatile writer, has won three previous awards in the Eliza R. Snow Contest, in 1945, 1946, and 1950. Most of her writing has been done for Church publications and Church organizations. Many of her essays have ap- peared in The ReUei Society Magazine.

*'I am grateful for the Church and for Relief Society," Mrs. Miner tells us. "Be- cause of the Eliza R. Snow Poem Contest, I am challenged to write a little in the midst of a very busy life, when I might otherwise not do so. I have written several hundred articles, poems, and stories. Most of my writing time now goes into M.I.A. work, as I am a member of the general board of that organization. 'We are very rich,' as my little daughter says. Our jewels are our eight children. Our oldest daughter is married and has a little daughter of her own. Our oldest son left recently for a mission in Argentina. My husband Glen D., is a statistician with the Employment Security, and I teach school in Salt Lake City. We live on a dairy farm near Sandy, Utah."

HoTtense Richardson, Salt Lake Cit}', Utah, is an author currently being introduced to readers of The Re/ief Society Magazine with her prize-winning poem "Dedication." Her responsibilities and her interests are manv and varied. "I seriously started writing poetry in 1941," she says, "and won the prize in The Deseret News Christmas Poem Contest in 1941;. Some of my poems have been included in anthologies. I con- ducted a weekly poetr)' program over Radio Station KOPP in Ogden in 1949 and part of 1950. A friend plaved the piano accompaniment, and another assisted with the poetry. Many of my own poems and poems of other local writers were presented on this program. One of my poems has been published in The Improvement Era. My husband and I recently celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We have eight children, five girls and three boys, from three to nineteen years of age. Some of my other interests are: oil painting, dramatics (ward and stake leader), sewing (fortunately, with mv famiiv), ceramics, and studying television arts and production. I am thirty- six (or doesn't a woman tell her age?). I have been the literature class leader in the Burton Ward Relief Society for over a year, and am now switching over to work meet- ing leader."

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fyiward Vl/inners

fyinnual uielief Societii Snort Story Contest

npHE Relief Society general board Forty-one stories were entered in is pleased to announce the the contest for 1954. Most of these award winners in the Annual Relief stories were well organized and un- Society Short Story Contest which usually well written, with careful was announced in the June 1954 is- consideration being given to charac- sue of the Magazine, and which ter representation and development, closed September 15, 1954. ^^^^ contest was initiated to en- The first prize of fifty dollars is courage Latter-day Saint women to awarded to Alice Morrey Bailey, Salt express themselves in the field of Lake City, Utah, for her story fiction. The general board feels ''Wallflower." The second prize of that the response to this opportun- forty dollars is awarded to Mabel ity continues to increase the literary Harmer, Salt Lake City, for her story quality of The Relid Society Maga- ''A Home for Holly." The third zine, and will aid the women of the prize of thirty dollars is awarded to Church in the development of their Leola S. Anderson, San Bernardino, gifts in creative writing. California, for her story ''Survival Prize-winning stories are the Under Protest." property of the Relief Society gen- Mrs. Bailey was awarded first eral board, and may not be used for prize in the Relief Society Short publication by others except on writ- Story Contest in 1942 and 1948, ten permission from the general and second place in 1946. Mrs. board. The general board also re- Harmer received the first prize in serves the right to publish any of 1952, second prize in 1953, and the stories submitted in the con- third prize in 1944. Mrs. Anderson test, paying for them at the time of is a first-time winner in the Relief publication at the regular Magazine Society Short Story Contest. rate. A writer who has received the This contest, first conducted by first prize for two consecutive years the Relief Society general board in must wait two years before she is 1941, as a feature of the Relief So- again eligible to enter the contest, ciety centennial observance, was The general board congratulates made an annual contest in 1942. the prize-winning contestants, and The contest is open only to Latter- expresses appreciation for all those day Saint women who have had at who submitted stories. Sincere least one literary composition pub- gratitude is extended to the judges lished or accepted for publication for their discernment and skill in by a periodical of recognized merit, selecting the prize-winning stories. The three prize-winning stories The general board also acknowl- will be published consecutively in edges, with appreciation, the work the first three issues of The Rehef of the short story committee in Society Magazine for 1955. supervising the contest. Page 14

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t^nnual [Relief Society Snort Stoiy (contest


Alice Aiorrey Bailey



ARY Ellen felt as though her face had frozen in a stiff smile as her last girl friend was chosen to dance, and she was left on the long, bare bench of the amusement hall by herself. She could not control a swift glance over near the entrance where there were a few boys looking out across the dance floor with the supreme in- difference that only boys can achieve; nor could she control the fervent wish that once, just once, one of them would come and ask her to dance.

The saxophone wailed and the

floor rocked slightly with the rh\thm of the dancers whirling past. There were laughter and gay snatch- es of chatter, and bright colors mingled in a dizzying spectograph. Mary Ellen, watching them, felt wretchedly conspicuous and hurting- ly alone. Why was she left out?

It wasn't ''see your dentist"— not with her own father a dentist, and taking mighty good care of her teeth. It wasn't her clothes. Her mother had very carefully bought her the right brands when Mary Ellen had explained the importance of it.

'I 'he dance seemed interminable. Marv Ellen caught herself slump- ing, the lines of her mouth droop- ing, and brought herself up short, pretending absorbing interest in the couples, leaning out to watch them, turning the corners of her mouth up in pleasant approval. It would ne\^er do for envy to show on her face, black as it was in her heart.

What more could you do? You bathed until you were raw, you shampooed your hair until it felt like nvlon, and you ate this and didn't eat that, and still you didn't dance. It was a phase. Mother said, but she thought everything was a phase.

At last the set was ended and they were coming back to their seats. "I've had five dances," Ge- neva Anne was saying, and a quick

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chorus chimed in: "Vve had four"— "I've had six"— and "I've danced every dance." That was Beh^a Jean, and it was no wonder. Her father was there, and two older brothers, all of whom seemed to love danc- ing with Belva Jean.

Mary Ellen said nothing. It was good to slip inconspicuously into the crowd, as if she, too, had just come off the dance floor.

The music was starting up with tingling interest. Mnigled hope and dread built up with it, intensi- fied every time one of the boys start- ed across the floor toward the girls. Sometimes it seemed to Mary Ellen as if one was coming straight toward her. Jerry Farley was now, and it looked as if— Mary Ellen's heart be- gan a slow pounding.

"Oh! No!" Geneva Anne was wailing. "Hide me! Jerry's a full head shorter than I am."

lyf ARY Ellen's eyes flew to him. He was a full head shorter than she, too, but she would have danced with him gratefully. He lived around the corner, and Mary Ellen sometimes played rounders and kick-the-can in his bunch. He was snub-nosed, and looked quite different with his hair slicked down, his suit nicely pressed. He must be past fourteen.

Geneva Anne had guessed right, but she regarded him with round, china-blue eyes and shook her head. "Sorry, Jerry, but I have this dance."

Jerry knew she wasn't telling the truth, and he stood his ground. "Who with?" he