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4 September 1882


Mendon Young Ladies; Mendon, Utah Territory

[. . .] Choir sang, O my father thou that dwellest. [. . .] Sister Eliza R Snow addressed the congregation, she said, because of the improvement, and progress of the young Ladies I appear before you this evening, the improvement of the Young Ladies is very necessary, you should all be united as you can do do nothing otherwise, the Young Ladies of this association should not associate with men who are not worthy of their association, you are laying your foundation of character for life and eternity and you should be very particular how you conduct yourselves, do not read trashy novels but read good books from which you can obtain some good information, and above all things, do not use vulgar language abstain from impure thoughts and conversation, keep the commandments of the Lord and take good care of your health it is written that the daughters of Zion shall become as polished stones, study good man[n]ers at home so that when you appear in society people will admire you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord you will grow happier every day you live, I ask the blessings of the Lord to rest upon you that you may aspire to <be> noble women, that you may be instruments in the Lord’s hands in doing much good. Amen. [. . .] [p. 76]

Source Note

Mendon Ward, Logan Stake, Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association Minutes and Records (1877–1968), vol. 1 (1877–1894), p. 76, CHL (LR 5424 17).