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13 June 1883


Box Elder Stake Young Ladies; Brigham City, Utah Territory

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Sis. E. R. S. Smith said there is nothing of more importance than that of cultivating ourselves in our youth. Spoke of the great mission of the young ladies: referred to the time of the first organization of the Y. L. M. I. A. [Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association] of the obstacles that had to be overcome in establishing the organization. Said it is as necessary for the Y. L. to be thoroughly educated in the prin. [principles] of our religion as the Y. M. [Young Men] You are so situated that by living for it, you can make your <characters> lives just what you wish. Advised the Y. L. to become good housekeepers & then to this add all the accomplishments to which you can attain. Study the laws of health. Exert influence with the Y. M. for good: refuse to keep company with the intemperate. Never marry outside of the church: think seriously on this subject of marriage for your future welfare depends on it. Never do anything that you cannot ask God’s blessing upon. Seek his spirit. Lift your hearts to him at all times.” [. . .]

[. . .] Sis. E. R. S. Smith made a few remarks: spoke of the wisdom & truth of what had been said. [. . .] [p. 217]

Source Note

Box Elder Stake, Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association Minutes and Records (1875–1944), vol. 1 (1875–1891), p. 217, CHL (LR 933 17).

See also E. R. Snow Smith, “An Interesting Trip,” Woman’s Exponent 12, no. 3 (1 July 1883): 17.