Today’s Family


Ruth May Fox was born in England, where her parents accepted the gospel when she was five months old. When Sister Fox was eighty-three years old, she returned to England to a great celebration, the British Mission Centennial. On the banks of the River Ribble, one hundred years after the first baptism occurred, a service was held under the direction of President Heber J. Grant. Sister Fox was one of the speakers.

Ruth May Fox told of her early life in England, of the tender care of her father, James May (her mother died when she was sixteen months old); she spoke of the various homes in England where she was cared for and of her coming to Zion when she was seven.

She said it was a dream come true to walk once more along those shady lanes of her native land, to look out over the green fields dotted with buttercups and daisies.

In her message to the women of the British Mission, as recorded in the Church Section for August 28, 1937, page 7, she said:

“… my sympathies go out to the women all over the world. I know of their little troubles and their little afflictions. And I know about the responsibilities of the father.

“I suppose all fathers and mothers, in bringing up their children, do for them what they think is for their best good. … we are learning that children are sent to us from our Heavenly Father and that they are to be loved and they are to be kindly treated. They are to be cherished and looked upon as the greatest blessing that God can give us.

“May God help us all to be considerate of each other and to appreciate this Gospel that teaches us kindness and love and all the good virtues.”

Bleach as a Water Purifier

Knowing that many Church members store water in empty bleach bottles, I was concerned when I read on the Clorox bottle label a warning not to use that bottle for storage of any liquid other than Clorox.

I wrote to the Clorox Company for advice on this matter and received a letter stating that water can be stored in empty Clorox bottles if done in the proper way. Facts about Bleach, a booklet enclosed with the answer to my letter, gave the correct way to use Clorox as a water purifier.

“Although our current label says not to use the Clorox bottle for storage of any liquid except Clorox, it is safe to use the bottle for the storage of water after the bottle has been rinsed out with water and proper procedures are followed. Rinsing the bottle before adding water will avoid getting too much or too little Clorox in the water for purifying. Too much Clorox would not be harmful, but it would cause the water to be distasteful.”

To purify water, the instructions are: “Add 1 teaspoon Clorox to 5 gallons of water, or 16 drops of Clorox per gallon of water, or 4 drops Clorox per quart of water. Mix well. Let stand five minutes before drinking.”

Mrs. Sylvia McAdams

[illustration] Art by Richard Hull

Wesley Morello Found a Quarter in a Potato

Wesley Morello found a quarter in a potato.

It would have been a lot better for him if he had said nothing about it.

Wesley Morello, when it came time to marry, married a pretty girl. They moved into a house with a maple tree out front and a rose vine. Pink rose. The rose draped over the door.

One morning Wesley’s wife, who had studied about food budgeting in college, said, “Wesley, potatoes are so expensive. Now that we have a fine piece of ground out back, why don’t we raise our own potatoes? Why don’t you put some potato eyes in the ground, and in a few months we’ll have potatoes?” So Wesley did.

Wasn’t long before Wesley went to the garden and harvested a nice panful of potatoes. The twentieth one he took out of the ground was so appealing that he cut it open with his pocket knife. Guess what! It had a quarter in it! Yes, it did! There was a United States quarter right there in the middle of that big potato. Wesley gave a loud whoop and ran to tell the news. He told his wife and he told it in the town and he told it in the county.

Within a couple of hours everyone roundabout knew that Wesley Morello had found a quarter in a potato.

Life went on. Wesley had children. Fine human beings who accomplished much. Every time they won a contest, or went to war, or drained a swamp, or built a bridge, people said, “Say, that’s Wesley Morello’s boy. You remember, he’s the man who found a quarter in a potato.”

When Wesley caught the biggest fish in the lake, people said, “Oh, yes, Wesley Morello—the fellow who found a quarter in a potato!”

When he died, I’m sorry to tell it—I’m glad Wesley wasn’t there to hear it—but guess what the bishop said? You’re right. He said, “Wesley Morello … sixty-nine years old … born of good parents … lived among us all his life … had seven fine children … leaves a good wife and all those children, an admirable posterity … known far and wide as the man who found a quarter in a potato.”

I’m here to tell what Wesley would say himself, if he were alive to say it. If you ever find a quarter in a potato, keep still about it.

What we do lives with us.

Maggie Smith

[illustration] Art by Phyllis Luch