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The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going in that way too.

—Henry Ward Beecher

The Fastest Clown on Wheels

by Joseph L. Buelna

Dave Kelly is a remarkable young man. He works as a receptionist for the Salt Lake County Inspections Division and, in his spare time, performs as a clown. What makes him different from the other clowns in and around Salt Lake City, Utah? Dave is a victim of spina bifida, a disease of the spinal cord in which one or more vertebrae fail to close properly. As a result of this disease, Dave Kelly is permanently confined to a wheelchair.

Apart from performing as “Wheeler, the Clown,” Dave is active in a number of other areas. He’s a member of the Rose Park Eighth Ward, Salt Lake Rose Park North Stake, and is president of the elders quorum at the Salt Lake Veterans Administration Hospital. He is taking classes in business and is working toward a degree in data processing. Yet, despite all these other activities, his first love is clowning.

“I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was a child,” Dave recalls, “and I remember some of the best times I ever had were when clowns would come to visit us. I guess I decided then and there to pay back some of the happiness and kindness I had received.”

And pay back he has. Dave has a special fondness for working with handicapped children. Dave is reluctant to set himself up as an example for other handicapped people, but it is difficult not to imagine him as an inspiration to those who look on their wheelchairs as a type of prison. He has the ability to get out on stage and show others that clowning is something that is not the exclusive domain of the unimpaired. His magic tricks are just as amazing, his balloon animals are just as creative, and his jokes are just as corny as any clown on two good legs.

“I believe a clown can communicate to others through his hands, his eyes, and most importantly, through his personality. My wheelchair is something I cannot deny; it is a part of me and I accept that. But it does not have to keep me from enjoying being around others, especially children, and I know that the magical bond between me and my audience is there no matter what.”

With that attitude, all we can do is step out of his way and watch a pro in action.

Priesthood (Deseret Book, $6.95)

This new publication is a collection of comments from General Authorities on the duties, privileges, and responsibilities of those who hold the priesthood. It provides answers to questions such as: What is the priesthood? What are its powers? What are its keys? The selections are from speeches given by General Authorities.

The Roadshow Story

by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Backstage at the Chicago Heights Stake roadshows, the halls hummed with oversized insects and giant barnyard animals. Bananas, grapes, and apples giggled and whispered, waiting to perform their well-rehearsed numbers. On stage, lively skits entertained the audience with clever scripts, rousing music and dance, and colorful sets and props. One unit, the Hyde Park Branch, had no special costumes, no dance numbers, and only one modestly painted screen. Yet, this humble production, where the players sat on folding chairs pulled in from adjoining rooms, thrilled the souls of those who saw it.

Until recent years, the Hyde Park Branch in Chicago served primarily the Latter-day Saint students and faculty members at the University of Chicago. Not long ago, however, successful missionary efforts in Chicago’s predominantly black South Side have brought new black families into branch membership.

From a brainstorming session with the teenagers and the branch roadshow specialist, Shirley Munson, came the idea to tell a simple story about a black family’s conversion to the gospel. Greg Porter, 15, was essentially responsible for the script called “A New Day Dawns on Chicago’s South Side.” It was in keeping with the stake theme, “Catch the Sunshine.” With the inclusion of some simple songs, a touch of editing to the script, and several rousing rehearsals, the cast was ready for opening and, as is the nature of roadshows, closing night.

The story was that of a fictional black family, the Hendersons. The parents and their lively teenagers are a righteous family searching to know more of God’s truth. Two missionaries, “Elder Elder and Elder Younger,” come to their home. The Hendersons welcome the missionaries warmly, receive their message, and agree to come to church. The concluding scene shows the family walking to the front of the stage with many other branch members coming from the wings of the stage behind them, welcoming them and including them in the fellowship of the branch.

Eyes glistened in both the audience and the cast as the curtain closed. Everyone sensed, even amidst the laughter and liveliness of stake roadshows, that a new day has dawned.

High Achievers

The Sparks Third Ward, Sparks Nevada Stake, boasts of three high academic achievers in the priests quorum. Steven Leach was valedictorian of Reed High School and Jeff Fletcher and Brent Corbridge were valedictorian and salutatorian of Sparks High School.

All three have served as assistants to the president of the priests quorum, and they have all earned their Duty to God awards. Besides his academic achievements, Steve has been an outstanding track star and played on the varsity basketball team. Jeff received a National Merit Scholarship and was also the recipient of a United States National Mathematics Award. Brent played football all four years of high school and was team captain his last year. He also received a United States National Mathematics Award.

To the North Countries

Scott Gibby, 15, is one paper carrier whose job took him far. Scott spent ten days touring Norway and Denmark with a group of newspaper carriers from all over the United States. They saw historic places and also participated in social and sporting events with young people in those countries.

As winner of the Young Columbus contest in Anchorage, Alaska, Scott was chosen on the basis of his performance in school, in the community, and in his paper route work.

Scott is a teacher in the Anchorage Fourth Ward, Anchorage Alaska North Stake. He enjoys writing, especially science fiction, and recently helped write his ward’s roadshow.

Cookies for Christmas

It may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but not for Brigham Young University students who will volunteer to send Christmas packages to LDS servicemen and women.

Called Project Uplift, the activity will involve sending one-pound boxes of homemade cookies, candy, and dried fruit to men and women in the military service stationed around the world.

If you know of someone in the military who would like to be included in the project, you should send their name and address to ASBYU, 432 Wilkinson Center, BYU, Provo, Utah 84602 before October 30.

Drill Team Excels

Twenty-four girls from Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah, make up an award-winning drill team. All 24 are active members of the Church, and all are enrolled in seminary. The group has practiced together faithfully during the school year and has performed locally and nationally. They have taken first place for the past two years in the Show Drill Division of the Miss Drill Team USA International competition.

Reaching Out

When Ross Harwood, 83, moved into the Cedaredge Branch of the Montrose Colorado Stake in Eckert, Colorado, he had no idea he would be singled out for a special evening courtesy of the Young Men and Young Women.

Crippled by a stroke, Brother Harwood had not been able to attend church. The youth of the branch decided to plan something special for him. A dinner was prepared complete with fine china and silverware. Brother Ross said, “I’ve never had such courtesy shown to me.”

Directory for Hearing Impaired

An updated edition of the Directory of Church Organizations, Facilities, and Services for Hearing Impaired Members (PXWE0224) is now available. The 1982 edition contains 140 listings in the United States plus 36 for other areas of the world, including information on church services, seminaries, visitors’ centers, and temple sessions designed to accommodate the deaf.

Copies of the directory are available for $1.10 each from the Salt Lake Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104.

Music Maker

Tim Frehner, 17, loves music, and he loves to use his musical abilities to entertain and serve. Tim is ward organist, ward and youth choir accompanist, seminary and priesthood accompanist, and high school chorus accompanist. He also plays with an instrumental group that performs for community programs and school functions. He and some friends recently took top honors in the Nevada state talent contest held in Winnemucca, Nevada.

Tim is a member of the Alamo Ward, Logandale Nevada Stake.

More and More Heroes

Some time ago we asked for contributions from Church members who had been involved in or who knew Latter-day Saints who had been involved in courageous rescues. Here are some of the stories we have received:

R. Von Hanks, a member of the Pocatello 19th Ward, Pocatello Idaho Stake, found his father, Dr. Clair V. Hanks, a dentist, lying at the bottom of the basement steps, semiconscious and near death from an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

After calling an ambulance, Von treated his father for shock. Then following his father’s instructions, he injected his father with a local anesthetic from the dentist’s medical bag.

By the time the ambulance arrived, Dr. Hanks was already regaining full consciousness, and he fully recovered in the hospital.

Von was 16 at the time of the incident and had received his Eagle Scout award only one week earlier.

Julie Loper, the Mia Maid adviser in the Sunnyside Ward, Yakima Washington Stake, shared this story: “My husband and I concentrated one of our family home evenings on what to do in case of an emergency. Since our children were so young, we felt the most important thing to tell them was to get help as fast as they could. We made up several situations, acted them out, and tested our children to see if they understood.

“Little did we know that the following Wednesday our efforts would pay off. Our daughter, Erin, 15 months old, fell into a four-foot-deep irrigation box that had a great deal of water rushing through it. Three-year-old Ryan was just coming out of the house when he heard her cries.

“All Ryan could see was her fingertips holding onto the cement. He did not take time to investigate further, but immediately called me for help as we had discussed the week before in home evening. Those valuable seconds saved made the difference. I was able to reach her before she was forced down into the pipe which carries water onto other farms.

“Had Ryan waited before going for help, Erin’s strength would have gone before help arrived. If he had attempted to pull her up himself, probably both of them would have fallen in. Ryan said, ‘Family night helped me know what to do.’”

Carol Lyman of the Cedar 13th Ward, Cedar City Utah West Stake, told of an event that occurred when the family went to watch the oldest son, Jason, at the Cub Scout Olympics. Two-year-old Sam had been playing near an irrigation ditch, had slipped, and had fallen into the water. His six-year-old sister, Angela, immediately screamed for her mother, then grabbed her little brother, whose head was still above the water, and pulled him to safety. The rescue saved Sam from being trapped in a covered culvert extending more than 100 yards.

Mike Strong, who was 14 at the time, received a plaque from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for saving the life of his infant sister, Danielle. The eight-month-old girl stopped breathing as her mother held her in her arms. The little girl had a soaring fever.

“It really scared me because I thought she was dead,” Mike said. “But the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Do as you were taught in school.’” He took Danielle from his frightened mother’s grasp and gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Paramedics later said Danielle’s body temperature had reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit as a result of viral bronchitis, and that although she might have started breathing again on her own without help, Mike’s quick action had likely prevented brain damage.

Mike is a member of the El Cajon 5th Ward, El Cajon California Stake.

Another Latter-day Saint in the same stake, Richard G. Murray of the First Ward, was honored with a similar plaque from the same organization for saving the life of an automobile accident victim. When his family heard a noise behind the house, they rushed outside to find a car upside down and filling with water in a drainage ditch. Brother Murray scaled a six-foot fence and slid down the embankment to rescue a woman caught in her seat belt. Moments more and the woman might have drowned. Sister Murray tied a garden hose to the fence and threw it down to help both victim and rescuer climb up the slope to safety.

And Sister Catherine A. Price of the Ammon Fourth Ward, Ammon Idaho Stake, reported that her husband, the Varsity Scouting coach for the ward, saved the life of a small girl at a baseball game. The girl had fallen backward, hitting her head and swallowing her tongue. Brother Price, a hospital corpsman at that time, said that after resuscitation attempts, the girl began to breathe and cry. “I kept praying that the Lord would help him to help her,” Sister Price said. Brother Price went with the girl to the hospital to make sure no further injuries had occurred.

Westward Bound

Dee Dee Floyd of Camden, Arkansas, was selected as one of 40 Girl Scouts in the nation to attend a “Ho! West We Go!” event held in Wyoming. The girls participated in camping, horseback riding, and fishing during their stay. They also learned about the archaeology and ecology of the area.

Dee Dee is a Beehive in the Camden Branch, Arkansas Little Rock Mission.

Formal Dining

The older members of the Farr West Third Ward, Plain City Utah Stake, were invited to an evening of formal dining and dancing hosted by the ward’s Young Men and Young Women.

The young people, dressed in their best, picked up their special guests in chauffeur-driven cars. They served dinner, provided a photographer to record the event, and led a sing-along.

The young hosts had earned the money to hold the dinner by sponsoring a spook alley during the week preceding Halloween.

A Footnote for the Super Seeker

Some time after the new LDS edition of the Bible appeared, the New Era published an article with suggestions for marking the footnotes in a helpful way (see Daniel H., Lurene L., and Michelle Ludlow, “Taking Note,” New Era, June 1981, p. 14). It also provided a listing of the locations of the various types of footnotes, excluding the Topical Guide and other scriptural cross references. For those of you who would like to locate the footnote entries in the new edition of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, the following lists provide all the notes introduced by the designations IE; JST; See, See also, and others containing editorial notes; HEB; GR; and BD. You might want to continue the suggestions given by the Ludlows for marking your new edition of the triple.

Each type of footnote is listed by scripture reference, footnote number and superscript (the small letter that marks the footnote), and the page in the new edition of the scriptures.

Location of IE footnotes

1 Ne. 2:9

9a

(4)

1 Ne. 2:10

10a

(4)

1 Ne. 9:2

2a

(16)

1 Ne. 17:52

52a

(41)

1 Ne. 17:53

53a

(41)

1 Ne. 21:24

24a

(49)

2 Ne. 6:5

5a

(68)

2 Ne. 8:1

1b

(70)

2 Ne. 8:13

13c

(71)

2 Ne. 12:9

9b

(81)

2 Ne. 12:17

17b

(82)

2 Ne. 16:1

1b

(86)

2 Ne. 17:12

12a

(87)

2 Ne. 18:1

1b

(88)

2 Ne. 19:4

4a

(89)

2 Ne. 20:6

6a

(90)

2 Ne. 20:10

10a

(90)

2 Ne. 20:13

13a

(91)

2 Ne. 20:15

15a

(91)

2 Ne. 20:19

19a

(91)

2 Ne. 20:20

20b

(91)

2 Ne. 20:28

28a

(92)

2 Ne. 23:2

2a

(94)

2 Ne. 24:12

12a

(95)

Jacob 1:4

4b

(118)

W of M 1:5

5a

(143)

Mosiah 28:9

9b

(203)

Alma 28:8

8a

(278)

Alma 28:10

10a

(278)

Alma 36:18

18b

(299)

Alma 37:23

23b

(302)

Alma 56:52

52a

(351)

Alma 62:37

37a

(365)

Hel. 7:6

6a

(384)

3 Ne. 15:1

1a

(436)

3 Ne. 26:2

2a

(456)

Ether 1:4

4a

(488)

Ether 12:15

15b

(509)

D&C 11:22

22b

(23)

D&C 11:22

22d

(23)

D&C 19:35

35b

(33)

D&C 25:3

3b

(44)

D&C 35:23

23a

(61)

D&C 35:23

23c

(61)

D&C 37:1

1a

(62)

D&C 37:3

3a

(62)

D&C 42:7

7b

(69)

D&C 45:13

13a

(80)

D&C 46:6

6a

(85)

D&C 49:18

18a

(90)

D&C 50:7

7d

(91)

D&C 51:10

10a

(95)

D&C 51:18

18a

(95)

D&C 57:4

4b

(103)

D&C 59:12

12b

(109)

D&C 59:13

13a

(109)

D&C 73:3

3b

(133)

D&C 76:39

39a

(139)

D&C 84:76

76d

(158)

D&C 89:10

10a

(176)

D&C 90:4

4a

(177)

D&C 93:53

53b

(183)

D&C 94:10

10b

(184)

D&C 104:58

58a

(210)

D&C 104:64

64a

(210)

D&C 106:1

1a

(214)

D&C 117:1

2a

(236)

D&C 117:12

12a

(237)

D&C 118:2

2a

(237)

D&C 124:33

33a

(248)

D&C 124:60

60a

(250)

D&C 124:89

89c

(252)

D&C 125:4

4a

(256)

D&C 136:20

20a

(283)

D&C 138:5

5a

(287)

Moses 2:8

8a

(5)

Moses 2:10

10a

(5)

Moses 3:13

13a

(8)

Moses 5:31

31d

(13)

Moses 5:42

42a

(14)

Moses 5:48

48a

(14)

Moses 6:10

10b

(16)

Abr. 1:6

6c

(29)

Abr. 2:16

16c

(33)

Abr. 3:5

5a

(34)

A of F 1:10

10f

(61)

     

Location of JST footnotes

1 Ne. 11:25

25a

(20)

1 Ne. 21:24

24a

(49)

Alma 13:14

14a

(242)

3 Ne. 13:12

12a

(434)

D&C 38:4

4a

(63)

D&C 45:12

12a

(80)

D&C 49:21

21a

(90)

D&C 67:11

11a

(125)

D&C 67:12

12a

(125)

D&C 76:17

17a

(138)

D&C 84:14

14b

(154)

D&C 84:24

24e

(155)

D&C 93:1

1f

(180)

D&C 107:2

2b

(215)

D&C 109:76

76e

(227)

     

Location of the “See,” “See also,” “OR” footnotes, and other editorial notations

1 Ne. 13:40

40c

(27)

1 Ne. 15:14

14e

(31)

1 Ne. 19:6

6b

(44)

2 Ne. 11:8

8a

(81)

2 Ne. 12:2

2a

(81)

2 Ne. 12:16

16a

(82)

Jacob 1:5

5a

(118)

Mosiah 11:20

20a

(169)

Alma 62:52

52a

(366)

Alma 63:3

3a

(367)

Alma 63:11

11b

(367)

3 Ne. 14:1

1a

(435)

D&C 5:3

3b

(8)

D&C 5:24

24e

(9)

D&C 6:19

19b

(12)

D&C 9:2

2a

(16)

D&C 10:42

42a

(19)

D&C 12:1

1a

(23)

D&C 13:1

1g

(24)

D&C 14:1

1a

(25)

D&C 14:8

8e

(25)

D&C 16:1

1a

(26)

D&C 17:1

1a

(27)

D&C 17:1

1e

(27)

D&C 20:10

10b

(35)

D&C 25:7

7a

(44)

D&C 35:20

20a

(61)

D&C 36:1

1b

(61)

D&C 42:56

56a

(73)

D&C 45:60

60b

(84)

D&C 51:5

5a

(94)

D&C 53:1

1a

(98)

D&C 57:13

13a

(103)

D&C 64:23

23d

(120)

D&C 68:13

13a

(126)

D&C 72:8

8a

(131)

D&C 82:11

11a

(151)

D&C 94:13

13a

(184)

D&C 102:9

9a

(202)

D&C 103:29

29a

(205)

D&C 109:42

42a

(225)

D&C 116:1

1a

(236)

D&C 124:91

91a

(252)

D&C 124:95

95c

(253)

D&C 124:129

129a

(255)

D&C 126:1

1a

(257)

D&C 132:62

62a

(272)

D&C 138:6

6a

(287)

Moses 2:6

6a

(5)

Moses 7:2

2a

(20)

Abr. 1:16

16a

(30)

Abr. 3:3

3a

(34)

     

Location of HEB (Hebrew) and GR (Greek) footnotes

1 Ne. 16:13

13a

(34)

1 Ne. 16:34

34b

(35)

2 Ne. 6:16

16b

(69)

2 Ne. 9:20

20a

(74)

2 Ne. 12:16

16a

(82)

Mosiah 11:3

3b

(168)

D&C 124:60

60a

(250)

Moses 7:2

2a

(20)

Abr. 3:18

18b

(35)

     

Location of BD (Bible Dictionary) footnotes

1 Ne. 19:10

10g

(45)

2 Ne. 16:2

2a

(86)

2 Ne. 33:8

8a

(116)

D&C 1:36

36f

(4)

D&C 9:2

2a

(16)

D&C 17:1

1e

(27)

D&C 27:6

6a

(46)

D&C 77:9

9d

(146)

D&C 84:14

14b

(154)

D&C 89:14

14a

(176)

D&C 91:1

1a

(179)

D&C 107:2

2a

(215)

D&C 131:1

1b

(266)

D&C 138:45

45a

(290)

Happy and rewarding searching and marking!

[photo] Members of the Hyde Park Branch roadshow cast: (top l. to r.) Brent Moulton, Greg Porter, Dave Johnston; (bottom l. to r.) Lorraine Deveaux, Talita Smoot, Tryphana Smoot, Victor Kelly

[photo] Brent R. Corbridge, Steven L. Leach, Jeffery L. Fletcher