Improvement Era: Life’s Roadmap: Girlie Magazines, He-Man Smokes, And Beer Picnics

Check Out Reviews of Vol.1 and 2 of the Cultural History of the Book of Mormon
Denver Snuffer: “Enjoyable and `tough love’ throughout, this is an unrelenting stare into the eyes of the foundation of the beast which now claims to be the Restoration through Joseph Smith. If you have an appetite for candor and a willingness to go on an adventure in humanity’s insufficient best-efforts, then you will find this a great read. This is Mormonism stripped of varnish and left naked, completely unaided by soft lighting and an unfocused lens. The truth requires something as important as the Restoration through Joseph Smith to be allowed to define itself, not to have pretensions and presumptions act as substitute.”

Rock Waterman: “I’m not engaging in hyperbole when I say A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon is the most important book I have read in a very long time. It’s a game changer. It has forced me to completely rethink many of the things I have long believed were fundamental to my religion, and seek again for truths I had been ignoring. Frequently while reading the book, I would have to put it down for a moment to allow my head a chance to stop swimming.”

Now, the Improvement Era (repost)

Here’s a wonderful little roadmap for the “ideal” LDS life.

But, note how folks detouring through roadside makeouts, beer picnics, drug dealing, drive-ins, hotrodding cars, and skinnydipping, look altogether smilingly happy?

Of course, the speeding convertible is about to crash into the skinny-dipping couple, which does sometimes happen.

We all know why being a door-to-door salesman a forbidden path, right?

And, take a look at the dude ogling the “girlie magazines”

(Repost)The Garment Wars of 1913: Temple Brand, or “Approved By the Presidency”?

The competition for garment-wearing consumers was a brutal cockpit as early as 1913.

Here’s are two ads found at the end of the November 1913 IE.

The first is found on the page before the latter.  Next time: Manual of Young Manners, Chapter 1 and 2.


Building The Hive Ceremony, With Beehive Songs To Sing Along

Having just sat through a dreadful sunday of YW talks (the topic was, seemingly, how ‘the world’ degrades women by forcing them to wear form-fitting leggings; oh, and follow the modern prophet), I post the Hive Ceremony, in hopes of seeing it replace the spiteful slogan-ready drivel that now passes for gospel, maybe next year.  The Bees stand in a circle and chant, “I bring to the Hive…”  Also, I’ve included the Dishwashing Merit Badge, just in case anyone would like to earn it over my house, and a few Beehive Songs.

And here’s the Merit Badge and Songs

1950 Beehive: Betty Bee Busy, Holly Bee Handy

Here’s the original “Bees” of the Hive, long before Hinckley’s Be-X took Deseret by swarm.   Some of these tasks are pretty unbeelievable: making shelving, re-upholstering furniture, ironing 2 hours a week, canning 12 jars of jam…but note especially that “religion” is its own distinct category, rather than the overall environment.  One wonders whether reducing the Beehive down to “religion” as defined by a certain culture is really such a wise move, or whether true religion is not it’s own separate page, but rather a way which infuses all other practices?  Anyway, if you’re looking to get a jump on the Halloween costume ideas, or some excellent ways to keep your own worker bees busy busy busy, I bring you the Ms. Bee Fashion Show.