Had a very interesting conversation with Mrs. Young widow of Joe Smith & heard [her] [prior] at a womens industrial meeting. The main object seemed to be the culture of silk. But it was [opened] with prayers & singing & a general run of Mormonism presenter from its earliest growth to present [time] with illustrative examples of suffering hunger, persecution, etc. thru advice to store grain instead of selling it [against] [famine] grasshoppers etc. advice about bringing up children not to allow the cries of children to go up to God against them. Mothers love of children the doing of good practice of virtue “This is womans rights” She remembered the time when she had but two spoonfuls of dough fried into a cake for herself & children they would look up but say nothing because they knew there was no more for them. Then I thought if ever I should get as much bread as I wanted I should never wish for anything better but would be thankful all my life.
The moral o atmosphere of Mormonism is calm & clear. Even where [tainted] there is a transparency about it that strikes one as [wonder] novel in the general cloudiness of most [society]. If Mormons were only to
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