Archive for the ‘History’ Category

“Some three thousand saints lost their lives over the twenty-two years of overland treks to the Salt Lake Valley.”

June 3, 2017

Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional November 24, 2014 – – In Our Extremities – – Lynne Anderson, Curriculum Development Managing Director

May 31, 2017

This evening, in further preparing for my stake’s pioneer trek activity, I listened to this excellent talk.

The entire talk is worthwhile, but a few excerpts:

I remember walking in the crisp North Dakota air before dawn one morning, lamenting my trials, and asking Heavenly Father why He had given me so much to bear. I felt overwhelmed and in deep despair. I couldn’t understand why—when I was trying so hard to be good—life was so difficult and seemed so hopeless. I had reached my extremity.

At that point, there came into my mind these words, “Lynne, if I gave you anything easier, you would just do it yourself, and you wouldn’t come to rely on Me.”

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Brothers and sisters, when you feel you have reached your own extremity, when you feel you can no longer pull your handcart any further, the Lord will give you courage and strength beyond your own ability as you come unto Him, obey His commandments with more exactness, serve Him first, trust Him by yielding your heart to Him and abide in Him forever. As you do these things, the cart will begin to push you. The angels will assist you and you will become better acquainted with God as a result.

“…France, the birthplace of film. “

May 29, 2017

And today I also came upon this:

France in the Nineteenth Century: A Time Line . . .

1895 Louis and Auguste Lumière capture the moving image on film

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 4568, 4624-4625). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

“Under [Napoleon] a total of 2,432,335 men were called up for conscription . . . between March 1804 and November 1813.”

May 16, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 690). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Up to 140,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers died of disease in 1812, the majority of them from typhus but a significant number from dysentery and related illnesses.”

May 15, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 590). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

1812 was the year of Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia.