October 15

A Washington socialite was sitting next to President Calvin Coolidge at a party.

“Oh, Mr. President,” she said gushingly, “you are so silent. I made a bet today I could get more than two words out of you.”

“You lose,” the president replied. (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 29-30)

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Brigham Young: Talk about this people being poor, why we will get so rich by and by that we will refuse to pay our taxes; we have got so rich now we cannot pay our tithing. (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 269)

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This story happened at one of the stake conferences J. Golden presided over in St. George during the summer of 1926.

There was no air conditioning of any kind in those days. The Sunday morning session went just fine, no problem. Then the 2:00 session came and there was not as many people there as had been to the morning session. J. Golden asked the local authorities, “Where are all the people? Is it just too hot?”

They said, “No, there’s a very important baseball game going on out at the ballpark.”

Brother Kimball got up and said, “We’re going to dismiss from here and we’ll meet out at the ballpark.” It was about a four-block walk. J. Golden led the procession. The small congregation filed into the bleachers while J. Golden walked up to the umpire.

“I’m taking over this game!” he said.

J. Golden stood at home plate and gave his sermon. When he got to the end, he said, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Play ball!”

He then went up into the stands and watched the rest of the game with the congregation. (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 105-106)