November 12

Elder LeGrand Richards of the Quorum of the Twelve had a droll sense of Humor that stayed with him throughout his long life. At a birthday party held in his honor on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, President N. Eldon Tanner asked Elder Richards, “Have you lived all your life in the United States?”

“Not yet!” answered Elder Richards. (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 22)

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As William Dean Howells and Mark Twain were coming out of church one morning, it commenced to rain heavily.

“Do you think it will stop?” asked Howells.

“It always has,” answered Twain. (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 22)

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The children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, and the children of Israel got the Ten Commandments from Moses. I just wondered–didn’t the grownups do anything?” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 25)

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Question: What time of day was Adam created?

Answer: A little before Eve.

Question: What did Noah say to his sons when they were fishing off the side of the ark?

Answer: You’re not using worms, are you?

Question: Besides Adam, who does the Bible say had no father?

Answer: Joshua, the son of Nun. (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 25)

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On the subject of food, there are a couple of stories that have come to my attention. Sister Widtsoe, the wife of Elder John Widtsoe, had quite a reputation for championing the virtues of natural foods and a strict adherence to the Word of Wisdom.

Using the eighty-ninth section of the Doctrine and Covenant as her guiding source, she drew up a list of foods that one should refrain from eating.

She gave the list to Golden Kimball one day and asked him to look it over. She then hinted that a man of God would alter his diet accordingly.

Uncle Golden looked down the list at all the foods that he shouldn’t be eating. Afer finally arriving at the bottom of the exhaustive and detailed list, he said, “Good hell, chocolate cake will go next! (More J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 78)