~ The Thanksgiving Psalm

When the Utah National Guard was mustered into the regular Army shortly after the United States entered World War I, Elder B. H. Roberts, a member of the First Council of the Seventy, was also serving on reserve duty as chaplain of the 145th Field Artillery (1st Utah Battalion). Having passed his 60th birthday, Elder Roberts was worried whether or not his physical condition would keep him from serving on active duty. Seventeen years earlier, the U.S. Congress had denied him his seat as U.S. representative from the State of Utah, which refusal denied him the opportunity to serve his country. Elder Roberts was a patriotic man and the congressional refusal had been a painful experience. He was now determined to do everything possible to avoid a second denial. Consequently, he spent many hours conditioning his body in order to pass the physical examination. Happily, he passed, and when his unit was calaled to active duty in August 1917, he became the first member of the Church to serve in the Chaplain’s Corps of the U. S. Armed Forces. The bitter anti-Mormon feeling of the 19th Century had not completely died out during the early 1900s. Ministers of other denominations had been ardent in their aversion to, and their denunciation of, the Mormons. The resentment became very apparent in France during the Thanksgiving season of 1918. The last Thursday of November fell shortly after Nov. 11, 1918, the signing of the Armistice. Everyone was grateful for the ending of hostilities and Thanksgiving Day found the American “doughboys” gathered in one grand Thanksgiving service. The large attendance included high-ranking military officers and the services were conducted by the chaplains, who were seated on the grandstand.

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~ The Thanksgiving Psalm
When the Utah National Guard was mustered into the regular Army shortly after the United States entered World War I, Elder B. H. Roberts, a member of the First Council of the Seventy, was also serving on reserve duty as chaplain of the 145th Field Artillery (1st Utah Battalion). Having passed his 60th birthday, Elder Roberts was worried whether or not his physical condition would keep him from serving on active duty. Seventeen years earlier, the U. S. Congress had denied him his seat as U.S. representative from the State of Utah, which refusal denied him the opportunity to serve his country. Elder Roberts was a patriotic man and the congressional refusal had been a painful experience. He was now determined to do everything possible to avoid a second denial. Consequently, he spent many hours conditioning his body in order to pass the physical examination. Happily, he passed, and when his unit was calaled to active duty in August 1917, he became the first member of the Church to serve in the Chaplain’s Corps of the U. S. Armed Forces. The bitter anti-Mormon feeling of the 19th Century had not completely died out during the early 1900s. Ministers of other denominations had been ardent in their aversion to, and their denunciation of, the Mormons. The resentment became very apparent in France during the Thanksgiving season of 1918. The last Thursday of November fell shortly after Nov. 11, 1918, the signing of the Armistice. Everyone was grateful for the ending of hostilities and Thanksgiving Day found the American “doughboys” gathered in one grand Thanksgiving service. The large attendance included high-ranking military officers and the services were conducted by the chaplains, who were seated on the grandstand.

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discovering that the 100th Psalm contained the most pertinent and appropriate sentiments on Thanksgiving. their eyes were immovably fixed on the floor. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. and bless his name. and not we ourselves. his mercy is everlasting.” After Brother Roberts had closed his Bible and was returning to his seat. he arose and walked to the podium. he checked the Book of Psalms. For the Lord is good. therefore. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. For the Lord is good. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us. and bless his name. Years later he testified that.” It was as clear as though another person had spoken at his side. not knowing what he should say. he checked the Book of Psalms. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving. Elder Roberts faced the crowd. the Mormon chaplain from Utah. their eyes were immovably fixed on the floor. during the long walk to the front. then opened his Bible and read Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. he noticed that his fellow chaplains refused to look at him. hiding his personal embarrassment and possible impending embarrassment to the Church. when he returned to his tent that night. when he returned to his tent that night. he arose and walked to the podium. therefore. will now step up and read the Thanksgiving Psalm. and his truth endureth to all generations. paused. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us.” Elder Roberts had never heard of the Thanksgiving Psalm but. • . and his truth endureth to all generations. he noticed that his fellow chaplains refused to look at him. the Church and the priesthood. and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him. discovering that the 100th Psalm contained the most pertinent and appropriate sentiments on Thanksgiving.Elder Roberts was relegated to one of the rear seats. and the sheep of his pasture. it was with great surprise that he heard the chaplain in charge announce: “Elder Roberts. during the long walk to the front. all ye lands. and not we ourselves. all ye lands. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving. It was then he realized that his part on the program had been a deliberate attempt to embarrass him. he distinctly heard an audible voice announce: “The 100th Psalm. It was then he realized that his part on the program had been a deliberate attempt to embarrass him. then opened his Bible and read Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. He acknowledged the help which he had received from the Lord in his moment of need and. paused. hiding his personal embarrassment and possible impending embarrassment to the Church. we are his people. • Elder Roberts was relegated to one of the rear seats.” It was as clear as though another person had spoken at his side. He acknowledged the help which he had received from the Lord in his moment of need and.” Elder Roberts had never heard of the Thanksgiving Psalm but. we are his people. He had not been asked in advance to participate on the program. his mercy is everlasting. will now step up and read the Thanksgiving Psalm. Elder Roberts faced the crowd. he distinctly heard an audible voice announce: “The 100th Psalm. He had not been asked in advance to participate on the program. not knowing what he should say. the Mormon chaplain from Utah. and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him. and the sheep of his pasture. it was with great surprise that he heard the chaplain in charge announce: “Elder Roberts. the Church and the priesthood.” After Brother Roberts had closed his Bible and was returning to his seat. Years later he testified that.

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