Miniature Melons





















    The miniature watermelon that we have been planting for several years are the seeds from a watermelon that a friend shared with us.  They had just harvested their watermelon and gave us a piece of this tiny watermelon.  It was planted in the planter box in the garden with several seeds and grew nicely hanging over the sides as it grew all these tiny watermelons.  We were surprised that watermelons grew as well as they did in this north country so this year we planted some in the place that we have had for a flower bed all these years.  So we are waiting now to see what the Lord will do.




     The next pictures are from the watermelon patch that are not miniature.













































  July 14, 1885

"We have very good accommodations. The weather is excessively hot--thermometer 125 degrees in the shade. I endure the heat much better than I had any reason to expect I could. I tell our party the best way to endure the heat is not to think about it or talk about it. As we came to Fresno, Brother [Moses] Church and son came on the cars bringing a box of peaches, a large box of grapes, and a very large watermelon." 


11MR 148 

 "Now we take the ground that governments should appeal to divine authority on this question; governments should say to the people, You must keep the Sabbath, and have the Sabbath's rest secured to all classes, not merely because it is good for you, but because God says so; because there is a divine appointment behind this question. The point may be illustrated by the story of a man who had a melon patch, and who put up at one end of the patch the sign which reads as follows: 'Boys, don't steal these melons: for they are green, and God sees you.' That is, that farmer appealed to divine authority. He gave the boys to understand that they must not steal melons, not merely because it would injure them, but because God saw them. And in that way he reached their consciences. Well, that simple idea of the farmer expresses the philosophy that underlies this whole question. I believe that government can reach the conscience of the people. A man without a God is a man without a conscience; and a government without a God is a government without a conscience. A government has no right to enforce a law upon the conscience of man without recognizing the idea of a supreme being, the Almighty God, as revealed in Jesus Christ." 


1891 ATJ, TTR 762 


"The famous oriental philosopher, Lokman, while a slave, being presented by his master with a bitter melon, immediately ate it all. "How was it possible," said his master, "for you to eat so nauseous a fruit?" Lokman replied, "I have received so many favors from you, it is no wonder I should, for once in my life, eat a bitter melon from your hand." This generous answer of the slave struck the master so forcibly, that he immediately gave him his liberty. With such sentiments should man receive his portion of sufferings at the hand of God." 

- Bishop Horne.

   May 6, 1858 UrSe, ARSH 199