Sep 5, 2010

Labor Day

by Marsha Ward

This weekend's Labor Day holiday used to celebrate the working man and the labor unions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

But "over the years, it has evolved from a purely labor union celebration into a general 'last fling of summer' festival," it says in's Holidays section. This is especially evident in my neighborhood, which is a summer cabin and camping destination. Rim Country is FULL of folks this weekend!

In a tribute to laboring-in-good-pursuits-of-a-neighborly-and-Christ-like type, I thought I'd put up a little quiz. All of the phrases below containing the word labor are found in the hymn book of the LDS Church. Can you find them all and put them in your comments?

I wish I could offer a prize to the winner, like a massage to take away all the pains of your labor, but hey! I'm in need of one. Instead, you'll get the recognition of all your peers in the comment section, and maybe a mention on my blog. Maybe I'll even send the winner a free mystery book. It's called a mystery book because I don't know yet which book I'll send. I'm just making this up as I go along. [insert smiley face here, or whatever]

Ready? You have until Monday at midnight to find the answers and make a comment.

Get set.

  1. Love's labor has merit alone
  2. while we labor for the right
  3. and labor as saviors of dear ones away
  4. in all labors you're pursuing
  5. and our labor here is done
  6. the blessings of God on our labors we'll seek
  7. while here we labor, choose the better part
  8. where I may labor through life's short day
  9. may we labor in the kingdom
  10. by the patience of hope and the labor of love


Stacy Johnson was the quickest entrant to list the hymns correctly (although she got one hymn number wrong, heh-heh). Since she was the ONLY commenter to give the list, she is the winner, and will receive her choice of one of three books: THE DEEP END, TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING, or HOW TO STUFF A WILD ZUCCHINI. Thanks for playing along, Stacy and Katy.


  1. I would like to point out that my daughter Katy and I did this together with help of and the wonderful Music section. They have a simple way of searching through music. You have to be familiar with it to know it is there and lucky for us, we knew about it. We did have fun looking through our hymnbook together and double checking though, a sly way of working on her reading skills. Thanks for the activity.

    1. 223 Have I Done Any Good?
    2. 153 Lord We Ask Thee, Ere we Part
    3. 52 The Day Dawn is Breaking
    4. 259 Choose the Right
    5. 258 Oh Thou Rock of our Salvation
    6. 309 As Sisters in Zion
    7. 229 Today While the Sun Shines
    8. 270 I'll Go Where you Want me to Go
    9. 64 On This Day of Joy and Gladness
    10. 217 Come Let us Anew

  2. This will be perfect for a Labor Day FHE activity. THANKS! I love it. I was only able to figure out about half without benefit of hymnbook (or computer).

  3. What a fun activity! Thanks Marsha! Like Valerie, I could do about half on my own..and then I had to look them up! Love the help from

  4. Fun, fun! You are so clever, Marsha. Thanks for the review on Labor Day.

  5. Sorry Marsha I was in a freezing cold hospital room waiting for baby girl number two. She came a day after labor day. Your history lesson was important tho because I know non union people who aren't really all that thrilled about having Labor Day off.


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