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A Missionary Dinner

Josephine Booth, an early sister missionary, wrote in her journal how she once cooked an “American dinner” for the elders in Glasgow, Scotland. She wrote humorously: “The meal was very successful with the exception that the soup curdled, the steak burned, the carrots weren’t salted, the gravy was too thick and the pudding too thin.” She concluded, “Since that day the name ‘American Dinner’ causes the boys to turn pale. Even the stars & stripes has not been able to rouse their patriotism.”

Josephine D. Booth Woodruff journal, 1899–1901, Church History Library, Salt Lake City