Will She Memorize 700+ Bible Verses?

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, September 17, 1911: Went to Sunday School this morning. I usually get there every Sunday. In fact I haven’t missed going since in January. One reason for my regular attendance is that if you learn a number of verses from the Bible (over 700 it is) you will in the course of time receive a Bible. I got a test of merit and a book this morning.

I only know a few Bible verses. I wonder if these were among the ones Grandma memorized.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Whew, I can’t even imagine memorizing more than 700 Bible verses. It sounds like Grandma’s part way through the task.  If it was me, I think that I’d give up before I even started.

Will she do it? . . .or will she give up?

This entry resolves one mystery. It explains why Grandma was so determined to attend Sunday school each week– even though she often was the only student in her class. For example, the previous week Grandma wrote:

Went to Sunday School this afternoon. I was the only one in my class today. It has happened that way for the past three Sundays. It is simply provoking the way the other girls attend Sunday School.

9 Responses

  1. These two entries about Sunday School tell a lot about your grandma — her tenacity, dedication, and a wiseness beyond her years.

  2. [...] was trying to memorize 700+ Bible verses for Sunday School so that she’d get a free Bible.  The diary entry from the previous Sunday said: One reason for my regular attendance is that if you learn a number of verses from the Bible [...]

  3. [...] was trying to memorize Bible verses to get a free Bible. On September 17 she wrote: . . .One reason for my regular attendance is that if you learn a number of verses from [...]

  4. [...] 27 verses is a lot! Grandma was trying to memorize 700+ Bible verses so that her Sunday School would give her a Bible. She’d been working on it since sometime [...]

  5. [...] class—but she always went the following week. Other diary entries noted that she was trying to memorize more than 700 Bible verses in the expectation of eventually getting a free Bible. (One week she memorized 27 [...]

  6. [...] September 17, 1911 she’d written: Went to Sunday School this morning. I usually get there every Sunday. In fact I [...]

  7. [...] to miss Sunday School because each week she memorized Bible verses—and that if she memorized  700+ verses that she’d get a [...]

  8. [...] Grandma finally received her Bible. She learned 700+ verses to get it—and some weeks she learned more than 20 verses. For example, on December 23, 1911 she [...]

  9. I am never good at memorizing scripture. I tend to know it in my own words but not exactly the right words. This is a wonderful blog – I love a look in the past. I look forward to more of your postings.

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