Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 76: February 12, 1914
Do you wish to know what I did with the unclean cell? I did not destroy it, nor throw it aside as beyond all repair; there was a possibility of its restoration to some measure of usefulness. I searched its innermost parts, and with knife and file and rasp re moved the corroded incrustment. I baptized it in a cleansing bath, then set it up again and tried it out in practical employ. Gradually it developed energy until it came to work well - almost as well as the other cells. Yet to this day I watch that unit with special care; I do not trust it as fully as I trusted it before it had befouled itself.
I have called this little anecdote of the defective battery a parable; the story, however, is one of actual occurrence. To me there is profound suggestiveness in the incidents related. Even as I wrought in the laboratory, while hands and mind were busy in the work that engaged my close attention, the under-current of thought - the inner consciousness - was making comparison and application.
How like unto those voltaic cells are we! There are men who are loud and demonstrative, even offensive in their abnormal activity; like unto madmen in their uncontrol. Yet What do they accomplish in effective labor? Their energy is consumed in over coming the internal resistance of their defective selves. There are others who do but sleep and dream; they are slothful, dormant, and, as judged by the standard of utility, dead.
And again, there are men who labor so quietly as scarcely to re veal the fact that they are hard at work; in their utmost intensity there is no evidence of fussy demonstration or wasteful activity; yet such is their devoted earnestness that they inﬂuence the thoughts and efforts of the race.
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