The nightmare begins  

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Kiera brought Eyring down in a skirt. The girls had him all ready for their dance party. Kiera heard him crying in the middle of the floor and to her surprise he had a skirt on. His crying a natural rebellion against being dressed like a girl, which makes me proud.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge into Canada  

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Daily Gems: Divine Authority to Heal the Sick  

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Divine Authority to Heal the Sick
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"When the risen Redeemer appeared to the people of ancient America, He mercifully invited those 'afflicted in any manner' (3 Nephi 17:7) to come unto Him and be healed.

"Marvelously, His divine authority to heal the sick was conferred upon worthy priesthood bearers in earlier dispensations and again in these latter days, when His gospel has been restored in its fulness."

Topics: healing, Savior, authority

(Russell M. Nelson, "Jesus Christ--the Master Healer," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 85)

Youth Gems: Grace for Those Who Are Humble  

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Gems for Youth
Grace for Those Who Are Humble
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"Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: 'My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them' (Ether 12:27)."

Topics: humility, grace

(Thomas S. Monson, "Our Sacred Priesthood Trust," Ensign, May 2006, 57)

Young Single Adult Gems: Prayer and Gratitude  

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Prayer and Gratitude
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"I offer a plea that each of us will seek to live closer to the Lord and to commune with Him more frequently and with increased faith.

"Fathers and mothers, pray over your children. Pray that they may be shielded from the evils of the world. Pray that they may grow in faith and knowledge. Pray that they may be directed toward lives that will be profitable and good. Husbands, pray for your wives. Express unto the Lord your gratitude for them and plead with Him in their behalf. Wives, pray for your husbands. Many of them walk a very difficult road with countless problems and great perplexities. Plead with the Almighty that they may be guided, blessed, protected, inspired in their righteous endeavors. . . .

"Pray for wisdom and understanding as you walk the difficult paths of your lives. If you are determined to do foolish and imprudent things, I think the Lord will not prevent you. But if you seek His wisdom and follow the counsel of the impressions that come to you, I am confident that you will be blessed."

Topics: Faith, family, peace, prayer, gratitude

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "Benediction," Ensign, May 2003, 99-100)

Church History Gems: Honoring the Pioneers  

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Gems on Church History
Honoring the Pioneers
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"It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity and those millions of our Heavenly Father's children who have yet to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all pioneers in doing so."

Topic: Pioneers, heritage

(Dallin H. Oaks, "Following the Pioneers," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 72)

Daily Gems: A Time to Prepare  

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A Time to Prepare
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"The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan by which we can become what children of God are supposed to become. This spotless and perfected state will result from a steady succession of covenants, ordinances, and actions, an accumulation of right choices, and from continuing repentance. 'This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God' (Alma 34:32).

"Now is the time for each of us to work toward our personal conversion, toward becoming what our Heavenly Father desires us to become. As we do so, we should remember that our family relationships--even more than our Church callings--are the setting in which the most important part of that development can occur. The conversion we must achieve requires us to be a good husband and father or a good wife and mother. Being a successful Church leader is not enough. Exaltation is an eternal family experience, and it is our mortal family experiences that are best suited to prepare us for it."

Topics: family, conversion, plan of salvation

(Dallin H. Oaks, "The Challenge to Become," Ensign, Nov. 2000, 33)

Family Gems: Parents Should Teach Children the Gospel  

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Parents Should Teach Children the Gospel
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"Teach the gospel and basic values in your home. Establish a love for reading the scriptures together. Too many of our parents are abdicating this responsibility to the Church. While seminary, auxiliaries, and priesthood quorums are important as a supplement to parental gospel instruction, the main responsibility rests in the home. You might want to choose one gospel subject or a family value and then watch for opportunities to teach it. Be wise and do not involve children or yourselves in so many activities out of the home that you are so busy that the Spirit of the Lord cannot be recognized or felt in giving you the promised guidance for yourself and your family."

Topics: family, parenthood

(M. Russell Ballard, "What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 43)

Daily Gems: A Blessing to Guide Your Way  

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A Blessing to Guide Your Way
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"A patriarchal blessing is a revelation to the recipient, even a white line down the middle of the road, to protect, inspire, and motivate activity and righteousness. A patriarchal blessing literally contains chapters from your book of eternal possibilities. I say eternal, for just as life is eternal, so is a patriarchal blessing. What may not come to fulfillment in this life may occur in the next. We do not govern God's timetable. 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.' . . .

"Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone. It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound. Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make. It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning. Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life's dangers. . . . Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way."

Topic: patriarchal blessings

(Thomas S. Monson, "Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light," Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66)

Family Gems: Mission Preparation  

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A Sneak Peek at the March 2007 New Era Issue on Mission Preparation
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"I have attended hundreds of missionary meetings over the years. I love to hear missionaries speak of their love for the Lord, but I also love to hear them speak with great appreciation and love concerning their parents. Boys who had been careless and indifferent stand on their feet and with tears in their eyes thank the Lord for their fathers and their mothers. In these days, what a salutary and wonderful thing it is to hear a strong young man stand up and speak with great feeling concerning his father and his mother, saying things he would never have said before in all of his life. Every boy and girl ought to come home with an increased love for parents."

Topics: Missionary work, testimony, family

Church History Gems: In Good Faith  

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In Good Faith
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"Brigham Young's words concerning his own death and burial are worth noting. After giving instructions concerning where he should be buried, he said, 'There let my earthly house or tabernacle rest in peace, and have a good sleep, until the morning of the first resurrection; no crying or mourning with anyone as I have done my work faithfully and in good faith.' (cited in Preston Nibley, Brigham Young: The Man and His Work, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1936, p. 537.)

"As we reflect on those who have gone before us, and as we consider our present labors for the good of ourselves and others, would that we all might say each day, 'I am doing my work faithfully and in good faith.'"

Topic: faith

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith of the Pioneers," Ensign, July 1984, 6)

Daily Gems: United in Righteousness  

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United in Righteousness
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"I have learned over the years that the strength in a quorum doesn't come from the number of priesthood holders in it. Nor does it come automatically from the age and maturity of the members. Rather, the strength of a quorum comes in large measure from how completely its members are united in righteousness. That unity in a strong quorum of the priesthood is not like anything I have experienced in an athletic team or club or any other organization in the world."

(Henry B. Eyring, "A Priesthood Quorum," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 43)

Young Single Adult Gems: Cast Thy Burdens on the Lord  

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Cast Thy Burdens on the Lord
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"Why face life's burdens alone, Christ asks, or why face them with temporal support that will quickly falter? To the heavy laden it is Christ's yoke, it is the power and peace of standing side by side with a God that will provide the support, balance and the strength to meet our challenges and endure our tasks here in the hardpan field of mortality."

Topics: Christ, Atonement

(Howard W. Hunter, The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, ed. Clyde J. Williams (1997), 63)

Daily Gems: To Receive the Blessings of Heaven  

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To Receive the Blessings of Heaven
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"Let us be no more tossed to and fro by every worldly wind and doctrine of man (see Ephesians 4:14). We declare to the world that the heavens are open and the truth of God's eternal plan has again been made known to mankind. We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times. We live in a day when we have the witness through the scriptures of the great plan the Lord has given to His children from the beginning of time down to this present and last dispensation. The evidence is well documented; we are not left alone to wander through mortality without knowing of the master plan which the Lord has designed for His children. He has bound Himself by solemn covenant to give us the blessings of heaven according to our obedience to His law. Oh, remember, remember that these things are true, for the Lord God has revealed these eternal truths unto us."

(L. Tom Perry, "The Plan of Salvation," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 72)

Youth Gems: The Miracle of the Atonement  

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The Miracle of the Atonement
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"I [have been] overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for the magnificent principle of repentance and for the Atonement that makes it possible, for the miracle of conversion, for this great Church and its members, and for our missionaries."

Topics: Atonement, repentance

(Richard G. Hinckley, "Repentance, a Blessing of Membership," Ensign, May 2006, 50)

Daily Gems: Mission Preparation  

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"We ask tremendous things of missionaries. It is so hard for shy and diffident young people to do the things we sometimes ask them to do. But what a marvelous thing that they try. They have the faith to do, the faith to act, the faith to go forward and make the effort. And what a marvelous gift that is to bring home."

Topics: Missionary work, faith

(President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field," New Era, March 2007, 3)

Youth Gems: Mission Preparation  

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Mission Preparation
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"You can't take water out of an empty bucket. When missionaries know the gospel and how to teach it, they don't want to do anything else. . . . They have self-confidence and inner strength. There's great power in that kind of preparation. For this reason, I encourage every young man and every young woman to get acquainted with Preach My Gospel. Young people have the obligation to enlighten themselves, to understand for themselves the doctrines of the Restoration. That preparation is every bit as important for a girl as it is for a boy. Whether the young woman gets married or serves a full-time mission, the gospel has to operate in her life."

Topics: Missionary work, study, preparation

(Elder M. Russell Ballard, "How to Prepare to Be a Good Missionary," New Era, March 2007, 8)

Young Single Adult Gems: God Grant Us Faith  

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God Grant Us Faith
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"Let us never forget, my brethren and sisters, that each of us is a part of the whole and that what we do mars or beautifies the magnificent panorama of the kingdom of God.

"As our fathers labored in faith with a moving vision of the destiny of this work, even so can we. There is so much to be done, so much improvement to be made, but we can do it, walking in faith.

" 'If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.' (Matt. 17:20.)

"So declared the Lord.

"God grant us faith."

Topics: faith, plan of salvation, divine nature

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "God Grant Us Faith," Ensign, Nov. 1983, 53)

Daily Gems: The Great Plan of Happiness  

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The Great Plan of Happiness
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"To be without God in the world--in other words, to refuse to live His gospel and therefore lack the companionship of the Spirit--is to be in a state contrary to the nature of happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is, in fact, the--note that this is singular, meaning it is the only--'great plan of happiness' (Alma 42:8). If you opt for any other way of life or try to live only the parts of the gospel that seem convenient, such a choice will cheat you of the full, resplendent joy and happiness for which you were designed by our loving Father in Heaven and His Son."

(Marcus B. Nash, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 49)

Church History Gems: Faith Needed  

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Faith Needed
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"Oh, how much is faith needed in each of our lives--faith in ourselves, faith in our associates, and faith in the living God.

"Those pioneers who broke the sunbaked soil of the Mountain West valleys came for one reason only--'to find,' as Brigham Young is reported to have said, 'a place where the devil can't come and dig us out.' They found it, and against almost overwhelming adversities they subdued it. They cultivated and beautified it for themselves. And with inspired vision they planned and built a foundation that blesses members throughout the world today."

Topic: faith

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith of the Pioneers," Ensign, July 1984, 3)

Church History Gems: Providence of the Almighty  

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Providence of the Almighty
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"The pioneers regarded their coming west as a blessing divinely given. Said Brigham Young on one occasion: 'I do not wish men to understand I had anything to do with our being moved here, that was the providence of the Almighty; it was the power of God that wrought out salvation for this people, I never could have devised such a plan.' (Discourses of Brigham Young, ed. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954, p. 480.)"

Topic: blessings

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith of the Pioneers," Ensign, July 1984, 5)

Daily Gems: A Time to Serve  

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A Time to Serve
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"Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save."

(Thomas S. Monson, "How Firm a Foundation," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 68)

Family Gems: Strong and Loving Families  

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Strong and Loving Families
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"Our Father in Heaven wants us to have strong, loving families. One of the great helps he has given us to achieve this is family prayer. . . .

"Of course, our prayers must be more than words, for as President Marion G. Romney has so clearly stated, 'The efficacy of our prayers depends on how we care for one another.' (Ensign, Nov. 1980, p. 93.) Family prayer is fully effective, then, only as we rise from our knees and, with increased love and understanding, take better care of each other."

Topics: strength, families, prayer, love, understanding

(John H. Groberg, "The Power of Family Prayer," Ensign, May 1982, 50)

Young Single Adult Gems: Choosing an Eternal Companion  

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Choosing an Eternal Companion
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"The choice of an eternal companion is up to each individual. Father in Heaven respects your agency, especially with this most important of all decisions. He won't make the decision for you. He gives guidelines and principles, but the choice is yours. Ask Him to bless you with the wisdom to recognize the attributes of godliness in your potential spouse. Is this a good man who will honor his priesthood? Is this a woman who will nurture our children in loving kindness?

"Be worthy of the inspiration you seek. Follow the counsel the Lord gave to Oliver Cowdery found in D&C 9:7-8:

" 'Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give [the answer] unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.

" 'But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.'

"The decision of who you marry is the most important of your life. It is a decision that
will be made with both your heart and your head. In other words, it will feel right (heart) and make sense (mind). 'This is the spirit of revelation' (see D&C 8:2-3).

"May the Lord bless you. May you know and feel of His love and concern for each one of you. His desire for your success and happiness in life is my prayer and my testimony."

Topics: prayer, choices, marriage, personal revelation

(Lynn G. Robbins, "Finding Your Sweetheart," New Era, Sept. 2003, 48)

Daily Gems: The Atonement of Christ  

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The Atonement of Christ
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"Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself? . . .

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means--total, complete, all, forever. President Boyd K. Packer has taught: 'There is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ' ("The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 20)."

Topics: atonement, forgiveness, sanctification

(Shayne M. Bowen, "The Atonement Can Clean, Reclaim, and Sanctify Our Lives," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 33)

Daily Gems: The Importance of Patience  

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The Importance of Patience
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" 'Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father. Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best--better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than His' (Neal A. Maxwell "Patience," Ensign, Oct. 1980, 28).

"We can grow in faith only if we are willing to wait patiently for God's purposes and patterns to unfold in our lives, on His timetable."

Topics: patience, faith

(Robert C. Oaks, "The Power of Patience," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 16-17 )

Do we qualify for salvation?  

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Mosiah 4:4-8
4 And king Benjamin again opened his mouth and began to speak unto them, saying: My friends and my brethren, my kindred and my people, I would again call your attention, that ye may hear and understand the remainder of my words which I shall speak unto you.
5 For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your anothingness, and your worthless and fallen state—
6 I say unto you, if ye have come to a aknowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the batonement which has been prepared from the cfoundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his dtrust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body—
7 I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the afall of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.
8 And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is anone other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you.
To begin with King Benjamin started by calling them friends. The Savior also used the word "friend" and it had a powerful impact. Then King Benjamin outlined the path of salvation. As I read this all I could think about is that I have a long way to go. I have these great words as well as all the words of the prophets both ancient and recent that detail that path of salvation. I can tell you that I will be making some changes in my life to qualify me for this salvation that King Benjamin outlined. Do not read the words passively, but rather have them become a part of you. If they are a part of you then can the power of the words flow through your veins and salvation will come and along the way we will be servants of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Church History Gems: The Remission of Sins  

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The Remission of Sins
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"Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, by one having authority, is a true principle, because Christ taught it; Christ obeyed it, and would not fail, for anything, to fulfil it--not that He was sinful and needed to be baptized for the remission of sins, but He only needed to do it to fulfill all righteousness, that is, to fulfil the law."

Topic: baptism

(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 63)

Family Gems: Beware of Overindulging Your Children  

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Beware of Overindulging Your Children
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"Parents who have been successful in acquiring more often have a difficult time saying no to the demands of overindulged children. Their children run the risk of not learning important values like hard work, delayed gratification, honesty, and compassion. Affluent parents can and do raise well-adjusted, loving, and value-centered children, but the struggle to set limits, make do with less, and avoid the pitfalls of 'more, more, more' has never been more difficult. It is hard to say no to more when you can afford to say yes.

"Parents are rightfully anxious about the future. It is difficult to say no to more sports equipment, electronics, lessons, clothes, team participation, et cetera, when parents believe more will help children thrive in an increasingly competitive world. Young people seem to want more, partly because there is infinitely more to catch their eye. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimated that American children see more than 40,000 commercials a year.


"Fewer and fewer parents ask their children to do chores around the house because they think they are already overwhelmed by social and academic pressures. But children devoid of responsibilities risk never learning that every individual can be of service and that life has meaning beyond their own happiness. . . .

"In discussing our various longings for more, I'm not suggesting we adopt Scrooge as a role model for good parenting. I am suggesting that it is important for families and individuals to aggressively seek more of the virtues which go beyond this mortal life. A prayerful, conservative approach is the key to successfully living in an affluent society and building the qualities that come from waiting, sharing, saving, working hard, and making do with what we have. May we be blessed with the desire and the ability to understand when more is really less and when more is better."

Topics: Parenthood

(H. David Burton, "More Holiness Give Me," Ensign, Nov. 2004, 98, 100)

Church History Gems: The Church of Jesus Christ Was Organized  

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The Church of Jesus Christ Was Organized
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"About 1820, religious excitement led Joseph Smith to seek the right church, the proper mode of worship, the right way to live. The desire to know impelled the youth to seek the Lord in earnest prayer. One result of the answer to his prayer was the organization of the Church in Peter Whitmer's home on . . . April 6, 1830. In that organization may be found the comprehension of the whole plan of man's salvation.

"Now I wish to consider that organization as one evidence of his inspiration. . . . [It] has survived financial panics, social upheavals, and religious turmoil; and today stands as a means of supplying the highest needs of mankind. . . .

". . . 'The Church of Jesus Christ was organized in accordance with the order of the Church as recorded in the New Testament,' said Joseph Smith [see History of the Church, 1:79]. The practical and beneficent workings of this organization prove its divine authenticity."

Topic: Restoration

(David O. McKay, in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay [2003], 95-96)

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