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November 2013

As I Grow Old

God keep my heart attuned to laughter
When youth is done
When all the days are gray days, coming after
The warmth, the sun
God keep me then from bitterness, from
Grieving,
When life seems cold;
God keep me always loving and believing
As I grow old.

–Unknown

Two Revolutions; Two Endings

“To love our enemies as ourselves is to look upon them with charity and to see that they are driven by the same frailty and inclination to evil that beset us all. Yet we do not easily do this, even though it can be shown from a thousand examples, in history and in our own lives, that those who do not love their enemies as themselves, who do not fight them with forgiveness already in their hearts, are incapable also of loving their neighbors as themselves. The extremist leaders of revolutionary movements seldom love their followers. They may call them their comrades; there is little of the affection in comradeship in them. When the revolution has been won and they sit in the seats of power, they regard their followers with the same bitterness of heart as earlier they regarded their enemies.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are the peacemakers, the Parson [Canterbury Tales] adds in his tale, for they know not evil wrath.”–The Seven Deadly Sins Today,p.99, Henry Fairle

When It all Starts to Make Sense

“I believe in Christianity the way I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.”–C.S. Lewis

A Great Parent vs. A Great Statesman

“Of all the joys of life, none other equals that of happy parenthood. Of all the responsibilities with which we struggle, no other is so serious. To rear children in an atmosphere of love, security, and faith is the most rewarding of all challenges…After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman. One is universal and eternal greatness the other ephemeral. I am satisfied that no other experiences of life draw us nearer to heaven than those that exist between happy parents and happy children.”

-Gordon B. Hinckley, Save the Children, Ensign, November 1994

Four Imperatives For Rearing A Child

1. Love them
2. Teach them
3. Respect them
4. Pray with them and for them

-Gordon B. Hinckley, Behold Your Little Ones, Ensign, November, 1978.

When God Wants a Great Work Done

“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home out of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s hearts and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.–E.T. Sullivan

The Entitlement that Erases All Other Entitlements

“Good homes are not easily created or maintained….Every child is entitled to grow up in a home where there is a warm and secure companionship, where there is love in the family relationship, where appreciation one for another is taught and exemplified and where God is acknowledged and His peace and blessings invoked before the family altar. The preservation of the family will be one of the great and serious challenges facing [us] in the future.”–Gordon B. Hinckley, Conquer or Be Conquered, August 19, 1966.

The Pilgrim

Man comes a pilgrim of the universe,
Out of the mysteries that were before
The world, out of the wonder of old stars.
Far roads have felt his feet, forgotten wells
Have glassed his beauty bending down to drink.
At altar-fires anterior to Earth
His soul was lighted, and it will burn on
After the suns have wasted in the void.
His feet have felt the pressure
of old worlds,
And are to tread on others yet unnamed-
Worlds sleeping yet in some new dream of God.

Edwin Markham, 1852-1940

On Political Correctness

“Politically correct people are extremely unscrupulous, just like the Communist used to be.”–Doris Lessing

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