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President Monson’s Challenge

President Monson’s Challenge

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President Thomas S. Monson challenges all to take a personal, diligent, significant quest for an abundant life.

He talks about the ABCs —
A for attitude,
B for believe—in yourself, in those around you, and in eternal principles.
C is for courage:
-“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
-There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!
-Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
-Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required.

Jan 2012


 

Forgiveness Flour

Forgiveness Flour

You won’t forget this one:

Forgiveness Flour by Marguerite Stewart

When I went to the door, at the whisper of knocking,
I saw Simeon Gantner’s daughter, Kathleen, standing
There, in her shawl and her shame, sent to ask
“Forgiveness Flour” for her bread. “Forgiveness Flour,”
We call it in our corner. If one has erred, one
Is sent to ask for flour of his neighbors. If they loan it
To him, that means he can stay, but if they refuse, he had
Best take himself off. I looked at Kathleen . . .
What a jewel of a daughter, though not much like her
Father, more’s the pity. “I’ll give you flour,” I said,
and went to measure it. Measuring was the rub.
If I gave too much, neighbors would think I made sin easy,
but if I gave too little, they would label me “close.”
While I stood measuring, Joel, my husband
came in from the mill, a great bag of flour on his
shoulder, and seeing her there, shrinking in the
doorway, he tossed the bag at her feet. “Here, take
all of it.” And so she had flour for many loaves,
while I stood measuring.

Measuring Flour level