Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wise Words

He is from Pennsylvania. He came out here to do some sales training at my work.

There were just three of us shootin' the bull and talking about the difference between out west and back east.

We talked about guns, underground parties, and the LDS Temple.

We talked about the horrible poisonous inversion and beautiful Park City above it all.

Of course, he asked about mormons. I tried to keep it short and sweet. He really wanted to know what made mormons different from other Christians. It's hard to keep that short--but I think I did fine keeping it light and inclusive. Everyone was working at being informative and not offensive.

One thing came up was that more knowledge is good.

There are wise men and women the world over who have shared their inspiration and revelation in an effort to make the world a better place.

 “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.” Confucius

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Mother Teresa

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."   
    ...             and another because I like Lao Tzu

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
William Shakespeare

“Great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they [the faithful at the time of Christ] were, because they had Christ in person with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of greater faith.”  

                            .... and another one from Joseph Smith, Jr. 

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.” 

Today I grateful for great teachers the world over. And the glorious interwebs that helps me to read their words. 


CMS said...

Dont forget this quote!

“Young women you will be the ones who will provide the example of virtuous womanhood and motherhood. … You will understand your roles and your responsibilities and thus will see no need to lobby for rights.” ~ Elaine S Dalton, Jan 15, 2013

Or this:

CMS said...

Other fun quotes:


“…young women are exceeding young men in pursuing educational programs. And so I say to you young men, rise up and discipline yourselves to take advantage of educational opportunities. Do you wish to marry a girl whose education has been far superior to your own?” Gordon B Hinckley 2006

“[Women], you are to become a career woman in the greatest career on earth – that of homemaker, wife, and mother. It was never intended by the Lord that married women should compete with men in employment. They have a far greater and more important service to render.” (Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, June 1975, & From Faith Precedes the Miracle)

“Too many mothers work away from home to furnish sweaters and music lessons and trips and fun for their children. Too many women spend their time in socializing, in politicking, in public services when they should be home to teach and train and receive and love their children into security” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 319).

“In the beginning, Adam–not Eve–was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother’s calling is in the home, not in the market place.”
(Ezra Taft Benson, To the Mothers in Zion, 1987)

“[a] woman’s primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband” (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 844).

It must really suck to have no value being single... I suppose many feel this depression. After all, they are promised that if they are praiseworthy, virtuous, etc., they will be married in the temple. It is damaging. For those who are single, childless, etc.

Eve said...

I appreciate you sharing those quotes. As I read the quotes, two thoughts came into my mind. First, concerning Elaine S. Dalton's words--she's right. In it's perfection, women and men are equally yoked and equally responsible and equally endowed with incredible gifts and responsibilities. If people in the church or in families aren't living up to that endowment, it harms and requires us to adjust. And we ought to support one another in those situations. Ideally, I'd love to get married, have babies and stay home and teach them amazing virtuous things. This is the ideal I was taught to seek. But economic hardships happen, people stay single, and families make decisions particular to their situations.

Just because I don't fit an ideal, I don't feel that I have no value. I'm sorry if that's how you feel. I actually feel quite cared for within the church. But please continue to tell me that I should interpret things in such a way as to make me feel useless. This is helpful. :P