What Are We Doing?
By Louisa Lula Greene Richards
While we seek amity, earth’s worst calamity,
War’s wildest horrors are forced on the view.
Safe in this favored land ‘neath God’s protecting hand,
What are we doing, and what should we do?
First, with tongues guarded well, cease idle thoughts to tell,
Speak with a purpose and say what is true;
Lift not a hand in vain while the world throbs in pain;
Ours to relieve and bless, thus must we do.
Like many missionaries and public speakers, J. Golden Kimball kept a notebook of materials to use in talks – lists of scriptures on various topics, quotations from wise people, short stories with a gospel theme. Here is some of what I found in his notebook:
Will Rodgers says:
We all know the Good Book says: The Lord loveth the poor” and down and out. At the same time it looks like the poor don’t get much besides love. They are being loved all the time, but are also being poor all the time. Don’t you think the poor need something more material than just love? We all talk much of love, brotherhood, friendship and to “love our neighbor as ourselves” which is fine.
There has been many beautiful verses written about the poor and needy. Suppose we could cut out most of this talk and soft peddle stuff and send each of the needy a blessing with ten dollars occasionally and maybe there would not be so many down and outers.
I suggest if you have no money when we visit the poor in their dire distress, it doesn’t cost anything to make them laugh. Make ‘em cry; make ‘em forget their troubles and get to work. Happiness and laughter are great hill climbers and work is a great panacea for mental ills.
From the Improvement Era, April 1946 –
By Blanche Kendall McKay
It was not by accident that Joan watched the large Goodrich sedan draw up to the curb across the street. She had brought her work from the Daily Gazette to her bedroom so as to be at home when the three o’clock train pulled in from Henderson. In a moment the chauffeur alighted and helped Henrietta Goodrich and her sister Elizabeth to the sidewalk. Elizabeth was the elder by some ten years, but it was she who carried the overnight bag, while Henrietta leaned upon the chauffeur’s arm. They have failed, thought Joan, the war is over, but Paul refused to come home. Lannie, the colored maid, appeared on the porch, took the bag and assisted Henrietta into the house. The chauffeur drove away, and the large Goodrich house settled to its customary atmosphere of silent immobility.
Lesson 11: “He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables”
Purpose: To help class members develop “ears to hear” so they can understand how Jesus’ parables apply to them.
1. Jesus presents the parable of the sower and explains his use of parables
2. Jesus explains the parable of the sower
3. Jesus uses parables to teach about the kingdom of heaven on earth
Scripture Discussion and Application
In the Old Testament account of King David, we read that David lusted after Bathsheba, then had her husband Uriah sent to a place in battle where he knew Uriah would be killed. Then David married Bathsheba. “The thing that David had done displeased the Lord,” (2 Samuel 11:27) Let’s read what happened next:
From the Relief Society Magazine, February 1947 –
“Cast Thy Burden”
By Rhea Reeder Smith
This spring seemed different to Ann. She often wondered why. Probably because growing to an adult brought responsibilities that, at times, she heartily disliked. Ann thought bitterly, I never thought life would be like this. I always thought that dreams came true. There’s so much I expected and didn’t get. It seems as if I never will.
This particular thought sent a fresh wave of resentment through her, and she began the day very badly. The eternal struggle with bills wearied her. There were so many demands, and never enough money to provide for all the things they really needed, let alone a little to save, or even enough, just once, to enjoy a foolish little luxury. It had been a long time since she and Doug had left the children to go out together.
. . .
If you (your parents, your grandparents) have a late-1960s edition of The House of the Lord on your bookshelf, this might be why:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Office of the First Presidency
Salt Lake City 11, Utah
July 10, 1968
TO STAKE AND MISSION PRESIDENTS, BISHOPS AND BRANCH PRESIDENTS
With substantial increases occurring in Church membership and activity there are growing numbers of our brethren and sisters who are coming to the temples.
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Seek Ye The Lord
By Maria Berry
When upon life’s heaving billows
You are tossed from side to side,
Broken-hearted and forsaken
You are drifting with the tide;
Hope no longer is your anchor,
You’ve forgotten how to pray,
You have lost your hold on Jesus,
And, without Him, missed your way.
Raise your voice once more to Heaven,
Ask the Lord to be your guide;
You will find the safest harbor
By His kind and loving side;
He will heal your broken spirit,
Fit you for the storms of life;
Resting all your cares on Jesus
You will never fear the strife.
We could never fight life’s battles,
If we did not seek His aid;
He will bear the weary burdens
That have heavy on us laid;
He will guide our faltering footsteps,
Walking with us hand in hand;
Cheering, helping, He will lead us
Safe into the promised land.