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Be Honest With Yourself: Nothing Worth Having Is Free

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 23, 2010

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From 1957 —

Nothing Worth Having Is Free

The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the homes we live in, the cars we drive – even the leisure time to enjoy them in – and all the inner satisfactions of life – all these must be bought with effort and sacrifice.

Let’s look at some examples. Take friendship. You may win friends easily but it will cost you something to keep them: time spent on daily kindly deeds, the thoughtful letter or card of remembrance; the timely word of encouragement; the constant consideration.

The price of education is study. Business success can be bought only through hard work; savings for the future through present self-denial.

So with the development of our talents; the ability to play the piano, to paint a picture, to bake a cake, to excel in any art or skill comes only with effort.

Personal health and physical and mental strength must be earned by the exercise we take, the kind and amount of food and drink we put into our bodies – or abstain from.

The trust of friends is built on the keeping of promises. Financial credit belongs to those who pay their bills.

Even Church membership with its present and future blessings is not yours for the mere asking. To belong you must add obedience; to receive you must add sharing. These are the works you must add to faith if you would earn the good things of earth and the blessings of heaven. They are the price we must pay for happiness here or hereafter.

So strive, share, serve, save. In other words, pay up, because it pays.




  1. I really like this one. It reminds me of Pres. Hinckley’s anti-gambling talk where his point was that part of life is working for what we get.

    The hand lettering on these posters is almost a lost art in today’s era of computer graphics. (A close comparison of the h’s and dots on the i’s show subtle differences.)

    Comment by Clark — April 23, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  2. Glad you like it, Clark. When I was choosing one for this morning, this poster just seemed wonderful. There’s no pulling of punches, no excuses, no shifting of responsibility, yet the focus is all on the rewards of doing what it takes, rather on the hardship or sacrifice of doing it.

    And thanks for pointing out the hand-lettering. I see what you mean now, but it is so regular that I hadn’t noticed on my own.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 23, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  3. I never know what the devil these things are supposed to be about until I’ve read the accompanying text. But then, I never know what modern ad campaigns are about either. Anyway, at first glance I thought the kid at the desk was the husband paying lots of bills to keep Donna Reed, the piano and the baby looking fresh. But that didn’t strike me as any kind of church lesson I’d heard before.

    Comment by Moniker Challenged — April 23, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

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