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"And if it so be that you should labor all
your days crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how
great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" D&C 18:15
"Each of us comes into this world separately, one by one. This is not an
accident. I think it's the Lord's way of reminding us of the infinite worth of each
soul." --Dwan J. Young
"True personal worth comes from a secure relationship with Heavenly Father.
Individual worth is intrinsic; it is internal; it is eternal. It is something that cannot
be taken from us when the blossom of youth fades, when economic conditions leave us
desolate, when sickness or handicaps befall us, or when prominence and visibility are
obscured." --Joanne B. Doxey
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person
who can do him absolutely no good. Ann Landers
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for
ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of oursleves. Victor Hugo
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to
make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting. E. E. Commings
I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. Booker T.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart
trouble. Bob Hope
Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. Henry David
God loves us the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
We are not saved as a state. We are not saved as a group. Man is saved as an
individual, and as an individual he lived in the life of the Savior, the Son of Man.
|P347|p1 No person was too humble, no person was too simple to receive his
attention, and to have the right to live. The story of Jesus is the story of his dealings
with individuals.--DNCS, June 11, 1952, p. 15.
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40.)
"Remember the worth of souls is great. . . ." (D. & C. 18:10.)
|p7 A proper conception of this divine principle would change the attitude of
the world to the benefit and happiness of all human beings. It would bring into active
operation the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. (See Matt.
7:12.)--CR, October 1935, p. 101.
Peanut and story of George Washington Carver
Different tools needed for different things and also different seeds for different
Dishes -- broken that are old are honored -- love is a decision
Walter Reed and Yellow Jack --Written
Other stories -- Ugly Duckling Story
I've always felt fiercely loyal to people that others
tend to look down on, and I noticed a lonely old widow in our ward who didn't seem to me
to get much attention. So I adopted her as my grandma. I was 14. She lived close by my Jr.
high school, and I would drag my group of friends over there and make her day by having
lunch with her and introducing my friends, and looking at her pictures and listening to
her stories. In church, I always took care to sit her with my family and make a huge fuss
over her. Well, one Easter, I showed up in a pretty pastel dress my mom had sewn for me,
and this sister was so excited to show me what she had brought me. She said I just
COULDN'T go to church without an Easter bonnet. I think she was from Denmark and bonnets
were the thing there. She gave me this terribly old hat that was black and had white lace
It really didn't go at all with my dress and was
obviously old and out of style to boot, but when my friends told me I looked ugly in it, I
held my head high and jutted out my chin (sign of stubbornness) and said I was NOT going
to hurt an old woman's feelings just for the sake of fashion. I wore that ugly old hat all
day long to each meeting and stared back at everyone who stared with a gutsy "so what
about it?" look in the eye. Nobody said a word. This little adopted grandma was so
terribly thrilled that I wore her old hat and gave it to me as a present.
Would you doubt me for a moment if I told you that I
still have that old hat and that it is one of my very most precious, prized possessions?
Linda Cherry (c) 1997
This took place in Pocatello, Idaho several
years ago in the old 10th ward. I can't remember her first name, but her last name was
Young, so I called her Gramma Young and kind of laughed cuz she was very old. I think
Sister Young was Danish because when I took my friends over to her house for lunches, she
always made us "Aebleskivers" which is a Danish pastry, kind of like donuts or
pancakes. I've since bought my own Aebleskiver pan to make those same treats.
Once upon a time it was discovered that everyone has a
bucket. No kidding. It's a bucket which is kind of like a cup -- in that it can be filled
. . . even to overflowing. I guess it's sort of like a source of peace, comfort, love,
strength, and such. And the fuller it is, the easier it is to share what's in the bucket
There are a lot of wonderful ways in which we can put things in each others' buckets. For
example, we can say, "Good Morning!" when we see each other. That's a great way
to put something in someone else's bucket. And, you can double the contribution by adding
someone's name -- "Good Morning, Mrs. Smith!" Other things which can fill up a
bucket are hugs, listening, sincere praise, pointing out strengths, being sensitive to
needs (and doing something about them when you can), cheerfulness, honesty, patience
(almost sounds like a description of THE
PURE LOVE OF CHRIST: CHARITY, when you think about it). Anyway, one of the things we all
ought to spend time doing, is helping to fill others' buckets.
Now. . . it must needs be, so they say, that there is opposition in all things. And so,
just as we all have a bucket, we all have a dipper. And sometimes, other people can get
their dipper in your bucket!! It's been known to happen!
Just imagine that we're going out to eat with some friends at a nice restaurant. There'll
be fine linens and candles and everything. We're sitting at the table, visiting and I
accidentally knock over my glass of V-8 juice. Big red spot. I am so embarrassed. I am
turning redder than usual. But, the juice just keeps crawling across the table right
toward our hostess. It's like a flood! It won't stop! And, then finally it does dribble on
her! She jumps a little, but is being nice even though it's wet and gooey. And then, old
bright eyes, down the table a little, looks up and says, "You spilled your
juice." He got HIS dipper in MY bucket!
Tell me how old you have to be to know . . . you made a mistake!? . . .that you're not
Can you remember sitting down to breakfast with your family and your little brother
spilled his milk? And about 35 people (it seemed) said "You spilled your milk!"
All those great big dippers in such a tiny little bucket!
Have you ever noticed that when your bucket is low, or empty -- when you need most to have
someone put something in it -- THAT is when you're most irritable to people? We chase
people away when we need them most.
We try hard to figure out WHY we run around with our dippers out. We're busy trying to get
our dippers in other people's buckets -- and they don't want their bucket to have our
dipper in it!
This is where the trap is. Have you ever noticed that when you get your dipper in
somebody's bucket . . . you're pointing out something wrong with them? You tell them
they've got wrinkles in their socks . . . and they don't have them on yet? You tell her
she's moody and then you find out she's got a toothache. You tell someone there's a spot
on their face and then find out that your glasses are dirty. You've got YOUR dipper in
someone else's bucket! It might feel good, sort of, when you first shove your dipper into
someone else's bucket -- but after a while it doesn't feel good anymore.
Do you know what a DIP-IN is? It's not exactly like a drive-in or a sit-in . . . It's when
several people get together and just DIP someone good! Next time you realize that's
happening, point it out and then stop. "Hey, we've all got our dippers in little
sister's bucket! Let's fill it instead of emptying it!"
Sometimes you say to yourself, "Self, she's got a LID on her bucket!" Or you may
ask, "Hey, does anyone know where I can buy a lid for my bucket? There are a lot of
DIPS around this place! Some of you may even think you don't HAVE a bucket! Or you may
feel that your bucket's been shot full of holes.
Well, for SURE we're just not the same when our bucket is empty, and that's all there is
to it. And, we're not the same when we're dipping instead of filling, and that's all there
is to that, too! My friends, keep your dippers out of other's buckets. FILL their buckets
. . . you'll discover yours is getting fuller too. Full and overflowing -- you'll have so
much, much more to share. It really could be that way. It really CAN be that way. Love one
another . . . enrich and lift and bless and fill one another."
Prepare a meal and not use any modern inventions.
Matching game with bad things that happened to inventors and trouble in their lives and
how it didn't stop them
Problems others had and kept going anyway
Michael Jordan, one of basketballs greatest players, did not make
school basketball team in his sophomore year. His coach said "he wasnt good
Mickey Mantle struck out 710 times.
Emily Dickenson wrote abut 1,800 poems, but only seven were published in her
Ted Turner of Turner Broadcasting was suspended twice from Brown University.
Eventually he dropped out.
Julia Child could barely cook until she was 34 years old; thats when she
attended her first cooking school.
Orville Wright was expelled from the sixth grade for bad behavior.
Jay Leno, comedian, had a fifth-grade teacher who said, "If Jay spent as much
time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he'd be a big star."
Charles Schulz failed algebra, Latin, English, and physics in high school
and had his cartoon rejected by the yearbook staff. He once applied for a
cartoonist job at the Walt Disney studios, but was turned down.
Whoopi Goldberg is a high school dropout. She once worked in a mortuary
doing reconstruction work on hair and lips.
Robin Williams was voted "Least Likely to Succeed" in high school.
Christie Brinkley, supermodel, says she was a chubby, shy teenager.
Benjamin Franklin only went to school from age eight to age 10.
|WHEN YOU KNOW A FELLOW
|By Edgar A. Guest
|When you get to know a fellow, know his joys and know his cares,
|When you've come to understand him and the burdens that he bears,
|When you've learned the fight he's making and the troubles in his way,
|Then you find that he is different than you thought him yesterday.
|You find his faults are trivial and there's not so much to blame
|In the brother that you jeered at when you only knew his name.
|You are quick to see the blemish in the distant neighbor's style,
|You can point to all his errors and may sneer at him the while,
|And your prejudices fatten and your hates more violent grow
|As you talk about the failures of the man you do not know,
|But when drawn a little closer, and your hands and shoulders touch,
|You find the traits you hated really don't amount to much.
|When you get to know a fellow, know his every mood and whim,
|You begin to find the texture of the splendid side of him;
|You begin to understand him, and you cease to scoff and sneer,
|For with understanding always prejudices disappear.
|You begin to find his virtues and his faults you cease to tell,
|For you seldom hate a fellow when you know him very well.
|When next you start in sneering and your phrases turn to blame,
|Know more of him you censure than his business and his name;
|For it's likely that acquaintance would your prejudice dispel
|And you'd really come to like him if you knew him very well.
|When you get to know a fellow and you under- stand his ways,
|Then his faults won't really matter, for you'll find a lot to praise.
|THE JUNK BOX
|by Edgar A. Guest
|My father often used to say:
|"My boy don't throw a thing away:
|You'll find a use for it some day."
|So in a box he stored up things,
|Bent nails, old washers, pipes and rings,
|And bolts and nuts and rusty springs.
|Despite each blemish and each flaw,
|Some use for everything he saw;
|With things material, this was law.
|And often when he'd work to do,
|He searched the junk box through and through
|And found old stuff as good as new.
|And I have often thought since then,
|That father did the same with men;
|He knew he'd need their help again.
|It seems to me he understood
|That men, as well as iron and wood,
|May broken be and still be good.
|Despite the vices he'd display
|He never threw a man away,
|But kept him for another day.
|A human junk box is this earth
|And into it we're tossed at birth,
|To wait the day we'll be of worth.
|Though bent and twisted, weak of will,
|And full of flaws and lacking skill,
|Some service each can render still.
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