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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

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rosebutton.gif (1033 bytes)Quotes:

"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

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"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

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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

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The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of oursleves.     Victor Hugo

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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

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I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. Booker T. Washington

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If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.   Bob Hope

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Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. Henry David Thoreau

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God loves us the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way. Leighton Ford

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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.)

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"Remember the worth of souls is great. . . ." (D. & C. 18:10.)

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|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.

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rosebutton.gif (1033 bytes)Object Lesson:

Peanut and story of George Washington Carver

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Different tools needed for different things and also different seeds for different plants.

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Dishes -- broken that are old are honored -- love is a decision

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rosebutton.gif (1033 bytes)History Stories

Walter Reed and Yellow Jack --Written

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Other stories -- Ugly Duckling Story

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The Ugly Old Hat

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 on it.

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.

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The Bucket and the Dipper Parable

   

Author Unknown

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 with others.

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 perfect!?

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."

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rosebutton.gif (1033 bytes)History:

 

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rosebutton.gif (1033 bytes)Activities:

Prepare a meal and not use any modern inventions.

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Matching game with bad things that happened to inventors and trouble in their lives and how it didn't stop them

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Problems others had and kept going anyway

Michael Jordan, one of basketballs greatest players, did not make the high
school basketball team in his sophomore year.  His coach said "he wasnt good
enough."

Mickey Mantle struck out 710 times.

Emily Dickenson wrote abut 1,800 poems, but only seven were published in her
lifetime.

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.

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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.

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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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