Patterns of Righteousness
Elder Neil L. Andersen
Presidency of the Seventy
(Brigham Young University-Idaho Education Week Devotional,
August 1, 2008)
My brothers and sisters, I express my love and respect for each of you. Those who come to Education Week come to learn and to be lifted. I admire your righteous desires and pray that the Lord’s Spirit may be with us this morning.
The theme for our education week is “In the House of the Righteous is Much Treasure.”1
While the theme has appropriately been tied to the beautiful new temple here in Rexburg, I have been thinking about the scripture in a different way. Think about those who occupy the House of the Righteous, as we link a few scriptures together:
“And as sure as the Lord liveth…as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth…according to the spirit of revelation . . . and the power of God working miracles in them – yea, . . . as many…as…believed…and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.
“For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God anymore…”2
“Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind.”3
“For I, the Lord…delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and truth unto the end.”4
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” -- “filled with the Holy Ghost.”5
“[For] the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it…they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.”6
“In the House of the Righteous is Much Treasure.”7
Are the words of scripture not beautiful – they are to the righteous!
I love the thought that as we truly become converted to the Lord, we put away our “weapons of rebellion”, and we “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” And as we do these things, the treasures appear.
The first and foremost treasure of righteousness is to be clean through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. To know that one day because of Him–His sacrifice, His mercy and grace, and—because of our love for Him, our faith in Him, and our willingness to repent and keep His commandments, - we will stand spotless before Him and before our Father. This is the greatest treasure of righteousness.
The treasures of righteousness, however, do not stop there.
You will remember in Lehi’s vision of the tree of life that he first found himself in what he described as “a dark and dreary waste.” After [he] had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, [he] began to pray unto the Lord – that the Lord would have mercy on [him]. (The treasures of righteousness always begin with a humility before the Lord followed by sincere and heartfelt prayer.) After [he] had prayed, [he] beheld a large and spacious field, and within the field, a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.”8 He had chosen the road of righteousness – to believe in and follow Christ,9 to keep the commandments of God10 and to remain firm and steady in the faith.11
“And it came to pass that [he] did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and [he] beheld that it was most sweet, above all that [he] ever before tasted. Yea, and [he] beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that [he] had ever seen.”12 He had experienced the love of God and the forgiveness of his sins. The spirit of the Lord had come into his heart, and his garments had been made white through Christ.13 “And as [he] partook of the fruit thereof it filled [his] soul with exceedingly great joy.”14 This is the first treasure of righteousness.
Lehi’s next thoughts were for his family. We cannot separate our faith from our family. The words of Lehi are the words of any man and woman who have felt the joy of righteousness. “And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.”15
The very first desire of the righteous soul is that the fruit of that righteousness might be felt by those he or she loves the most. In our discussion of righteousness we cannot say too much about the family. “The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”16 The government of God has as its foundation the eternal family. We are each sons and daughters of heavenly parents. Through the Atonement of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the sacred sealing power of the temple, we have the promise that we can live together as families forever. Sharing the treasure of righteousness with our family increases the treasure all the more.
I have heard President Monson speak of faith and family in quoting the third epistle of John verse 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
I thought of the powerful importance of eternal families one month ago when the news broadcast the dramatic rescue of 15 hostages who had been held by the Colombian guerrillas known as F.A.R.C. One of the rescued hostages, Ingrid Betancourt, embraced her two children, Melanie and Lorenzo, now young adults she had not seen for the six years she had been held hostage. After embracing them with all the feelings of a loving mother, she faced the cameras and said, “Paradise. That must be very similar to what I feel at this moment.”17 She was right!
I realize that there are many righteous women in the Church, and some who are here today, who are not yet blessed with an eternal companion. There are also righteous couples who have not yet been blessed with children. Let us not forget that the family is the organization of heaven, and that no righteous woman or man who desires a family will be denied one in the eternities.
My subject today is to discuss one aspect of how we share the joys of righteousness with our children and grandchildren, and other family members. To those here who do not have children or who are not married, we all have families. We all have those with whom we desire to associate throughout eternity, and we all have those for whom our influence can be an eternal blessing.
I want to describe the powerful patterns of righteousness that we bring to our children, our grandchildren, and to others in our family. To better describe these patterns of righteousness, let me ask you a rather unusual question: “At your funeral (which we hope is far into the future), what will be the qualities of your life that will have marked your posterity?” I am not referring to general statements of your goodness. We will expect these. Rather, what are the poignant, powerful, patterns of righteousness that have marked the soul of those who have followed you?
To establish a pattern of righteousness requires more than good feelings for a gospel principle. It requires what we will call the three “Ps”: Passion, persistence, and patience, applied consistently over an extended period of time, creating a righteous pattern that is embedded in the very spiritual DNA of our posterity.
What are your patterns of righteousness? Let me list a few and then we will go onto specifics. These patterns could include:
Searching the scriptures
Devotion to Family
Caring for the less fortunate
Family Home Evening
Honesty with our fellow men
Mothers raising children
Service to others
Sharing the gospel
Going to Church
Heeding the promptings of the Holy Ghost
Loyalty to the Prophets of God
Exercising the priesthood
And, there are many more.
What are your patterns of righteousness that are not vaguely incorporated in the phrase, “he or she was a very good person?” Rather, what qualities do you live with such passion, persistence, and patience that they are captured in the souls of your children and grandchildren?
From my message today I would ask you to remember these nine words, “Powerful patterns of righteousness require passion, persistence, and patience.” Let me say that one more time. “Powerful patterns of righteousness require passion, persistence, and patience.” To better illustrate these qualities let me first speak of three righteous patterns, with each one illustrating one of the qualities of passion, persistence, and patience. Then we will discuss two patterns of righteousness especially needed for our times.
President Monson told the following story.
“[A] father taught a son a never-to-be-forgotten lesson in obedience and, by example, to honor the Sabbath day. I learned of this at the funeral service of a noble General Authority, H. Verlan Andersen. (no relationship to me) A tribute was paid to him by one of his sons.
“The son of Elder Andersen related that years earlier he had a special school date on a Saturday night. He borrowed from his father the family car. As he obtained the car keys and was heading for the door, his father said: “The car will need more gasoline before tomorrow. Be sure to fill the tank before coming home.”
“Elder Andersen’s son related that the evening activity was wonderful. Friends met, refreshments were served, and all had a good time. In his exuberance, however, he failed to follow his father’s instruction to add fuel to the car’s tank before returning home.
“Sunday morning dawned. Elder Andersen discovered the gas gauge showed empty. The son saw his father walk back into the house and put the car keys on the table. In the Andersen home, the Sabbath day was a day for worship and thanksgiving, and not for purchases.
“As the funeral message continued, Elder Andersen’s son declared, “I saw my father put on his coat, bid us good-bye, and then walk the long distance to the chapel, that he might attend an early meeting.”
“In concluding his funeral message, he said: “No son was ever taught more effectively by his father than I was on that occasion. My father not only knew the truth—he lived it.”18
Some would say the actions of Brother Andersen were not “reasonable.” President Monson described it as “truth [not being] held slave to expedience.” Can you see how the righteous patterns that we pursue with passion find their way into the hearts of our children and grandchildren?
In the most recent Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting President Monson admonished us to “establish a pattern of prayer.” He said:
“As a people, aren’t we grateful that family prayer is not an out of date practice with us? There is not a more beautiful sight in all this world than to see a family praying together. The Lord directed that we have family prayer when He said, ‘Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed’” (3 Nephi 18:21). And then he left this promise: “As we pray with our families each day, we will help to provide the protection we all so desperately need in today’s world.”19
My wonderful wife, Kathy, will not like that I do this, but I would use her as an outstanding example of persistence in prayer. When we were married, the man performing the sealing challenged us to pray daily, morning and night as a couple, independent of the children that would come to us, and independent of our individual prayers. For the first few weeks and months it was an easy commitment to keep. For Kathy, there would be no varying from this persistent pattern.
For me, it was not so automatic. After a few months, in those occasional moments of frustration, I would sneak up into my side of the bed and pull the covers over my eyes, hoping for peace. Then I would feel Kathy’s big, blue eyes burning right through the bed covers. I had to pull myself out of bed, humble myself, and get on my knees so we could have our prayer together. Her persistent insistence that we would keep that promise to pray morning and night over the past 33 years has been a blessing of untold value to us and to our family.20
Never would she let us forget our family prayers. As my sons became teenagers I could see the concerned looks on their faces when their mother was called on to pray. They knew she would pray in detail and that she would not rush her prayer. But I can assure you this--each one of our children knows without any doubt that the prayers of their mother have blessed--and in some cases--rescued their lives. Their mother has given them a deep righteous pattern of prayer.
I remember a few years ago when only our youngest son, Derek, lived with us in our home. He would get ready to leave in the evening for a night with his friends and his mother would say, “Derek, we’ll be waiting for you when you get home so we can have a prayer with you.” He would respond, “Let’s pray now. You can go to bed. I’ll be home.” She would insist, “No, Derek, we want to pray with you when you return.” I would spend the evening slapping cold water on my face to stay awake, knowing that Derek would step through the door just before the set curfew hour. Then we were on our knees and you could hear her pray, “We thank thee, Father in Heaven, for watching over Derek, for helping him to keep his covenants, and obey the commandments. We thank thee for the good son he is and for his commitment to do right.”
Do you think that persistent, righteous pattern of prayer bore itself in the spiritual DNA of our children? I testify that it has.
The prophet Nephi declared: “Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”21
Just six weeks ago I attended a stake conference in the Modesto California North Stake. In one of the sessions we heard a marvelous testimony of the righteous pattern of scripture study. Brother Tim Ogden, now a man in his 30’s with children of his own, spoke of his parents, Brother and Sister Keith and Kathy Ogden, now of Las Vegas, and of their powerful righteous pattern of studying the scriptures. He said the theme in their house was, “the lights don’t go out until a chapter is read.” He spoke of the diligence and patience of his parents in holding to this righteous pattern throughout all his young life. In a later conversation with Brother Ogden, he told me that by the time he arrived in the mission field he had read the Book of Mormon 20 times and had a great love for the scriptures. He said, “Maybe the first 15 times I only understood the basics, but the last 5 times were marvelous.”
No person can read the Book of Mormon 20 times and not know that it is the pure word of God.
Think of the patience of Brother and Sister Ogden as day after day, week after week, year after year, the righteous pattern of reading the words of Christ from the scriptures shaped their precious family. I know many of you have created this same pattern in your own homes.
Interesting, Brother Ogden said his father also read to them all seven volumes of the History of the Church. I asked him how that happened. He said, “We would sit down for dinner, my father would quickly eat his food and then open the History of the Church and read to us.” I thought, “That would require some patience from the children.”
Passion, persistence, patience.
I now turn to two important principles where our children and grandchildren are in great need of righteous patterns. I start with a quote from President Spencer W. Kimball given 28 years ago in 1980.
Many of the social restraints which in the past have helped to reinforce and to shore up the family are dissolving and disappearing. The time will come when only those who believe deeply” [sound like passion?] “and actively” [sound like persistence and patience?] “in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us.22
Now I read from a recent New York Times editorial written by David Brooks on June 10, 2008 called “The Great Seduction.”
The people who created this country built a moral structure around money. The Puritan legacy inhibited luxury and self-indulgence. Benjamin Franklin spread a practical gospel that emphasized hard work, temperance and frugality. Millions of parents, preachers, newspaper editors and teachers expounded the message. The result was quite remarkable.
For centuries, the United States remained industrious, ambitious and frugal.
Over the past 30 years, much of that has been shredded. The social norms and institutions that encouraged frugality and spending what you earn have been undermined. The institutions that encourage debt and living for the moment have been strengthened. . . .The most rampant decadence today is financial decadence, the trampling of decent norms about how to use and harness money.23
A New York Times article of July 20 quantified the national problem. I quote:
Just two generations ago, America was a nation of mostly thrifty people living within their means, even setting money aside for unforeseen expenses.
Today, Americans carry $2.56 trillion in consumer debt, up 22 percent since 2000 alone, according to the Federal Reserve Board. The average household’s credit card debt is $8,565, up almost 15 percent from 2000.
The nation’s savings rate, which exceeded 8 percent of disposable income in 1968, stood at 0.4 percent at the end of the first quarter of this year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
More ominous, as Americans have dug themselves deeper into debt, the value of their assets has started to fall. Mortgage debt stood at $10.5 trillion at the end of last year, more than double the $4.8 trillion just seven years earlier, but home prices that were rising to support increasing levels of debt, like home equity lines of credit, are now dropping.
The combination of increased debt, falling asset prices and stagnant incomes does not threaten just imprudent borrowers--[but] the entire economy.24
The word of the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants speaks loudly, “Pay the debt thou hast contracted…Release thyself from bondage.”25
President Monson has taught this principle emphatically and consistently. First, as a member of the First Presidency 22 years ago, he said: “Perhaps no counsel has been repeated more often than how to manage wisely our income. Consumer debt in some nations of the world is at staggering levels. Too many in the Church have failed to avoid unnecessary debt. They have little, if any, financial reserve.”26
Next, from 6 years ago: “We must learn to separate need from greed… We must not allow our yearnings to exceed our earnings.”27
From 3 years ago, as home values began to grow:
My brothers and sisters, I’m appalled at some of the advertising I see and hear advocating home equity loans. Simply put, they are second mortgages on homes. The promotion for such loans is designed to tempt us to borrow more in order to have more. What is never mentioned is the fact that, should one be unable to make this “second” house payment, one is in danger of losing his house.28
How prophetic for today. An article last week in the Deseret News pointed out that one in every 226 homes in Utah is in foreclosure. Utah is 14th in the nation in the percent of homes in foreclosure.29
Now–from 2 years ago at the peak of prosperity:
My brothers and sisters, avoid the philosophy that yesterday’s luxuries have become today’s necessities. They aren’t necessities unless we make them so. Many enter into long-term debt only to find that changes occur: people become ill or incapacitated, companies fail or downsize, jobs are lost, natural disasters befall us. For many reasons, payments on large amounts of debt can no longer be made. Our debt becomes as a Damocles sword hanging over our heads and threatening to destroy us.
I urge you to live within your means. One cannot spend more than one earns and remain solvent. I promise you that you will then be happier than you would be if you were constantly worrying about how to make the next payment on nonessential debt.30
These are prophetic warnings from the Lord! Many now wish they would have heeded President Monson’s words. Our children need a powerful pattern of righteousness in financial judgment.
One who left this to his children was President Gordon B. Hinckley. Let me quote from President Hinckley’s son, Richard.
“When I was a young man, my father counseled me to build a modest home, sufficient for the needs of my family, and make it beautiful and attractive and pleasant and secure. He counseled me to pay off the mortgage as quickly as I could so that, come what may, there would be a roof over the heads of my wife and children. I was reared on that kind of doctrine.
He then related this story:
When I was 12 years old, my father took me along to look for a new car. Nothing is more exciting for a boy than to shop for a new car with his father. Our car was old and well worn. On the outdoor lot of a car dealer was a brand-new 1953 Plymouth. It was just the ticket, my father thought. A four-door sedan at a reasonable price. After some rather intense negotiating, my father said, “Would you take $1,600 cash?” I was stunned. I didn’t think anyone in the world had that much money, let alone my father! The offer was accepted, and that car served us well until I returned from my mission over nine years later. When I turned 16, I learned to drive in that car.
A few years ago, my father reminisced about that car over lunch.
“That old Plymouth was a great car,” he said.
I reminded him that one of my friend’s fathers bought two cars in 1957, just four years after we had acquired the ’53 Plymouth—one was a Plymouth Fury, the other a Studebaker Golden Hawk. Both had big V-8 engines and were built to be fast! My friends and I took measure of a car in those days by just how fast it would go over Parley’s Summit, a long climb to a high point on the four-lane highway east of Salt Lake City.
Both of my friend’s cars could do 100 miles an hour over that summit,” I said, making sure my father understood that my friend had reported that to me and that I was not present to witness it.
Curiosity finally got the best of him. “What about the old Plymouth?” he said.
“Thirty-seven,” I reported, “in second gear.”
“Still, it was a wonderful car,” he said.
“It was a flathead six,” I complained. “It had no radio, no air-conditioning, no power windows, no power brakes, no power steering, no power seats, no power.”
“It never broke,” he said.
“It couldn’t,” I said. “It had no moving parts!”
“You didn’t suffer a bit,” he said. “And it was paid for.”
He had me. I hadn’t suffered, and I knew it was paid for because I had been there when he bought it and had watched him write out the check for $1,684, including taxes and license.31
Finally, I speak to a righteous pattern of protecting our spirits and the spirits of our children from the effects of a deteriorating media. I was struck by a statement given early last year in an address by President Packer to the BYU students. In speaking about Lehi’s dream, he commented, “Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building.”32
It was a new thought for me. “We are now living in the great and spacious building?”
Contrast that image with the Lord’s counsel and promise: “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven” (D&C 121:45).
A righteous pattern with the media will always mean less media and more oversight. In the most recent July Ensign, in the biography of President Henry B. Eyring, written by Elder Robert D. Hales, this story was told about Sister Eyring.
But even in a small, rural farm town, (speaking of Rexburg) Hal and Kathleen had to be vigilant. One of their concerns was the amount and quality of television programming that their sons watched. Henry J., the oldest son, recalls an experience that made a significant difference in the spirit of the Eyring home. [Henry is here today and could tell the story better than I.]
"My brother and I were in front of the TV one Saturday night around midnight,” says Henry J. “A tawdry comedy show that we shouldn’t have been watching was on. The basement room was dark except for the light from the television. Without warning, Mother walked in. She was wearing a white, flowing nightgown and carrying a pair of shears. Making no sound, she reached behind the set, grabbed the cord, and gathered it into a loop. She then inserted the shears and cut the cord with a single stroke. Sparks flew and the set went dead, but not before Mother had turned and glided out of the room.
Unnerved, Henry J. headed to bed. His innovative brother, however, cut a cord from a broken vacuum and connected it to the television. Soon the boys had plopped back down in front of the television, hardly missing any of their show.
“Mother, however, got the last laugh,” Henry J. says. “When we came home from school the next Monday, we found the television set in the middle of the floor with a huge crack through the thick glass screen. We immediately suspected Mother. When confronted, she responded with a perfectly straight face: ‘I was dusting under the TV, and it slipped.’ ”
President Eyring honored his wife’s wishes, the children honored their mother’s desires, and that was the end of television in the Eyring home. . . .
There is passion in this powerful pattern of righteousness, is there not? Elder Hales comments: “With no television in the home, family members had more time for each other and more time to pursue interests, develop talents, and engage in sports and other activities as a family.”33
Knowing the Eyring children, I can testify that this righteous pattern of appropriate media has sunk into their own personal spiritual DNA and is now moving into the next generation.
A few years ago Elder Ballard explained how a righteous pattern of appropriate media can be created to “minimize the negative effect media can have on our families.” Here are his seven points of counsel:
- We need to hold family councils and decide what our media standards are going to be.
- We need to spend enough quality time with our children that we are consistently the main influence in their lives, not the media or any peer group.
- We need to make good media choices ourselves and set good examples for our children.
- We need to limit the amount of time our children watch TV or play video games or use the Internet each day. Virtual reality must not become their reality.
- We need to use Internet filters and TV programming locks to prevent our children from “chancing upon” things they should not see.
- We need to have TVs and computers in a much-used common room in the home, not in a bedroom or a private place.
- We need to take time to watch appropriate media with our children and discuss with them how to make choices that will uplift and build rather than degrade and destroy.”34
Those specific suggestions were given by Elder Ballard five years ago. Those in the Church who followed them are creating a powerful pattern of righteousness.
Passion, persistence, patience. Let us create patterns of righteousness that will follow us through the generations.
Now, let me quickly address three thoughts that may have come into someone’s mind in the past few minutes:
First this thought, “Elder Andersen, you are speaking to parents, and I am single.” While our discussion today focused on passing righteous patterns to the next generation, we should not minimize the righteous patterns taught by all those around us. I know a single woman who lives in the East, whose personal example and influence has helped shape the lives of numerous family members and hundreds of young women who have passed through her responsibility. You could give me similar examples.
Two, “Elder Andersen, I should have done better when I was younger, but now I am older and it is too late.”
I once met a beautiful sister named Floripes Luiza Demascio in the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple. She was there with her daughter. The uniqueness of the mother and daughter was that the daughter was in her 70’s, and Sister Demascio was 114.
She had joined the Church at the age of 104, and every year since that time, she had traveled by bus 14 hours each way to work for a week in the temple. She took her daughter with her, and together they were establishing for the family a righteous pattern of temple attendance. It is never too late, and we are never too old.
Finally, “I have tried to establish righteous patterns, but I have a child who has totally rejected them. What good did it do?” We must keep a very long view on the effect of these righteous patterns.
I know a man who is about my age. His parents, now both on the other side of the veil, gave him many righteous patterns to follow. In his own words to his brother, “You followed the program of the Church and I did not.” Now many years have passed. He sees the fruits of righteous living in the life of his brother and sister. He sees their children, and he sees what the failure of keeping the commandments and establishing righteous patterns in his own life have brought to his children. This past Father’s Day, just June of this year, for the first time in many years, to honor his father and his mother, he attended Church. He is still finding his way, and the outcome is not certain, but there is no doubt that the righteous patterns that his parents set many, many years ago will one day take root.
Some years ago I was asked to visit with an elderly couple who were finding their way back to the Church after many decades of being out of the Church. I remember the instance very clearly because of the unusual element of the interview. I was to meet them after I had spoken in the Logan Tabernacle. As I waited in the office, I saw them coming down the hall, more than 80 years old, one in a wheelchair, both pulling oxygen tanks. They were both from the Logan area, had married and immediately decided that they would leave for California and leave the Church. Now, in the winter of their lives, they were finding their way back. Righteous patterns shown to them by their parents and grandparents were coming home.
I bear witness of the eternal impact of powerful patterns of righteousness. Powerful patterns of righteousness require passion, persistence, and patience. They call for the best within us, but the spiritual strength that will follow in the rising generation will bring joy to our souls.
I testify of the Savior, that He is resurrected, that He lives. His holy work was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. President Thomas S. Monson is His prophet today.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Proverbs 15:6
2. Alma 23:6-7
3. D&C 64:34-35
4. D&C 76:5
5. Matthew 5:6, 3 Nephi 12:6
6. 2 Nephi 9:18, 2 Nephi 9:14, 2 Nephi 9:18
7. Proverbs 15:6
8. See 1 Nephi 8:7-10
9. See 2 Nephi 31:6-10
10. See Alma 25:14, Ether 10:2
11. See Helaman 6:1
12. 1 Nephi 8:11
13. See Alma 34:36
14. 1 Nephi 8:12
15. 1 Nephi 8:12
16. The Family, A Proclamation to the World, September 23, 1995
17. New York Times, July 5, 2008
18. President Thomas S. Monson, Becoming Our Best Selves, Ensign (CR), November 1999, 18
19. Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting: Building Up a Righteous Posterity, Feb 9, 2008
20. See Inspiring Experiences That Build Faith: From the Life and Ministry of Thomas S. Monson, 107
21. 2 Nephi 32:3
22. Ensign, Nov. 1980, 4
23. New York Times editorial, David Brooks, “The Great Seduction,” June 10, 2008
24. “Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt” by Gretchen Morgenson, NYTimes.com, July 20, 2008
25. D&C 19:35
26. Thomas S. Monson, “Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare,” Ensign, September 1986, 3
27. Thomas S. Monson, “Peace, Be Still,” Ensign, Nov 2002, 53
28. Thomas S. Monson, “Constant Truths for Changing Times,” Ensign, May 2005, 19
29. Deseret News, July 26, 2008
30. Thomas S. Monson, “True to the Faith,” Ensign, May 2006, 18–21
31. Richard G. Hinckley, BYU Devotional Address 15 May 2007, Brigham Young University 2007–2008
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32. Boyd K. Packer, “Lehi’s Dream and You,” BYU Devotional Address 16 January 2007, Brigham Young University 2006-2007
Speeches© Intellectual Reserve, Inc
33. Robert D. Hales, “President Henry B. Eyring,” Ensign, July 2008
34. M. Russell Ballard, “Let Our Voices Be Heard,” Ensign, Nov 2003