Elder L. Tom Perry addresses the topic of traditions

Recalling the strong theme of traditions in the well-known production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to students of the Orem Institute of Religion of the importance of good traditions and a balanced life. He delivered his address during an assembly held Friday, Jan. 15, in the LDS institute building that serves students at Utah Valley University.

Elder Perry spoke of one tradition his parents had for each of the children in their family. At the age of 1, each child would be placed on the opposite side of four objects in a room. There was a toy, a bottle, a book of scripture and a money bank. They would then watch to see which one of the objects the child picked up first, indicating a reflection of what the child would later become in life.

Elder Perry chose the money bank, later becoming a financial executive. His younger brother, Ted, selected the scriptures and became a lover of reading, and a lawyer by profession. His other brother, Bob, chose a combination of all four of the objects, representing his ability to be well-balanced in many aspects of life.

Using the objects in the Perry family tradition, Elder Perry gave four examples of living a balanced life.

The first example he used was the bottle, representing physical health.

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