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Grateful for hard times? Wealth is not the reward for righteousness

In my last column, I mentioned that there's a stanza in Emily H. Woodmansee's poem "As Sisters in Zion" that I wish we could add as a fourth verse in the next edition of our hymnbook:

The Lord hath established the cities of Zion,

The poor of His people are trusting in Him,

He makes us a source for His poor to rely on;

Oh! shall we not brighten the eyes that are dim.

This verse is a reminder that Relief Society was founded as a part of the spirit of consecration, that it was charged with taking care of the poor and providing for those who were building the temple.

But this is a matter for all the Saints, not just for the sisters.

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