As years and experience have gone by, I have come to feel that one of the most important ingredients for a happy life--a life of joy, contentment, hope, and peace--is gratitude.
Can you remember hearing the phrase "enough is enough" in your life? Maybe we don't use it as much as we once did, but I can remember hearing it quite a lot when I was younger. It usually meant, "Stop it! Quit it!" We'd be quarreling or screaming or throwing silverware or whatever, and Mom would say, "Enough is enough!" What might that little phrase mean in terms of "stuff and things"? To have enough is to be satisfied. It's a point at which you consciously realize you have what you need, and you stop wanting, working, and whining for more.
Remember the way it's expressed in the Lord's prayer? "Give us this day our daily bread." Enough. Sufficient. And if there is an extra loaf, we will share. To never get enough of what you don't need brings a desire to keep acquiring and accumulating. In such a state, you never feel you have sufficient (probably because what you do have is not bringing satisfaction and contentment). You can never get enough of what you don't need because what you don't need never satisfies.
What Is Luxury?
If you're like me, you can rationalize why you have so many or so much of something (shoes, fabric, tools, coats, or whatever). "I save these boxes because I've lived in places where I didn't have any." Ha. That's an excellent reason to keep so many things around. Sometimes I say to myself, "Self, having this many things is not helping one single other person on the planet! Get a life!"
President Packer is a spiritual giant. These memes showcase just a few great lessons he has taught across the years compiled from his latest book, In Wisdom & Order.
We love President Packer, and love learning from him even more. After picking up a copy of In Wisdom & Order--a compilation of his very best conference addresses, mission presidents' seminars, and other speeches given over the past five decades--we simply had to share some of the great insights he's taught us, a la meme for easy sharing:
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, here are some interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln and his dealings with Mormons.
On November 19, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered what would become one of the most famous speeches in American history: the Gettysburg Address.
One of three known photos of Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863.
You might have missed what went on in "Mormondom" last week, but we've put together our list of "5 Must-Read Stories" for the week of November 9-15 so you don't miss a beat.
1. Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines
Over the past week the news lines have been busy with stories and updates on the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The monster storm hit last Friday, November 8th, and by Monday all missionaries impacted were declared safe and accounted for. Tacloban and the Tacloban Mission were hardest hit, and now the 204 evacuated missionaries from that area are being temporarily housed near the Manila Temple. These missionaries are waiting to either be reassigned, or if they were near the end of their mission, most likely to return home a little early. Haiyan did not leave enough time for complete preparation by local mission authorities, but Tacloban missionaries were well taken care of, moved to secure areas, and provided with 72-hour kits before the storm. They were generously provided with necessities by other missionaries and the Church after the traumatic storm left them near destitute.
Even Primary children know the iconic angel Moroni statue goes on top of their pictures of the temple, but when was the last time you actually stopped to look at it? Is Moroni actually holding something in his left hand? Is the statue made of fiberglass or bronze? Read on to learn 10 things you didn’t know about the angel Moroni statue.
2. Cyrus E. Dallin, the sculptor of the first modern angel Moroni statue, was not a Mormon. Dallin claimed not to believe in angels, but at his mother’s urging he accepted the commission and designed the first angel Moroni, which stands on the Salt Lake City Temple.
3. There are six different angel Moroni designs. The most common Moroni design was created for President Hinckley’s revolutionary small temples. It stands atop 74 temple spires.