14 March 2012

O so wise words.

"In our day, many children grow up with 
distorted values because
 we as parents overindulge them. 
Whether you are well-to-do or, 
like most of us, of more modest means, 
we as parents often attempt to provide 
children with almost everything they want 
thus taking away from them
 the blessing of anticipating
of longing for something they do not have.
 One of the most important things
 we can teach our children is to deny themselves.
 Instant gratification generally makes for weak people. 
How many truly great individuals do you know 
who never had to struggle?"
-Elder Joe J. Christensen, 1999

"Giving really is at the 
heart of our faith.
At this Easter time, we again commemorate that "God [our Heavenly Father] so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son," who came to the earth and could have possessed any material thing but rather chose to give to all of us an example of a simple life free from any shade of greed, selfishness, or overindulgence. May we strive daily to live more like He lived, the ultimate example of a life of depth and meaning."
-Elder Joe J. Christensen, 1999