For example, scientists can look at the rings of trees and make educated guesses about climate and growing conditions hundreds and even thousands of years ago.
One of the things we learn from studying the growth of trees is that during seasons when conditions are ideal, trees grow at a normal rate. However, during seasons when growing conditions are not ideal, trees slow down their growth and devote their energy to the basic elements necessary for survival. Have you ever been in an airplane and experienced turbulence? The most common cause of turbulence is a sudden change in air movement causing the aircraft to pitch, yaw, and roll.
While planes are built to withstand far greater turbulence than anything you would encounter on a regular flight, it still may be disconcerting to passengers. What do you suppose pilots do when they encounter turbulence? A student pilot may think that increasing speed is a good strategy because it will get them through the turbulence faster. But that may be the wrong thing to do. Professional pilots understand that there is an optimum turbulence penetration speed that will minimize the negative effects of turbulence.
And most of the time that would mean to reduce your speed. The same principle applies also to speed bumps on a road. Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.
This is a simple but critical lesson to learn. When stress levels rise, when distress appears, when tragedy strikes, too often we attempt to keep up the same frantic pace or even accelerate, thinking somehow that the more rushed our pace, the better off we will be.
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One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate, regardless of turbulence or obstacles. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. Because they unnecessarily complicate their lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives.
It is said that any virtue when taken to an extreme can become a vice. Overscheduling our days would certainly qualify for this. There comes a point where milestones can become millstones and ambitions, albatrosses around our necks. The wise understand and apply the lessons of tree rings and air turbulence. They resist the temptation to get caught up in the frantic rush of everyday life. Elder Dallin H. These core doctrines and principles, though simple enough for a child to understand, provide the answers to the most complex questions of life.
There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions. Through the process of running marathons, Sister Elaine Dalton, Young Women general president, has learned that a long-distance race closely parallels life itself. Speaking to women of all ages, Sister Dalton explains how virtue is a vital component in the Believe and You're There Vol.
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Filled with excerpts from speeches, books, recordings, histories, and periodicals, this book features appropriate humorous pieces The Daffodil Principle. It is more than virtuous living. It is living as Christ lived and being as He is. It is more than niceness. It is what we are to become. It is a great goal for us. It is Christlike charity; it is a Christlike quality. Charity is a purifier. It is the Atonement working in us, purifying us, changing us. It is covenant keeping at its purest. It requires repentance and change.
A hundred years ago when the general Relief Society presidency selected the motto for Relief Society as Charity Never Faileth , they knew what they were doing. This motto was distilled by women who had been taught by Joseph Smith and understood the purpose of Relief Society. Joseph taught and taught and taught this more excellent way to the sisters. He taught them about becoming holy and using this organization to learn how to become like the Savior. It is becoming like the Savior, utilizing the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
We will always have opposition. We are a compound in one. Eve knew this and she chose mortality and experienced opposition. She led in her family and rejoiced in knowing that her trials would perfect her. Life is difficult. I now say I do hard things! Faith is how the Lord heals us and strengthens us. With strong faith the Lord can heal and strengthen us and help us accomplish this mortal experience.
We will have happy days and we will have difficult days, and the Lord can heal us. He can heal us from our faults and our failings and change us. The Prophet Joseph Smith put the sisters in the position to receive all the gifts, blessings, and privileges that come under the direction of the priesthood. It is His power to create, to bless, to lead, to serve as He does. The priesthood duty of every righteous man is to qualify for the blessing of holding that priesthood and trust for the Lord so that he can bless his family and those around him. And I will say the priesthood duty of sisters is to create life, to nurture it, to prepare it for covenants of the Lord.
Sisters and brothers each have every ordinance, every gift, and every blessing available to them to get back to our Father in Heaven, and no one, male or female, is left outside of those blessings to qualify for exaltation. There is a unity in the council and the covenant that is required us to get there. Neither the man nor the woman can ascend without the other. We are inseparably connected in that way. I understand how special women are. I understand how special men are. We become what the Lord wants us to become. Home is where the Lord expects the priesthood to work best. When brothers and sisters mutually are responsible to protect and maintain and value the power of the priesthood, the keys of the priesthood and priesthood covenants and blessings, then we will be truly achieving something.
The first priesthood covenant we make is baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We teach that to children, and it is honored and kept in our youth, looking forward always to the covenants found in the temple. Pay attention and listen and look and learn and feel and understand what is happening, and the blessings and the gifts of the priesthood that come through the covenants and ordinances of the gospel.
Young women are prepared in Young Women to receive temple covenants. Relief Society was given the responsibility to firm up that maturity and get women prepared for the temple. Joseph Smith gave that assignment to the Relief Society, and it has never been taken away from them. It is one of the major responsibilities of the Relief Society, to prepare young women and women for temple covenants.
Recently I reviewed what the [Church] handbook says about Young Women and members preparing for the temple. However, they may receive limited-use recommends. Such eligibility is determined individually for each person, not by using routine criteria such as reaching a certain age or leaving home for college or employment. That is our goal for every woman. We learn from reading the Doctrine and Covenants that in the ordinances of the gospel, the power of godliness is manifest.
We have those ordinances of baptism and the Holy Ghost, of conferring of the priesthood for men, of the endowment and the sealing, and there is a power of godliness that comes to each of us in each of those ordinances. That power is our goal, and the Lord has promised that. The Holy Ghost is a precious revelator that is given to all faithful women and men, and this teaches us to know and do what we need to do. Recently I reviewed this Primary song. That is your responsibility, sisters, to help your home be a home that is blessed every hour by priesthood power.
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And I hope as it becomes available to you, that the power and strength of these things will settle upon your hearts and that other lessons the Lord has to teach you personally will emerge in your study. It is bigger than knowing I am a child of God. Relief Society is a restoration or a bringing back of an ancient pattern and practice of discipleship.
Relief Society on a general and local level has a president, and a president is a spiritual leader of an organization that has set purposes and work to do. We are to increase our faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those who are in need. In the future it is going to require strong leadership from all women. It is the Atonement of Jesus Christ in action in our lives. It is becoming as He is. It is a life-changing and life-saving quality.