October 18

Family Home Evening is never boring when little children attend. This particular time, everyone took turns talking about spiritual matters. When it was three-year-old Kimmie’s turn, she wanted to talk about the premortal life, Looking at everyone solemnly, she said, “I used to be a princes before I came here.”

She paused and shook her head from side to side, causing her auburn hair to flounce. Then she repeated it with added emphasis. “I used to be a princess before I came here . . . but now I’m just a problem!” (Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, p. 2-3)

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God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will never die! (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 276).

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There was a family of seven young sisters in Salina [Utah]. They were extremely close. The youngest caught pneumonia and died. The whole family was stricken by this tragic loss. The sisters were inconsolable.

In planning the funeral, the parents wrote Uncle Golden and asked him, as an old family friend, to be the principle speaker. Golden accepted.

He drove to Salina on the appointed day. When he walked into the crowded chapel, he was greeted by the parents but none of the daughters. Golden asked where they were, and the father said they were still at home, unable to pull themselves together. Golden told them not to begin the meeting until he returned.

He walked to the family’s home. He found the daughters in the living room in a mournful and weeping state. He offered his condolences to each of them and as he left, he paused at the door and said, “May I give you sisters some advice? I would suggest you wash your faces, put on a little makeup, comb your hair and get into your best dresses. Otherwise, the congregation down at the chapel will think the pretty one died.” (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 106-107)