Several young couples in a collage ward were having a combined family home evening lesson on finances. To emphasize the importance of budging, Brother Ward wittingly said, “It’s nice to have the highest standard of living in the world---too bad we can’t afford it.”
Later he commented, “Every time a family gets a little bit ahead financially---it usually discovers something it hadn’t needed previously.”
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At the end of November 1919, the first temple outside the continental United States was dedicated by Heber J. Grant in the Hawaiian Islands. After the dedication, President Grant returned to Salt Lake City with something on his mind.
He asked his secretary to call Brother Fetzer in. Fetzer had designed and built all of the furniture in the new temple. When he arrived, President Grant began:
“We have a problem.”
“It’s the U-shaped chairs in the Hawaiian Temple. You should have measured the, uh, posteriors of the sisters in Hawaii before building those chairs. A number of times I saw women get wedged in---tight!---they actually lifted your chairs with their, uh, posteriors when they stood up.”
Upon hearing news of the furniture fiasco, Golden confided to a friend, “I’ve made plenty of blunders in my life, but never one that big. I feel for Brother Casper Fetzer. There’s no way those chairs can stay in the Hawaiian Temple. All you can do is make bigger chairs. One thing is for damn sure: Nothing else is going to get any smaller.”