June 13

Amended Popular Sayings:

Ten pennies saved is a penny tithed.

Two missionaries are better than one.

A spoonful of sugar helps the food storage go down. (Latter-day Saint Wit and Wisdom, by David J. Brown, p. 26)

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Little Justin was saying his prayers one night, and as his mother tiptoed near his bedroom door, she heard him say, “Please bless Jeremy that he will stop hitting me. You might remember that I have mentioned this before. Well, he is still doing it.”

Orson F. Whitney: I am reminded of another story, told by the famous temperance orator, John B. Gough, in a lecture delivered at the Salt Lake Theater many years ago. He was speaking about the practice of simplifying the Bible for the study of children. “Children,” said he, “understand much better than we give them credit for. Let them read the Bible, just as it is; they will understand it.” To illustrate the point, he told of two little boys, Johnny and Billy, who were engaged in conversation. Johnny was seated on the doorstep, whittling a stick, and Billy had just caught a fly. He came with it to Johnny and said, “What a funny thing a fly is. See what lots of legs he’s got, and every time I blow on him he buzzes.” Then he remarked, “I wonder how God made him.” The great orator remarked, “Many a learned man has asked the same question, and could not answer it.” But Johnny had an idea of how God made the fly. “Well, Billy,” said he, as he whittled away. “God don’t make flies like men make houses. When He wants flies, He just says, Let there be flies: and then there is flies.” (Conference Report, April 1911, 50) (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 41)

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J. Golden Kimball: Our Eternal Father, the Ruler of the Universe, is working for his children daily. He is rolling up the sun of morning, making wheat and fruit and vegetables grow; keeping our hearts and lungs going; and carrying water from the ocean and sprinkling it over the land. In short, he too goes on loving again and again as long as we live, and he too finds joy in service to his children, who are thankless and unappreciative most of the time...Jesus took time to heal the sick, to talk with the heart-weary, to comfort the discouraged...and it was not counted as wasted time. (J. Golden Kimball, His Sermons, December 1891-April 1938, edited by Bonnie Taylor, 292)

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Mission Mania  , p. 71