July 7

You are probably a descendant of a Pioneer if:

On a hard journey, you wend your way with faith.

You have a statue of a seagull in your garden to keep the crickets out.

Your middle name is Brigham.

(Latter-day Saint Wit and Wisdom, by David J. Brown, p. 43)

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Hugh B. Brown: We are reminded of the young bride who, on her wedding day, said to her mother, “I am the happiest girl in the world. I have come to the end of all my troubles.”

And the wise mother replied, “Yes, my dear, but you don’t know which end” (Conference Report, Apr. 1963, 6-7).

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Years ago Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, was visiting with a young man who was just about to complete his full-time missionary service. “When you get released Elder,” said Elder Kimball, “what are your plans?”

“Oh, I plan to go back to college,” said the elder, “then I hope to fall in love and get married.”

Elder Kimball offered this wise council: “Well, don’t just pray to marry the one you love,” said the apostle. “Instead, pray to love the one you marry” (Ensign, May 1995, 64).

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If the people who sleep in church were laid end to end, they would be a lot more comfortable.

(Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 139)

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J. Golden Kimball: “Now, as I have said, I waived certain rights when I became a member of this Church. I waived the right to sin. I had my agency and individuality, but as long as I am a member of this Church, I waive the right to sin, to transgress. When you joined the Church, you also waived the right to do a great many things. You have no right to break the ten commandments, have you? You have no right to be dishonest. You have no right to be immoral. You have waived all those rights. You have waived the right to break the Word of Wisdom. And in many other things we have waived our rights, and sometimes I feel muzzled when I wrestle with my nature and human weaknesses. You know there is no other man just like me in all Israel, and probably you are glad of it. I have a pretty hard time wrestling with myself...some people become self-righteous in their own estimation, because they keep one or two or more commandments. Then they commence to exercise ‘unrighteous dominion’ when they find a transgressor in the Church.” (J. Golden Kimball, His Sermons, December 1891-April 1938, edited by Bonnie Taylor, 93)

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