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“Serve the Lord with Gladness”

I had been on my mission in Taiwan only a few months when Sister Newton was preparing to return home. Several sisters were visiting with her on the eve of her departure, and someone asked, “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned on your mission?” After a moment’s reflection, Sister Newton replied, “I’ve learned about the joy of serving the Lord. If I’m called to be the light-bulb changer when…

“My Soul Delighteth in Plainness unto My People, That They May Learn”

Nephi said, “My soul delighteth in plainness unto my people, that they may learn” (2 Nephi 25:4). He later explains that “after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men” (2 Nephi 31:3). The Lord truly does work according to plainness. Plain means pure, clear, uncomplicated, honest, simple, and without ornamentation (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, s.v. “plain”). Sometimes in the worldly scope of things plain…

Joy Cometh in the Morning

Our daughter, Emily, was in the hospital in another state caring for her two-month-old baby, who had an upper-respiratory infection, and her two-year-old, Ella, who had come to visit her little sister. It had been a difficult five days for Emily. Her husband was in the middle of final exams in a rigorous graduate program. Two children under two years of age is a large enough challenge under the best…

Her Calling—Her Blessing

Do you know who you are, little child of mine, So precious and dear to me? Do you know you’re a part of a great design That is vast as eternity? Can you think for a moment how much depends On your holding the “Iron Rod”? Your life is forever—worlds without end— Do you know you’re a child of God? Do you know where you’ve been, little child of mine?…

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