'Try a little harder to be a little better:' New Year's encouragement from Mormon leaders

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8 2014 9:47 p.m. MST

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"Try a little harder to be a little better."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Have a Work to Do," May 1995.

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Ethel
Home Town USA, UT

Great wisdom. Pass It ON!

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Where performance is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates."

President Thomas S. Monson

Does this mean the church is going to start reporting to us regarding where our contributions are going and whom they are benefitting?

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

These are very lovely and encouraging. So is Joel Osteen...

But the true source of Power is in God's Word, for the total package, according to Hebrews 4:12,13.

All else can be changed, modified, reversed. (And they have been...)

"But The Word of the LORD stands forever." All of Psalm 119!

WRK
Riverton, UT

To 1aggie: they already do.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@WRK

If what you say is true, then for the calendar year 2012 how much cash was received in contributions, how much was expended (on exactly what) and how much cash received in 2012 remained on hand at the end of the year (and what was it invested in)?

The Scientist
Provo, UT

I have changed by learning things I did not know before. I have developed skills and knowledge that gave qualified me for lucrative jobs and advanced degrees. I have changed, grown, developed, improved, and experienced the wonder of it all.

And no god was ever involved, nor "faith" and belief in such a being.

Change is part of being human, and is not the unique province of religion or deities.

cassandove
Tampa, FL

@OnlytheCross - Joel Osteen also makes money from his teaching of what he believes to be the Word of God, which is against Biblical teachings, as Jesus Christ Himself explained when he rebuked the money-changers in the temple of Jerusalem. Also, devout Latter-day Saints believe in the teachings of Psalm 119... And there is more of God's Word to be had than just in the Bible. More witnesses of Christ are a beautiful thing.

@1aggie - It's just money. Better to spend it to help bring to pass righteousness than to spend it in frivolity or idolatry or idle hobbies and minds.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@cassandove

"It's just money. Better to spend it to help bring to pass righteousness than to spend it in frivolity or idolatry or idle hobbies and minds."

The whole point here, cassandove, is we don't know what it's being spent on. Couldn't an extremely high-end shopping mall, for example, be considered frivolity or idolatry?

Dana the Barbarian
Merced, CA

Those who can't do, tell others how to live.

lledwards38
Canandaigua, NY

Is there any way the DN can publish these so I can print them all?

justamacguy
Manti, UT

"And no god was ever involved, nor "faith" and belief in such a being."

It kind of interesting that you did all those things with the stuff God created, but you claim he wasn't involved.

God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.”

God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human being, say, a male human being.”

The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam.

“Fine” says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.”

“Whoa!” says God, shaking his head in disapproval. “Not so fast. You get your own dirt.”

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

@cassendove- No, not true. Money changers had nothing to do with Christ's mandate to "give a double portion" and provide for the overseers of His Church (universal). That's in the New Testament, the original untouched one. Even the JST affirms those verses.

I agree that "more witnesses of (the true) Christ" is a good thing. Does the Lord warn of false Christs? Yes, so we want only witnesses of The Real Jesus. No polygamous, polytheistic ones, right?

And if there are more of God's accurate, bonafide Word outside of the Bible, no one told the theologians, historians, archeologists or the History Channel...

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

To my point: Every quote here is pure humanism, not a single reference to God, or the indwelling Holy Spirit giving believers the necessary power to 'be better', be successful, 'be anything you want'.

From a purely Biblical perspective, these quotes are on par with an encouraging Joel Osteen- a great cheerleader for humans, but who rarely quotes and feeds God's Word to his audience:

To paraphrase part of Paul Harvey, when you leave out "the rest of the story", you don't have His Story. Lovely, encouraging, humanistic.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

@The Scientist - If your existence began at birth, then what you say is true. If you, as a spirit, were nurtured by a loving Father in Heaven for eons prior to your birth, then you are continually drawing from the potential that was developed in that interval.

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