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December 8, 2023

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Jennifer YoungOctober 29, 2019

Love, love, love this. We've always had the sleep on it rule, but the 72 hr. rule is even better, and using it with people and feelings, not just stuff, is so wise! Thank you for sharing.

Alece ReynoldsOctober 27, 2019

This reminds me of an impulse purchase we made one day of a musical instrument. We were attending a craft's fair in Salt Lake and one vendor had a display of beautiful wooden African slit drums -- something which I had wanted for years, which ranged from relatively inexpensive ones costing about fifty dollars to the most expensive ones, which cost over three hundred dollars. The artist carefully played each one, and it was easy to hear the difference between the 50 dollar instrument and the three hundred dollar instrument while they were being played next to each other. We eventually bought the three hundred dollar instrument because its sound was so much superior to the cheaper one. However, once we got it home, and no longer had the cheaper instrument to judge its superior tone by, we realized that we could have purchased the fifty dollar instrument and would have been just as happy with it as we now were with our very expensive instrument. Interestingly, because of this experience, we have been prompted NOT to make such a mistake again on numerous occasions as we just ask ourselves, when in a similar situation, "Is this another three hundred dollar African slit drum?" Our experience has only helped with impulse purchases, so this Sister's experience is even more valuable, but because they are similar, I can definitely see the value of the 72 hour rule for more important decisions!

Shauna FarnsworthOctober 23, 2019

I loved this article! In a time when we as a society have gotten so used to getting whatever we want whenever we want it on credit, this advice is invaluable! We will be discussing this as a family! Thanks you for sharing!

Candace J BarrowsOctober 23, 2019

Wonderful article. I love how it not only deals with purchases but also feelings!

KokoOctober 22, 2019

Such an excellent article! I'm internalizing this and sharing with my children and siblings. Thank you!

NiaOctober 22, 2019

Im grateful to learn such great advice.

Charles DefranchiOctober 22, 2019

Wonderful article, so simple but so wonderful. One important detail: it's not only the 78-hour wait that makes the difference, but the very fact that we are thus able to make space for the Spirit to change our perceptions and soften up your hearts if needed. Something so simple but so powerful, maybe the key to making my life and relationships - at 66! - better than they have ever been.

Chris DOctober 22, 2019

Great Council. While you received this wonderful timely advice, your article comes at a very timely point in my life. I have just become unemployed and am in debt more than I should be. While I struggle with my bad decisions from my past, this will help me to make better decisions going forward. Thank you and Heavenly father for bringing me this Message. God Bless

Kathy HansenOctober 21, 2019

I loved this article. I only wish I had known about the 72-hour counsel given when I was young. I am going to share this with my family.

GTOOctober 21, 2019

I think we bought that set of books! Great advice. Thanks.

Jane HyteOctober 21, 2019

I really loved this counsel . I’ve lived by the 24 hour wait but not 72 hours . I can truly see the wisdom in waiting. I’m so grateful for this publication!

Thom HallOctober 21, 2019

As one of the 8 grown children of the author, I can attest to the frustration this policy engendered growing up when I wanted something really badly. I can also share of the repeated benefit I have seen when it has been followed in my own life. Sometimes the simplest of principles can have the most profound long-term effects.

HalOctober 21, 2019

Thank you for this article. I have tried to follow the "24-hour rule" and still ended up making financial and emotional decisions that I regretted. This is a good reminder that I always need a three-day "cooling-off" period before making purchases and letting my emotions run away with me.

Wayne M SantOctober 21, 2019

This is a great story that should be added to the Church's self-reliance materials at

Rich BowermanOctober 21, 2019

Great article, great advice. Thx for sharing!

LexaGraemeOctober 21, 2019

Wise counsel, indeed.

Joan ClarkOctober 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing this powerful lesson. The 72 hour rule is inspired.

Haze KompelienOctober 21, 2019

This Stake President gave advice we should all take to heart. As a 65+ woman married over 40 years, I can look back at my life and see the many times I wish I had received this same counseling as a young married. Things would have been better for us.

Ann-MarieOctober 21, 2019

Excellent counsel! Thanks for your examples of how faithful you were in following it!



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