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May 18, 2022

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Susan PorterAugust 18, 2013

I find this article one of the most insightful I have ever read! I think we as LDS people are definitely more prone to think as the world does, the more toys the better, and more people will "like you" and want to associate with you strictly because you have money and worldly possessions. This is so against everything we know to be true as Latter-Day-Saints. The Lord doesn't care about what you have or what social strata you are in, he cares about who you are in relationship to Him. Thank you so much Joni!

Pamela SmithAugust 15, 2013

Your remarks remind me of a wise teacher who asked the question, "Do we worship the Created OR the Creator?"

MarieAugust 15, 2013

I agree with you. I learnt to stop spending. The Ensign pubished an article in a February a few years ago about the humanitarian service into third world countries and supplying wheel chairs to those very poor who cannot afford them. I looked at what I would want to buy and what I have in possessions and now I think of these people before I buy anything. I only buy absolute necessities, with the motto, wear it out, do without. Sister Sheri Dew spoke a few years ago that we are here to do the Lord's work and not go on 'shopping tours'. Both my husband and myself have now involved ourselves in family history and temple work, after all, that work is more important than anything else and we love it. But we have learned this for ourselves. A desired caravan trip around our country was cancelled as this would take us away from what we can do in redeeming the dead. I might add that our savings is increasing for us to help others with. Thank you for your wonderful article

AlAugust 15, 2013

Thank you, Joni! These last couple of months I have had this nagging feeling in me. I could not put my finger on it until one night during my prayers, I asked the Lord to help me look around to find people to serve. My family and I have been "blessed" to enjoy material things. More than some and less than others. Unfortunately, this has proven to be a distraction. Thank you for the words of truth! Many of society's woes can be attributed to this "more is better" attitude!

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