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Guidelines for a happy and fulfilling life, from Elder George I. Cannon of the Seventy


Elder George I. Cannon served in the Quorums of the Seventy from 1986 to 1991.  Elder Cannon was a grandson of both Heber J. Grant (the seventh president of the Church and Elder Abraham H. Cannon (a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles).  He was also a great-grandson of Elder George Q. Cannon.  Elder Cannon was well-known for his captivating smile.  Elder Cannon shared the following tips on living, which he entitled, “Guidelines for a fulfilling and happy life, from one who has been there.”

  • Have faith in and follow Jesus Christ.
  • Love and listen to your spouse: have a second honeymoon at least once a year.
  • Take time to teach and enjoy your children; they are a lot more important than a clean house and yard.
  • Buy only that which you can afford; don’t envy others.
  • Seek and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
  • Be a ‘bebiggler’ and not a ‘belittler’.
  • Be a helpful and concerned neighbor.
  • Listen to good music, read good books, engage in stimulating conversation.
  • Be a participant, not just a spectator.
  • Don’t expect perfection of anyone until you have achieved perfection yourself.
  • Make a contribution to your work or an assignment you accept.  Work is a blessing and not a curse.
  • Be an honest person.
  • Plant pansies every spring and get your hands into the soil.
  • Own a popcorn popper and an ice cream freezer, or something the entire family can enjoy together.
  • ENJOY BEING ALIVE!

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