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Things I have learned since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Jim Young

Things I have learned, by Jim Young, March 2001 — some whimsical, some profound, some prophetic, but all are true!

  1. Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.  (Amos 3:7)
  2. He lives!  He is the great ‘I am’, not the great ‘He Was’  (Joseph Smith and Neal A. Maxwell)
  3. Weary the Lord with your prayers.  He will answer them.  The only time he doesn’t is when you already know the answer.  (Joseph Smith)
  4. Repentance does bring forgiveness.  (Spencer W. Kimball)
  5. The Lord will still be pleased if you are the only one you save in your lifetime.
  6. The looketh not upon a man’s or woman’s countenance, but upon the heart.  (Samuel)
  7. Obedience is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  (Samuel)
  8. You can pay tithing and still prosper.
  9. Marriage is ordained of God.
  10. Little children are innocent.  (Book of Mormon)
  11. We have a Mother in Heaven.  (Eliza R. Snow)
  12. Service is its own reward.
  13. There is life after a mission.
  14. A stake center is not a restaurant.  (Instructions to priesthood leaders)
  15. All of life’s questions can be answered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  16. Hell is a state of mind all of us have visited.  Why would we want to live there?
  17. We should not cast our pearls before swine.  (New Testament)
  18. The Garden of Eden is in Missouri.  (Joseph Smith)
  19. Angels do not have nor do they need wings.
  20. There is not in existence any original manuscripts from which the Bible was translated, so why do we struggle over the validity and vicinity of gold plates?  It requires as much faith to believe in the one as in the other.
  21. Any righteous man can learn to love a righteous woman.
  22. There is life after fasting.
  23. Bread cast on water always comes back to you.  (Be generous in your fast offerings)
  24. Crosses are symbols of the dead Christ.  We worship the living Christ.  If anything, it is the empty tomb that is our symbol and the source of our hope.  (Our lives, well lived, are the best symbol)
  25. We are a restored church, not a reorganized one.  The original is good enough for me.
  26. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written, every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.  (John the Beloved)
  27. All living things have spirits.  Therefore, all dogs do go to heaven.
  28. All labor is dignity.
  29. The solution to poverty is tithing.  Test the Lord’s promises.  (Gordon B. Hinckley)
  30. Families can be together forever.
  31. Baptism for the dead is not baptism of the dead.
  32. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ do not have horns and most prefer only one wife.  The ones that don’t have horns and are not members of the Church.
  33. A religion that is easy and requires little of us, does not have power sufficient to save us.  (Joseph Smith)
  34. There is indeed wisdom in the Word of Wisdom.
  35. Teach a child in the way he should go and though they may stray, they will nto entirely depart from it.  (unknown prophet)
  36. Every member a missionary.
  37. They are the twelve apostles, not the twelve opossums.  (Kids say the darndest things)
  38. Sin never was happiness.
  39. After all that we can do, it is His grace that saves us.
  40. Faith without works is dead.
  41. Living is death, and dying is life.  It is a journey, not a destination.
  42. Nothing worth doing is completed entirely in our lifetime.  (Reinhold Niebuhr)
  43. There were elephants in ancient America.  (Book of Ether)
  44. The greatest work we will ever do is within the walls of our homes.  (various prophets)
  45. It is not a question of whether or where we serve a mission, but when.
  46. Fourteen-year-olds can still have visions, dream dreams, and experience miracles.
  47. Earth was once a heaven and will be again.
  48. There is gender inequality in the Church.  I have to hold the priesthood to enter the temple, but women do not.  Go figure!  (Note: if Mary Fielding Smith, widow of Hyrum, mother of Joseph F. and grandmother of Joseph Fielding, could bury her murdered husband, have faith sufficient to follow an unschooled carpenter from Vermont, walk with her children 2000 miles across the most rugged terrain and awful conditions on this continent, anoint, lay hands on and heal a dying ox, and live on to see this desert blossom as a rose, is anything impossible for you?)
  49. Today His plea is not “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  It is “Father, forgive them for they do not what they know.”  (Gordon B. Hinckley)
  50. I am a child of God.  (Naomi W. Randall)
  51. Priesthood is power.
  52. All that I can do, is all that I can do.
  53. I am unable to find chocolate in the Word of Wisdom.
  54. The Bible is true as far as it is translated correctly.
  55. Ensign is the lowest commissioned rank in the Navy.
  56. This is the “right” place.  (Brigham Young)
  57. I know the gospel is true because my heart tells met hings my mind cannot comprehend.  (Marion G. Romney)

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