Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thrift and Industry

We live in a time of uncertainty.

This post is part of a series of favorite quotes from a book I've been re-reading entitled, "Standing for Something" by, Gordon B. Hinckley. If you would like to view other quotes from this book click on the label, "Standing for Something". Great book! I highly recommend it!

I found this chapter very encouraging to me because my husband is attending school full time and trying to support a family of 6 on less than 30 hrs. a week. He has a grant that helps with tuition but doesn't cover all of it and certainly doesn't pay our rent and other bills. He forked out almost $1,000 for just his books alone. The ever increasing gas and grocery prices don't help the situation very much either. But amidst all of this I am happy to say we are completely free of debt.

Here are some quotes from chapter 7 of "Standing for Something":

"I believe in the gospel of work. Work is the miracle by which talent is brought to the surface and dreams become reality. There is simply no substitute under the heavens for productive labor."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"Children who are taught to work and to enjoy the fruits of that labor have a great advantage as they grow toward maturity. The process of stretching our minds and utilizing the skills of our hands lifts us from the stagnation of mediocrity."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"Nothing of real substance comes without work. Nothing happens in this world until there is work. Our pioneer forebears could never plow a field by turning it over in their minds."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"The labor and thrift of the people make a nation, a community, or a family strong. Work and thrift make the family independent.... Bankruptcy generally is the bitter fruit of debt, over extension, and uncontrolled appetites. It is a tragic culmination of a simple process of borrowing more than one can repay. I deplore waste. I deplore unnecessary and uncontrolled extravagance. I value thrift. I believe in temporal prudence and conservatism."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"Seductive advertising strives to persuade us that we deserve to have it all and to have it now, regardless of the cost. There is a lack of self-discipline and financial self-control that promises future doom."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"The time has come to get our houses in order. Too many people are living on the very edge of their incomes or beyond.... There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed."- Gordon B. Hinckley
"Ours is a wasteful generation. Our pioneer forebears lived by the motto: "Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Today, the obsession with riches cankers and destroys and leads to irresponsible financial decisions."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"We would do well to look to the condition of our personal finances, to be modest and prudent in our expenditures, to discipline our purchasing and avoid debt to the extent possible, to pay off the debt quickly, and to free ourselves from the bondage of others."- Gordon B. Hinckley

"May we set our houses in order. If we have paid our debts, if we have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about our heads, we will have shelter for our families and peace in our hearts."- Gordon B. Hinckley


Tony said...

I would just like to thank you for this post. I have actually just recently started working at what is my first job, and am so appreciative of the late president Hinckley's counsel on that wise.

Alicia said...

Thanks for taking the time to always read my posts. Best wishes for your first job! I'm sure you will do great.