Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Must Read: Standing for Something

The "Must Read" I've chosen for March is Standing for Something by Gordon B. Hinckley. This is a wonderful book that highlights ten virtues that can heal this troubled world we are living in. We are a nation in crisis and the solution to our problems lies within our families and faith. Whatever you faith, these are solid principles to build your life upon.
The Ten Virtues
The Lodestar of Life
"Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasms of bitterness."
Where There Is Honesty, Other Virtues Will Follow
"In our day, those found in dishonesty aren't put to death, but something within them dies. Conscience chokes, character withers, self-respect vanishes, integrity dies. How cheaply some men and women sell their good names!"
Making a Case for Morality
"Both experience and divine wisdom dictate that moral virtue and cleanliness pave the way that leads to strength of character, peace of mind and heart, and happiness in life."
Our Fading Civility
"Civility carries with it the essence of courtesy, politeness, and consideration of others. All of the education and accomplishments in the world will not count for much unless they are accompanied by marks of gentility, of respect for others, of going the extra mile."
Learning: 'With All Thy Getting Get Understanding'
"No matter how old we become, we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it. We can grow and progress and improve — and, in the process, strengthen the lives of those within our circle of influence."
The Twin Virtues of Forgiveness and Mercy
"Hatred always fails and bitterness always destroys. Are there virtues more in need of application in our day, a time marked by litigious proceedings and heated exchanges, than those of forgiving, forgetting, and extending mercy to those who may have wronged us or let us down?"
Thrift and Industry: Getting Our Houses in Order
"I commend to all the virtues of industry and thrift, which I believe go hand in hand. The labor and thrift of the people make a nation, a community, or a family strong. Work and thrift make the family independent."
Gratitude: A Sign of Maturity
"Gratitude is the beginning of civility, of decency and goodness, of a recognition that we cannot afford to be arrogant. We should walk with the knowledge that we will need help every step of the way."
Optimism in the Face of Cynicism
"My plea is that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort."
Faith: Our Only Hope
"Great buildings were never constructed on uncertain foundations. Great causes were never brought to success by vacillating leaders. Faith has always been, and always must be, at the root of any meaningful practice and endeavor."

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this book. I've given it away as a wedding present a couple different times.