Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Personal Creed

On Sunday we  had a lesson that seemed like a great way to apply the gospel in my life and not just talk about it. That's what I love about the lives of the prophets and  general authorities. It's the gospel in action. Sort of like life time resolutions instead of goals for just this year. I like it because it focuses on not just "doing" but also "being", or doing something that would lead to being something.  I started writing my personal creed this week but promptly lost the rough draft so I'll have to start again.  There will be at least one sentence that has to do with this concept:

Good mother are available, great mothers are engaged, happy mothers enjoy their children.

This is beautiful so I'm sharing it with you.

From the Life of George Albert Smith

When he was 34 years old, George Albert Smith made a list of resolutions that he called his “personal creed”—11 ideals that he committed to live by:
“I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor.
“I would visit the sick and afflicted and inspire in them a desire for faith to be healed.
“I would teach the truth to the understanding and blessing of all mankind.
“I would seek out the erring one and try to win him back to a righteous and a happy life.
“I would not seek to force people to live up to my ideals but rather love them into doing the thing that is right.
“I would live with the masses and help to solve their problems that their earth life may be happy.
“I would avoid the publicity of high positions and discourage the flattery of thoughtless friends.
“I would not knowingly wound the feelings of any, not even one who may have wronged me, but would seek to do him good and make him my friend.
“I would overcome the tendency to selfishness and jealousy and rejoice in the successes of all the children of my Heavenly Father.
“I would not be an enemy to any living soul.
“Knowing that the Redeemer of mankind has offered to the world the only plan that will fully develop us and make us really happy here and hereafter, I feel it not only a duty but also a blessed privilege to disseminate this truth.”
Those who knew President Smith declared that he truly did live by his creed.

For the full lesson click here.


  1. I miss being in RS...thanks for sharing!

  2. Alana, congrats your your new baby girl, she is beautiful! That quote about good, great and happy mothers is amazing! I want to have that quote in every room of my house to remind me to enjoy my children. Who said it? Where is it from? Thank you for sharing it!