Gil and DeLoa Reed’s Family: A Whimsical Family Gathering

  • DeLoa
  • Marjorie
  • Daryl
  • Marcy
  • Johnny
  • Tommy
  • Elizabeth
  • David
  • Dylan
  • Noah
  • Jim
  • Jerry
  • Jody
  • Bill
  • Joel
  • Andrew
  • Ben
  • Paul Stevenson
  • Gil
  • Van

[00:00:00] DeLoa: M A G I N. You look like a witch. See that? I got M A G I N. That was Marjorie. Marjorie? I don’t know. I thought Daryl was Marjorie. Over he goes. Over he goes. Marcy? That’s a paw, Johnny. Darryl? You can’t touch me. I don’t know. I’m gonna write a letter to Tommy. Don’t sing

[00:00:38] Elizabeth: trumpet now, Tony. Wait, do pigeons eat squirrel soy?

[00:00:47] DeLoa: It’s a little bright in front of you. It’s Tommy’s low life.

You must know if there’s any more pepper. What do you think that is right there? Wash me mouth out. So we run down some. Um,

[00:01:14] David: it’s pretty, you know, here it is. So pretty. I, yeah,

[00:01:17] DeLoa: it like that needed that I’ve been, I almost didn’t it today. Oh, I’m glad you did. I.

[00:01:31] David: Show them the other one.

[00:01:32] DeLoa: Show them the other one.

Thank you for coming. Are Dylan and Noah coming down as well? He is waiting to open his present.

[00:01:50] David: That’s sick. Cars run over

[00:01:52] DeLoa: it. Look at your thumb, Jim. Look No, I didn’t. He wants to open his. He didn’t open his for you today. But he didn’t? There was no hiding it back there. Dad! Dad! Hey, Jerry, do you have that drone in your booth? Don’t, don’t, don’t! Not at me! You’re a liar! You know you love being on that thing, don’t you?

You had some faces at yourself today, you and Joel. I can’t wait until Friday. Get down, Andrew. Not that way. What did you do, babe?

[00:02:43] David: Okay. Jody and Jim, can we record this?

[00:02:46] DeLoa: Oh, is it working

[00:02:48] David: here

[00:02:52] DeLoa: on my throat?

[00:02:54] David: Andrew, get off the table

[00:02:56] DeLoa: Andrew. Start over. Get down.

Oh, you smile at him and he’ll do it a lot faster,

[00:03:04] Elizabeth: Bill.

[00:03:06] DeLoa: He does it, you know. Oh, he loves it. Look at that. Yeah. Oh. Oh, now. Oh, boy. I know what this is. You do? He’s a rabbit. He’s a rabbit. He

[00:03:29] David: won’t let me do it.

[00:03:30] DeLoa: Here, come here and show me too. What does it do? See this thing right here? It, um, Oh, the Pendulart! Oh, that’s awesome.

What does it do now? Oh, Oh, neat. Look at the cross it makes on the side. That’s beautiful. Oh, it makes the sun. Oh, that is neat. That’s great. How fun. Oh, you sure know how to down a present. That’s great. I love that. This is you. Hi, David.

This is just what I really wanted. I’ve always wanted. The thing is that it was, you know.

[00:04:30] David: Okay, darling. Tell them the gift.

[00:04:35] DeLoa: Just what you need. Go on. Come sit by me. Oh dear. How come Jimmy can’t do it? I am. Because he doesn’t want

[00:04:44] David: the camera pointing at him. Joel. Come down here next to Mom.

[00:04:48] DeLoa: Did you turn it back in there? I did. Look at you. You’re a fat mug. How did we rate this? I don’t know. I can’t. Oh. I, I. It’s

[00:05:04] David: dripping. Well. How did you guys rate this?

[00:05:08] DeLoa: Yeah, that’s what I want to know. Why do we race? Mom, your other one?

[00:05:12] David: How come they’re

[00:05:12] DeLoa: getting in? Ha ha ha, did you hear that, babe? Did you hear

[00:05:17] David: that? What’d he say? Mom, your other one. Ha

[00:05:19] DeLoa: ha ha ha. Hee hee hee hee

[00:05:23] David: hee. Oh, sorry, Jodi.

[00:05:25] Elizabeth: That’s okay. He doesn’t come. He’ll get down the street with it on their shoulder.

All right, that one deserves dual credit. It is the one you carry, Ben. Oh, wow. Wait, wait, wait. It is. It is. What is this? What

[00:05:37] DeLoa: is this? Does this mean? Just be joking. Straight. What does this mean? Tape to tape. I can record tape to tape with this? Yep. Are you kidding? What?

[00:05:46] David: I said of course.

[00:05:47] DeLoa: Come on. Come on. Oh, that is.

[00:05:53] David: At least it says you can. I hope you can.

[00:05:55] DeLoa: Well, what does it say, Kim? I guess that’s what that means. Continuous play. That means tape to tape. Oh, continuous play, tape to tape. One tape. And then the next one will play. I guess you have to record from one to the other. Oh, can’t you? Oh, it’s just tape. He knows all about that.

It’s just tape. When we went up to your place, I said they had one tape. Oh, no. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s like, I don’t know, it looks weird. Wait. Don’t drop it.

[00:06:26] David: Don’t drop it.

[00:06:28] DeLoa: Don’t drop it. Don’t drop it. All we need is fractions.

[00:06:43] David: Jerry? Jerry?

[00:06:52] DeLoa: You have a dirty face. Don’t be rude to my son. You have a dirty face. Have you ever washed your face? What’s he got in his hand, Gil? All Jerry’s things. He’s got your things in his hand. Uh, have you got something to give to him? Give him something instead.

It worked. What have you got, Andrew? What’s that?

You know you’ve been done, huh?

Want a bit of my drink? I’m getting really tired. No, this is tremendous. Oh, I think I’m gonna go outside the table or something. I don’t know. I don’t know. Hey! Jared, hurry! Jared! Jared! Jared! Oh, that is a neat looking little thing. Look at my tail. It’s so compact, too. Look at that. Stop!

[00:08:02] David: They couldn’t decide where to put them, so they just scattered them

[00:08:06] DeLoa: around town like that.

Hi. Gee, look at that. That’s neat. What have you got? Now this is Jerry’s stuff, okay? Where’s your toys? Come on, I’ll find your toys. Come with me. Let’s go in Mommy’s bedroom. Mommy’s bedroom. It’s just here. Let’s follow the tuner over there and look in. Okay, we’ll wait for like just a minute. There

[00:08:30] David: must be a cord some place.

[00:08:34] DeLoa: Okay, I’m fine. I’m going to find it. It must be in there. In

[00:08:38] David: the box?

I dropped it. I

[00:08:48] DeLoa: dropped it. Oh, I see. Can

[00:08:52] David: you tell me where it’s kept?

[00:08:55] DeLoa: In a tree.

No, no, it’s not over. It’s going to be like this. Yeah, I need you to start it over. Wait, so these are Huh? Where? Oh, sure. Frank! Now, we need a slide of hits? Jared! You know what? When you go away, he takes over! Okay, we’ll put this in the trash can. You’re gonna throw it. Oh, but not it. Gerard, go put this in the trash in the front row, please.

And then he can have her on his tail, too. No! Give that to Gerard, Ian. I’m sure. And then we’ll Well, where did that come from? This? This was one of the items. What about getting a jigsaw puzzle? I think that’s great for Enjoying. You can duplicate them all. Look.

She’s had her dad do something a lot of pain for her. Now all I need to know is what kind of

[00:10:30] David: cake she’s

[00:10:32] DeLoa: eating. Uh

[00:10:35] David: huh, it is, it

[00:10:38] DeLoa: does. No, you can’t, yeah, you can’t do

[00:10:41] David: it. But even if

[00:10:43] DeLoa: you can’t, it’s probably not half the time. Who’s got a knife then?

Uh, sorry? Dad! Dad! I can have it? Let’s take a little picture

[00:11:14] David: of it.

[00:11:15] DeLoa: Let me do it! Don’t you

[00:11:17] David: have the same thing? Where’d you get

[00:11:22] DeLoa: that? Oh, I was craving ice cream. Where’s

[00:11:27] David: the instruction

[00:11:28] DeLoa: book? This is the tape she got me.

[00:11:31] David: Oh, I mean, you are a music taker.

[00:11:33] DeLoa: So cute! But that’s very cute. That’s very nice. Yes it is.

You’re trying to patronize me and I like it. Your turn! I’m losing. Oh, I can’t. You just lost your tape! You know where that one was! Well, it’s in the bedroom somewhere. We have plenty of tape. What do you want, Van? Let’s see. Where’s the um, plug? Yeah, I’m gonna get you some overskates now. Right over here, Van.

Oh, great. You know what? Is there a knife or a sharp instrument anywhere? Excuse me, in here? Andrew, let’s That’s right. Um, here you go. Oh, it’s all right. I’ve got something below. Thank you. This way. Shoe shop.

That’s fine. That looks like a good

[00:12:23] David: one. Right over here. On the floor. Um, Paul Stevenson.

[00:12:34] DeLoa: I’d

[00:12:34] David: like a set playing recorder to operate. I need a set of high quality bands. Do you mind loading these on the

[00:12:41] DeLoa: head of the ride?

[00:12:43] David: I need one of those too.

[00:12:44] DeLoa: Oh, you’re not doing P. U. now, are you? What,

[00:12:50] David: Gil? How does this

[00:12:52] DeLoa: go down, Gil?

[00:12:53] David: It’s

[00:13:00] DeLoa: gonna flip down, Pa?

[00:13:01] David: Tonight.

[00:13:21] DeLoa: I’ll read this back and find out. Beeping sound. Stains good reproduction. Can’t wash your dishes. Head should be

[00:13:33] David: cleaned after 10 20 hours of use.

[00:13:37] DeLoa: Dad!

[00:13:41] David: If there is slack in the tape, remove it before inserting the targage. All right!

And lots of other tips.

[00:13:53] DeLoa: Some tips, some tips. It’s

yours. It’s Andrew’s. Put that over there for Jarosz. Put that piece over there for Jarosz. Now let’s put your portal pieces in. Take them all out. Oh, well, you know, when I curled it for a couple of weeks, it was It’s, it’s, it’s just me. Now do you know where to go? Where can you push him? You know, you push him back.

So when I’m up in here, what do I do? Go ahead and add a little force. And then, and I have a little spring. Very good! No matter what I try to do, I can’t. Good! You did that once, now. She, she’s doing that wrong, don’t! Stop pushing it up. Anyway, um, I got a little bit of uh, Why do you want one of those that doesn’t have anything on it?

Do you want to start recording? It records.

[00:15:20] David: I

[00:15:21] DeLoa: think I can go another little while. Uh, you can do it if you want to. Long term, and then, Take it just a little bit, and then leave it drawn. And you can at least lock it up. Can I put the crotch in it? Sure. That’s, that’s different though. Yeah, well, the things that are the fashions.

Um, you know, it really isn’t. Because I have to I have to get up and wash them every day if they haven’t been fashioned. Those days I can always go, you know, and I used to just wash them.

Gil and DeLoa Reed’s Family: Conversations and Moments

  • DeLoa
  • Jody
  • Jim
  • Gil
  • David

[00:00:00] DeLoa: Let’s go down and have Jody open here. Okay, the two 80.

He didn’t get the one.

Save one for you. Thank you, dad. Something’s leaking here. Is it? Yeah, again, it’s all wet, totally wet around her. What can we do about it? So let her, Jody and Jim. Okay. And then we’ll go from there.

Somebody at the front door.

How come this is spun like this? Won’t these kids knock it over? Yeah, that’s what it is.

Gil and DeLoa Reed’s Family: Festive Tunes and Heartwarming Moments

  • Ian
  • Meagan
  • Marcy

[00:00:00] Ian, Meagan, and Marcy: Jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. Hey! Jiggle bell, jiggle bell, jiggle all the way. All the way back into one, and one over this way. Hey! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells all the way.

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. Hi, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. I was a little mouse and I see Popcorn poppin on an apricot tree Bean hat poppin at a set fire Bustin the nose of a pie I find I could make a handle and make a tree A popcorn pie that smells so sweet And that’s just where we go Better thing to be, parkin parkin on a pop tree.

And I did it. I did it. I did it. I did it. She did it. I did it. See, just work long enough and you’re going to get it. This is for, uh, pardon. I know, I know. Use this for this. This for this. And. Okay. Do you think he’s saying good? I thought you knew. Oh, yeah. It’s up there. Oh, Did you call me to sing again? Did you call me to sing again?

He said, come here, I’ll sing, Grandma. I’ll sing Pomp and Circumstance. Oh, I do. That was great. Wasn’t it? Darling, I hope it worked. Where’s my beanie? I sang that out for too many people. Where’s my nice beanie? Everything boils down to money, doesn’t it? Everything boils down to money. Your penny got stuck?

That’s a shame, isn’t it? And you sang so well.

There. And you did it! Now that, all that battle just feel precious. It’ll be worth the hour and a half it took us to get it. Should we watch it real quick? Yes, of course. Oh, and somebody can have some bears. Or we can do


Gil and DeLoa Reed’s Family: Singing Together

  • Meagan
  • Deloa
  • Ian
  • Jody
  • Marcy

[00:00:00] Meagan: Did I sing it? I don’t know. I don’t know. What? I don’t know.

[00:00:15] Deloa: I know it. I don’t know. Watch the bandage on my leg. I looked out

[00:00:32] Meagan: the window and what did I see?

[00:00:36] Deloa: Let’s get her where she doesn’t keep her legs clomping on. Okay, Ian. Here, get down with the bear, and watch Aunt Julie, and let’s do popcorn now. And the bear is going to do it with you.

So, little doggie. Okay. Sit

[00:00:58] Meagan: down with the little doggie. Sit down. Megan and Ian. Ian and Megan. Sing loud

[00:01:04] Deloa: for Megan, please. Megan, keep your feet down. Marcy,

[00:01:09] Meagan: come up here. He will. Let’s all stand

[00:01:12] Deloa: up, okay? Sit out on the edge of the couch. Come on, sit right on the edge of the couch there. That’s right.

Get out there. So you can sing it. You can Popcorn.

He wanted to do popcorn. So let’s do popcorn. Then you can do . Here we go. We’re gonna practice. Right. Okay. I looked out the window and what

[00:01:42] Meagan: did I see? Popcorn popping on the acorn tree. She has brought in my surprise. For melting in the palm of my eye. I couldn’t guess. I’m gonna make a tree. I’m gonna make a tree.

I’m gonna make a tree. I’m gonna make a tree. I you know that


Gil and DeLoa Reed’s Family: Family Moments and Joyous Laughter

  • Gil
  • Jody
  • Elizabeth
  • David
  • Logan
  • Marcy
  • Meagan
  • Jason
  • Jared
  • Ian
  • Andrew
  • Aidan
  • Joel
  • Amber
  • Percy Walker
  • Nathan
  • Jim

[00:00:00] Jody: Wait a minute. He, he loves it up there because of the scenery as much as anything.

Listen, listen to her little note. Okay, can you hear it? She said, Oh, how I enjoy my cozy little castle in the sky. Now did you say that is your castle in the sky? You hear that, Elizabeth? I read that. I’m so glad, I’m so glad. Pay attention, David. I’m so glad this place was available, and you allowed me to share this part of your home with this glorious mountainside to enjoy.

I feel very blessed. You can’t imagine where I live. Nature is showing miracles. Oh, Lord.

[00:00:52] Gil: You’re welcome.

[00:00:53] Jody: I’ll tell you what. It’s amazing. Sit down and I’ll get it under me. I’ve never seen Jingle Bells before. You’re kneeling away. Do you know how Jingle Bells go, Marcy? Sit down. Sit down, Marcy. Well, Marcy doesn’t want to be in it.

That’s all right.

We’ll just, we want to see Megan, and Ian, and Andrew. Don’t they look cute? Oh, they’re kissing underneath the rug. Maybe she’ll see her in there at home, if you don’t mind. Aidan, look at the TV. Look at the TV. What should we sing? If I sit here, am I out of the way? Okay. What should we sing? Marcy. Hey! What’s a fun song to sing?

Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells? No, sit down and be on TV. You’re pretty face on there, look. Get up on the couch so we can see you in there, too. We want to see that. Marcy, look. She doesn’t like cameras. She doesn’t like grandma’s cameras. No, I just can’t handle this game. He gets up there with a hand closed his mouth and sits on the couch.

Andrew! Come on, honey. Come on. Stop. Why don’t you, come here, take it

[00:02:35] Gil: off while I’m back for a bit. Hey, I didn’t have

[00:02:39] Jody: to get too quick, baby.

[00:02:40] Gil: Okay,

[00:02:43] Jody: go. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.

Yes, it’s not gonna work. Let’s think of something else.

Hm, I think you could use a two and Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle bells, jingle bells Hold still just a minute, because they want to see if they can see your brown eyes. Megan knows it really well. Can you see your brown eyes now, Uncle David? Megan, say a poem for the kids. Say a poem for the kids.

Jingle bells. Okay, Megan’s gonna sing Jingle Bells for us. Okay. I see. You have to get your feet down, Logan. Don’t do anything to it. Why this is spinning. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. It’s spinning. It’s spinning. It’s spinning. It’s spinning. It’s spinning. It’s spinning. Um, it’s just that you are over here, but you have got nothing like this to do.

Look, I’m moving out of the way. I’m not going to the gym. Remember it’s supposed to be that way. Mommy, look it. Oh yeah, that’s better. Look, the left foot is on the right foot. Side right. And right. That is on a left side. Andrew. What? Is it fun? Andrew. Andrew. Look at daddy. Hi. Hi Andrew. so much. Bye. Bye. Bye.

Bye. Bye. I can’t get Jason to run to the campsite, so hopefully we can get him right here. We have to get the colors and then we have to turn the TV off. Because they’re all so Amber is not doing very well today. Amber is not doing very well today. We stopped that. You guys have got to get a better plan.

Wait. I think you need to get a better plan. Are you guys cooking? Hello. Did you make the little scroll thing? The pill. Cute. That would be cute to have a whole train of them. Uh, Percy Walker here. She had four legs and a ring, three of those in here, and that’s what it was. And she had a whole sheet of music going along like that, like rhythm, and then she had a score of music kind of like that.

I’ve always, different, I’ve always looked at one in, uh, Oh, in Superfect’s house. Across her mom’s place, in the place where they sit next to each other. And she has an arrangement, and then she has Her arrangement in the middle, with paper, with scrolls of music, sheet music there. Beautiful. How about getting a little closer?

Get some nice close ups, Nathan. Here, Jim. Get a good one.

Not very long. What about your kids, too? Where’s Andrew? Well, I got Andrew and Ian real good. A choo choo train. A choo choo train. That’s cute. Ian, tell Marcy what that train does. It flies. It flies. It flies. Doesn’t it make any noises? Yes, it does. What kind of noise? Whoo hoo! He’s on his whim. Whoo! Whoo! Whoo Hoo!

There’s Andrew! Hello Andrew! Can you wave? Andrew I turned TV off.

Oh no, don’t pull him back. So go ahead and let the TV on, and then do what you’re doing, okay? Even if the, uh Give him what there’s in it. Hey. Hey. Hey. Megan, help him with his hair. Hi. Hi. Hey kids, play nicely. I want her to turn it off. Pull it back so we can see what they’re doing.

No, don’t do that. You need to move it that way a little bit. Oh, here we go. Is that in focus more? Isn’t that in focus? You need to get a little bit closer. You don’t have too much scowl. A little more makeup. There you go. How’d you like being the only Indian? And when there’s all these cheats around, huh?

We’re all the same. Hey, can you undo some of that?

Ian? Sit on the couch so Uncle Jim can take a picture of you and Marcy. No. Okay. Wait, is it Mom’s restroom? That’s mine. What else do we want to do? Um. Do we want to force Joel and Jared over here now? Are you having a good time again? Is that going backwards, David? Should that be going backwards? You’re not running that, are you?

Yeah. Oh, don’t, don’t.

Let me have a look at that, Megan.

You can also do the zoom, man.

Dad, the Dog and the Rabbit

We had a rabbit that we kept up on the hill.
It was early in the morning. A German Shepherd dog got the rabbit. My Dad, Gil, ran out of the house with a rifle and tried to catch the dog. He jumped over the wall and tried to shoot the dog in order to save the rabbit.

Cancer Updates

A week ago Thursday Mar 2, 2017, I had a tiny skin lesion biopsied on my right index finger. Last Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 the results came back as Malignant Melanoma. While Malignant Melanoma is the #1 killer of all the different skin cancers, Sara and I felt very blessed and glad that we heeded the prompting to go in right away and our awesome family doctor, did not hesitate in doing the biopsy.  Continue reading “Cancer Updates”


1. “But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer,and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophesy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with the power and authority of God.”

Thomas S. Monson, Come All Ye Sons of God, April 2013 General Conference

2. “Usually such references as are made are associated with some particular occasion or in connection with attempts to receive communications from God, as was the case of the fasting of Moses and Elijah.”

Howard W. Hunter, Fast Day, October 1985 General Conference

3. “Without prayer, fasting is not complete fasting; it’s simply going hungry.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, The Law of the Fast, April 2001 General Conference

4. “The fast also helps us to feel humble and meek so that the Holy Ghost may more easily be our companion. By our fast, we both keep our covenant to care for others and we prepare to keep our covenant to bear testimony.”

Henry B. Eyring, Witnesses for God, October 1996 General Conference

5. “Fast and allow your children to fast once a month before the meeting in which they will partake of the Lord’s Supper, hear others bear testimony, and perhaps themselves feel prompted to testify.”

Henry B. Eyring, A Legacy of Testimony, April 1996 General Conference

6. “A fast offering is at least the cost of the two consecutive meals from which we fast each month. By not eating these two meals, we draw close to the Lord in humility and prayer and also participate in anonymous giving to bless our brothers and sisters all over the world.”

Robert D. Hales, Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually, April 2009 General Conference

7.  “We don’t know much about the Mormon church, but we have learned a great deal about our friend; and we are fasting for him today.”

Thomas S. Monson, Building Your Eternal Home, April 1984 General Conference

8.  “I always marvel as I study the principles the Lord has designed for us to follow how simple they are in concept, how easy they are to administer, and how compliance always brings forth additional blessings.”

L. Tom Perry, The Law of the Fast, May 1986 General Conference

9. “From Malachi we read: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. … Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” 

Thomas S. Monson, Be Thou an Example, October 1996 General Conference

10. “The law of the fast has three great purposes. First, it provides assistance to the needy through the contribution of fast offerings, consisting of the value of meals from which we abstain. Second, a fast is beneficial to us physically. Third, it is to increase humility and spirituality on the part of each individual.”

L. Tom Perry, The Law of the Fast, May 1986 General Conference



The Sabbath Day

1.”Part of it was knowing that I was well on the Lord’s side of the line. Another part was the feeling that Satan’s influence was farther away. Mostly it was the reinforcement received by the spiritual power which was generated. We had the rich feeling that the spiritual “fullness of the earth” (D&C 59:16) was ours, as promised by the Lord in section 59 of the Doctrine and Covenants.”

2. “I would counsel all students, if they can, to arrange their schedules so that they do not study on the Sabbath. If students and other seekers after truth will do this, their minds will be quickened and the infinite Spirit will lead them to the verities they wish to learn.”

James E. Faust, The Lord’s Day, October 1991 General Conference

3. “As we consider the pattern of the Sabbath and the sacrament in our own lives, there appear to be three things the Lord requires of us: first, to keep ourselves unspotted from the world; second, to go to the house of prayer and offer up our sacraments; and third, to rest from our labors.”

4. “Brothers and sisters, in the latter days the adversary succeeds when we relax our commitment to the Savior, ignore His teachings in the New Testament and other scripture, and cease to follow Him.”

5. “When Sunday morning arrives, help them to be well rested, properly dressed, and spiritually prepared to partake of the emblems of the sacrament and receive the enlightening, edifying, ennobling power of the Holy Ghost.”

L. Tom Perry, The Sabbath and the Sacrament, April 2011 General Conference

6.  “No son was ever taught more effectively by his father than I was on that occasion. My father not only knew the truth—he lived it.”

Thomas S. Monson, Becoming Our Best Selves, October 1999 General Conference

7.”The Lord has given the Sabbath day for your benefit and has commanded you to keep it holy. Many activities are appropriate for the Sabbath. Bear in mind, however, that Sunday is not a holiday. Sunday is a holy day.”

Thomas S. Monson, That We May Touch Heaven, October 1990 General Conference

8. “This is the time we are to attend our regular meetings together, study the life and teachings of the Savior and of the prophets.”

9. “Other appropriate Sunday activities include (1) writing personal and family journals, (2) holding family councils, (3) establishing and maintaining family organizations for the immediate and extended family, (4) personal interviews between parents and children, (5) writing to relatives and missionaries, (6) genealogy, (7) visiting relatives and those who are ill or lonely, (8) missionary work, (9) reading stories to children, and (10) singing Church hymns.” 

L. Tom Perry, The Importance of the Family, April 2003 General Conference

10. “But not all great music nor all popular religious music meets the special criteria of the sacred music of worship, of the Sabbath, of revelation.”

Boyd K. Packer, Reverence Invites Revelation, October 1991 General Conference



1. ” A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God.”

Thomas S. Monson, Obedience Brings Blessings, April 2013 General Conference

2. “Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can understand more fully the breadth and depth of healing provided by His Atonement because we have the fullness of His doctrine. We realize that what He has willingly done with immense suffering and sacrifice will affect us not only in this life but throughout all eternity.”

3. “Your understanding of the Atonement and the insight it provides for your life will greatly enhance your productive use of all of the knowledge, experience, and skills you acquire in mortal life.”

4.  “The Church is important, but it is in the home where parents provide the required understanding and direction for children. It is truly said that the most important callings in time and eternity are those of father and mother. In time we will be released from all other assignments we receive but not from that of father and mother.”

Richard G. Scott, He Lives! All Glory to His Name!, April 2010 General Conference

5. “Instead, he spent time with me and helped me understand not only the what of my assignment and new responsibility but, much more important, the why.”

6. “Applying priesthood doctrine will qualify us as husbands, as fathers, as sons who understand the why of the priesthood and its power to recapture and secure the beauty and holiness of eternal families.”

7. “Guided by the Holy Spirit, we will learn from our mistakes. If we stumble, we will rise. If we falter, we will go on. We will never waver; we will never give up.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Why of Priesthood Service, April 2012 General Conference

8. “Funny thing about assumptions—they can cut away the very roots of something that could flourish and grow if given a chance. I am forever grateful that assumptions were cast aside.”

9.  “At the same time, there may be those who move into our neighborhoods who are not of our faith who come with negative preconceptions about the Church and its members. Surely good neighbors should put forth every effort to understand each other and to be kind to one another regardless of religion, nationality, race, or culture.”

10. “I now speak to all those who are not of our faith. If there are issues of concern, let us talk about them. We want to be helpful. Please understand, however, that our doctrines and teachings are set by the Lord, so sometimes we will have to agree to disagree with you, but we can do so without being disagreeable. In our communities we can and must work together in an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and civility.”

M. Russell Ballard, Doctrine of Inclusion, April 2001 General Conference





1. “The expressed gratitude by one merited the Master’s blessing; the ingratitude shown by the nine, His disappointment.”

2.  “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.” 

3. “The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.”

Thomas S. Monson, The Divine Gift of Gratitude, October 2010 General Conference,org

4. “He taught them that none of us is above another because we are all dust, to which God has given life and then sustained it.”

5. “The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude.”

6. “You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude.”

Henry B. Eyring, Remembrance and Gratitude, October 1989 General Conference

7. “Gratitude is also the foundation upon which repentance is built.”

8. “Through expression of prayerful gratitude and thanksgiving, we show our dependence upon a higher source of wisdom and knowledge—God the Father and his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are taught to “live in thanksgiving daily.” (Alma 34:38.)”

9. “Gratitude is a state of appreciation, an act of thanksgiving, which causes us to be humble because we recognize an act of kindness, service, or caring from someone else which lifts us and strengthens us.”

Robert D. Hales, Gratitude for the Goodness of God, April 1992 General Conference

10. “One of the advantages of having lived a long time is that you can often remember when you had it worse. I am grateful to have lived long enough to have known some of the blessings of adversity.”

James E. Faust, Gratitude is a Saving Principle, April 1990 General Conference


1.  “He (Satan) uses addiction to steal away agency. According to the dictionary, addiction of any kind means to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependent on some life-destroying substance or behavior.” 

2. “Satan knows how to exploit and ensnare us with artificial substances and behaviors of temporary pleasure. I have observed the impact when one struggles to win back control, to become free from destructive abuse and addiction, and to regain self-esteem and independence.”

3. “I’m not questioning prescription medications for those suffering with treatable illness or great physical pain. They are indeed a blessing. What I am saying is that we need to carefully follow the doses prescribed by doctors. And we need to keep such medications in a safe place where youngsters or anyone else cannot gain access to them.”

M. Russell Ballard, O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One, October 2010 General Conference

4.  “Its grasp is so gradual. Enslaving shackles of habit are too small to be sensed until they are too strong to be broken. Indeed, drugs are the modern “mess of pottage” for which souls are sold. No families are free from risk.”

5.  “The importance of the will in making crucial choices must be known. Then steps toward relief can follow.”

6. “Choose to Exercise. Exercising the body and the spirit will aid in the climb toward recovery. Appropriate physical activity helps to combat depression, which so often accompanies addiction.”

Russell M. Nelson, Addiction or Freedom, October 1988 General Conference

7. “And for both debt and addiction, the hopeful solution is the same—we must turn to the Lord and follow His commandments. We must want more than anything else to change our lives so that we can break the cycle of debt and our uncontrolled wants.”

8. “We must remember that the adversary knows us extremely well. He knows where, when, and how to tempt us. If we are obedient to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can learn to recognize the adversary’s enticements. Before we yield to temptation, we must learn to say with unflinching resolve, “Get thee behind me, Satan”

9. “In seeking to overcome debt and addictive behaviors, we should remember that addiction is the craving of the natural man, and it can never be satisfied. It is an insatiable appetite.”

Robert D. Hales, Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually, April 2009 General Conference

10. “Consequently, we should abstain from anything that would keep us from fulfilling the Lord’s purposes for us, whereby the blessings of eternity may hang in jeopardy. We are in this life for the spirit to gain control over the body rather than the other way around.”

James E. Faust, The Power to Change, August 2007 Article

Mental and Physical Illness

1. “All of us benefit from the transcendent blessings of the Atonement and the Resurrection, through which the divine healing process can work in our lives. The hurt can be replaced by the joy the Savior promised.”

2. “It is through repentance that the Lord Jesus Christ can work his healing miracle, infusing us with strength when we are weak, health when we are sick, hope when we are downhearted, love when we feel empty, and understanding when we search for truth.” 

James E. Faust, Woman, Why Weepest Thou? October 1996 General Conference

3. “Recently I talked to a sister who was in the psychiatric unit of a local hospital. She shared with me her sorrowful journey from complete mental and physical health, a wonderful marriage and family, into mental illness, debilitating health, and the breakup of her family—all of which started with the abuse of prescription painkillers.”

4.” I’m not questioning prescription medications for those suffering with treatable illness or great physical pain. They are indeed a blessing. What I am saying is that we need to carefully follow the doses prescribed by doctors. And we need to keep such medications in a safe place where youngsters or anyone else cannot gain access to them.”

M. Russell Ballard, O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One, October 2010 General Conference

5. “Each of us must go through certain experiences to become more like our Savior. In the school of mortality, the tutor is often pain and tribulation, but the lessons are meant to refine and bless us and strengthen us, not to destroy us.”

6. “Some of these are a necessary part of our mortal probation. Others, as Enoch foresaw, are part of the preparation for the Savior’s Second Coming, when “the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but,” said the Lord, “my people will I preserve.” And when Enoch saw all these things, he “received a fulness of joy.” 

Robert D. Hales, Faith through Tribulation Brings Peace and Joy, April 2003 General Conference

7. “I see you caring for family members and neighbors who suffer from birth defects, mental and physical ailments, and the effects of advancing years. The Lord sees you also, and He has caused His prophets to declare that “as you sacrifice for each other and your children, the Lord will bless you.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Sacrifice, April 2012 General Conference

8. “One of my colleagues said to me that some good would come from this illness. He suggested that it is good, on occasion, for everyone to face adversity, especially if it causes introspection that enables us to openly and honestly assess our lives.”

9. “I realized that I needed to rearrange some of my priorities to accomplish the things that matter most to me.”

10. “First, think about your life and set your priorities. Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you will need to do to get there.

Second, set short-term goals that you can reach. Set goals that are well balanced—not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting.

Third, everyone faces financial challenges in life. Through wise budgeting, control your real needs and measure them carefully against your many wants in life.

Fourth, stay close to your spouse, children, relatives, and friends. They will help you keep a balance in your life.

Fifth, study the scriptures.

Sixth, many people, including me, have difficulty finding the time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation.

Seventh, the prophets have taught repeatedly that families should teach one another the gospel, preferably in a weekly family home evening.

My last suggestion is to pray often as individuals and as families.”

M. Russell Ballard, Keeping Life’s Demands in Balance, April 1987 General Conference



1. “For many years our Church leaders have warned against the dangers of images and words intended to arouse sexual desires. Now the corrupting influence of pornography, produced and disseminated for commercial gain, is sweeping over our society like an avalanche of evil.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Pornography, April 2005 General Conference

2. “Pornographic or erotic stories and pictures are worse than filthy or polluted food. The body has defenses to rid itself of unwholesome food. With a few fatal exceptions, bad food will only make you sick but do no permanent harm. In contrast, a person who feasts upon filthy stories or pornographic or erotic pictures and literature records them in this marvelous retrieval system we call a brain. The brain won’t vomit back filth. Once recorded, it will always remain subject to recall, flashing its perverted images across your mind and drawing you away from the wholesome things in life.” 

Dallin H. Oaks, Pornography, April 2005 General Conference

3.”Pornography is also addictive. It impairs decision-making capacities and it “hooks” its users, drawing them back obsessively for more and more.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Pornography, April 2005 General Conference

4. “Apathy toward pornography stems mostly from a widespread public attitude that it is a victimless crime and that police resources are better used in other areas.”

Thomas S. Monson, Pornography -the Deadly Carrier,October 1979 General Conference

5. “Today we have a rebirth of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. From seldom-read pages in dusty Bibles they come forth as real cities in a real world, depicting a real malady—pernicious permissiveness.”

Thomas S. Monson, Pornography -the Deadly Carrier,October 1979 General Conference

6. “The FBI points out that pornography may have a direct relationship to sex crimes.” “In one large western city,” an agency report states, “the vice squad advised that 72 percent of the individuals arrested for rape and child-related sexual offenses had in their possession some type of pornographic material.”

Thomas S. Monson, Pornography -the Deadly Carrier, October 1979 General Conference

7. “Satan has become a master at using the addictive power of pornography to limit individual capacity to be led by the Spirit.”

Richard G. Scott, To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, October 2009 General Conference

8. “The onslaught of pornography in all of its vicious, corroding, destructive forms has caused great grief, suffering, heartache, and destroyed marriages. It is one of the most damning influences on earth.”

Richard G. Scott, To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, October 2009 General Conference

9. “If you are ensnarled in pornography, make a total commitment to overcome it now. Find a quiet place; pray urgently for help and support. Be patient and obedient. Don’t give up.”

Richard G. Scott, To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, October 2009 General Conference

10. “Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is in the lives of children who become its victims. The saddest trend of our day is the alarming, large increase in child abuse. Much of it occurs within families and involves corrupting the divine innocence that children have from birth.”

David B. Haight, Personal Morality, October 1984 General Conference





1. “There, in a Grand Council, our Heavenly Father would continue the gift of agency to prove us here in mortality, “to see if [we] will do all things whatsoever the Lord [our] God shall command.” 

2. “Now we are here on earth, where opportunities to use our agency abound; for here “there is an opposition in all things.”  This opposition is essential to the purpose of our lives.”

3. “For example, if we make choices that put us deeply in debt, we will lose our agency to meet our wants and needs or to save for that inevitable rainy day.”

Robert D. Hales, To Act for Ourselves, April 2006 General Conference

4. “Repentance is the key with which we can unlock the prison from inside. We hold that key within our hands, and agency is ours to use it.”

5. “But he cannot, in all eternity he cannot, with all his power he cannot completely destroy us; not without our own consent. Had agency come to man without the Atonement, it would have been a fatal gift.”

6. “How well I know that among learned men are those who look down at animals and stones to find the origin of man. They do not look inside themselves to find the spirit there. They train themselves to measure things by time, by thousands and by millions, and say these animals called men all came by chance. And this they are free to do, for agency is theirs.”

Boyd K. Packer, Atonement, Agency, Accountability, April 1988 General Conference

7. ” The secret to solve problems in your life will be found in understanding and using the eternally beneficial interaction of your agency and His truth.” 

8. “He defended our right to choose our path in life so that we would grow, develop, and be happy, butwe do not have the right to choose the consequences of our acts.”

9. “Our agency does allow us to choose among alternate paths, but then we are bound to the consequence God has decreed. Later, if we don’t like where the path takes us, the only out is through repentance.”

Richard G. Scott, Healing Your Damaged Life, October 1992 General Conference

10. “But we know from both ancient and modern revelation that Satan wished to deny us our independence and agency in that now-forgotten moment long ago, even as he wishes to deny them this very hour.”

Howard W. Hunter, The Golden Thread of Choice, October 1989 General Conference


1. “To be redeemed is to be atoned—received in the close embrace of God with an expression not only of His forgiveness, but of our oneness of heart and mind.”

2. “The Savior’s gift of immortality comes to all who have ever lived. But His gift of eternal life requires repentance and obedience to specific ordinances and covenants.”

3. “Eternal life, made possible by the Atonement, is the supreme purpose of the Creation. To phrase that statement in its negative form, if families were not sealed in holy temples, the whole earth would be utterly wasted.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson, The Atonement, October 1996 General Conference

4. “Before the Crucifixion and afterward, many men have willingly given their lives in selfless acts of heroism. But none faced what the Christ endured. Upon Him was the burden of all human transgression, all human guilt.”

5. “Atonement is really three words: At-one-ment, meaning to set at one, one with God; to reconcile, to conciliate, to expiate.”

6. “I seldom use the word absolute. It seldom fits. I use it now—twice. Because of the Fall, the Atonement was absolutely essential for resurrection to proceed and overcome mortal death. The Atonement was absolutely essential for men to cleanse themselves from sin and overcome the second death, which is the spiritual death, which is separation from our Father in Heaven.”

Elder Boyd K. Packer, Atonement, Agency, Accountability, April 1988 General Conference

7. “We realize that what He has willingly done with immense suffering and sacrifice will affect us not only in this life but throughout all eternity.”

8. “Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. He is a glorious, resurrected being. He has the capacity to communicate love that is so powerful, so overwhelming as to surpass the capacity of the human tongue to express adequately.”

9. “The Atonement gives all the opportunity to overcome the consequences of mistakes made in life. When we obey a law, we receive a blessing. When we break a law, there is nothing left over from prior obedience to satisfy the demands of justice for that broken law. The Savior’s Atonement permits us to repent of any disobedience and thereby avoid the penalties that justice would have imposed.”

Elder Richard G. Scott, He Lives! All Glory to His Name, April 2010 General Conference

10. “Christ came to save us. If we have taken a wrong course, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can give us the assurance that sin is not a point of no return. A safe return is possible if we will follow God’s plan for our salvation.”

Elder Deiter F. Uchtorf, Point of Safe Return, April 2007 General Conference



1.”A mission is a family affair. Though the expanse of continents or oceans may separate, hearts are as one.”                                                                                                                   Elder Thomas S. Monson, Come, All Ye Sons of God, April 2013 General Conference

2.”In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.”

3.“President Brigham Young explained that our families are not yet ours. The Lord has committed them to us to see how we will treat them. Only if we are faithful will they be given to us forever. What we do on earth determines whether or not we will be worthy to become heavenly parents.” 

4. “May it be our resolve this year to build a gospel-centered home, a safe harbor from the storms of the adversary.”

Elder L. Tom Perry, The Importance of the Family, April 2003 General Conference

5. “When children see their parents faithfully perform Church callings, it strengthens their family relationships. When families are strong, the Church is strong. The two run in parallel.”

6. “There are cultures or traditions in some parts of the world that allow men to oppress women, but those abuses must not be carried into the families of the Church of Jesus Christ.”

7. “The ultimate mission of our Savior’s Church is to help us achieve exaltation in the celestial kingdom, and that can only be accomplished in a family relationship.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church, October 2005 General Conference

8. “The family relationships we have here on this earth are important, but they are much more important for their effect on our families for generations in mortality and throughout all eternity.”

9. “Because of the importance of the family to the eternal plan of happiness, Satan makes a major effort to destroy the sanctity of the family, demean the importance of the role of men and women, encourage moral uncleanliness and violations of the sacred law of chastity, and to discourage parents from placing the bearing and rearing of children as one of their highest priorities.”

10. “Being one in a family carries a great responsibility of caring, loving, lifting, and strengthening each member of the family so that all can righteously endure to the end in mortality and dwell together throughout eternity. It is not enough just to save ourselves. It is equally important that parents, brothers, and sisters are saved in our families.”

Elder Robert D. Hales, The Eternal Family, October 1996 General Conference



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