Monthly Archives: March 2015

Daily Reminder on Family: #2 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Be cheerful, helpful, and considerate of family members.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to being cheerful, helpful, and considerate of my family members today.


“Being part of a family is a great blessing. Your family can provide you with companionship and happiness, help you learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere, and help you prepare for eternal life.” – For the Strength of Youth


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Family section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/family/

Ask yourself “How sensitive am I to the needs and desires of my family members? What can I do today that will help strengthen my family?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #1 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Join your family in family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evenings. Keeping these commandments strengthens and unifies families.*” – For the Strength of Youth

Depending on your schedule today, you can either do this:

I, ____________________, commit to making sure that family home evening happens tonight.

Or this:

I, ____________________, commit to scheduling a day this week that my family can have family home evening and making sure that family home evening happens that night.


*”If your family does not do these things together, pray and study the scriptures yourself. Your example may encourage your family members to join you.” – For the Strength of Youth


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Family section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/family/

Ask yourself “How sensitive am I to the needs and desires of my family members? What can I do today that will help strengthen my family?”

FTSOA Family Initiation Post

Hello! Thank you for signing up for or thinking about signing up for my project For the Strength of All. This what I’m calling the “initiation post”. There will be one at the start of each segment, and it will explain what is going on and how everything will work. If you need help signing up, go here. If you have been here a while and already know how everything is run, click here for the “Continuation Post,” which is a shortened version of this post that excludes information about how everything works.

The structure of For the Strength of All is that we’ll commit to living one section of For the Strength of Youth at a time for three weeks. This segment’s topic is Family. It is highly advised that you read the For the Strength of Youth section on Family before continuing. If you do not have a physical copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the Family section here.

Unlike usual (although potentially becoming the usual), there are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you everyday that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:

I, ____________________, commit to living the For the Strength of Youth standards for Family today and every day until April 19, 2015.

As said before, you REALLY want to read the For the Strength of Youth section on Family, maybe even everyday if you have time for it. It is packed with advice and commandments that will help you with your family. There is also a second commitment that is based on the 2nd sentence in the 2nd paragraph of the For the Strength of Youth section on Family:

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

Those who are signed up will be sent the 2nd commitment every day for the next three weeks. It will only take a moment of your time to read it. You are also encouraged to read the extra information that will often be underneath the main commitment. The extra information is there to help you understand the commitment and live it to its fullest. The point of these short segments is to help you nail the principle so well and lift yourself so high that at the end of the allotted time, when you go back to living your life like normal, you won’t fall quite as far. You will have improved, bettered, magnified yourself.

The daily reminders as well as other new posts will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox, and you can find previous reminders here. Being subscribed will allow the computer to automatically forward all new posts directly to your account the moment they are posted. Because you cannot receive the daily reminders until you have activated your subscription, make sure that you check your email and confirm your subscription when you sign up for the first time. After that, the daily reminders will be sent every morning automatically.

I strongly suggest writing down your commitment and saying it out loud to help you focus on it. If you want to do better, bring your family and friends into it. Support each other and use this as an opportunity to grow closer and stronger.

Above all, remember that God is always with you, and that He is always there to help you when you are in need. The purpose of making this commitment is to heed Jesus’ request to come unto Him. By living a Christ-like life, we show Him that we love Him. As we make this commitment, may we have His strength and guidance to do as He wishes.

~ George

FTSOA Family Continuation Post

Hello! This post is for those who have already been doing FTSOA and know how everything is run. If you are new or would like a reminder, a more comprehensive post can be found here.

  • For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Family by clicking here.
  • Instead of having a post with suggestions of how to live the commitment, I decided that simply reading the For the Strength of Youth section on Family would be the best course of action. The section is very specific, and it should be very easy to find ways to apply the section’s advice.
  • The daily reminders as well as new posts will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
  • You can find previous reminders here.

Unlike usual (although potentially becoming the usual), there are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you everyday that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:

I, ____________________, commit to living the For the Strength of Youth standards for Family today and every day until April 19, 2015.

As I’ve said before, you REALLY want to read the For the Strength of Youth section on Family, maybe even everyday if you have time for it. It is packed with advice and commandments that will help you with your family. There is also a second commitment that is based on the 2nd sentence in the 2nd paragraph of the For the Strength of Youth section on Family:

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

It is the 2nd commitment that will be sent everyday. The point of these short segments is to help you nail the principle so well and lift yourself so high that at the end of the allotted time, when you go back to living your life like normal, you won’t fall quite as far. You will have improved, bettered, magnified yourself. I strongly suggest writing down your commitment and saying it out loud to help you focus on it. If you want to do better and give it more meaning, bring your family and friends into it. Support each other and use this as an opportunity to grow closer and stronger.

Above all, remember that God is always with you, and that He is always there to help you when you are in need. The purpose of making this commitment is to heed Jesus’ request to come unto Him. By living a Christ-like life, we show Him that we love Him. As we make this commitment, may we have His strength and guidance to do as He wishes.

~ George

Entertainment and Media Closing Post

Congratulations! The Entertainment and Media segment has finished! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Family, and the segment will last for three weeks, until April 19.

Hopefully throughout these hard three weeks we’ve proved to ourselves that it is in fact possible to live without the bad. Hopefully we’ve learned how good it feels to read and watch uplifting things. Hopefully we’ve had our standard of “normal” raised, so that even as we stop being as diligent we continue anyway. Let us remember to “have the courage to turn away from that which drives away the Spirit” always. Have a good day!

~ George

Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #21 out of 21

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Have the courage to walk out of a movie, change your music, or turn off a computer, television, or mobile device if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today I, ____________________, will have the courage to turn away from that which drives away the Spirit.


“You live in a world where technological advances occur at an astounding pace. It is difficult for many of my generation to keep up with the possibilities. Depending on how technology is used, these advances can be a blessing or a deterrent. Technology, when understood and used for righteous purposes, need not be a threat but rather an enhancement to spiritual communication.

“For example, many of us have a personal electronic device that fits into our pocket. We are seldom without its company; we may refer to it many times a day. Unfortunately, these devices can be a source of filth and wasted time. But, used with discipline, this technology can be a tool of protection from the worst of society.

“Who could have imagined not very many years ago that the full standard works and years of general conference messages would fit into your pocket? Just having them in your pocket will not protect you, but studying, pondering, and listening to them during quiet moments of each day will enhance communication through the Spirit.

“Be wise in how you embrace technology. Mark important scriptures on your device and refer back to them frequently. If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.” – For Peace At Home by Richard G. Scott

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Entertainment and Media section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media/

Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #20 out of 21

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, commit to seeking that which is virtuous, that which is lovely, that which is of good report, and that which is praiseworthy.


“And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.” – Moroni 10:30, referenced in For the Strength of Youth

“Many families are striving to emphasize good media in their homes. “We encourage our children to use technology for good whenever possible,” Sister Christensen writes. “At times, we’ve had a laptop in the kitchen where children can play games on the Friend website, and now our son is encouraged to help me with FamilySearch indexing. He also likes to explore the FamilySearch website and dabble in family history. I believe it is important that we show our children how to ‘stand in holy places’ online as well as in real life. They need to know the power for good that they have when they use technology correctly.”” – Taming the Media by Starla Awerkamp Butler

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Entertainment and Media section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media/

Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #19 out of 21

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Guard your safety and the safety of others by taking great care what personal information and images you share through technology.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, commit to guarding my safety and the safety of others by taking great care about what personal information and images I share through technology.


“For honest Latter-day Saint youth, walking off with that CD without paying for it isn’t even an option. But in a world with millions of free songs only a mouse-click away, the line between legal and illegal sometimes seems blurry, and some of the same youth think file sharing is different from everyday stealing.

“But think about it for a minute. No matter what you call it—file sharing, pirating, free downloads, peer-to-peer networks—taking something you should have paid for is stealing, and stealing is wrong…

“Like me, a lot of people think downloading a song or two for free is no big deal. Would a dollar even make a difference to the millionaire musicians who recorded those songs? Probably not, but a better question is, “Is my integrity worth so little that I would give it up for a dollar a song?” The answer, of course, is no…

“President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “How rare a gem, how precious a jewel is the man or woman in whom there is neither guile nor deception nor falsehood!” We can all be that kind of man or woman by being honest in everything we say and do. When we come across a tempting situation—like illegally downloading music—we can remember how much our integrity is worth, and that for just a dollar we can maintain it.” – It’s Just a Copy, Right? by Janessa Cloward

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Entertainment and Media section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media/

Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #18 out of 21

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with your personal relationships with others.”

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will take care that my use of media does not dull my sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with my personal relationships with others by not using it for long periods of time.


“Some addictions or predilections, while not inherently evil, can use up our precious allotment of time which could otherwise be used to accomplish virtuous objectives. These can include excessive use of social media, video and digital games, sports, recreation, and many others.

How we preserve time for family is one of the most significant issues we face in most cultures. At a time when I was the only member of the Church in our law firm, one woman lawyer explained to me how she always felt like a juggler trying to keep three balls in the air at the same time. One ball was her law practice, one was her marriage, and one was her children. She had almost given up on time for herself. She was greatly concerned that one of the balls was always on the ground. I suggested we meet as a group and discuss our priorities. We determined that the primary reason we were working was to support our families. We agreed that making more money wasn’t nearly as important as our families, but we recognized that serving our clients to the best of our abilities was essential. The discussion then moved to what we did at work that was not necessary and was inconsistent with leaving time for family. Was there pressure to spend time in the workplace that was not essential? We decided that our goal would be a family-friendly environment for both women and men.  Let us be at the forefront in protecting time for family.” – Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage by Elder Quentin L. Cook (emphasis added)

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Entertainment and Media section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media/

Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”

Daily Reminder on Entertainment and Media: #17 out of 21

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way.

“Have the courage to walk out of a movie, change your music, or turn off a computer, television, or mobile device if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until March 29, I, ____________________, will have the courage to turn away from that which drives away the Spirit.


“If you have not been wise at times and have occasionally chosen to view or listen to the wrong content, decide now to make a change. If those bad choices have diminished your ability to feel the Spirit, get on your knees and ask Heavenly Father for strength and forgiveness. And if you are still having trouble, ask for help from your parents or bishop. You may feel ashamed or scared to talk to them, but that means you need to do it all the more. With courage and humility you can overcome your challenges, and when you do, you will feel the glorious peace and joy of repentance.” – Lights … Camera … Action! by Adrián Ochoa

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Entertainment and Media section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media/

Ask yourself throughout the day, “How does my choice of media influence my thoughts and actions? Am I choosing media that uplifts me?”