Daily Archives: September 27, 2015

Help with For the Strength of All!

One thing that often takes quite a bit of time is finding a good quote to use as the extra information at the end of each post. Sometimes it takes so long that I have to go with a quote that doesn’t quite fit what I wanted. So, it has been suggested that I turn the finding content part of FTSOA over to you to help me to have an easier time now that I am in college and have less time to work on this. I’ve been reluctant to give it up because I enjoy finding the quotes so much, but now that I am in college I have less time than usual to put into For the Strength of All, so that time would be better spent on other aspects of it. I’ll greatly appreciate any help you can give, and I know that you will be blessed as you read the scriptures looking for the quotes.

What to submit

All quotes must come from lds.org or Mormon.org. Note that websites such as https://providentliving.lds.org/?lang=eng, http://tech.lds.org/, and other websites that include “lds.org” as part of the domain name can be used.

(things like ldsliving.org don’t count though.)

The upcoming topics in the Service segment are as follows:

  • Monday: “Often the most meaningful service is expressed through simple, everyday acts of kindness.” – For the Strength of Youth
  • Tuesday: “Serve by sharing the gospel with others now and as a full-time missionary in the future.” – For the Strength of Youth
  • Wednesday: “Some of the most important service you can give will be within your own home.” – For the Strength of Youth
  • Thursday: “Serve in your… school” – For the Strength of Youth (Or Serve in your work)
  • Friday: “Serve by doing temple and family history work.” – For the Strength of Youth
  • Saturday: “Serve in your… community” – For the Strength of Youth
  • Sunday: “Serve in your Church assignments.” – For the Strength of Youth

I’ll be needing three quotes for each topic, one for each week. Conference talks are the preferred source, but not the only potential source. Hymns, Church books/pamphlets/magazines such as Preach My Gospel and The Living Christ, quotes from lds.org pages (not including comments by individuals; it must be part of the website, e.g., I could quote the gold box found on this page.), or pretty much anything else that can be found on lds.org or in the Gospel Library app, except videos. If you find a scripture, you can either send it or look for a conference talk that mentions it. The difference between just a scripture and a scripture in a conference talk is that the conference talk often provides needed context for the scripture; the conference talks are also more specific for modern-day problems and suggestions.

As for length, if the quote can get the meaning across in one paragraph, that is ideal. However, most often that doesn’t work, so just keep its length to a point that you’d be willing to read it. Most of you have been here for a while, so you should have an idea of what it should be. If you find an extra-long quote that you just really like, you can still send it and I’ll see if I can put it in. No guarantees though.

When emailing me suggestions, please include a working link to the referenced source. If you could format the quote like it would appear in a daily post (e.g., within quotation marks, ended with ” – Talk Name by Joe Smith”, etc.) that would be helpful but is not necessary. If you would like to emphasize something, put it in bold and add the words “emphasis added” to the end of the quote. Be sure to include which topic(s) you think the quote would work best for.

When sending an email, please have the title be “Content Suggestions for FTSOA Service Segment” to help me organize the emails.

Finally, for those who’ve read this far, the email that you will be sending quotes to will be admin@ftsoa.com

Thank you again for any help that you give. Even if your quote isn’t used, I know that you will be blessed as you study the teachings of Christ as spoken through His appointed leaders and others He has called.

~ George

Daily Reminder on Sabbath Day Observance: #14 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will do only activities that are appropriate for the Sabbath day.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” – For the Strength of Youth, quoting Exodus 20:8

Today I, ____________________, commit to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

“Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship. President Spencer W. Kimball gave excellent counsel on Sabbath day observance. He said:

““The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, sleeping, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day to which he is expected. To fail to do these proper things is a transgression on the omission side.” (The Miracle of Forgiveness, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969, pp. 96–97.)” – The Lord’s Day by James E. Faust

What can I do today to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy?