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 Work and Self-Reliance segment are as follows:
- Monday: “Set high goals for yourself, and be willing to work hard to achieve them.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: Set High Goals
- Subtopic for next week: Work Hard
- Tuesday: “Learning to work begins in the home.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: “Help your family by willingly participating in the work necessary to maintain a home.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for next week: “Learn early to handle your money wisely and live within your means. Follow the teachings of the prophets by paying your tithing, avoiding debt, and saving for the future.”
- Wednesday: “Develop self-discipline, and be dependable.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: Develop Self-Discipline
- Subtopic for next week: Be Dependable
- Thursday: “Do your best in your Church callings, schoolwork, employment, and other worthwhile pursuits.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: Do your best in your Church callings
- Subtopic for next week: Do your best in your other worthwhile pursuits
- Friday: “The Lord has commanded us not to be idle.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: “Do not waste your time and money in gambling. Gambling is wrong and should not be used as a form of entertainment. It is addictive and can lead to lost opportunities, ruined lives, and broken families. It is false to believe that you can get something for nothing.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for next week: “Idleness can lead to inappropriate behavior, damaged relationships, and sin.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Saturday: “Remember that God has a great work for you to do. He will bless you in your efforts to accomplish that work.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: Remember the blessings of work
- Subtopic for next week: (whatever fits the main topic)
- Sunday: “Heavenly Father has given you gifts and talents and knows what you are capable of achieving. Seek His help and guidance as you work to achieve your goals.” – For the Strength of Youth
- Subtopic for this week: Heavenly Father has given you gifts and talents
- Subtopic for next week: A (popular) hymn relating to/that exemplifies Work and/or Self-Reliance
I’ll be a quote for each subtopic. 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 Work & SR Segment” or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.