This year we will be studying the life of George Albert Smith, an early Prophet and President of our church. I really like the fact that we study a different Prophet each year, as it helps me get to know them. I am always intensely impressed with their seemingly timeless wisdom and direction. After the intro to GAS, it seems that this year will be no different.
From the manual:
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.”
As I read through the ideals our teacher had printed and posted on the chalkboard, I was incredibly moved at what an amazing person GAS must have been to come up with these 11 ideals. I decided they were worth pondering all year long. So this year, I will try to incorporate these ideals into our lives. I figure if each month I write one up and talk about it in FHE, it can't hurt. ;)
Thanks George Albert Smith. I am looking forward to spending the year with you.