Peak gratitude is peak happiness.  I much enjoyed  President Romney’s talk on the subject, and the ‘gentleman, I have grown gray in your service’ moment.

Elder Cuthbert’s talk on maturity suggested that it doesn’t mean leaving all childlike qualities behind:  “To mature, then, is to retain or regain some childlike qualities we need to have and to develop other qualities which children do not have.”  Innocence and accountability both.

President Benson’s talk on family was powerful.  He goes over statistics at the beginning, I didn’t know its been that bad for that long.  Paradoxically, that gives me some hope for raising my own children.  After all, my parents pulled it off.

Spiritual growth comes by solving problems together—not by running from them. Today’s inordinate emphasis on individualism brings egotism and separation. Two individuals becoming “one flesh” is still the Lord’s standard. (See Gen. 2:24.)

The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other. The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development. Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth.

Other Posts from the Sunday Morning session of the October 1982 General Conference

Faith by Asking, from Marilyn Nielson

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