Inspirational Stories, Poems and Quotes

Making a Mighty Change (talk)

 Here are a few bookmarks, I made to go with this article, I thought this article could be used in a lesson, a Standards Night, Fireside etc! Making a Mighty Change.pdf129.5 KBMaking a Mighty Change 2.pdf141.64 KB Making a Mighty Change 3.pdf140.05 KB   Marlin K. Jensen, “Making a Mighty Change,” New Era, Jun 2001, ...

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A GLASS OF MILK

A GLASS OF MILK One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely...

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You never Know

Author Unknown You never know when someone May catch a dream from you. You never know when a little word Or something you may do May open up the windows Of a mind that sees the light- The way you live may not matter at all But you never know-- it might. And just in...

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Parable of the Donkey

The Farmer's Donkey: A Fable for Our Time One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the well was dry anyway,...

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Be Involved

There was a man walking on the beach. He saw a young man reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, “Good morning, what are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”...

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What would you do ?

What would you do ? You make the choice; Don't look for a punch line. There isn't one. Read it anyway. My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered...

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When Someone Needs You—-Just Stay

  When Someone Needs You—-Just Stay Author unknown A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. 'Your son is here,' she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the...

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Who’ll Take the Son?

Who'll Take the Son? A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit and admire them. When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battlewhile rescuing...

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All Dressed in White

All Dressed in White By Sherrie Coombs-Larsen A baby girl, all dressed in white Sleeps in her daddy’s arms so tight. A blessing is given in solemn prayer Asking for God’s love and care. This tiny baby so sweet and pure, Soon will grow and mature. At eight years old, all dressed in white Again,...

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The Burden

The Burden "Why was my burden so heavy?" I slammed the bedroom door and leaned against it. Is there no rest from this life? I wondered. I stumbled to my bed and dropped onto it, pressing my pillow around my ears to shut out the noise of my existence. "Oh God," I cried, "let me...

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Sleep When the Wind Blows

Sleep When the Wind Blows A farmer needed an extra hand to help on his farm. One young man came to interview for the job. "What are your qualifications?" the farmer asked. "I can sleep when the wind blows," the young man said. This simple reply confused the farmer, but he was desperate for help...

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Don’t you Know How Much I Care?

  The day is over, you are driving home. You tune in your radio. You hear a little blurb about a little village in India where some villagers have died suddenly, strangely, of a flu that has never been seen before. It's not influenza, but three or four people are dead, and it's kind of...

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Four Words to Guide You by Pres Monson

Four Words to Guide You BY PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON From a Brigham Young University devotional address given on January 16, 1973. https://www.lds.org/liahona/2013/08/youth/four-words-to-guide-you     God will guide you in your determination to serve Him and keep His commandments as you listen, as you learn, as you labor,and as you love. I made a few resolutions I’d like to share with...

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UNAWARES

UNAWARES   They say the Master is coming to honor the town today, And none can tell at whose house or home the Master will choose to stay. And I thought while my heart beat wildly, "What if He should come to mine? How would I strive to entertain and honor this guest divine?" And...

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I FOUND MY FRIEND

The following event took place in a ward in Salt Lake City in 1974. It occurred during Sacrament Meeting and was told to me by a Regional Representative of the twelve, who was in the meeting. A young man, just before leaving on his mission, stood in Sacrament Meeting and bore, in essence, the following...

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Tragedy at Rayad

Tragedy at Rayad This story and parable was shared by Ardeth G. Kapp, former president of the General Young Women's Organization(R.A.Y.A.D.) is an acronymn for: Righteous Active Youth Aren't Deceived Once upon a time there was a little kingdom called Rayad. The tiny people who inhabited this kingdom were call Rayadites. They lived happily, sharing...

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LOVE IN THE HOME

LOVE IN THE HOME If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in it's place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper - not a homemaker. If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness - not godliness. Love leaves the dust...

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Three Hairs

Three Hairs Author Unknown There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in...

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THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND

THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND 'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste his time on the old violin, But he held it up with a smile. "What am I bid, good friends?" He cried. "Who'll start the bidding for me? One dollar! Only one? And who...

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Beauty Tips by Audry Hepburn

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than...

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The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man Carl was a quiet man. He  didn't talk much. He would always greet you with a big  smile and a firm  handshake. Even after  living in our neighborhood for over 50 years, no one  could really say they knew him very  well. Before his  retirement, he took the bus to work each...

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The Littlest Firefighter

The Littlest Firefighter The 26-year-old mother stared down at her son who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia...

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The Miracle

The Miracle The violent grinding of brakes suddenly applied, and the harsh creaking of skidding wheels gradually died away as the big car came to a stop. Eddie quickly picked himself up from the dusty pavement where he had been thrown, and looked around wildly. Agnes! Where was his little sister he had been holding...

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The Death of a Son

The Death of a Son There was not even a 48-hour warning between the first x-rays of Kelden’s knee and the surgery which amputated his leg. When his physician-father took him for x-rays Sunday afternoon instead of waiting until Monday, I should have suspected something was very wrong. But I didn’t. Kelden had suffered a...

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The Crayon Box That Talked

  While walking into a toy store the day before today I overheard a crayon box with many things to say "I don't like Red!" said Yellow and Green said "Nor do I" "And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why" "We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along...

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The Bridge

The Bridge There once was a big turntable bridge which spanned a large river. During most of the day the bridge sat with its length running up and down the river parallel with the banks allowing ships to pass through freely on both sides of the bridge But at certain times each day a train...

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The Angel, Mom!

The Angel, Mom! Barbara was driving her six-year-old son, Benjamin, to his piano lesson.They were late, and Barbara was beginning to think she should have cancelled it. There was always so much to do, and Barbara, a night-duty nurse at the local hospital, had recently worked extra shifts. She was tired. The sleet storm and...

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STEVIE or NO TIME TO CARE

STEVIE orNO TIME TO CARE Yea, it was a painful thing,~ too painful to forget, So I will tell you what happenedThere he was, standing in front of me, his eyes full of hope, "Please Stevie, take me with you in your car.""Some other time," as I always said and walked out the door.But that...

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love By Thomas S. Monsoon When I was a very young Bishop, in 1950, there was a tap at my door and a good German brother from Ogden, Utah, announced himself as Karl Guertler. He said, *Are you Bishop Monson?* I answered in the affirmative. He said, *My brother and his wife...

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RUN THROUGH THE RAIN

RUN THROUGH THE RAIN A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It waspouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, somuch in a hurry to hit the earth it has...

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Parable of the Two Lamps

Parable of the Two Lamps “Parable of the Two Lamps”: One summer evening while on my porch, a stranger approached. I brought another chair from within, and we chatted together till the twilight had deepened into darkness. Then he said: “You are a student, and doubtless have much work to do o’nights. What kind of...

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Paid In Full

Paid In Full A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father...

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NO HANDS BUT OURS

NO HANDS BUT OURS Shortly after the culmination of the Second World War, a devastated city in England began its heartbreaking and wearying work of restoration. In the old city square had stood a large statue of Jesus Christ, with His hands outspread in an attitude of invitation. On the pedestal were carved the words,...

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My Attorney

My Attorney My Attorney After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have...

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Look for God in others

Look for God in others One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all hisbooks on a Friday?...

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IT’S O.K. SON, EVERYBODY DOES IT

IT'S O.K. SON, EVERYBODY DOES IT     When Johnny was six years old, he was with his father when they when they were caught speeding. His father handed the officer a five-dollar bill with his driver's license. "It's O.K.. son," his father said as drove off. "Everybody does It."When he was eight, he was...

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If Jesus Came To Your House

If Jesus Came To Your House   If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two- If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do.0, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,And all the food you'd serve Him would be the very best,And you would keep assuring...

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I’ve never seen God

I've never seen God   I've never seen God, but I know how I feel... It's people like you who make Him so real... It seems that I pass Him so often each day... In the faces of people I meet on my way... He's the stars in the heavens, a smile on some face......

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I am Thankful…

I am Thankful... FOR THE WIFE WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT, BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, & NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. FOR THE HUSBAND WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO, BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME & NOT OUT AT THE BARS. FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT...

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F A M I L Y (Poem)

F A M I L Y I ran into a stranger as he passed by,"Oh excuse me please" was my reply. He said, "Please excuse me too;I wasn't watching for you." We were very polite, this stranger and I.We went on our way and we said goodbye. But at home a different story is told,How...

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Dart Test…

Dart Test... A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day. On the wall was...

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Clay Balls

Clay Balls A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so...

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Cipher in the Snow

Cipher in the SnowIt started with tragedy on a biting cold February morning. I was driving behind the Milford Corners bus as I did most snowy mornings on my way to school. It veered and stopped short at the hotel, which it had no business doing, and I was annoyed as I had come to...

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Can I Borrow $25?

Can I Borrow $25? A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door. SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?' DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man. SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?' DAD: 'That's none...

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Blindly Go

Blindly Go     Blindly GoThe passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was...

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He Took My Lickin’ for Me

He Took My Lickin' for Me A Folk tale Many years ago there was a school which no teacher could control. The boys were very rough. A young teacher applied, and the old director said, "Young feller, do you know what you are doing? Every teacher we have had for years has had to take...

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Be Kind

Be Kind   Be kind to your web-footed friends, 'Cause a duck may be somebody's mother. Be kind to your friends in the swamp, Where the weather is very, very damp. You may think that this is the end. Well, it is!

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