- Written by Elder F. David Stanley
In my conversation with Brother Demaree about his experience, he said, "All I did was cut up trees that were blown down by the hurricane."
Brethren, using that as an analogy, cutting trees is more important than thinking about cutting trees or planning to cut trees. We are becoming the world experts in meeting, thinking, planning, and organizing about working the work, but we need to do it. We need to work.
While many are sitting and saying and even shouting great swelling words of marginal effectiveness, hard-working Latter-day Saints will always be found diligently doing and delivering potatoes to their neighbors. Contrary to the belief of many, "Say" and "Sit" will never replace "Diligently Do." When you accept an assignment or commit to work for someone, work for them. Your integrity to that commitment will follow you throughout life. Any group of young men in any quorum knows who the workers are—those hallowed, quiet few who simply know how to get it done. My young friends of the Aaronic Priesthood, say less and do more. Get it done.
I am so grateful for parents who taught me how to work. There was no option in our home. It was an absolute requirement.
Fathers of Zion, teach our youth the value of honest, hard work. There is no substitute, no other alternative. Be careful that you don’t train up couch potatoes. With all the advantages each of us desires to place before our children, be sure that undergirding all is the absolute of honest, hard work. Young men, learn it and do it. Let it become a part of you.
God lives, and I know it. This is his work, and he expects each of us to do it. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
(Ensign, May 1993, pp 44-45) © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.