Sunday, March 13, 2011

Four Stories...


I recently attended a RS meeting where the topic was maintaining a positive attitude while dealing with adversity...one of the sisters told these four stories very quickly, repeating the moral like a little mantra at the end of each...all except the Plimsoll story are from the scriptures...



1. The story of The Ten Virgins....keep oil in your lamp


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2. The story of The Widow's Mites...keep oil in your lamp...give your mites.





3. The Plimsoll Line....Samuel Plimsoll, A british MP in the mid 1800's was outraged by the number of sailors deaths caused by overloaded vessels...he got a Bill passed to include provision for a marking on the sides of ships which would disappear below the water line when the ship was overloaded(ships have different buoyancy depending on the temperature and the salinity of the water).......

...keep oil in your lamp, give your mites, don't load past your Plimsoll line






4.And the last scripture is the one in Mosiah 4 that says you shouldn't run faster than your strength...
So: keep oil in your lamp, give your mites, don't overload, don't run faster than your strength...in other words, take care of your own needs, spiritual, emotional and physical so you have the strength to deal with the trials of life.

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