"Great are the promises concerning this land of America. We are told unequivocally that it “is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12). This is the crux of the entire matter—obedience to the commandments of God. ...
"I do not know what the future holds. I do not wish to sound negative, but I wish to remind you of the warnings of scripture and the teachings of the prophets which we have had constantly before us.
"I cannot forget the great lesson of Pharaoh’s dream of the fat and lean kine and of the full and withered stalks of corn. I cannot dismiss from my mind the grim warnings of the Lord as set forth in the 24th chapter of Matthew." Then member of the stake presidency went on to say that after 9/11 we had exactly 7 years of plenty. People did not listen to the prophets about getting out of debt. We have been in the worst recession since the great depression for the past six years. He went on to admonish the members to follow the prophet and stop ignoring their counsel. I have not ever noticed this prophecy and realized that we are in the midst of living it.
We had our last three students over for dinner. We have only missed one of our single student. We didn't try to get our married students because we knew we didn't have time but we will get to meet all of our next group. These students leave on December 13th. It will be our first group to check out. This has been a special group. I will miss them when they leave. Even our Bishop has remarked what a great group this has been.
This coming Sunday we will be speaking in Church on gratitude.