“Feast of Prophets,” Friend, Aug. 2001, 24
Each plate holds a teaching, an experience, or a revelation from a prophet, ancient or modern. Some quotes are very short; some are longer. Each is a spiritual feast that can nourish your spirit.
Remove the page, and attach it to the refrigerator with magnets. Choose the first dish you wish to enjoy, read the scripture on it, and apply it to your life. If you wish, put a magnet on that plate as a marker. If you sample one dish a day, there are enough to last the month of August. But you may choose to feast a week, a month, or even longer on some of them. Strive to apply your new understanding to your daily life. Invite the rest of your family to the feast, too. If you do not understand something you read, ask a parent to explain.
When you have savored every dish thoroughly, you can recycle them into a game. Glue the whole page to heavy paper or poster board and allow it to dry. Then cut out each dish. Divide them randomly among your family members. The first player secretly chooses one of his or her dishes and tells a story about someone with a problem that can be solved by that prophet’s advice. Each player in turn lays down the dish from his or her own hand that comes closest to solving the problem, and explains why. The first player lays his dish down last, and everyone discusses how the problem has been solved. Then another family member chooses a dish, and so on. Continue until all the dishes have been used. Enjoy!
All quotes from the latter-day prophets, except for Joseph Smith and Harold B. Lee, are taken from the information given on the backs of pictures 507–515 and 517–520 in the Gospel Art Kit.
Lehi: “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Ne. 2:25).
Howard W. Hunter: “We should at every opportunity ask ourselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and then be more courageous to act upon the answer.”
Brigham Young: “It matters not whether you or I feel like praying; when the time comes to pray, pray. If we do not feel like it, we should pray till we do.”
Gordon B. Hinckley: “I plead with our people everywhere to live with respect and appreciation for those not of our faith. … We can and must be respectful toward those with whose teachings we may not agree.”
Alma the Younger: “Have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?” (Alma 5:14.)
John Taylor: “Treat one another aright. Have you sinned one against another? Then go and make restitution. … Have you spoken unkindly to your brother or sister? Then go and acknowledge your wrong and ask to be forgiven, promising to do better in the future.”
Jacob: “And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Ne. 9:23).
Ezra Taft Benson: “Let us continually reread the Book of Mormon so that we might more fully come to Christ, be committed to Him, centered in Him, and consumed in Him.”
David O. McKay: “Every member a missionary.”
Heber J. Grant: “Keep the commandments of God. That is my keynote speech, just those few words: Keep the commandments of God.”
Alma the Elder: “Mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and … stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).
Moroni: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moro. 10:4).
Wilford Woodruff: “We are expecting to live together forever after death. I think we all as parents and children ought to take all the pains we can to make each other happy as long as we live [so] that we may have nothing to regret.”
Spencer W. Kimball: “Put your shoulders to the wheel, lengthen your stride, heighten your reach, increase your devotion.”
John the Beloved: “Let us love one another: for love is of God” (1 Jn. 4:7).
Mormon: “Every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil.” (Moro. 7:16–17.)
James: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Moses: “Thou shalt not steal.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
“Thou shalt not covet.” (Ex. 20:15–17.)
Paul: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord” (Eph. 6:1).
King Benjamin: “If I, whom ye call your king, do labor to serve you, then ought not ye to labor to serve one another?
“And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, … do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King!” (Mosiah 2:18–19.)
George Albert Smith: “I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor. … I would not seek to force people to live up to my ideals but rather love them into doing the thing that is right. … I would not knowingly wound the feeling of any, not even one who may have wronged me, but would seek to do him good and make him my friend.”
Malachi: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:10).
Joseph F. Smith: “If the Saints obey this counsel [holding family home evening], we promise that great blessings will result. Love at home and obedience to parents will increase. Faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat … temptations.”
Harold B. Lee: “Look to the President of the Church for your instructions. If ever there is a conflict, you keep your eyes on the President if you want to walk in the light.” (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, page 532.)
Joseph Smith: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men” (A of F 1:13).
Lorenzo Snow: “It is our duty to improve each day, and look upon our course last week and do things better this week; do things better today than we did them yesterday.”
Enos: “I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens” (Enos 1:4).
Isaiah: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him. …
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. …
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities … ; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:3–5.)
Samuel the Lamanite: “Behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves. …
“[God] hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and … that ye might choose life or death.” (Hel. 14:30–31.)
Nephi: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Ne. 3:7).
Joseph Fielding Smith: “Be true to every trust. Honor thy father and thy mother. Dwell together in love. … Be modest in your dress. Over-come the world, and do not be led astray by the fashions and practices of those whose interests are centered upon the things of this world.”