Family Home Evening – How To Be Successful In Life

Tonight’s FHE lesson comes from Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk entitled Living a Life of Peace, Joy, and Purpose.
He lists 10 specific things that will help us to be successful in life.  We will not discuss them all, but we will talk about a few that are pertinent to our family.  I will use these:
#2 – Don’t make exceptions to your standards
#6 – Smile
#7 – Don’t complain
#10 – Use the Savior Jesus Christ as the example for your life
I will briefly tell the following story from Elder Scott:
“May I share an experience with you? I served in the U.S. Navy with Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, a very demanding individual. When I was called to be a mission president, he tried to dissuade me from going. When I said it was a prophet of God who had called me, he said, “If that’s the way Mormons are, I’m not going to have any of them working in my program.” I knew there were many families in Idaho, USA, depending on work in that program, and I was concerned about it.
As I prayed, a song came to my mind: “Do what is right; let the consequence follow” (“Do What Is Right,” Hymns, no. 237). I did that. I couldn’t see how some of the challenges we faced would be worked out the way I hoped they would be with the individual who would come to replace me, but “do what is right; let the consequence follow.” It all worked out very well.
When Admiral Rickover knew I was going to leave on a mission, he had said he never wanted to see me again and never wanted to talk to me again. On the final day of my working with him, I asked for an appointment. The secretary gasped, expecting that there was going to be an explosion.
I went in, and he said, “Scott, sit down. What do you have? I’ve tried every way I can to change your decision. What is it that you’ve got?”
I handed him a copy of the Book of Mormon and said, “Admiral, I believe in God. And I believe that when we do the best we can, He will help us.”
Then Admiral Rickover said something that I didn’t ever expect to hear. He said, “When you finish your mission, I want you to come back and work with me.”
“Do what is right; let the consequence follow.”
And finally…
To help Calli be successful in the 4th and 5th grade Spelling Bee on Thursday, we will have a family spell off and practice from her list of a million words!
Happy Monday night!

A huge believer in “if you’re not pretty on the inside, then you’re not pretty on the outside!” Wife, mother of 5, model, actress. Sharing things that bring JOY.

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