Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Money Matters

"I urge you, brethren , to look to the condition of your finances. I urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage.
This is a part of the temporal gospel in which we believe. May the Lord bless you, my beloved brethren, to set your houses in order.
If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts. That's all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable."

The past few months have been quite precarious in terms of our finances as Jordan's company has faced some rough times. We have been so grateful through this that we have had just a bit of a reserve, so that we really could have peace even when things have been difficult. This past weekend we encountered so many stories on the radio and news and in talking with others all about various types of money fraud and scams and people making poor choices in their finances.  This month's Ensign had an article - Protecting Family Finances by Avoiding Fraud - all about avoiding these kinds of things. What a blessing to have such great counsel from our leaders and what an even greater blessing to follow this counsel and have peace of mind in return.