Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith chapter 23, Individual Responsibility
"... I am responsible to the Lord and will have to answer to him, by and by, for my neglect of duty..."
"Let us shoulder our own responsibilities, and not endeavor to place them somewhere else. "
It is easy to find an excuse why we didn't do or duty, but the Lord knows what's an excuse. He knows what we really spent out time on.
“Gold, silver and precious stones, which are called wealth, are of no use to man only as they enable him to take care of himself and to meet his necessities here.”
"The Lord … expects us to have knowledge of temporal things so we can care for ourselves temporally; so we can be of service to our fellowmen; and so we can take the gospel message to his other children throughout the world."
We spend more than half or day being at our traveling to and from work. During that time we can still be living the gospel and learning to live it better and lift others while we work or on the way to and from work.
We should also work to save our money to allow us to tip the scale of how much temporal work time we spend in comparison to spiritual work. The more money we spend on entertainment and leisure, the longer it will take us to be more in control of our time, rather than have it rationed to us by our employers.
How to be spiritually self reliant was the theme of the lesson.
Part of being self reliant is learning to rely on the Lord. We learn what part is his and which is ours and learn to do our part and to do it well.
Seek the blessings of the temple by having a temple recommend is the stake theme.
We were challenged during the month of November to set a timer before our personal prayers for five minutes and give thanks for five minutes before asking for anything.
Someone expressed that they enjoyed looking at the chandeliers in the temple and the colors in prisms. He said that he could see more colors if he took his glasses off. He said that it was because of his poor eyesight and that others with good eyesight he talked to had to squint to see the colors.