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A THOUGHT FROM THE SCRIPTURES

Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also. - Alma 60:23

"The secret to cleansing our spirit of whatever the impurity is not very complicated," said Bishop H. Burke Peterson, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, during an address in the priesthood session of the 1980 October general conference."It begins with prayer every morning and ends with prayer every night. This is the most important step I know in the cleansing process. It may simply be a prayer for strength to turn from bad habits - remember that all prayers are not answered the next day. With this step in place, I have seen hundreds of miracles take place. Without it, there is continued frustration, unhappiness, ineffectiveness and despair. . . .

"Second . . . an added measure of spiritual purity, if you please, can be found in a daily study of the scriptures - not long, perhaps, but every day. If I were an Aaronic Priesthood boy, I would start reading the scriptures tonight and never let a day pass without reading some in them. . . .

"Third, feed refreshment in your spirit that comes when you do something good for another that he or she doesn't expect. Keep it simple, but do it - daily. It may be only a cheery hello, a short visit to a homebound [person], a phone call, or a note. . . .

"And finally, pick up a commandment you are still struggling with and give it an honest chance to bless your life."