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'Let's simplify,' sisters counseled

Small things — such as gaining spirituality through prayer and study, giving service to others and paying generous tithes and offerings — are prerequisites to that which is great, said Sister Kathleen H. Hughes on Sept. 25.

Speaking during the General Relief Society Meeting, Sister Hughes quoted Doctrine and Covenants 64:32-33: "And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

"These verses are a guide for us as we prepare ourselves and our families to live in perilous times," said Sister Hughes, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency.

One small thing, she said, is the need for every Church member to find time for daily scripture study and prayer.

"We need, with the support of family, to clear enough time to study — not just read — to contemplate, feel, and wait for answers," she said. "The Lord has promised that He will strengthen us, fortify and refresh us, if we will take time for Him each day. (See Doctrine and Covenants 88:63.)"

Church members, she said, "must prepare if we wish to serve, and we must serve if we wish to prepare."

However, she emphasized, magnifying one's calling doesn't mean staying up all night preparing handouts and elaborate table decorations.

"Let's simplify," she said. "The message of a good lesson comes through spiritual preparation."

Sister Hughes also addressed the importance of paying tithes and fast offerings.

"Though each of our circumstances may differ, it is important for us to give all that we can. The Lord has never required us to give all we have, but it is important for Him to know that we would and could do it, if asked."