Good morning. My thanks go to those who provided the music this morning. Their music has helped to bring the Spirit to this meeting. I would hope to speak by that Spirit today.
My late friend Robert J. Matthews, who taught religion here at BYU, used to say, “If I speak by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, you will hear things better than I say them.” I pray that that can happen today.
I thought it appropriate to begin with a little poem written by a young man that I think might illustrate what sometimes may happen in parents’ attempts to change the behavior of their children. He wrote:
My parents told me not to smoke—
Nor listen to a naughty joke—
They made it plain I must not wink
At pretty girls, or even think
About intoxicating drink—
To dance and flirt is very wrong—
Wild youths chase women, wine and song—
I kiss no girls, not even one—
I do not know how it is done—
You wouldn’t think I had much fun—
[“I Don’t,” Goldenda