More Profound Than Words

There were some really good things said during the Thursday morning session of April 1971 conference, but one thing really stood out to me that I just can’t stop thinking about.


H. Burke Peterson was called at this conference as the First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, so this was his first address in front of the church membership. His talk was entitled, “Setting the Example in the Home.” Talking about his father, who was a ward clerk for fifteen years, he said,


“He would count it and account for it and put the ones and the fives and the tens in a pile; and then he would get the ironing board and an iron and a wet rag, and then our dad would take each of these paper bills and iron it smooth.”


ironing money

As my mind creates this picture, these words flash to the forefront:








Enduring to do one’s best

Magnifying one’s calling

Example without words



What this father did for this boy is a gift that is more profound than words.



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Our Lines of Communication Chastity Wilson