Elder L. Tom Perry

Quorum of the Twelve

Mortal life is a cycle of "good and bad times, ups and downs, periods of joy and sadness and times of plenty as well as scarcity ... One of the challenges of this mortal experience is not to allow the stresses and strains of life to get the better of us."

Based on Henry David Thoreau's list of life's four necessities — food, clothing, shelter and fuel, "I would like to expand on each of these four basic needs of life as well as the spiritual benefits of a simplified lifestyle."

Food: The Lord has revealed a law of health as a guideline to what should be introduced into the body and what should not. When followed, "You gain the blessings of a healthy body, an alert mind and the guidance of the Holy Ghost."

Clothing: "Our dress and grooming send a message to others about who we are and it also affects the way we act around others."

Shelter: "Our income should determine the kind of housing we can afford, not the neighbor's big home across the street."

Fuel: "The fuel I want to discuss is spiritual fuel ... We must acquire knowledge of God's eternal plan and our role in it and then by living righteously, surrendering our will to the will of the Lord, we receive the promised blessings."

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