Sunday, February 17, 2013


There is an excellent conference talk by Mormon leader Apostle Dallin H. Oaks on "Good, Better and Best." He points out that: "We should begin by recognizing the REALITY that just because something is GOOD is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far EXCEEDS the time available to accomplish them. Some things are BETTER than good, and these are the things that should command PRIORITY ATTENTION in our lives.

As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are BETTER, and still others are BEST. Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing TV, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better and best BECAUSE they develop FAITH in the Lord JESUS CHRIST and STRENGTHEN our FAMILIES."

CHALLENGE-thinking on your daily activities, rate them:

GOOD-housekeeping, cooking, shopping, reading newspaper, watching TV and videos
BETTER-writing, blogging, pursuing and developing my talents
BEST-time with family, scriptures, prayer, exercise, proper diet, teaching and serving others

Are there changes you could make in your life. I certainly can!


SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these pearls!

Anonymous said...

These are very good points. Thanks for sharing them with your readers. I am doing more and more of the best stuff and less of the good. Time is limited and I really feel it now, in my 60s. I know I've much to do with very limited time.

I just heard that the average American family spent $4000 on entertainment last year. What a ridiculous amount of money to make oneself happy.