Blessings from Planting a Garden

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Waste Not, Want Not

Wise old Saying: “Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“The Stone Cut without Hands” - President Spencer W. Kimball - April 1976 Gen. Conf. - May 1976 Ensign (planting gardens)


President Spencer W. Kimball counseled:

“I hope that we understand that, while having a garden, for instance, is often useful in reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, it does much more than this. Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden? How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning? Yes, we are laying up resources in store, but perhaps the greater good is contained in the lessons of life we learn as we live providently and extend to our children their pioneer heritage.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1977, p. 125; Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 78.)

This heritage includes teaching our children how to work.

Quoted by James E. Faust, General Conference, April 1986 - “The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family”