Work Ethic

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Joseph B. Wirthlin

Parents should plant deeply the seed of the work ethic into the hearts and habits of their children. As society has shifted from an agrarian to an urban structure, the joy and necessity of diligent, hard work have been neglected.  If our young people do not learn to work while in their homes, they likely will be compelled to learn later in a setting where the lesson may be painful.

The remarks of President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., given fifty-six years ago, are instructive today.  He said:  "It is the eternal, inescapable law that growth comes only from work and preparation, whether the growth be material, mental, or spiritual. Work has no substitute."   (In Conference Report, Apr. 1933, p. 103.) 

More recently, Elder Howard W. Hunter counseled: "The first recorded instruction given to Adam after the Fall dealt with the eternal principle of work.  The Lord said: 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.' (Gen. 3:19.)  Our Heavenly Father loves us so completely that he has given us a commandment to work.  This is one of the keys to eternal life.  He knows that we will learn more, grow more, achieve more, serve more, and benefit more from a life of industry than from a life of ease." (Ensign, Nov. 1975, p. 122.)

Excerpt from April 1989 Conference Address by Joseph B. Wirthlin