C. Smith Sumner

1933 -

A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on acceptance and learning

Learn to accept that "what is" is.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on ability, automobiles, beauty, boldness, children, confusion, danger, environment, fatherhood, garden, god, indecision, life, pollution, and sharing

The Bee Story I want to share something with you. A few days ago, I was stopped at a large, busy intersection waiting for a long light. Not really looking at anything in particular, my eyes moved about until I noticed a honey bee on the street alongside the car. It was near a bold white line which was between my lane and the left turn lane. The bee was not flying in a lush garden among beautiful flowers and shrubs and trees, in the cool clean air with quietness and beauty all around it. Instead, it had lowered itself to walk on the hot pavement surrounded by noise, pollution, heat and great threats to its very life. It crawled onto the line and seemed to be pulled toward the other side. But then it resisted and wandered back. Back and forth it went, indecisive about whether it would cross over or not. The traffic was now moving in the left turn lane and presented a grave danger. Finally the little bee, perhaps confused, being in an environment to which it was not accustomed, and not using the abilities that God had given it, drifted over the line and headed directly into foreign territory. Two tires went by quickly without harming the bee although ruffling its wings a bit. It could see that it could stand up to any danger so it carried on. Then came a bus and, in a split second, its life was snuffed out. It perished on the wrong side of the line. This is a true story about one unfortunate bee. It has been acted out, set in different environments, in the lives of many of the children of our Heavenly Father.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

Source: originally told to a seminary class, September, 19, Los Altos, California, 1983

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on guidance, life, spirit, and trying

Life is too complicated and there is too much at stake to even think about trying to handle it all without the guidance of the Spirit.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on ambition, authors, correction, day, familiarity, god, guidance, heart, history, honesty, horses, individuality, inspiration, learning, listening, literature, meaning, prayer, prophets, spirit, study, time, traditions, unders

KEYS OF UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE: (Detail) 1. Read the Bible - over and over - again and again. By repetition you will gain familiarity with the stories, with the characters, with the authors, with the teachings and doctrines and, most importantly, with our Lord and Master. "If we are to know God, we must read His words, for therein He stands revealed to the honest in heart." Bishop J. Richard Clarke, General Conference, Oct.'82. 2. Ponder, Pray and Seek the Spirit. Most important above all others! Seek always to have the Spirit with you. ". . . the things of God knoweth no man, except he has the Spirit of God." 1 Corinthians 2:11. Listen to that "still, small voice." 3. Use the New LDS Edition of the King James Version..."The most significant event in Bible publication in over a hundred years," Daniel H. Ludlow. Forget other translations. 4. Use & rely on the JST, for clarification. Especially as foot-noted in the New LDS Edition of the King James Version. Mark the JST footnotes throughout your Bible. 5. Don't get "hung up" on individual words. Don't be distracted by archaic spellings and usages or "little words" that might not be correct. Read for the Meaning and for the Story while relying on the Spirit. 6. Use commentaries & dictionaries for background . . . history, local customs & traditions; (Use the Bible Dictionary & Maps in the LDS Edition). For doctrinal interpretations, use the scriptures themselves and prayer along with the writings of inspired scholars. "Don't drink from the stream below the horses." 7. Study individual scripture passages in context with all others which are pertinent as to time and doctrine. 8. "Rightly divide" between literal and figurative. Study inspired writings of latter-day apostles and prophets. 9. Modern scripture sheds true light on the ancient. Footnotes and Topical Guide will help. 10. Become familiar with ancient biblical literary styles. Learn some of the basic elements of Israelite writing such as: parallelism, chiasmus, figurative imagery, and dualism. 11. Learn Hebrew and Greek. [For the very ambitious.]

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on acceptance, change, choice, competition, direction, eternity, and time

To be true, I must fully accept that at this moment, I can only be what I am . . . no more, no less; however, with the inevitable passing of each moment of time, I will gradually, but surely change . . . to become more or less, better or worse, stronger or weaker. My choice is the direction of change: it is mine alone. The only true competition is this rivalry with my changing self. It is the very basis of the grand eternal plan.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on competition, day, life, past, progress, and weakness

Life is not a competition with others. In its truest sense it is rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass ourselves. This is, simply, progress.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

Source: 10-Oct-83

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on awareness and fatherhood

Am I as aware of Heavenly Father as I want Him to be aware of me?

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on anticipation, commitment, courage, egotism, forgiveness, happiness, life, perspective, power, responsibility, rules, satisfaction, spirit, and success

A Few Rules OF Life • Stay in Tune with the Spirit. • Take the Power. • Act with Courage. • Lean Into It. • Anticipate and Plan. • Act Successful . . . Be Successful. • See the Broad Perspective. • Take 100% Responsibility. • Seek No Ego-Satisfaction. • Keep Every Commitment. • Be Always A Gentleman. • Have The Majesty of Calmness. • Forgive, Forget and Let It Roll Off. • Radiate Happiness. • Don't Wobble.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on caring, charity, love, and trade

There is a Free Trade System with love and charity being exchanged and caring acts being passed on to others. Example: Leather clad motorcyclists assisting when I was stranded. There are also the consumers who do not pass on the caring acts; they only consume love (not ever quite receiving enough).

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

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