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Onefor the Money Onefor the Money Onefor the Money GUIDE TO FAMILY FINANCE E LDER M ARVIN J. A SHTON
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One for the Money GUIDE TO FAMILY FINANCE E LDER M ARVIN J. A SHTON One for the Money
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© 1992 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City, Utah
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I n the welfare session of the April 1975 general conference, Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a member of the Council of the Twelve, delivered the address from which this booklet is adapted. President Spencer W. Kimball endorsed Elder Ashton’s message when in the same meeting he stood and said: “I have been thinking of many things since we came to this meeting. I endorse what Brother Ashton has said. I think if I were starting with a young family, I would want to get the twelve points explained by Brother Ashton and follow them explicitly myself and teach my children and my family and everybody with whom I came in contact. It is basic. All my life from childhood I have heard the Brethren saying, ‘Get out of debt and stay out of debt.’ I was employed for some years in the banks and I saw the terrible situation that many people were in because they had ignored that important counsel. “I agree with all that Brother Ashton has said…with regard to family financing in the home. Every family should have a budget. Why, we would not think of going one day without a budget in this Church or our businesses. We have to know approximately what we may receive, and we certainly must know what we are going to spend. And one of the successes of the Church would have to be that the Brethren watch these things very carefully, and we do not spend that which we do not have.”
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T he wind and waves will periodically interfere with our chosen course, even in financial matters; but the laws of the gospel can bring us back on course and guide us to peaceful waters. E LDER M ARVIN J. A SHTON Original art by Elder Richard G. Scott
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1 R ecently I had the opportunity to visit with a choice young couple. They were to be married within the week. Their eyes sparkled in anticipation of the important event and with evidence of their continuing love for one another. Both had the advantages of college education, good homes, and cultural experiences. It was delightful to share their personalities, plans, and potentials. Their courtship already seemed appropriately launched on an eternal basis. During our interview, their responses to only one question gave me concern. I hope my anxieties and suggestions caused them to reassess their pending partnership. To the question, “Who is going to manage the money in your marriage?” she replied, “He is, I guess.” He responded, “We haven’t talked about that yet.” These comments surprised and shocked me.
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