Our quote this week is from another church manual predating Correlation. Who wrote this, and why would the Correlation Committee disapprove?:
Just what is the function and role of religion in one’s life? Let us suggest an experiment. Take a piece of paper, divide it into two columns, place a plus sign above one and a negative sign above the other. On the basis of your experience with life to-date list in these two columns respectively a) those things which have brought you most satisfaction in life and b) those things which are frustrating and destructive to fine living. In the positive column you may choose to list such things as health, economic security, achievement, friendship, love of folks, integrity, service. In the negative column you may list ill-health, poverty, failure, hate, jealousy. When your two lists are complete, ask yourself these questions: 1) Has my religion helped me to realize more fully these life-building elements? 2) Has my religion helped me to avoid or to partially eliminate these life-destroying elements? You will probably find, as many Latter-day Saint students who have tried this experiment do, that their religion has played a constructive role and produced happiness in their lives, more so than they had heretofore appreciated.