“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” —Matthew 5:48
“His Atonement is an unfathomable gift given at an incomprehensible cost. That, it seems to me, is at least part of the meaning behind Jesus’s charge to be perfect. We may not be able to demonstrate yet the 10,000-talent perfection the Father and the Son have achieved, but it is not too much for Them to ask us to be a little more godlike in little things, that we speak and act, love and forgive, repent and improve at least at the 100-pence level of perfection, which it is clearly within our ability to do.” —Jeffrey R. Holland
This Day in LDS History
1830: Parley P. Pratt baptizes John Murdock, one of the first converts in Ohio and father of the twins later adopted by Joseph and Emma Smith.
1896: In a formal letter, the First Presidency announces that fast day will be moved from the first Thursday of each month to the first Sunday. Because of increasing industrialization, many members had not been able to attend Thursday meetings.
1903: The Church announces the purchase of Carthage Jail, the site of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Patriarch Hyrum Smith; this is the first of many purchases of historic properties by the Church.
1985: President Spencer W. Kimball dies in Salt Lake City at age ninety, after serving for more than forty-two years as a General Authority.