About the Book
"As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles," counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. "Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances."
In this exciting book, Elder Scott offers 21 principles distilled from his life experiences. These "concentrated truths" will help you understand more fully how to be guided by the Spirit. Elder Scott's brief explanations open the way for your own discovery and exploration.
"I bear witness that Jesus Christ knows you personally," Elder Scott writes. "He will provide answers to every difficult problem in your life as you trust Him and do all you can to understand and apply His doctrine and strive to live by the Spirit." 21 Principles will be a valuable tool in that quest.
21 Principles is a great book from the outside in. The cover features a beautiful water color done by the author (readers learn about Elder Scott's artistic background while reading Principle 3). The book is a compact size, ideal for taking on the go. And, at just over 100 pages, divided up by each principle, it's a fast read that can be read a principle at a time or all at once.
After a brief introduction, the 21 principles are all listed. It is nice to have them all up front, so no digging is necessary. The rest of the book focuses on each principle, expounding and personalizing each one.
I really like how Elder Scott included personal examples with each of the 21 principles. It's one thing to share a sentence or two about a truth that can help us live by the Spirit, but showing how that truth has applied in his life really helps bring the points home.
One point that really stood out to me came from principle 6:
"His invitation, 'Ask, and ye shall receive' (3 Nephi 27:29) does not assure that you will get what you want. It does guarantee that, if worthy, you will get what you need, as judged by a Father that loves you perfectly, who wants your eternal happiness even more than you do." (p. 35)
Such an important point to remember!
I also really liked this guidance from principle 10:
"Learn how to live the commandments when there is no pressure on you. Develop the standards and obedience by making correct choices repeatedly and you will develop the character that will sustain you when pressures from Satan come into your life. The principles of the gospel will have become such a part of who you are that they will produce miracles." (p. 51)
Not only is it important when we are raising and teaching our children, but it is important to everyone, at any age.
21 Principles is a great book filled with simple (but divine) truths that can help us through the ups and downs in our daily lives.
About the Author
Elder Richard G. Scott, was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1988. He had served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977 and was a member of the presidency of that quorum for five years. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and completed post-graduate work in nuclear engineering. Prior to his call as a General Authority, he worked on the staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover developing military and private nuclear power reactors. Elder Scott and his wife, Jeanene Watkins Scott (deceased), are the parents of seven children.