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What do you need to be happy? A TV? A cellular phone? A microwave oven? Hairspray? Hot, running water? Refrigeration?
Mary Ellen Edmunds has lived in Third World countries. She has seen the sometimes desperate conditions in which people live there.
While observing their poverty, she has also taken note of their generosity and the gratitude they feel for the few things they own. Many seem utterly content with their simple lifestyle. In this humorous yet thought-provoking tape, Mary Ellen Edmunds explains how wealth is “relative.”
You may laugh when she points out the absurdity of our advertisements for things we think are essential — that is, until you start to blush.
Does she intend to make us feel guilty about the plenty we enjoy? No. But she would like us to reflect on our “riches” and see how being spiritually impoverished is an even greater disadvantage than not having shoes to wear.
About the Author
Mary Ellen Edmunds was born in Los Angeles, California, and now lives in American Fork, Utah. She happily qualifies for all senior citizen discounts. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Brigham Young University and taught nursing there for several years. She has served as a missionary in Taiwan, Hong Kong, twice in the Philippines, and in Indonesia, and she directed a child health project in Nigeria, West Africa. She was a director of training at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and served as a member of the Relief Society general board for eleven years. Mary Ellen is the author of several books and talks, including Peculiar—in a Good Way; You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don’t Need; and her most recent, MEE Speaks. She enjoys her family, teaching, writing, people, music, thinking, serving, and being a happifier.
So humbling and so inspiring!!
by Christy - reviewed on August 22, 2010
I am so grateful for the perspective I have gained from listening to this amazing talk. I admire how Christ-like Mary Ellen Edmunds is---generous, humble, teachable, loving. This is my all-time favorite talk of hers. It provides an enriching perspective to our lives and our many blessings!