Wheat & Sugar more valuable than Gold — Brig. Young & Geo. Q. Cannon

Were I to ask the question, how much wheat or anything else a man must have to justify him in letting it go to waste, it would be hard to answer; figures are inadequate to give the amount. Never let anything go to waste. Be prudent, save everything, and what you get more than you can take care of yourselves, ask your neighbors to help you. There are scores and hundreds of men in this house, if the question were asked them if they considered their grain a burden and a drudge to them, when they had plenty last year and the year before, that would answer in the affirmative, and were ready to part with it for next to nothing. How do they feel now, when their granaries are empty? If they had a few thousand bushels to spare now, would they not consider it a blessing? They would. Why? Because it would bring the gold and silver. But pause for a moment, and suppose you had millions of bushels to sell, and could sell it for twenty dollars per bushel, or for a million dollars per bushel, no matter what amount, so that you sell all your wheat, and transport it out of the country, and you are left with nothing more than a pile of gold, what good would it do you? You could not eat it, drink it, wear it, or carry it off where you could have something to eat. The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat. Gold is not to be compared with it in value. Why would it be precious to you now? Simply because you could get gold for it? Gold is good for nothing, only as men value it. It is no better than a piece of iron, a piece of limestone, or a piece of sandstone, and it is not half so good as the soil from which we raise our wheat, and other necessaries of life. The children of men love it, they lust after it, are greedy for it, and are ready to destroy themselves, and those around them, over whom they have any influence, to gain it. (Brigham Young, June 5, 1853, Journal of Discourses, 1:250)

Let us, brethren and sisters, profit by this experience that we are now passing through, and let us seek to live according to the counsels that have been so plentifully and powerfully given unto us by the servants of God from the beginning. Where we have done wrong, or been unwise, let us repent of it.  Let us teach our families economy. There is an extravagance in our method of living that I feel to say to my own family should be repented of. We use things in a lavish, careless way, because, perhaps, of our former privations. I have seen the day‑‑and many of you have‑‑when sugar was more precious than gold in this town. I remember in 1865 going to Bishop Leonard W. Hardy and coaxing him to let me have ten pounds of sugar for ten dollars. I saw the other day one of my children, who was about to eat some cracked wheat, put as much sugar in his little bowl as he had cracked wheat. I thought to myself, how different this is! I made it a text afterwards to talk to the folks, and to ask them whether they let little children do as they pleased. That is not the way to bring up children. They should not be allowed to help themselves to everything and to waste food. But we fall into these ways. It is not an uncommon thing to see people, who cannot afford it, go to the butcher shop and get tenderloin or porterhouse steak, paying the highest price for meat, and living in a way that is at least injudicious. Many of us have fallen into ways of this kind. Now is a good time to retrench, to call to mind the lessons of the past, the privations we have gone through, and how thankful we were for a little of that which we have now, in some instances, an abundance of, and which, because of the abundance, we have ceased to value. (George Q. Cannon, Aug 6, 1893, Collected Discourses, Vol. 3)

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