The least degree of allowance

A few years ago a large American computer company decided to have some parts manufactured by a Japanese supplier as a trial project.  The American company told the Japanese firm they would accept up to two percent defective products in the 10,000 piece order.  Later, the shipment arrived with 100 percent of the order without defects.  In a separate box was a note, “Sorry, we do not understand American company production practices.  However, this box contains the two percent defective product you wanted.  Sorry for the delay in producing, but these parts had to be made separately which required changing our process in order to make the bad product.  Hope this pleases you.”  (Val D Marks, BYU 2004)


While standards generally may totter, we of the Church are without excuse if we drift in the same manner. We have standards–sure, tested, and effective. To the extent that we observe them, we shall go forward. To the extent that we neglect them, we shall hinder our own progress and bring embarrassment to the work of the Lord. These standards have come from him. Some of them may appear a little out of date in our society, but this does not detract from their validity nor diminish the virtue of their application. The subtle reasoning of men, no matter how clever, no matter how plausible it may sound, cannot abridge the declared wisdom of God. [Gordon B. Hinckley, CR, April 1970, 21; “Contend Not with Others, But Pursue a Steady Course,” Improvement Era, June 1970, 40; also, Be Thou An Example (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1981), 12]


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