Early in our marriage my husband and I were given counsel to not have face cards in our home. That was a new concept to us. We'd both enjoyed playing cards when we were little with our grandparents. Rummy and Kings on the Corner were favorite games. Those were some of our fondest memories with our grandparents. So we did some research and found this quote in Mormon Doctrine,
"President Joseph F. Smith has stated the position of the Church with reference to card playing in these words:
"Card playing is an intoxicating and therefore, in the nature of a vice. It is generally the companion of the cigaret and wine glass.....A deck of cards in the hands of a faithful servant of God is a satire upon religion...Those who thus indulge are not fit to administer in sacred ordinance...The bishops are charged with the responsibility for the evil and it is their duty to see that it is abolished...No man who is addicted to card playing should be called to act as a ward teacher.....Card playing is a game of chance and because it is a game of chance it has its tricks. It encourage tricks....(Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed., pp. 328-332)
"Members of the Church should not belong to bridge or other type of card clubs, and they should neither play cards nor have them in their homes. By cards is meant, of course, the spotted face cards used by gamblers. To the extent that church members play cards they are out of harmony with their inspired leaders. Innocent non-gambling games played with other types of cards, except for the wast of time in many instances, are not objectionable." Mormon Doctrine, Bruce R. McConkie, 2nd edition, under 'card playing' pg. 112-113.That is some very strong language! I remember when we read that, which was after counsel to not play them, we said, "okay!" We were young and newly married and we wanted desperately to obey in everything we could. Since then we've never thought much about it. We just didn't have them and we didn't play them. Every once in a while we would hear it mentioned as counsel, but it was something that wasn't mentioned much.
So the point. It seems silly you know? Are times different now? Are face cards not as threatening as they were then? I don't know. But I know this. If it's another way that I can bring the Spirit in more fully to my home then sign me up!!! And for us it was really easy to give up cards. Really. We've never thought about it since. (Expect when Leader was accosted by a six year old to play "Go Fish" with face cards I guess). So it's like a freebie. Give up the cards and get the spirit a little more. In the process I have thought, "I am sure hoping that some of the other vices (that aren't near as easy for me to give up) that I have can have some grace (aka extra help) bestowed."
I am trying to review the counsel I have been given to see if there are things that I can be more obedient in. So the more I can live the gospel and keep the commandments the more I can have the Spirit. And the more I have the Spirit the more I can be a mother who knows.