When you're young, it's normal to grow out of your clothes and shoes. Your body gets taller and heavier without much effort on your part.

At the same time, you grow mentally. You get to know more about people and things and learn how to live comfortably with them. You become wiser and find out how to deal with situations in a sensible way. But that kind of mental growing takes some effort on your part. If you're going to make a success of it, you have to be willing to learn, and usually the more you take an interest in the world and try to find out about it, the more you grow mentally and get to understand what's going on around you, and what you should do.

Then, there's spiritual growing, and that's a very important kind of growing—the most important of all. We need to think a lot about this because we never can be truly happy or successful unless we grow spiritually. And people don't always find this easy to do.

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September 18, 1976

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