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" What do you hope people who hear this talk will take away from it?
JB: “While I was researching and preparing this presentation, the thing I got from it was, ‘I need to teach my children to work, and to enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a job well done.’ It was also surprising for me to see how frequently ‘idleness’ was condemned in the scriptures, and I think we’re getting away from a work ethic into an entertainment or play ethic.
Because of that expectation, he became very successful as a blind wrestler and a lawyer.
None of that would have happened had his parents not taught him to work even though he couldn’t see.” MT: What is the redeeming value of "Farm wisdom?
JB: “I think it would have to be the difference between the farm and the city. Today, kids think that the reason for summer vacation is a vacation from school.
But I have to say that it was working with my grandpa, who grew up on a farm in Mountain Home, Idaho, that had the most influence.
Witnessing his work ethic and hearing his stories gave me an appreciation for the farm’s best lessons.” MT: How many general conference talks did you find that contained references to "farm" stories? I just searched under 'raised on a farm' and found dozens.
It’s also a timely subject, since we’re struggling with issues of entitlement and work ethic in our world right now.” MT: How did you come up with the W-H-E-A-T acronym?
JB: “I looked for common threads or principles in my research, and it looked to me like the wisdom gleaned from the farm fit nicely into five groups — and by an amazing coincidence, (wink, wink), they just happened to spell WHEAT (I had to force it a little).
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