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an abundance of wholesome food. But let those in charge of the cooking gather up the fragments that nothing be lost.18Testimonies for the Church 6:209. AH 377.5

Economy does not mean niggardliness, but a prudent expenditure of means because there is a great work to be done.19Letter 151, 1899. AH 378.1

Provide Conveniences to Lighten Wife's Labor—Brother E's family live in accordance with the principles of strictest economy.... Brother E had conscientiously decided not to build a convenient woodshed and kitchen for his large family, because he did not feel free to invest means in personal conveniences when the cause of God needed money to carry it forward. I tried to show him that it was necessary for the health as well as the morals of his children that he should make home pleasant and provide conveniences to lighten the labor of his wife.20Letter 9, 1888. AH 378.2

Wife's Allowance for Personal Use—You must help each other. Do not look upon it as a virtue to hold fast the purse strings, refusing to give your wife money.21Letter 65, 1904. AH 378.3

You should allow your wife a certain sum weekly and should let her do what she please with this money. You have not given her opportunity to exercise her tact or her taste because you have not a proper realization of the position that a wife should occupy. Your wife has an excellent and a well-balanced mind.22Letter 47, 1904. AH 378.4

Give your wife a share of the money that you receive. Let her have this as her own, and let her use it as she desires. She should have been allowed to use the means that she earned as she in her judgment deemed best. If she had had a certain sum to use as her own, without being criticized, a great weight would have been lifted from her mind.23Letter 157, 1903. AH 378.5

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