The Lord uses the unlikely to accomplish the impossible,
–Elder Russell M. Nelson
The Lord uses the unlikely to accomplish the impossible,
–Elder Russell M. Nelson
A little piece of a talk I skimmed through. Find it here.
But we must have the desire to open the door, even if it shakes the very foundation of our past beliefs and way of life. And this applies to less-active members as well as those who are not yet members of the Church. I am reminded of the words of a hymn:
Our Father in Heaven will never take away our agency. We must seek after or desire to know our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is a way by which all men can know whether or not the teachings of Jesus Christ are true. As Jesus answered the skeptics at the Feast of Tabernacles, He said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” 5
Obedience brings blessings. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of obedience.
There was a man once who said he was doing it strictly out of obedience, not out of love. He saw this because Christ asked that the cup be removed from him. He didn’t want to do it. My companion looked at him and said, “Have you ever done something for someone, even though you didn’t want to, because you loved them?”
Love should be the motivation behind our obedience. Do you love God enough to…
go to church on Sunday instead of watching the superbowl?
keep the word of wisdom?
live the law of chastity?
keep the ten commandments?
I can promise you that when we show obedience to Heavenly Father, and we follow that example of Jesus Christ, that you will be blessed.
“As we walk in obedience to the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “we enjoy a continual flow of blessings promised by God in His covenant with us. Those blessings provide the resources we need to act rather than simply be acted upon as we go through life. … Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create.”
❤ sister myers
As I was listening to this talk one question that He posed stood out to me: Do you remember the first time you knew there was a God and could feel His love? After pondering that question I thought…no I don’t remember. There has just always been a God. There has always been someone up there with control over everything and knowledge of everything. Some of you are aware that I did not grow up in the church. I joined two and a half years ago. Just prior to that I was of the opinion that yeah maybe something was up there but I didn’t know who or what or why and I didn’t care. I had never felt His love or a necessity to have him in my life. I was pretty sure if there was a “big guy upstairs” he had forgotten that I was down here. So when did I first truly feel His love? In 2012 I had finally decided that I needed to go to church. I felt like something was missing and I needed to find it. I asked people around me what church they went to. I knew I wasn’t catholic. I knew I wasn’t Lutheran. I had been to a Protestant church once, and a baptist church a few times. But I wasn’t really feeling the jumping and hollering thing anymore and didn’t want to stand and sing for that long. I had no idea what I was, or if I was anything. I was staying with my best friend and her roommate was talking about church. I asked her if I could go with her. The entire time I was sitting in sacrament meeting all I kept think was that I was forgotten and that God, if He was there….didn’t want me in His church. By the time I got to third hour I was feeling so alone and forgotten I was ready to give up my whole search for a church, and that’s when it happened. These are the words that hit me in relief society that day by president uchtdorf:
You are not forgotten.
…wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.
It was that moment that helped me to know that my Heavenly Father loves me. That was the first time I knew.
The rest is history. I met with missionaries, I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed, and three weeks later… I was baptized. I took the first steps to knowing my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I took the first steps to eternal life. What were my next steps?
In the end of 2012 I started getting this crazy idea that I should go on a mission. At the beginning of 2013 that crazy idea turned into me putting in my papers, withdrawing from school, and leaving for Montana. Why did I think this was so crazy? I came to montana to share with people the truths that I know and I how they can have an eternal family of their own, and I didn’t even have an eternal family. Not a single person in my family joined with me. To this day that’s still true. It wasn’t until about four months into my mission that I got it. I was working with a family in Absarokee Montana and the parents were coming back to church and the boys were getting baptized and I felt as if this was my family. The last night I was there I told the boys, “I may never get to be sealed to my family forever, but you can.” And I read them this scripture from doctrine and covenants:
“And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father.”
By Sharing the gospel with this family I was making them my eternal family. Maybe that’s not really what it’s saying, but I truly felt that they were my family, and that I would see them again. Them having eternal life together helped me to know my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.
What is eternal life? It is to know our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I will pose to you another couple of questions posed in last general conference by elder Jorge klebingat and I invite you to ponder the answers to these questions:
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your spiritual confidence before God?
Do you have a personal witness that your current offering as a Latter-day Saint is sufficient to inherit eternal life?
Can you say within yourself that Heavenly Father is pleased with you?
What thoughts come to mind if you had a personal interview with your Savior one minute from now?
Brothers and sisters, You have a great gift. You know what it takes to return to live with your Heavenly Father. Share that gift with others, that they might know their Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, that they might have eternal life.
“…Lust is an unsavory word, and it is certainly an unsavory topic for me to address, but there is good reason why in some traditions it is known as the most deadly of the seven deadly sins. 2
Why is lust such a deadly sin? Well, in addition to the completely Spirit-destroying impact it has upon our souls, I think it is a sin because it defiles the highest and holiest relationship God gives us in mortality—the love that a man and a woman have for each other and the desire that couple has to bring children into a family intended to be forever. Someone said once that true love must include the idea of permanence. True love endures. But lust changes as quickly as it can turn a pornographic page or glance at yet another potential object for gratification walking by, male or female. True love we are absolutely giddy about—as I am about Sister Holland; we shout it from the housetops. But lust is characterized by shame and stealth and is almost pathologically clandestine—the later and darker the hour the better, with a double-bolted door just in case. Love makes us instinctively reach out to God and other people. Lust, on the other hand, is anything but godly and celebrates self-indulgence. Love comes with open hands and open heart; lust comes with only an open appetite.”
See full talk by elder Jeffery R. Holland HERE