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THE MORNING BREAKS,THE SHADOWS FLEE; ♪

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MORNING BREAKS,THE SHADOWS FLEE; ♪

♪♪♪ THE MORNING BREAKS,THE SHADOWS FLEE; ♪

LO, ZION'S STANDARDIS UNFURLED! ♪

>> LLOYD NEWELL: FROM THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT TEMPLE

SQUARE IN SALT LAKE CITY, THIS IS THE SATURDAY MORNING SESSION

OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF

JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS WITH SPEAKERS SELECTED

FROM THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES AND GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH.

MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION IS PROVIDED BY THE TABERNACLE CHOIR

AT TEMPLE SQUARE. MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH GATHER

FROM ALL AREAS OF THE WORLD TO RECEIVE COUNSEL AND INSTRUCTION

FROM

THEIR CHURCH LEADERS. THIS BROADCAST IS FURNISHED AS A

PUBLIC SERVICE BY BONNEVILLE DISTRIBUTION. ANY REPRODUCTION,

RECORDING,

TRANSCRIPTION OR OTHER USE OF THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT WRITTEN

CONSENT IS PROHIBITED. ♪ TO BRING HER RANSOMEDCHILDREN HOME.

♪♪

PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING, SECOND COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST

PRESIDENCY OF THE CHURCH, WILL CONDUCT THIS SESSION.

>> PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING: BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE WELCOME

YOU TO THE SATURDAY MORNING SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL

GENERAL

CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY

SAINTS AND EXTEND A WARM WELCOME TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

PARTICIPATING IN THE CONFERENCE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. PRESIDENT

RUSSELL M. NELSON, WHO PRESIDES AT THE CONFERENCE, HAS ASKED

THAT I CONDUCT THIS SESSION. THE MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION WILL BE

BY THE TABERNACLE

CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MACK WILBERG AND

RYAN MURPHY WITH ANDREW UNSWORTH AT THE ORGAN. THE CHOIR OPENED

THIS MEETING WITH "THE MORNING BREAKS," AND WILL NOW FAVOR US

WITH "FROM ALL THAT DWELL

BELOW THE SKIES."

THE INVOCATION WILL THEN BE OFFERED BY ELDER LARRY Y. WILSON

OF THE SEVENTY, AFTER WHICH,

THE CHOIR WILL SING "AS I SEARCH THE HOLY SCRIPTURES."

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FROM ALL THAT DWELLBELOW THE SKIES, ♪

LET THE CREATOR'SPRAISE ARISE; ♪

LET THE REDEEMER'SNAME BE SUNG

THROUGH EV'RY LAND,BY EV'RY TONGUE. ♪

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IN EV'RY LANDBEGIN THE SONG; ♪

TO EV'RY LANDTHE STRAINS BELONG. ♪

IN CHEERFUL SOUNDSALL VOICES RAISE

AND FILL THE WORLDWITH LOUDEST PRAISE. ♪♪♪

YOUR LOFTY THEMES,YE MORTALS, BRING; ♪

IN SONGS OF PRAISEDIVINELY SING. ♪

THE GREAT SALVATIONLOUD PROCLAIM, ♪

AND SHOUT FOR JOYTHE SAVIOR'S NAME. ♪

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ETERNAL ARE THYMERCIES, LORD; ♪

ETERNAL TRUTHSATTEND THY WORD. ♪

THY PRAISE SHALL SOUNDFROM SHORE TO SHORE, ♪

TILL SUNS SHALL RISEAND SET NO MORE. ♪

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THY PRAISE SHALL SOUNDFROM SHORE TO SHORE, ♪

TILL SUNS SHALL RISEAND SET NO MORE. ♪

A-MEN! ♪♪

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ELDER LARRY Y. WILSON: OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, AS DISCIPLES OF

CHRIST WE GATHER IN THIS CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE OF HIM

AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE HIS GOSPEL MORE FULLY. WE'RE

GRATEFUL FOR HIS WORD.

FOR HIS ATONING SACRIFICE AND RESURRECTION AND THE RESTORED

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EVERY VALIANT MISSIONARY AND FOR WONDERFUL LEADERS,

ESPECIALLY LEAD PROPHETS. WE'RE GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF THE BOD

OF THE CHRIST AND TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THEE. PLEASE HELP US TO

RECEIVE THE LIGHT AND LOVE FROM THEE THAT WOULD BE CONVEYED

THROUGH THE MESSAGES OF THIS CONFERENCE. HELP US TO CARRY

THAT LIGHT AND LOVE INTO ALL THE WORLD WHEREVER

WE MAY BE THAT THERE MAY BE GREATER FATHER AND GOODNESS AND

HOLINESS IN OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES.

WE PRAFOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING, POUR OUT THY COMFORT,

HOPE, HEALING AND BLESSING UPON THEM. WE EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR

THY PLAN FOR WHICH WE CAN RETURN TO THEE.

HELP US AS WE STRIVE TO WALK THE

PATH THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO

SO, WE PRAY, IN THE SACRED NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY SCRIPTURES, ♪

LOVING FATHEROF MANKIND, ♪

MAY MY HEARTBE BLESSED WITH WISDOM, ♪

AND MAY KNOWLEDGEFILL MY MIND. ♪

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AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY SCRIPTURES, ♪

TOUCH MY SPIRIT,LORD, I PRAY. ♪

MAY LIFE'S MYST'RIESBE UNFOLDED

AS I STUDYDAY BY DAY. ♪

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AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY SCRIPTURES, ♪

MAY THY MERCYBE REVEALED. ♪

SOOTHE MY TROUBLED HEARTAND SPIRIT; ♪

MAY MY UNSEEN WOUNDSBE HEALED. ♪

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AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY SCRIPTURES, ♪

HELP ME PONDERAND OBEY. ♪

IN THY WORDIS LIFE ETERNAL; ♪

MAY THY LIGHTSHOW ME THE WAY. ♪

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MAY THY LIGHTSHOW ME THE WAY. ♪

SHOW ME THE WAY. ♪♪

♪♪

SHOW ME THE WAY. ♪♪

>> PRESIDENT EYRING: WE WILL NOW BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM ELDER

JEFFREY R. HOLLAND OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. HE WILL

BE FOLLOWED BY ELDER TERENCE M. VINSON OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE

SEVENTY. BROTHER STEPHEN W. OWEN, YOUNG MEN GENERAL

PRESIDENT,

WILL THEN ADDRESS US.

>> ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND:

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THIS IS SAMMY HO CHING, SEVEN MONTHS

OLD, WATCHING GENERAL CONFERENCE ON TELEVISION IN HIS HOME

LAST APRIL.

AS TIME APPROACHED TO SUSTAIN PRESIDENT NELSON AND THE OTHER

GENERAL AUTHORITIES, SAMMY'S ARMS WERE BUSY

HOLDING HIS BOTTLE.

SO HE DID THE NEXT BEST THING.

[LAUGHTER] SAMMY GIVES ENTIRELY NEW MEANING TO THE CONCEPT OF

VOTING WITH

YOUR FEET.

WELCOME TO THIS SEMIANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF

JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. TO SET THE STAGE FOR A

DISCUSSION OF THE MEANING OF

THESE TWICE-A-YEAR GATHERINGS,

I INVOKE THIS SCENE FROM LUKE'S

NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNT: "IT CAME TO PASS, THAT AS [JESUS] WAS

COME NIGH UNTO JERICHO,

A CERTAIN BLIND MAN SAT BY

THE WAYSIDE BEGGING: "HEARING [A] MULTITUDE PASS BY,

HE ASKED WHAT IT MEANT.

"THEY TOLD HIM, THAT JESUS

OF NAZARETH PASSETH BY. "AND HE CRIED, SAYING, JESUS, THOU SON

OF DAVID,

HAVE MERCY ON ME."

STARTLED AT HIS BOLDNESS, THE CROWD TRIED TO SILENCE THE MAN,

BUT "HE CRIED SO MUCH THE MORE." AS A RESULT OF HIS PERSISTENCE,

HE WAS BROUGHT TO JESUS, WHO HEARD HIS FAITH-FILLED PLEA FOR

THE RESTORATION OF HIS SIGHT AND HEALED HIM.

I AM MOVED BY THIS VIVID LITTLE VIGNETTE EVERY TIME I READ IT.

WE CAN SENSE THE MAN'S DISTRESS. WE CAN ALMOST HEAR HIM SHOUTING

FOR THE SAVIOR'S ATTENTION.

WE SMILE AT HIS REFUSAL

TO BE SILENT--INDEED, HIS DETERMINATION TO TURN

THE VOLUME UP WHEN EVERYONE ELSE WAS TELLING HIM TO TURN IT DOWN.

IT IS, IN AND OF ITSELF, A SWEET STORY OF VERY DETERMINED FAITH.

BUT AS WITH ALL SCRIPTURE, THE MORE WE READ IT,

THE MORE WE FIND IN IT.

ONE THOUGHT THAT STRUCK ME ONLY RECENTLY IS THE GOOD SENSE THIS

MAN HAD IN HAVING SPIRITUALLY

SENSITIVE PEOPLE AROUND HIM.

THE ENTIRE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS

STORY HINGES ON A HANDFUL OF

ANONYMOUS WOMEN AND MEN WHO,

WHEN ASKED BY THEIR COLLEAGUE,

"WHAT DOES THIS COMMOTION MEAN?" HAD THE VISION, IF YOU WILL, TO

IDENTIFY CHRIST AS THE REASON FOR THE CLAMOR; HE WAS THE

"MEANING PERSONIFIED." THERE IS A LESSON IN THIS LITTLE

EXCHANGE FOR ALL OF US.

IN MATTERS OF FAITH AND CONVICTION, IT HELPS TO DIRECT

YOUR INQUIRY TOWARD THOSE WHO ACTUALLY HAVE SOME! "CAN THE

BLIND LEAD THE BLIND?"

JESUS ONCE ASKED. "[IF SO] SHALL THEY NOT BOTH

FALL INTO THE DITCH?"

SUCH A QUEST FOR FAITH AND

CONVICTION IS OUR PURPOSE IN THESE CONFERENCES, AND BY

JOINING WITH US TODAY YOU WILL REALIZE THAT THIS SEARCH IS A

BROADLY SHARED ENDEAVOR.

LOOK AROUND YOU. HERE ON THESE GROUNDS YOU WILL SEE FAMILIES OF

ALL SIZES COMING FROM EVERY DIRECTION. OLD FRIENDS EMBRACE

IN JOYFUL

REUNION, A MARVELOUS CHOIR IS WARMING UP, AND PROTESTORS SHOUT

FROM THEIR FAVORITE SOAPBOX. MISSIONARIES OF AN EARLIER DAY

LOOK FOR FORMER COMPANIONS, WHILE RECENTLY RETURNED

MISSIONARIES LOOK FOR ENTIRELY NEW COMPANIONS.

(IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! )

AND MORE POWER TO YOU. AND PHOTOS? HEAVEN HELP US! WITH

CELL PHONES IN EVERY HAND, WE HAVE MORPHED FROM "EVERY MEMBER

A MISSIONARY" TO "EVERY

MEMBER A PHOTOGRAPHER."

IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS DELIGHTFUL COMMOTION, ONE COULD

JUSTIFIABLY ASK, "WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?" AS IN OUR NEW

TESTAMENT STORY, THOSE BLESSED WITH SIGHT WILL

RECOGNIZE THAT, IN SPITE OF

EVERYTHING ELSE THIS CONFERENCE

TRADITION MAY OFFER US, IT WILL MEAN LITTLE OR NOTHING UNLESS WE

FIND JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL. TO GRASP THE VISION WE ARE

SEEKING, THE HEALING THAT

HE PROMISES, THE SIGNIFICANCE WE SOMEHOW KNOW IS HERE, WE MUST

CUT THROUGH THE COMMOTION-- JOYFUL AS IT IS-- AND FIX OUR

ATTENTION ON HIM.

THE PRAYER OF EVERY SPEAKER,

THE HOPE OF ALL WHO SING,

THE REVERENCE OF EVERY GUEST-- WE ARE ALL DEDICATED TO INVITING

THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHOSE CHURCH THIS IS, THE LIVING CHRIST, THE

LAMB OF GOD,

THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO BE IN A CONFERENCE CENTER TO FIND HIM.

WHEN A CHILD READS THE BOOK OF MORMON FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IS

ENAMORED WITH ABINADI'S COURAGE OR THE MARCH OF 2,000 STRIPLING

WARRIORS, WE CAN GENTLY ADD THAT JESUS IS THE OMNIPRESENT CENTRAL

FIGURE IN THIS MARVELOUS CHRONICLE, STANDING LIKE A

COLOSSUS OVER VIRTUALLY EVERY

PAGE OF IT AND PROVIDING THE

LINK TO ALL OF THE OTHER

FAITH-PROMOTING FIGURES IN IT.

LIKEWISE, WHEN A FRIEND IS LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH, SHE OR

HE CAN BE A BIT OVERWHELMED BY SOME OF THE UNIQUE ELEMENTS AND

UNFAMILIAR VOCABULARY OF

OUR RELIGIOUS PRACTICE-- DIETARY RESTRICTIONS,

SELF-RELIANCE SUPPLIES, PIONEER TREKS, AND DIGITIZED FAMILY OF

STAKE CENTERS, WHERE SOME TREES, WITH AN UNTOLD NUMBER HAVE

UNDOUBTEDLY EXPECTED TO BE SERVED A FINE CHARBROILED

SIRLOIN, MEDIUM-RARE. SO AS OUR NEW FRIENDS EXPERIENCE A

MULTITUDE OF NEW SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, WE MUST POINT PAST THE

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AND

CONCENTRATE THEM ON THE MEANING

OF IT ALL, ON THE BEATING HEART OF THE ETERNAL GOSPEL: THE LOVE

OF HEAVENLY PARENTS,

THE ATONING GIFT OF A DIVINE SON, THE COMFORTING GUIDANCE OF

THE HOLY GHOST, THE LATTER-DAY

RESTORATION OF ALL THESE TRUTHS, AND SO MUCH MORE. WHEN ONE GOES

TO THE HOLY TEMPLE FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE OR SHE MAY BE SOMEWHAT

AWESTRUCK BY

THAT EXPERIENCE. OUR JOB IS TO ENSURE THAT THE

SACRED SYMBOLS AND REVEALED

RITUALS, THE CEREMONIAL CLOTHING, AND THE VISUAL

PRESENTATIONS NEVER DISTRACT FROM BUT RATHER POINT TOWARD THE

SAVIOR, WHOM WE ARE THERE TO WORSHIP. THE TEMPLE IS HIS

HOUSE, AND HE SHOULD BE UPPERMOST IN OUR MINDS AND

HEARTS--THE MAJESTIC

DOCTRINE OF CHRIST PERVADING OUR VERY BEING AS IT PERVADES THE

TEMPLE ORDINANCES--FROM THE TIME WE READ THE INSCRIPTION OVER THE

FRONT DOOR TO THE VERY LAST MOMENT WE SPEND IN THE BUILDING.

AMID ALL THE WONDER WE

ENCOUNTER, WE ARE TO SEE, ABOVE ALL ELSE, THE MEANING OF JESUS

IN THE TEMPLE. CONSIDER THE SWIRL OF BOLD INITIATIVES AND

NEW

ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE CHURCH

IN THESE RECENT MONTHS. AS WE MINISTER TO ONE ANOTHER OR

REFINE OUR SABBATH EXPERIENCE OR EMBRACE A NEW PROGRAM FOR

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, WE WILL MISS THE REAL REASON FOR THESE

REVELATORY ADJUSTMENTS IF WE SEE THEM AS DISPARATE, UNRELATED

ELEMENTS RATHER THAN AS AN

INTERRELATED EFFORT TO HELP US

BUILD MORE FIRMLY ON THE

ROCK OF OUR SALVATION. SURELY, SURELY THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT

RUSSELL M. NELSON INTENDS IN HAVING US USE THE REVEALED NAME

OF THE CHURCH.

IF JESUS--HIS NAME,

HIS DOCTRINE, HIS EXAMPLE,

HIS DIVINITY--IF HE CAN BE AT

THE CENTER OF OUR WORSHIP, WE WILL BE REINFORCING THE GREAT

TRUTH ALMA ONCE TAUGHT: "THERE BE MANY THINGS TO COME; [BUT]

BEHOLD, THERE IS ONE THING WHICH

IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THEY ALL ... THE REDEEMER [WHO]

LIVETH AND COMETH AMONG HIS PEOPLE."

ONE CONCLUDING THOUGHT:

JOSEPH SMITH'S 19TH-CENTURY FRONTIER ENVIRONMENT WAS AFLAME

WITH COMPETING CROWDS OF CHRISTIAN WITNESSES.

BUT IN THE TUMULT THEY CREATED,

THESE EXUBERANT REVIVALISTS VERY SAVIOR YOUNG JOSEPH SO WERE,

IRONICALLY, OBSCURING THE

EARNESTLY SOUGHT.

BATTLING WHAT HE CALLED "DARKNESS AND CONFUSION," HE

RETREATED TO THE SOLITUDE OF A GROVE OF TREES, WHERE HE SAW AND

HEARD A MORE GLORIOUS WITNESS OF

THE SAVIOR'S CENTRALITY TO THE

GOSPEL THAN ANYTHING WE'VE AVE

MENTIONED HERE THIS MORNING. WITH A GIFT OF SIGHT UNIMAGINED

IN VISION HIS HEAVENLY FATHER, AND UNANTICIPATED, JOSEPH BEHELD

AND JESUS CHRIST, HIS PERFECT THE GREAT GOD OF THE UNIVERSE,

ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

THEN THE FATHER SET THE EXAMPLE WE HAVE BEEN APPLAUDING THIS

MORNING: HE POINTED TO JESUS, SAYING, "THIS IS MY BELOVED SON.

HEAR HIM!"

NO GREATER EXPRESSION OF JESUS'S

DIVINE IDENTITY, HIS PRIMACY IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION, AND HIS

STANDING IN THE EYES OF GOD COULD EVER EXCEED THAT SHORT,

SEVEN-WORD DECLARATION.

COMMOTION AND CONFUSION?

AND CROWDS, EVEN CONTENTION?

THERE IS PLENTY OF ALL THAT IN OUR WORLD. FAITHFUL STILL

CONTEND OVER THIS INDEED, SKEPTICS AND THE VISION AND

VIRTUALLY ALL ELSE I HAVE REFERRED TO TODAY.

IN CASE YOU MAY BE STRIVING TO

SEE MORE CLEARLY AND TO FIND MEANING IN THE MIDST OF A

MULTITUDE OF OPINIONS, I POINT

YOU TOWARD THAT SAME JESUS AND BEAR APOSTOLIC WITNESS OF

JOSEPH SMITH'S EXPERIENCE,

COMING AS IT DID SOME 1,800

YEARS AFTER OUR BLIND FRIEND RECEIVED HIS SIGHT ON THE

ANCIENT JERICHO ROAD. I TESTIFY WITH THESE TWO AND A

HOST OF OTHERS DOWN THROUGH TIME

THAT SURELY THE MOST THRILLING

SIGHT AND SOUND IN LIFE IS THAT

OF JESUS NOT ONLY PASSING BY BUT

HIS COMING TO US, STOPPING BESIDE US, AND MAKING HIS ABODE

WITH US.

SISTERS AND BROTHERS, THROUGH

THE INCESSANT DIN AND DRUMBEAT

OF OUR DAY, MAY WE STRIVE TO SEE CHRIST AT THE CENTER OF OUR

LIVES, OF OUR FAITH, AND OF OUR SERVICE. THAT IS WHERE TRUE

MEANING LIES.

AND IF SOME DAYS OUR VISION IS LIMITED OR OUR CONFIDENCE HAS

WANED OR OUR BELIEF IS BEING TESTED AND REFINED--AS SURELY IT

WILL BE--MAY WE CRY OUT THE

LOUDER, "JESUS, THOU SON OF

DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME."

I PROMISE WITH APOSTOLIC FERVOR

AND PROPHETIC CONVICTION THAT HE

WILL HEAR YOU AND WILL SAY, SOON

OR LATE, "RECEIVE THY SIGHT:

THY FAITH HATH SAVED THEE."

WELCOME TO GENERAL CONFERENCE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,

AMEN.

>> ELDER TERENCE M. VINSON: SOMEWHAT HIDDEN IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT BOOK OF HAGGAI IS A DESCRIPTION OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE

WHO COULD HAVE USED ELDER HOLLAND'S COUNSEL. THEY GOT IT

WRONG BY NOT PLACING CHRIST AT THE CENTER OF THEIR LIVES AND

THEIR SERVICE. HAGGAI PAINTS SOME

THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORD PICTURES AS HE REPRIMANDS THESE PEOPLE

FOR STAYING IN THEIR COMFORTABLE HOUSES INSTEAD OF BUILDING

THE LORD'S TEMPLE: "IS IT TIME FOR YOU, O YE, TO DWELL IN YOUR

CEILED HOUSES,

AND THIS HOUSE LIE WASTE? "NOW THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD OF

HOSTS; CONSIDER YOUR WAYS. "YE HAVE SOWN MUCH, AND BRING IN

LITTLE; YE EAT, BUT YE HAVE NOT ENOUGH; YE DRINK, BUT YE ARE NOT

FILLED WITH DRINK; YE CLOTHE YOU, BUT THERE IS NONE WARM; AND

HE THAT EARNETH WAGES EARNETH WAGES TO PUT IT INTO A BAG WITH

HOLES. "THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS; CONSIDER YOUR WAYS."

DON'T YOU LOVE THOSE

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FUTILITY OF PRIORITIZING THINGS OF NO

ETERNAL CONSEQUENCE ABOVE THE THINGS OF GOD? IN A RECENT

SACRAMENT MEETING I ATTENDED, A RETURNED MISSIONARY QUOTED A

FATHER WHO SUMMED UP THIS IDEA PERFECTLY WHEN HE SAID TO HIS

CHILDREN, "WHAT WE NEED HERE IS LESS

WI-FI AND MORE NEPHI!"

[LAUGHTER]

HAVING LIVED IN WEST AFRICA FOR FIVE YEARS, I SAW PLENTY OF

EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE PRIORITIZING THE GOSPEL NATURALLY AND

UNASHAMEDLY. ONE SUCH EXAMPLE IS THE NAME OF A TIRE REPAIR AND

WHEEL BALANCING BUSINESS IN GHANA.

THE OWNER HAS NAMED IT

"THY WILL ALIGNMENT." WE CAN FEEL ENDURING JOY WHEN

OUR SAVIOR AND HIS GOSPEL BECOME THE FRAMEWORK AROUND WHICH

WE BUILD OUR LIVES. HOWEVER, IT'S SO EASY FOR THAT

FRAMEWORK TO BECOME, INSTEAD,

THE THINGS OF THE WORLD, WHERE THE GOSPEL SITS AS AN OPTIONAL

EXTRA, OR AS SIMPLY ATTENDING CHURCH FOR TWO HOURS ON SUNDAYS.

WHEN THIS IS THE CASE, IT IS TANTAMOUNT TO PUTTING OUR WAGES

INTO "A BAG WITH HOLES." HAGGAI IS TELLING US TO BE

COMMITTED--TO BE, AS WE SAY IN AUSTRALIA, "FAIR DINKUM" ABOUT

LIVING THE GOSPEL. PEOPLE ARE FAIR DINKUM WHEN THEY ARE WHAT

THEY SAY THEY ARE. I LEARNED A LITTLE ABOUT BEING FAIR DINKUM

AND BEING COMMITTED BY PLAYING RUGBY. I LEARNED THAT WHEN I

PLAYED MY HARDEST, WHEN I GAVE MY ALL, MY ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME

WAS GREATEST. MY FAVORITE YEAR OF RUGBY WAS THE YEAR AFTER HIGH

SCHOOL. THE TEAM OF WHICH I WAS A MEMBER WAS BOTH TALENTED AND

COMMITTED. WE WERE THE CHAMPION TEAM THAT

YEAR. HOWEVER, ONE DAY WE WERE TO PLAY A LOWLY RANKED TEAM, AND

AFTER THE GAME WE ALL HAD DATES TO TAKE TO THE BIG, ANNUAL

COLLEGE DANCE. I THOUGHT THAT BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE AN EASY

GAME, I SHOULD TRY TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM INJURY SO I WOULD BE

ABLE TO ENJOY THE DANCE FULLY. IN THAT GAME, WE WERE NOT AS

COMMITTED IN THE HARD CONTACTS AS WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN, AND WE

LOST. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I ENDED THE MATCH WITH A VERY

SWOLLEN, FAT LIP THAT DID NOT ENHANCE

MY APPEARANCE FOR MY BIG DATE.

PERHAPS I NEEDED TO LEARN SOMETHING. A VERY DIFFERENT

EXPERIENCE OCCURRED IN A LATER GAME IN WHICH I WAS TOTALLY

COMMITTED. AT ONE POINT I RAN WITH REAL INTENT INTO A CONTACT;

IMMEDIATELY I FELT SOME PAIN

IN MY FACE. HAVING BEEN TAUGHT BY MY FATHER THAT I SHOULD NEVER

LET THE OPPOSITION KNOW IF I WAS HURT, I CONTINUED TO PLAY OUT

THE GAME. THAT NIGHT, WHILE TRYING TO EAT, I FOUND THAT I

COULDN'T BITE. THE NEXT MORNING, I WENT TO THE

HOSPITAL, WHERE AN X-RAY CONFIRMED THAT MY JAW WAS

BROKEN.

MY MOUTH WAS WIRED SHUT LESSONS WERE LEARNED FROM THIS FOR THE

NEXT SIX WEEKS. PARABLE OF THE FAT LIP AND THE BROKEN JAW.

DESPITE MY MEMORIES OF UNSATISFIED CRAVINGS FOR SOLID

FOOD DURING THE SIX WEEKS WHEN I COULD INGEST ONLY LIQUIDS, I

FEEL NO REGRETS ABOUT MY BROKEN JAW BECAUSE IT RESULTED

FROM MY GIVING MY ALL. BUT I DO HAVE REGRETS ABOUT THE FAT LIP

BECAUSE IT

SYMBOLIZED MY HOLDING BACK. GIVING OUR ALL DOESN'T MEAN THAT

WE WILL BE CONTINUALLY ENVELOPED IN BLESSINGS OR ALWAYS HAVE

SUCCESS. BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT WE WILL HAVE JOY. JOY IS NOT

FLEETING PLEASURE OR

EVEN TEMPORARY HAPPINESS. JOY IS ENDURING AND IS FOUNDED ON OUR

EFFORTS BEING ACCEPTED BY

THE LORD. AN EXAMPLE OF SUCH ACCEPTANCE IS THE STORY OF

OLIVER GRANGER.

AS PRESIDENT BOYD K. PACKER STATED: "WHEN THE SAINTS WERE

DRIVEN FROM KIRTLAND, ... OLIVER WAS LEFT BEHIND TO SELL THEIR

PROPERTIES FOR WHAT LITTLE HE COULD. THERE WAS NOT MUCH CHANCE

THAT HE COULD SUCCEED. AND, REALLY, HE DID NOT SUCCEED!" THE

FIRST PRESIDENCY TO DO HE HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED BY A TASK THAT

WAS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

BUT THE LORD COMMENDED HIM FOR HIS APPARENTLY UNSUCCESSFUL

EFFORTS IN THESE WORDS: "I REMEMBER MY SERVANT OLIVER

GRANGER; BEHOLD, VERILY I SAY UNTO HIM THAT HIS NAME SHALL BE

HAD IN SACRED REMEMBRANCE FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION,

FOREVER AND EVER, SAITH THE LORD. "THEREFORE, LET HIM

CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE FIRST

PRESIDENCY OF MY CHURCH, ... AND WHEN HE FALLS

HE SHALL RISE AGAIN, FOR HIS

SACRIFICE SHALL BE MORE SACRED UNTO ME THAN HIS INCREASE, SAITH

THE LORD." THAT MAY BE TRUE OF ALL OF US-- IT'S NOT OUR

SUCCESSES BUT RATHER OUR SACRIFICE AND EFFORTS, THAT

MATTER

TO THE LORD. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST

IS A DEAR FRIEND OF OURS IN CÔTE

D'IVOIRE IN WEST AFRICA. THIS WONDERFUL, FAITHFUL SISTER

SUFFERED TERRIBLE EMOTIONAL-- AND EVEN SOME PHYSICAL--ABUSE

FROM HER HUSBAND OVER A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF TIME, AND

EVENTUALLY THEY DIVORCED. SHE NEVER WAVERED IN HER FAITH AND

GOODNESS, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS CRUELTY TO HER, SHE WAS DEEPLY

HURT FOR A LONG TIME. IN HER OWN WORDS, SHE DESCRIBES WHAT

HAPPENED: "THOUGH I SAID I FORGAVE HIM, I ALWAYS SLEPT WITH

A WOUND; I SPENT MY DAYS WITH THAT WOUND.

IT WAS LIKE A BURN IN MY HEART.

MANY TIMES I PRAYED TO THE LORD HURT SO BAD THAT I STRONGLY TO

TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME, BUT IT BELIEVED I WAS GOING TO SPEND

THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH IT. IT HURT MORE THAN WHEN I LOST MY

MOM AT A YOUNG AGE; IT HURT MORE THAN WHEN I LOST MY DAD

AND EVEN MY SON.

IT SEEMED TO EXPAND AND COVER MY

HEART, GIVING ME THE IMPRESSION I WAS GOING TO EVEN DIE AT ANY

TIME. "SOME OTHER TIMES I ASKED MYSELF WHAT THE SAVIOR WOULD

HAVE DONE IN MY SITUATION, AND I WOULD RATHER SAY, 'THIS IS TOO

MUCH, LORD.' "THEN ONE MORNING I LOOKED FOR THE PAIN THAT COMES

FROM ALL THIS IN MY HEART AND WENT DEEPER, LOOKING FOR IT IN

MY SOUL.

IT WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

MY MIND QUICKLY PASSED TO REVIEW

ALL THE REASONS I [HAD] TO FEEL

HURT, BUT I DID NOT FEEL THE

PAIN. I WAITED THE WHOLE DAY TO SEE IF I WAS GOING TO FEEL THE

PAIN IN MY HEART; I DID NOT FEEL IT. THEN I KNELT DOWN AND

THANKED GOD FOR MAKING THE ATONING SACRIFICE OF THE LORD

WORK FOR ME." THIS SISTER IS NOW HAPPILY SEALED TO A WONDERFUL,

FAITHFUL MAN, WHO LOVES HER DEEPLY. SO WHAT SHOULD OUR

ATTITUDE BE IF WE ARE TRUE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST? AND WHAT IS

THE GOSPEL WORTH TO US WHEN WE DO "CONSIDER [OUR]

WAYS," AS HAGGAI SUGGESTED?

I LOVE THE EXAMPLE SHOWN BY KING LAMONI'S FATHER. YOU'LL REMEMBER

HIS INITIAL ANGER AT FINDING HIS SON BEING ACCOMPANIED BY AMMON,

A NEPHITE--A PEOPLE WHOM THE LAMANITES HATED. HE DREW HIS

SWORD TO CONTEND WITH AMMON AND SOON FOUND AMMON'S SWORD AT HIS

OWN THROAT. "NOW THE KING, FEARING HE SHOULD LOSE HIS LIFE,

SAID: IF THOU WILT SPARE ME I WILL GRANT UNTO THEE WHATSOEVER

THOU WILT ASK, EVEN TO HALF OF THE KINGDOM." NOTE HIS

OFFER--HALF HIS KINGDOM FOR HIS LIFE. BUT LATER, AFTER

UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL, HE MADE ANOTHER OFFER. "THE KING

SAID: WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY HAVE THIS ETERNAL

LIFE OF WHICH THOU HAST SPOKEN? YEA, WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY

BE BORN OF GOD, HAVING THIS WICKED SPIRIT ROOTED OUT OF MY

BREAST, AND RECEIVE HIS SPIRIT, THAT I MAY BE FILLED WITH JOY,

THAT I MAY NOT BE CAST OFF AT THE LAST DAY? BEHOLD, SAID HE, I

WILL GIVE UP ALL THAT I POSSESS, YEA, I WILL FORSAKE MY KINGDOM,

THAT I MAY

RECEIVE THIS GREAT JOY." THIS TIME, HE WAS PREPARED TO GIVE UP

ALL HIS KINGDOM BECAUSE THE GOSPEL WAS WORTH MORE THAN ALL

HE HAD! HE WAS FAIR DINKUM ABOUT THE

GOSPEL. SO, THE QUESTION FOR EACH OF US IS: ARE WE ALSO FAIR

DINKUM ABOUT THE GOSPEL? BECAUSE BEING HALF-HEARTED IS NOT BEING

FAIR DINKUM! AND GOD IS NOT KNOWN FOR

SHOWERING PRAISE ON THE LUKEWARM. THERE IS NO TREASURE,

NOR ANY HOBBY, NOR ANY STATUS, NOR ANY SOCIAL MEDIA, NOR ANY

VIDEO GAMES, NOR ANY SPORT, NOR ANY

ASSOCIATION WITH A CELEBRITY, NOR ANYTHING ON EARTH THAT IS

MORE PRECIOUS THAN ETERNAL LIFE. SO THE LORD'S COUNSEL TO EVERY

PERSON IS "CONSIDER YOUR WAYS."

MY FEELINGS ARE BEST EXPRESSED IN THE WORDS OF NEPHI: "I GLORY

IN PLAINNESS; I GLORY IN TRUTH; I GLORY IN MY JESUS, FOR HE HATH

REDEEMED MY SOUL FROM HELL." ARE WE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF HIM WHO

GAVE HIS ALL FOR US; HE WHO IS OUR REDEEMER AND OUR ADVOCATE

WITH THE FATHER; HE WHO WAS, HIMSELF, ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED IN

HIS ATONING SACRIFICE AND IS SO

NOW IN HIS LOVE, HIS MERCY, AND HIS DESIRE FOR US

TO HAVE ETERNAL JOY? I PLEAD WITH ALL WHO HEAR AND

READ THESE WORDS: PLEASE, PLEASE

DON'T PUT YOUR TOTAL COMMITMENT OFF UNTIL YOU GET AROUND TO IT

AT SOME NONEXISTENT FUTURE TIME. GET FAIR DINKUM NOW AND FEEL THE

JOY! IN THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

>> BROTHER STEPHEN W. OWEN NOT LONG AGO I WOKE UP AND PREPARED

TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES. I PICKED UP MY SMARTPHONE AND SAT

IN A CHAIR NEXT TO MY BED WITH THE INTENTION OF OPENING THE

GOSPEL LIBRARY APP.

I UNLOCKED MY PHONE AND WAS JUST ABOUT TO BEGIN STUDYING WHEN I

SAW A HALF DOZEN NOTIFICATIONS FOR TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAILS

THAT HAD COME DURING THE NIGHT. I THOUGHT, "I'LL QUICKLY CHECK

THOSE MESSAGES, AND THEN I'LL

GET RIGHT TO THE SCRIPTURES."

WELL, TWO HOURS LATER I WAS SITTING READING TEXT MESSAGES,

EMAILS, NEWS BRIEFS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. WHEN I REALIZED

WHAT TIME IT WAS, I FRANTICALLY RUSHED TO GET READY FOR THE DAY.

THAT MORNING I MISSED MY

SCRIPTURE STUDY, AND CONSEQUENTLY, I DIDN'T GET THE

SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT I WAS HOPING FOR. I'M SURE MANY OF YOU

CAN RELATE. MODERN TECHNOLOGIES BLESS US

IN MANY WAYS. THEY CAN CONNECT US WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WITH

INFORMATION, AND WITH NEWS ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD.

HOWEVER, THEY CAN ALSO DISTRACT US FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT

CONNECTION: OUR CONNECTION

WITH HEAVEN.

I REPEAT WHAT OUR PROPHET, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, HAS

SAID: "WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS COMPLEX AND INCREASINGLY

CONTENTIOUS. THE CONSTANT AVAILABILITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND

A 24-HOUR NEWS CYCLE BOMBARD US WITH RELENTLESS MESSAGES. IF WE

ARE TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF SIFTING THROUGH THE MYRIAD OF VOICES AND

THE PHILOSOPHIES OF MEN THAT ATTACK TRUTH, WE MUST

LEARN TO RECEIVE REVELATION." PRESIDENT NELSON WENT ON TO WARN

THAT "IN COMING DAYS, IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO SURVIVE

SPIRITUALLY WITHOUT THE GUIDING, DIRECTING, COMFORTING, AND

CONSTANT INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST." YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT

BOYD K. PACKER TOLD OF A HERD OF DEER THAT, BECAUSE OF HEAVY

SNOWFALL, WAS TRAPPED OUTSIDE ITS NATURAL HABITAT AND FACED

POSSIBLE STARVATION. SOME WELL-MEANING PEOPLE, IN AN

EFFORT TO SAVE THE DEER, DUMPED TRUCKLOADS OF HAY AROUND THE

AREA. IT WASN'T WHAT DEER WOULD NORMALLY EAT, BUT THEY HOPED IT

WOULD AT LEAST GET THE DEER THROUGH THE WINTER. SADLY, MOST

OF THE DEER WERE LATER FOUND DEAD. THEY HAD EATEN THE HAY,

BUT IT DID NOT NOURISH THEM, AND THEY STARVED TO DEATH WITH THEIR

STOMACHS FULL. MANY OF THE MESSAGES THAT BOMBARD US IN THE

INFORMATION AGE ARE THE SPIRITUAL EQUIVALENT OF FEEDING

HAY TO DEER-- WE CAN EAT IT ALL DAY LONG,

BUT IT WILL NOT NOURISH US. WHERE DO WE FIND TRUE SPIRITUAL

NOURISHMENT?

MOST OFTEN, IT IS NOT TRENDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE FIND IT WHEN

WE "PRESS [OUR] WAY FORWARD" ON THE COVENANT PATH, "CONTINUALLY

HOLDING FAST

TO THE ROD OF IRON," AND PARTAKE OF THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF

LIFE. THIS MEANS THAT WE MUST DELIBERATELY TAKE TIME EACH DAY

TO DISCONNECT FROM THE WORLD AND CONNECT WITH HEAVEN. IN HIS

DREAM, LEHI SAW PEOPLE WHO PARTOOK OF THE FRUIT BUT THEN

ABANDONED IT BECAUSE OF THE INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT AND

SPACIOUS BUILDING, THE PRIDE

OF THE WORLD. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE RAISED IN A

LATTER-DAY SAINT HOME, ATTEND ALL THE RIGHT CHURCH MEETINGS

AND CLASSES, EVEN PARTICIPATE IN ORDINANCES IN THE TEMPLE, AND

THEN WALK AWAY "INTO FORBIDDEN PATHS AND [BECOME] LOST." WHY

DOES THIS HAPPEN? IN MANY CASES IT IS BECAUSE, WHILE THEY MAY

HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF SPIRITUALITY, THEY

WERE NOT TRULY CONVERTED.

THEY WERE FED BUT NOT NOURISHED. BY CONTRAST, I HAVE MET MANY OF

YOU YOUNG LATTER-DAY SAINTS WHO ARE STRONG, BRIGHT,

AND FAITHFUL. YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD

AND THAT HE HAS A WORK FOR YOU TO DO. YOU LOVE GOD WITH ALL

YOUR "HEART, MIGHT, MIND AND STRENGTH." YOU KEEP YOUR

COVENANTS AND

SERVE OTHERS, BEGINNING AT HOME. YOU EXERCISE FAITH, REPENT, AND

IMPROVE EACH DAY, AND THIS BRINGS YOU ENDURING JOY. YOU ARE

PREPARING FOR TEMPLE BLESSINGS AND OTHER

OPPORTUNITIES YOU WILL HAVE AS TRUE FOLLOWERS OF THE SAVIOR.

AND YOU ARE HELPING PREPARE THE WORLD FOR THE SECOND COMING,

INVITING ALL TO COME UNTO CHRIST AND RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS

OF HIS ATONEMENT. YOU ARE CONNECTED WITH HEAVEN. YES, YOU

FACE CHALLENGES. BUT SO DOES EVERY GENERATION. THESE ARE OUR

DAYS, AND WE NEED TO BE FAITHFUL, NOT FAITHLESS. I

TESTIFY THAT THE LORD KNOWS ABOUT OUR CHALLENGES AND,

THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT NELSON, HE IS

PREPARING US TO MEET THEM. I BELIEVE THAT THE PROPHET'S

RECENT CALL FOR A HOME-CENTERED CHURCH, SUPPORTED BY WHAT WE DO

IN OUR BUILDINGS, IS DESIGNED TO HELP US SURVIVE-- EVEN

THRIVE--IN THIS DAY OF SPIRITUAL MALNUTRITION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN

TO BE A HOME-CENTERED CHURCH? HOMES CAN LOOK VERY DIFFERENT

ACROSS THE WORLD. YOU MAY BELONG TO A FAMILY WHO HAS BEEN IN THE

CHURCH FOR MANY GENERATIONS. OR YOU MAY BE THE ONLY MEMBER OF

THE CHURCH IN YOUR FAMILY. YOU MAY BE MARRIED OR SINGLE, WITH

OR WITHOUT CHILDREN AT HOME. REGARDLESS OF YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR HOME THE CENTER OF GOSPEL

LEARNING AND LIVING. IT SIMPLY MEANS TAKING PERSONAL

RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR

CONVERSION AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH. IT MEANS FOLLOWING PRESIDENT

NELSON'S COUNSEL "TO REMODEL YOUR HOME INTO A SANCTUARY OF

FAITH." THE ADVERSARY WILL TRY TO PERSUADE YOU THAT SPIRITUAL

NOURISHMENT ISN'T NECESSARY OR,

MORE CUNNINGLY, THAT IT CAN WAIT. HE IS THE MASTER OF

DISTRACTION AND AUTHOR OF PROCRASTINATION. HE WILL BRING

THINGS TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT SEEM URGENT BUT, IN REALITY,

AREN'T THAT IMPORTANT. HE WOULD HAVE YOU BECOME SO "TROUBLED

ABOUT MANY THINGS" THAT YOU NEGLECT THE "ONE THING [THAT] IS

NEEDFUL." HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR MY "GOODLY PARENTS," WHO RAISED

THEIR

FAMILY IN A HOME OF CONSTANT SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT, LOVING

RELATIONSHIPS, AND WHOLESOME RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE

TEACHINGS THEY PROVIDED IN MY YOUTH HAVE HELD ME IN GOOD

STEAD. PARENTS, PLEASE BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR

CHILDREN. THEY NEED MORE OF YOUR TIME, NOT LESS. AS YOU DO, THE

CHURCH IS THERE TO SUPPORT YOU. OUR EXPERIENCES AT CHURCH CAN

REINFORCE THE SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT THAT HAPPENS AT

HOME. SO FAR THIS YEAR, WE HAVE SEEN THIS KIND OF CHURCH SUPPORT

IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND PRIMARY. WE WILL SEE MORE OF IT IN AARONIC

PRIESTHOOD AND YOUNG WOMEN MEETINGS TOO. STARTING THIS

JANUARY, THE CURRICULUM FOR THESE MEETINGS WILL BE ADJUSTED

SLIGHTLY. IT WILL STILL FOCUS ON GOSPEL TOPICS, BUT THOSE TOPICS

WILL BE ALIGNED WITH "COME, FOLLOW ME-- FOR INDIVIDUALS AND

FAMILIES." THIS IS A SMALL CHANGE, BUT IT CAN MAKE A BIG

IMPACT ON THE SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT OF THE YOUTH. WHAT

OTHER KINDS OF SUPPORT DOES THE CHURCH PROVIDE?

AT CHURCH WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENT, WHICH HELPS US

REESTABLISH OUR COMMITMENT TO THE SAVIOR EACH WEEK. AND AT

CHURCH WE GATHER WITH

OTHER BELIEVERS WHO HAVE MADE THAT SAME COMMITMENT. THE LOVING

RELATIONSHIPS WE DEVELOP WITH FELLOW DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST

CAN BE A POWERFUL SUPPORT TO OUR HOME-CENTERED

DISCIPLESHIP.

TO A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN I WAS 14, MY FAMILY MOVED THIS MAY

NOT SEEM LIKE A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY TO YOU, BUT IN MY MIND, AT THAT

TIME, IT WAS DEVASTATING. IT MEANT BEING SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE

I DIDN'T KNOW. IT MEANT THAT ALL THE OTHER YOUNG MEN IN MY WARD

WOULD BE ATTENDING A DIFFERENT SCHOOL THAN I WAS. IN MY

14-YEAR-OLD MIND, I THOUGHT, "HOW COULD MY PARENTS DO THIS TO

ME?" I FELT AS IF MY LIFE HAD BEEN

RUINED.

HOWEVER, THROUGH OUR YOUNG MEN ACTIVITIES, I WAS ABLE TO BUILD

RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF MY QUORUM, AND THEY

BECAME MY FRIENDS. IN ADDITION, MEMBERS OF THE BISHOPRIC AND

AARONIC PRIESTHOOD

ADVISERS BEGAN TO TAKE A SPECIAL INTEREST IN MY LIFE. THEY

ATTENDED MY ATHLETIC EVENTS.

THEY WROTE ME ENCOURAGING NOTES THAT I HAVE KEPT TO THIS DAY.

THEY CONTINUED TO KEEP IN TOUCH

WITH ME AFTER I WENT TO COLLEGE AND WHEN I LEFT FOR A MISSION.

ONE OF THEM WAS EVEN AT THE

AIRPORT WHEN I CAME HOME. I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR

THESE GOOD BROTHERS AND THEIR

COMBINATION OF HIGH LOVE AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS. THEY POINTED

ME HEAVENWARD, AND LIFE BECAME BRIGHT, HAPPY, AND JOYFUL. HOW

DO WE, AS PARENTS AND LEADERS, HELP THE YOUTH KNOW THEY ARE NOT

ALONE AS THEY WALK THE COVENANT PATH? IN ADDITION TO BUILDING

PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIPS, WE INVITE THEM TO GATHERINGS LARGE AND SMALL--

FROM FSY CONFERENCES AND YOUTH CAMPS TO WEEKLY QUORUM OR CLASS

ACTIVITIES. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM

GATHERING WITH OTHERS WHO ARE ALSO TRYING TO BE STRONG.

BISHOPS AND OTHER LEADERS, PLEASE FOCUS ON NOURISHING THE

CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN YOUR WARD. THEY NEED MORE OF YOUR TIME,

NOT LESS. WHETHER YOU ARE A LEADER, A NEIGHBOR, A QUORUM

MEMBER,

OR SIMPLY A FELLOW SAINT, IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUCH

THE LIFE OF A YOUNG PERSON, HELP HIM OR HER CONNECT WITH HEAVEN.

YOUR INFLUENCE MIGHT BE EXACTLY THE "CHURCH SUPPORT" THAT YOUNG

PERSON NEEDS. BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I TESTIFY THAT JESUS

CHRIST IS AT THE HEAD OF THIS CHURCH. HE IS INSPIRING OUR

LEADERS AND GUIDING US TO THE SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT WE NEED TO

SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE LATTER DAYS. THAT SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT

WILL HELP US BE FAITHFUL AND NOT FAITHLESS. IN THE NAME OF JESUS

CHRIST, AMEN.

>> PRESIDENT EYRING: THE CONGREGATION WILL NOW JOIN THE

CHOIR IN SINGING "HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION."

AFTER THE SINGING, WE WILL HEAR FROM ELDER D. TODD

CHRISTOFFERSON OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. HE WILL BE

FOLLOWED BY SISTER MICHELLE CRAIG, FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE

YOUNG WOMEN GENERAL PRESIDENCY.

ELDER DALE G. RENLUND OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES,

WILL THEN ADDRESS US.

>> LLOYD NEWELL:THIS IS THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL

GENERAL CONFERENCE OFTHE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRISTOF LATTER-DAY

SAINTS.

♪♪

HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION,YE SAINTS OF THE LORD, ♪

IS LAID FOR YOUR FAITHIN HIS EXCELLENT WORD! ♪

WHAT MORE CAN HE SAY THANTO YOU HE HATH SAID, ♪

WHO UNTO THE SAVIOR,WHO UNTO THE SAVIOR, ♪

WHO UNTO THE SAVIORFOR REFUGE HAVE FLED? ♪

IN EV'RY CONDITION-INSICKNESS, IN HEALTH, ♪

IN POVERTY'S VALE ORABOUNDING IN WEALTH, ♪

AT HOME OR ABROAD, ONTHE LAND OR THE SEA- ♪

AS THY DAYS MAY DEMAND,AS THY DAYS MAY DEMAND, ♪

AS THY DAYS MAY DEMAND,SO THY SUCCOR SHALL BE. ♪

♪♪♪ FEAR NOT, I AM WITH THEE;OH, BE NOT DISMAYED, ♪

FOR I AM THY GOD AND WILLSTILL GIVE THEE AID. ♪

I'LL STRENGTHEN THEE, HELP THEE, AND CAUSE THEE TO STAND, ♪

UPHELD BY MY RIGHTEOUS,UPHELD BY MY RIGHTEOUS, ♪

UPHELD BY MY RIGHTEOUS, OMNIPOTENT HAND ♪♪

>> ELDER D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON: THE BOOK OF MORMON PROPHET ENOS,

LEHI'S GRANDSON, WROTE OF A SINGULAR EXPERIENCE THAT

HAPPENED EARLIER IN HIS LIFE. WHILE HUNTING ALONE IN THE

FOREST, ENOS BEGAN PONDERING ON THE TEACHINGS OF HIS FATHER,

JACOB. HE RELATED, "THE WORDS WHICH I HAD OFTEN HEARD MY

FATHER SPEAK CONCERNING ETERNAL LIFE, AND THE JOY OF THE SAINTS,

SUNK DEEP

INTO MY HEART."

IN THE SPIRITUAL HUNGER OF HIS

SOUL, ENOS KNELT IN PRAYER,

A REMARKABLE PRAYER THAT LASTED THROUGH THE DAY AND INTO THE

NIGHT, A PRAYER THAT BROUGHT HIM CRUCIAL REVELATIONS, ASSURANCES,

AND PROMISES. THERE IS MUCH TO BE LEARNED FROM ENOS'

EXPERIENCE, BUT TODAY WHAT STANDS OUT IN MY MIND IS ENOS'

MEMORY OF HIS FATHER SPEAKING OFTEN OF "THE JOY OF THE

SAINTS." IN THIS CONFERENCE THREE YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT

RUSSELL M. NELSON SPOKE OF JOY.

AMONG OTHER THINGS HE SAID,

"THE JOY WE FEEL HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF OUR

LIVES AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH

THE FOCUS OF OUR LIVES. "WHEN THE FOCUS OF OUR LIVES IS

ON GOD'S PLAN OF

SALVATION,...AND JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL, WE CAN FEEL JOY

REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS HAPPENING--OR NOT HAPPENING--IN

OUR LIVES. JOY COMES FROM AND BECAUSE OF HIM...FOR LATTER-DAY

SAINTS,

JESUS CHRIST IS JOY!"

SAINTS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE

ENTERED INTO THE GOSPEL COVENANT THROUGH BAPTISM AND ARE STRIVING

TO FOLLOW CHRIST AS HIS DISCIPLES. THUS, THE "JOY OF THE

SAINTS" DENOTES THE JOY OF BECOMING

CHRIST-LIKE. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK OF THE JOY THAT COMES FROM

KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS, THE JOY THAT

ARISES FROM OVERCOMING SORROW THE JOY INHERENT IN SERVING AS

AND WEAKNESS THROUGH HIM, AND HE SERVED. THE JOY OF KEEPING

CHRIST'S COMMANDMENTS.

WE LIVE IN A HEDONISTIC AGE WHEN MANY QUESTION THE IMPORTANCE OF

THE LORD'S COMMANDMENTS OR SIMPLY IGNORE THEM. NOT

INFREQUENTLY, PEOPLE WHO

FLOUT DIVINE DIRECTIVES SUCH AS THE LAW OF CHASTITY, THE

STANDARD OF HONESTY, AND THE HOLINESS OF THE SABBATH SEEM TO

PROSPER AND ENJOY THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE, AT TIMES EVEN

MORE SO THAN THOSE WHO ARE STRIVING TO BE OBEDIENT. SOME

BEGIN TO WONDER IF THE EFFORT AND SACRIFICES ARE WORTH IT. THE

ANCIENT PEOPLE OF ISRAEL

ONCE COMPLAINED: "IT IS VAIN TO SERVE GOD: AND WHAT PROFIT IS IT

THAT WE HAVE KEPT HIS ORDINANCE, AND THAT WE HAVE WALKED

MOURNFULLY BEFORE THE LORD OF HOSTS? "AND NOW WE CALL THE

PROUD HAPPY; YEA THEY THAT WORK WICKEDNESS ARE SET UP; YEA, THEY

THAT TEMPT GOD ARE EVEN

DELIVERED." JUST WAIT, SAID THE LORD, UNTIL "THAT DAY WHEN I

MAKE UP MY JEWELS."

"THEN SHALL YE ... DISCERN BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE

WICKED, BETWEEN HIM THAT SERVETH GOD AND HIM THAT SERVETH

HIM NOT." THE WICKED MAY "HAVE JOY IN

THEIR WORKS FOR A SEASON," BUT IT IS ALWAYS TEMPORARY. THE JOY

OF THE SAINTS IS

ENDURING. GOD SEES THINGS IN THEIR TRUE PERSPECTIVE, AND HE

SHARES THAT PERSPECTIVE WITH US THROUGH HIS COMMANDMENTS,

EFFECTIVELY GUIDING US AROUND THE PITFALLS AND POTHOLES OF

MORTALITY TOWARD ETERNAL JOY. THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH

EXPLAINED, "WHEN HIS COMMANDMENTS TEACH US IT IS IN

VIEW OF ETERNITY; FOR WE ARE LOOKED UPON BY GOD AS THOUGH WE

WERE IN ETERNITY. GOD DWELLS IN ETERNITY AND DOES

NOT VIEW THINGS AS WE DO." I HAVEN'T MET ANYONE WHO FOUND THE

GOSPEL LATER IN LIFE THAT DIDN'T WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN EARLIER.

"OH, THE POOR CHOICES AND MISTAKES I COULD HAVE AVOIDED,"

THEY WILL SAY. THE LORD'S COMMANDMENTS ARE OUR GUIDE TO

BETTER CHOICES AND HAPPIER OUTCOMES. HOW WE OUGHT TO

REJOICE AND THANK HIM FOR SHOWING US THIS

MORE EXCELLENT WAY.

AS A TEENAGER, SISTER KALOMBO ROSETTE KAMWANYA FROM THE D.R.

CONGO, NOW SERVING IN THE COTE D'IVOIRE ABIDJAN WEST

MISSION, FASTED AND PRAYED FOR THREE DAYS TO FIND THE DIRECTION

GOD WANTED HER TO TAKE. IN A REMARKABLE NIGHT VISION, SHE WAS

SHOWN TWO BUILDINGS, A CHAPEL AND WHAT SHE NOW

REALIZES WAS A TEMPLE. SHE BEGAN TO SEARCH AND SOON FOUND THE

CHAPEL SHE HAD SEEN IN HER DREAM. THE SIGN SAID, THE CHURCH

OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. SISTER KAMWANYA WAS

BAPTIZED, AND THEN HER MOTHER AND HER SIX BROTHERS. SISTER

KAMWANYA SAID, "WHEN I RECEIVED THE GOSPEL, I FELT LIKE A

CAPTURED BIRD THAT HAD BEEN LIBERATED. MY HEART WAS FILLED

WITH JOY... I HAD THE ASSURANCE THAT GOD LOVES ME."

KEEPING THE LORD'S COMMANDMENTS ENABLES US MORE EASILY AND MORE

FULLY TO FEEL HIS LOVE. THE STRAIT AND NARROW PATH OF THE

COMMANDMENTS LEADS DIRECTLY

TO THE TREE OF LIFE. AND THE TREE AND ITS FRUIT, THE SWEETEST

"AND MOST DESIRABLE

ABOVE ALL THINGS," ARE A REPRESENTATION OF THE LOVE OF

GOD AND FILL THE SOUL WITH EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY. SAID THE

SAVIOR: "IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN

MY LOVE; EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER'S COMMANDMENTS, AND ABIDE

IN HIS LOVE. "THESE THINGS HAVE I SPOKEN UNTO YOU, THAT MY JOY

MIGHT REMAIN IN YOU, AND THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE

FULL."

2ND, THE JOY OF OVERCOMING THROUGH CHRIST. FAITHFULLY

KEEPING THE EVEN WHEN WE ARE FOUND COMMANDMENTS, THERE ARE

TRIALS AND TRAGEDIES THAT COULD INTERRUPT OUR JOY. BUT AS WE

STRIVE TO OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES WITH THE SAVIOR'S

HELP, IT PRESERVES BOTH THE JOY WE FEEL NOW AND THE JOY WE

ANTICIPATE. CHRIST REASSURED HIS DISCIPLES, "IN THE WORLD YE

SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION: BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER; I HAVE OVERCOME

THE

WORLD." IT IS IN TURNING TO HIM, OBEYING HIM, BINDING OURSELVES

TO HIM, THAT TRIAL AND SORROW ARE TURNED

TO JOY.

I MENTION ONE EXAMPLE: IN 1989, JACK RUSHTON WAS

SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE IRVINE CALIFORNIA STAKE (USA).

DURING A FAMILY VACATION ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST, JACK WAS BODY

SURFING WHEN A WAVE SWEPT HIM INTO A SUBMERGED ROCK, BREAKING

HIS NECK AND SEVERELY INJURING

HIS SPINAL CORD. JACK SAID LATER, "THE INSTANT I

HIT, I KNEW I WAS PARALYZED." HE COULD NO LONGER TALK OR EVEN

BREATHE ON HIS OWN. FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND STAKE MEMBERS

RALLIED AROUND BROTHER RUSHTON AND HIS WIFE JO ANNE AND, AMONG

OTHER THINGS, REMODELED A SECTION OF THEIR HOME TO

ACCOMMODATE JACK'S WHEELCHAIR. JO ANNE BECAME JACK'S PRINCIPAL

CAREGIVER FOR THE NEXT 23 YEARS. REFERRING TO BOOK OF MORMON

ACCOUNTS OF HOW THE LORD VISITED HIS PEOPLE IN THEIR AFFLICTIONS

AND MADE THEIR BURDENS LIGHT,

JO ANNE SAID, "I AM OFTEN AMAZED AT THE LIGHTNESS OF HEART I FEEL

IN CARING FOR MY HUSBAND." AN ALTERATION TO HIS RESPIRATION

SYSTEM RESTORED JACK'S ABILITY TO SPEAK, AND WITHIN THE YEAR

JACK WAS CALLED AS GOSPEL DOCTRINE TEACHER AND STAKE

PATRIARCH. WHEN HE WOULD GIVE A PATRIARCHAL BLESSING, ANOTHER

PRIESTHOOD HOLDER PLACED BROTHER RUSHTON'S HAND ON THE HEAD OF

THE PERSON RECEIVING THE BLESSING AND SUPPORTED HIS HAND

AND ARM

DURING THE BLESSING. JACK PASSED AWAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2012,

AFTER 22 YEARS OF

DEVOTED SERVICE. ONCE IN AN INTERVIEW, JACK OBSERVED,

"PROBLEMS WILL

COME INTO ALL OF OUR LIVES;

UPON THIS EARTH. IT'S JUST PART OF BEING HERE AND SOME PEOPLE

THINK THAT RELIGION OR HAVING FAITH IN GOD WILL PROTECT YOU

FROM BAD THINGS. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE POINT. I THINK THE

POINT IS THAT IF OUR FAITH IS STRONG, THAT WHEN BAD

THINGS HAPPEN, WHICH THEY WILL, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THEM

... . MY FAITH NEVER WAVERED, BUT THAT DIDN'T MEAN THAT I

DIDN'T HAVE DEPRESSIONS. I THINK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I

WAS PUSHED TO THE LIMIT, AND LITERALLY THERE WAS NOWHERE TO

TURN, AND SO I TURNED TO THE LORD, AND TO THIS DAY, I FEEL

A SPONTANEITY OF JOY." THIS IS A DAY OF SOMETIMES MERCILESS

ATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN PERSON AGAINST THOSE WHO SEEK TO

UPHOLD THE LORD'S STANDARD IN DRESS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SEXUAL

PURITY. IT IS OFTEN THE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS AMONG THE

SAINTS, AS WELL AS WOMEN AND MOTHERS, WHO BEAR THIS CROSS OF

MOCKING AND PERSECUTION. IT IS NOT EASY TO RISE ABOVE SUCH

ABUSE, BUT REMEMBER THE WORDS OF PETER:

"IF YE BE REPROACHED FOR THE NAME OF CHRIST, HAPPY ARE YE;

FOR THE SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF GOD RESTETH UPON YOU: ON THEIR

PART HE IS EVIL SPOKEN OF, BUT

ON YOUR PART HE IS GLORIFIED." IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, ADAM AND

EVE WERE IN A STATE OF INNOCENCE, "HAVING NO JOY, FOR

THEY KNEW NO MISERY." NOW, AS ACCOUNTABLE BEINGS, WE FIND JOY

IN OVERCOMING MISERY IN

WHATEVER FORM, WHETHER IT BE SIN, TRIAL, WEAKNESS, OR ANY

OTHER OBSTACLE TO HAPPINESS.

THIS IS THE JOY OF SENSING PROGRESS IN THE PATH OF

DISCIPLESHIP; THE JOY OF "HAVING RECEIVED A REMISSION OF SINS AND

HAVING PEACE OF CONSCIENCE"; THE JOY OF FEELING ONE'S SOUL EXPAND

AND GROW THROUGH THE GRACE OF

CHRIST.

FINALLY, THE JOY OF SERVING AS CHRIST. THE SAVIOR FINDS JOY IN

BRINGING TO PASS OUR IMMORTALITY AND ETERNAL LIFE. IN SPEAKING OF

THE SAVIOR'S ATONEMENT, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M.

NELSON SAID: "AS IN ALL THINGS, JESUS CHRIST IS OUR ULTIMATE

EXEMPLAR, 'WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE

CROSS'. THINK OF THAT!

IN ORDER FOR HIM TO ENDURE THE MOST EXCRUCIATING EXPERIENCE

EVER ENDURED ON EARTH, OUR SAVIOR FOCUSED ON JOY!

"AND WHAT WAS THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM? SURELY IT

INCLUDED THE JOY OF CLEANSING, HEALING, AND

STRENGTHENING US; THE JOY OF PAYING FOR THE SINS OF ALL WHO

WOULD REPENT; THE JOY OF MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND ME

WORTHY--TO LIVE WITH OUR TO RETURN HOME--CLEAN AND

HEAVENLY PARENTS AND FAMILIES."

SIMILARLY, THE JOY SET BEFORE US IS THE JOY OF ASSISTING THE

SAVIOR IN HIS WORK OF REDEMPTION. AS THE SEED AND

CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, WE PARTICIPATE IN BLESSING ALL THE

FAMILIES OF THE EARTH "WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE GOSPEL, WHICH

ARE THE BLESSINGS OF SALVATION, EVEN OF LIFE ETERNAL."

THE WORDS OF ALMA COME TO MIND: "THIS IS MY GLORY, THAT PERHAPS

I MAY BE AN INSTRUMENT IN THE TO REPENTANCE; AND THIS IS MY HANDS

OF GOD TO BRING SOME SOUL JOY. "AND BEHOLD, WHEN I SEE MANY OF

MY BRETHREN TRULY PENITENT, AND COMING TO THE LORD THEIR GOD,

THEN IS MY SOUL FILLED WITH

JOY;... "BUT I DO NOT JOY IN MY OWN SUCCESS ALONE, BUT MY JOY IS

MORE FULL BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF MY BRETHREN, WHO HAVE BEEN UP

TO THE LAND OF NEPHI... "NOW WHEN I THINK OF THE SUCCESS OF

THESE MY BRETHREN MY SOUL IS CARRIED AWAY, EVEN TO THE

SEPARATION OF IT FROM THE BODY,

AS IT WERE, SO GREAT IS MY JOY." THE FRUITS OF OUR SERVICE TO ONE

ANOTHER IN THE CHURCH ARE PART OF THE JOY "SET BEFORE US." EVEN

IN TIMES OF DISCOURAGEMENT OR STRESS, WE CAN MINISTER

PATIENTLY IF WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE JOY OF PLEASING GOD AND

BRINGING LIGHT, RELIEF, AND HAPPINESS TO HIS CHILDREN, OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WHEN IN HAITI LAST MONTH FOR THE

DEDICATION OF THE PORT-AU-PRINCE TEMPLE, ELDER DAVID AND

SISTER SUSAN BEDNAR MET WITH A YOUNG SISTER WHOSE HUSBAND HAD

BEEN KILLED A FEW DAYS EARLIER IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

THEY WEPT TOGETHER WITH HER. YET ON SUNDAY THIS DEAR WOMAN WAS IN

HER PLACE AS AN USHER AT

SOFT, WELCOMING SMILE FOR ALL THE DEDICATION SERVICES WITH A

WHO ENTERED THE TEMPLE.

I BELIEVE THAT THE ULTIMATE "JOY

OF THE SAINTS" COMES IN KNOWING THAT THE SAVIOR PLEADS THEIR

CAUSE, "AND NO ONE CAN CONCEIVE OF THE JOY WHICH [WILL FILL] OUR

SOULS AS WE [HEAR JESUS] PRAY FOR US UNTO THE FATHER." WITH

PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, I TESTIFY THAT JOY IS A GIFT FOR

FAITHFUL SAINTS "WHO HAVE ENDURED THE CROSSES OF THE

WORLD" AND WHO ARE

"INTENTIONALLY TRYING TO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE, AS TAUGHT BY

JESUS CHRIST." MAY YOUR JOY BE FULL I PRAY, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

WITH OUR HEAVENLY HOME.

AT TIMES, WE STRUGGLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN OUR THOUGHTS

AND THE SPIRIT.

PROPHETS HAVE TAUGHT THAT INSOMETHING INVITES AND THE TISE

US TO DO GOOD, IT COMES FROM CHRIST.

PRESIDENT NELSON HAS EXTPDED A POWERFUL INVITATION. MY BELOVED

BROTHERS AND SISTERS,

I PLEAD YOU TO INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL CAPACITY TO RECEIVE

REVELATION.

CHOOSE TO DO THE SPIRITUAL WORK

AND HEAR THE VOICE OF THE THE SPIRIT MORE FREQUENTLY AND

CLEARLY. MY DESIRE IS TO SPEAK FROM MY

HEART ABOUT FOUR WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL CAPACITY

TO RECEIVE REVELATION.

ONE, BE INTENTIONAL.

AS YOU USE YOUR AGENCY TO CARVE

OUT TIME TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE,

OVER TIME HIS VOICE WILL BE MORE

CLEARER TO YOU.

IN CONTRAST, THE NOISES THAT

FILL OUR MINDS CAN SO OCCUPY OUR

MINDS AND HEART THAT WE LEAVE NO ROOM FOR PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY

GHOST. THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH TAUGHT

THAT MOST OFTEN GOD REVEALS

HIMSELF IN PRIVATE AND

WILDERNESS AND FIELD AND WITHOUT

NOISE OR TUM LT. SATAN WANTS US OUT OF THOSE

QUIET PLACES.

IF GOD SPEAKS IN THAT SMALL VOICE, WE NEED TO GET CLOSER TO

HIM.

IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE TO BE

CONNECTED TO HIM AS WE DO

WIEIFY. PICK A TIME AND PLACE TO LISTEN FOR GOD'S VOICE EVERY

DAY. AND KEEP THIS SACRED APPOINTMENT WITH EXACTNESS, FOR

SO VERY MUCH

DEPENDS ON IT! 2. ACT WITHOUT DELAY. WHEN YOU RECEIVE

PROMPTINGS AND THEN ACT WITH INTENTION, THE LORD CAN USE YOU.

THE MORE YOU ACT, THE MORE FAMILIAR THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT

BECOMES. YOU WILL INCREASINGLY RECOGNIZE GOD'S GUIDANCE AND

THAT HE IS "WILLING ... TO REVEAL HIS MIND AND WILL." IF

YOU DELAY, YOU MIGHT FORGET THE PROMPTING OR MISS THE CHANCE

TO HELP SOMEONE FOR GOD. 3.

GET YOUR ERRAND FROM THE LORD.

THE PRAYER HEAVENLY FATHER SEEMS EAGER TO ANSWER IS OUR PLEA TO

BE LED TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS OUR HELP. PRESIDENT EYRING HAS

TAUGHT US TO SEEK REVELATION BY ASKING GOD

WHO WE CAN HELP FOR HIM.

"IF YOU ASK QUESTIONS LIKE THAT, THE HOLY GHOST WILL COME AND

YOU'LL FEEL NUDGES ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

WHEN YOU GO AND DO THOSE THINGS, YOU'RE ON THE LORD'S ERRAND, AND

WHEN YOU'RE ON THE LORD'S ERRAND, YOU QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT

OF THE HOLY GHOST." YOU CAN PRAY AND ASK THE LORD FOR AN ERRAND.

AS YOU DO, HE CAN USE YOUR ORDINARY SKILLS TO ACCOMPLISH

HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK. MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER, FRITZ

HJALMAR LUNDGREN, IMMIGRATED FROM SWEDEN WHEN HE WAS 19 YEARS

OLD. HE ARRIVED IN AMERICA, ALONE, WITH A SUITCASE AND ONLY

SIX YEARS OF FORMAL SCHOOLING. UNABLE TO SPEAK ANY ENGLISH, HE

MADE HIS WAY TO OREGON AND WORKED THERE AS A LUMBERJACK

AND, WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY MOTHER, JOINED THE CHURCH. HE

NEVER PRESIDED OVER A WARD, BUT AS A FAITHFUL HOME TEACHER, HE

BROUGHT MORE THAN 50 DIFFERENT FAMILIES INTO

CHURCH ACTIVITY.

HOW DID HE DO THAT?

AFTER GRANDPA'S DEATH, I WAS GOING THROUGH A BOX OF HIS

PAPERS AND CAME ACROSS A LETTER WRITTEN BY A MAN WHO HAD COME

BACK TO CHURCH BECAUSE OF GRANDPA'S LOVE. THE LETTER READ,

"BROTHER FRITZ'S SECRET, I BELIEVE, IS THAT HE IS ALWAYS ON

AN ERRAND FOR HEAVENLY FATHER." THAT LETTER WAS FROM BROTHER

WAYNE SIMONIS. GRANDPA VISITED HIM AND GOT TO KNOW EACH MEMBER

OF THE FAMILY. IN TIME, GRANDPA TOLD THEM THAT THEY WERE NEEDED,

AND HE INVITED THEM TO ATTEND CHURCH. BUT THAT SUNDAY, BROTHER

SIMONIS AWOKE WITH A DILEMMA-HE HAD NOT FINISHED REROOFING HIS

HOUSE AND

RAIN WAS EXPECTED THAT WEEK. HE DECIDED THAT HE'D GO TO CHURCH,

SHAKE HANDS WITH GRANDPA, BUT THEN LEAVE AND GO

HOME TO FINISH THE ROOF. HIS FAMILY COULD ATTEND SACRAMENT

MEETING WITHOUT HIM. HIS PLAN WAS WORKING JUST FINE UNTIL, ON

THE ROOF, HE HEARD SOMEONE CLIMBING THE LADDER.

IN HIS WORDS: "WHEN I LOOKED

UP ... STANDING AT THE TOP OF THE LADDER WAS BROTHER FRITZ. HE

JUST GAVE ME THAT BIG SMILE. AT FIRST, I WAS EMBARRASSED AND

FELT LIKE A LITTLE KID GETTING CAUGHT FOR SKIPPING SCHOOL. THEN

... I FELT ANGER. [BUT BROTHER FRITZ JUST] TOOK OFF HIS SUIT

COAT AND HUNG IT ON THE LADDER. AS HE ROLLED UP THE SLEEVES OF

HIS WHITE SHIRT, HE TURNED TO ME AND SAID, 'BROTHER SIMONIS, DO

YOU HAVE ANOTHER HAMMER? THIS WORK MUST BE VERY IMPORTANT OR

YOU WOULDN'T HAVE LEFT YOUR FAMILY, AND IF IT'S THAT

IMPORTANT I WANT TO HELP YOU.'

AS I LOOKED INTO HIS EYES, I SAW ONLY KINDNESS AND CHRIST-LIKE

LOVE. MY ANGER LEFT. I LAID MY TOOLS DOWN THAT SUNDAY AND

FOLLOWED MY GOOD FRIEND DOWN THE LADDER AND BACK

TO THE CHAPEL." GRANDPA HAD OBTAINED HIS ERRAND FROM THE

LORD, AND HE KNEW HE WAS TO SEEK OUT LOST SHEEP. JUST AS THE FOUR

MEN WHO CARRIED THEIR FRIEND WITH PALSY ONTO A ROOF AND THEN

LET HIM DOWN TO BE HEALED BY JESUS CHRIST,SO TOO DID

GRANDPA'S ERRAND TAKE HIM TO A ROOFTOP. THE LORD SENDS

REVELATION TO

THOSE SEEKING TO HELP OTHERS. AND 4. BELIEVE AND TRUST.

RECENTLY, I READ IN THE SCRIPTURES ABOUT ANOTHER GREAT

MISSIONARY WHO OBTAINED HIS ERRAND FROM THE LORD. AARON WAS

TEACHING THE KING OF THE LAMANITES, WHO WONDERED WHY

AARON'S BROTHER AMMON HAD NOT ALSO COME TO TEACH HIM. "AND

AARON SAID UNTO THE KING: BEHOLD, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD

HAS CALLED HIM ANOTHER WAY." THE SPIRIT SPOKE TO MY HEART:

EACH OF US HAS A DIFFERENT MISSION TO PERFORM, AND AT TIMES

THE SPIRIT MAY CALL US IN

"ANOTHER WAY." THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BUILD THE KINGDOM OF GOD

AS COVENANT-MAKING, COVENANT-KEEPING DISCIPLES OF

JESUS CHRIST. AS HIS FAITHFUL DISCIPLE, YOU CAN RECEIVE

PERSONAL INSPIRATION AND REVELATION CONSISTENT WITH HIS

COMMANDMENTS THAT IS

TAILORED TO YOU.

YOU HAVE UNIQUE MISSIONS AND ROLES TO PERFORM IN LIFE AND

WILL BE GIVEN UNIQUE GUIDANCE TO

FULFILL THEM. NEPHI, THE BROTHER OF JARED, AND EVEN MOSES ALL HAD

A LARGE BODY OF WATER TO CROSS-AND EACH DID

IT DIFFERENTLY.

NEPHI WORKED "TIMBERS OF CURIOUS WORKMANSHIP," THE BROTHER OF

JARED BUILT BARGES THAT WERE "TIGHT LIKE UNTO A DISH," AND

MOSES "WALKED UPON DRY LAND IN THE MIDST OF THE SEA." THEY EACH

RECEIVED PERSONALIZED DIRECTION, TAILORED TO THEM,

AND EACH TRUSTED AND ACTED. THE LORD IS MINDFUL OF THOSE WHO

OBEY AND, IN THE WORDS OF NEPHI, "WILL PREPARE A WAY FOR ... [US

TO] ACCOMPLISH THE THING WHICH

HE COMMANDETH." NOTE THAT NEPHI SAYS, "A WAY"-NOT "THE WAY."

DO WE MISS OR DISMISS PERSONAL ERRANDS FROM THE LORD BECAUSE HE

HAS PREPARED "A WAY" DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE WE EXPECT?

MY GRANDPA WAS LED TO AN UNUSUAL PLACE-IN A SUIT, ON A ROOFTOP,

ON A SUNDAY. TRUST GOD TO LEAD YOU, EVEN IF THAT WAY LOOKS

DIFFERENT THAN YOU EXPECTED OR IS DIFFERENT

FROM OTHERS. LATTER-DAY SAINTS COME IN MANY SHAPES AND SIZES,

BUT "ALL ARE ALIKE UNTO GOD"-"BLACK AND WHITE, BOND AND

FREE, MALE AND FEMALE," SINGLE AND MARRIED, RICH AND POOR,

YOUNG AND OLD, LIFELONG MEMBER AND RECENT CONVERT. NO MATTER

WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH, YOU ARE INVITED TO

THE LORD'S TABLE. AS SEEKING AND DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER

BECOMES THE CADENCE OF YOUR DAILY LIFE, YOU WILL, OF COURSE,

BE LED TO CHANGE AND

REPENT. WELL THE CHURCH'S NEW PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

IS BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF LEARNING TO SEEK REVELATION,

DISCOVERING WHAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE US DO, AND THEN ACTING ON

THAT DIRECTION. EACH ONE OF US, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR

CIRCUMSTANCE, CAN STRIVE TO SEEK, RECEIVE, AND ACT. AS YOU

FOLLOW THIS ETERNAL

PATTERN ORDAINED FOR OUR DAY,

YOU WILL DRAW NEARER TO JESUS CHRIST--HIS LOVE, HIS LIGHT, HIS

DIRECTION, HIS PEACE, AND HIS HEALING AND ENABLING POWER. AND

YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR

SPIRITUAL CAPACITY TO BECOME AN

EVERY-DAY INSTRUMENT OF HIS HANDS IN ACCOMPLISHING HIS GREAT

WORK. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,

AMEN.

>> ELDER DALE G. RENLUND: LAST APRIL I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF

DEDICATING THE KINSHASA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

TEMPLE. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE JOY THE FAITHFUL CONGOLESE AND I

FELT TO SEE A TEMPLE DEDICATED IN THEIR LAND. INDIVIDUALS WHO

ENTER THE KINSHASA TEMPLE SEE AN ORIGINAL

PAINTING ENTITLED "CONGO FALLS." IT UNIQUELY REMINDS TEMPLE GOERS

OF THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT REQUIRED TO ANCHOR THEMSELVES TO

JESUS CHRIST AND TO FOLLOW THE

COVENANT PATH OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER'S PLAN. THE WATERFALLS

DEPICTED IN THE PAINTING CALL TO MIND A PRACTICE THAT WAS COMMON

MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO AMONG EARLY CONVERTS

TO CHRISTIANITY IN CONGO. BEFORE THEIR CONVERSION, THEY

WORSHIPPED INANIMATE OBJECTS, BELIEVING THAT THE ITEMS

POSSESSED SUPERNATURAL POWERS. AFTER CONVERSION, MANY MADE A

PILGRIMAGE TO ONE OF THE COUNTLESS WATERFALLS ALONG THE

CONGO RIVER, SUCH AS THE NZONGO FALLS. THESE CONVERTS THREW

THEIR PREVIOUSLY IDOLIZED OBJECTS INTO THE WATERFALLS AS A

SYMBOL TO GOD AND OTHERS THAT THEY HAD DISCARDED THEIR OLD

TRADITIONS AND ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST. THEY INTENTIONALLY DID

NOT THROW THEIR OBJECTS INTO CALM, SHALLOW WATERS; THEY THREW

THEM INTO THE CHURNING WATERS OF A MASSIVE

WATERFALL, WHERE THE ITEMS

WOULD BECOME UNRECOVERABLE. THESE ACTIONS WERE A TOKEN OF A

NEW BUT UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST. PEOPLE IN OTHER

PLACES AND AGES DEMONSTRATED THEIR COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST

IN SIMILAR WAYS. THE BOOK OF MORMON PEOPLE KNOWN AS THE

ANTI-NEPHI-LEHIES "LAID DOWN THE WEAPONS OF THEIR REBELLION,"

BURYING THEM "DEEP IN THE EARTH" AS "A TESTIMONY TO GOD ... THAT

THEY NEVER WOULD

USE [THEIR] WEAPONS AGAIN."

IN DOING SO, THEY PROMISED TO FOLLOW GOD'S TEACHINGS AND NEVER

GO BACK ON THEIR COMMITMENT. THIS ACTION WAS THE BEGINNING OF

BEING "CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD" AND NEVER FALLING AWAY. BEING

"CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD"

MEANS LEAVING ONE COURSE OF ACTION DIRECTED BY AN OLD BELIEF

SYSTEM AND ADOPTING A NEW ONE BASED ON FAITH IN HEAVENLY

FATHER'S PLAN AND IN JESUS CHRIST AND HIS ATONEMENT.

THIS CHANGE IS MORE THAN AN INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE OF

GOSPEL TEACHINGS. IT SHAPES OUR IDENTITY, TRANSFORMS OUR

UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE'S MEANING, AND LEADS TO UNCHANGING FIDELITY

TO GOD. PERSONAL DESIRES THAT ARE CONTRARY TO BEING ANCHORED

TO

THE SAVIOR AND TO FOLLOWING THE COVENANT PATH FADE AWAY AND ARE

REPLACED BY A DETERMINATION TO SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF HEAVENLY

FATHER. BEING CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD STARTS WITH AN UNWAVERING

COMMITMENT TO GOD, FOLLOWED BY MAKING THAT COMMITMENT PART OF

WHO WE ARE.

INTERNALIZING SUCH A COMMITMENT IS A LIFELONG PROCESS THAT

REQUIRES PATIENCE AND ONGOING

REPENTANCE. EVENTUALLY, THIS COMMITMENT

BECOMES PART OF WHO WE ARE, EMBEDDED IN OUR SENSE OF SELF

AND EVER PRESENT IN OUR LIVES. JUST AS WE NEVER FORGET OUR OWN

NAME NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WE ARE THINKING ABOUT, WE NEVER FORGET

A COMMITMENT THAT IS ETCHED IN

OUR HEARTS.

GOD INVITES US TO CAST OUR OLD WAYS COMPLETELY OUT OF REACH AND

BEGIN A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. THIS HAPPENS AS WE DEVELOP FAITH IN

THE SAVIOR, WHICH BEGINS BY HEARING THE TESTIMONY OF THOSE

WHO HAVE FAITH. THEREAFTER, FAITH DEEPENS AS WE ACT IN WAYS

THAT ANCHOR US

MORE FIRMLY TO HIM.

IT WOULD BE NICE IF INCREASED

FAITH WERE TRANSMITTED LIKE THE FLU OR THE COMMON COLD. THEN, A

SIMPLE "SPIRITUAL" SNEEZE WOULD BUILD FAITH IN OTHERS. BUT IT

DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. THE ONLY WAY FAITH GROWS IS FOR AN

INDIVIDUAL TO ACT IN FAITH.

THESE ACTIONS ARE OFTEN PROMPTED BY INVITATIONS EXTENDED BY

OTHERS, BUT WE CANNOT "GROW" SOMEONE ELSE'S FAITH OR RELY

SOLELY ON OTHERS TO BOLSTER OUR OWN. FOR OUR FAITH TO GROW, WE

MUST CHOOSE FAITH-BUILDING ACTIONS, SUCH AS PRAYING,

SCRIPTURE STUDY, PARTAKING OF THE SACRAMENT, KEEPING THE

COMMANDMENTS, AND SERVING

OTHERS. AS OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST GROWS, GOD INVITES US TO

MAKE PROMISES WITH HIM. THESE COVENANTS, AS SUCH PROMISES ARE

KNOWN, ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF OUR

CONVERSION.

COVENANTS ALSO CREATE A SURE FOUNDATION FOR SPIRITUAL

PROGRESSION. AS WE CHOOSE TO BE BAPTIZED, WE BEGIN TO TAKE UPON

OURSELVES THE

NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND CHOOSE TO IDENTIFY OURSELVES WITH HIM.

WE PLEDGE TO BECOME LIKE HIM AND TO DEVELOP HIS ATTRIBUTES.

COVENANTS ANCHOR US TO THE SAVIOR AND PROPEL US ALONG THE

PATH THAT LEADS TO OUR HEAVENLY HOME. THE POWER OF COVENANTS

HELPS US MAINTAIN THE MIGHTY CHANGE OF HEART, DEEPEN OUR

CONVERSION TO THE LORD, AND RECEIVE CHRIST'S IMAGE MORE

FULLY IN OUR COUNTENANCE. BUT A HALF-HEARTED COMMITMENT TO OUR

COVENANTS WILL NOT GUARANTEE US ANYTHING. WE MAY BE TEMPTED TO

EQUIVOCATE, THROW OUR OLD WAYS IN CALM

WATER, OR BURY OUR WEAPONS OF

REBELLION WITH THE HANDLES

STICKING OUT. BUT AN AMBIVALENT COMMITMENT TO OUR COVENANTS WILL

NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO THE SANCTIFYING POWER OF HEAVENLY

FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST. OUR COMMITMENT TO KEEP OUR COVENANTS

SHOULD NOT BE CONDITIONAL OR VARY WITH CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES

IN OUR LIVES. OUR CONSTANCY TO GOD SHOULD BE

LIKE THE DEPENDABLE CONGO RIVER

THAT FLOWS NEAR THE KINSHASA

TEMPLE. THIS RIVER, UNLIKE MOST RIVERS IN THE WORLD, HAS

CONSTANT FLOW ALL YEAR AND POURS NEARLY 11 MILLION GALLONS OF

WATER PER SECOND INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. THE SAVIOR

INVITED HIS DISCIPLES TO BE THIS DEPENDABLE AND

STEADFAST. HE SAID, "WHEREFORE, SETTLE THIS IN YOUR HEARTS, THAT

YE WILL DO THE THINGS WHICH I SHALL TEACH, AND COMMAND YOU." A

"SETTLED" DETERMINATION TO

KEEP OUR COVENANTS ALLOWS FOR

THE FULL REALIZATION OF GOD'S

PROMISE OF ENDURING JOY. MANY FAITHFUL LATTER-DAY SAINTS HAVE

DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY ARE "SETTLED" IN KEEPING THEIR

COVENANTS WITH GOD AND ARE

FOREVER CHANGED. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THREE SUCH INDIVIDUALS,

BROTHER BANZA MUCIOKO, SISTER BANZA RÉGINE,

AND BROTHER MBUYI NKITABUNGI. IN 1977, THE BANZAS LIVED IN

KINSHASA IN THE COUNTRY OF ZAIRE, NOW KNOWN AS THE

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE

CONGO. THEY WERE HIGHLY RESPECTED IN THEIR PROTESTANT

CHURCH COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF THEIR TALENTS, THEIR CHURCH

ARRANGED FOR THEIR YOUNG FAMILY TO GO TO SWITZERLAND TO STUDY

AND PROVIDED A UNIVERSITY

SCHOLARSHIP. WHILE IN GENEVA ON THE BUS ROUTE TO SCHOOL, BROTHER

BANZA FREQUENTLY SAW A SMALL MEETINGHOUSE WITH THE NAME THE

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. HE WONDERED, "DOES JESUS CHRIST

HAVE SAINTS NOW IN THE

LATTER-DAYS?"

HE EVENTUALLY DECIDED TO GO AND SEE. BROTHER AND SISTER BANZA

WERE GREETED WARMLY AT THE BRANCH.

THEY ASKED SOME OF THE PERSISTENT QUESTIONS THEY HAD

ABOUT THE NATURE OF GOD, SUCH AS, "IF GOD IS A SPIRIT, LIKE

THE WIND, HOW COULD WE BE CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS? HOW

COULD HE SIT ON A THRONE?" THEY HAD NEVER RECEIVED A

SATISFACTORY ANSWER UNTIL THE

MISSIONARIES EXPLAINED RESTORED DOCTRINE IN A BRIEF LESSON. WHEN

THE MISSIONARIES LEFT, THE

BANZAS LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND SAID, "ISN'T THIS THE TRUTH THAT

WE HAVE HEARD?" THEY CONTINUED COMING TO CHURCH

AND MEETING WITH THE MISSIONARIES. THEY KNEW THAT

BAPTISM IN THE RESTORED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST WOULD HAVE

CONSEQUENCES. THEY WOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS,

THEIR VISAS WOULD BE REVOKED, AND THEY AND THEIR TWO YOUNG

CHILDREN WOULD BE REQUIRED TO LEAVE SWITZERLAND.

THEY CHOSE TO BE BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED IN OCTOBER 1979. TWO

WEEKS AFTER THEIR BAPTISM, BROTHER AND SISTER BANZA

RETURNED TO KINSHASA AS THE FIRST AND SECOND MEMBERS OF THE

CHURCH IN THEIR COUNTRY. THE MEMBERS OF THE GENEVA BRANCH

STAYED IN CONTACT WITH THEM AND HELPED THEM CONNECT WITH CHURCH

LEADERS. THE BANZAS WERE ENCOURAGED TO FAITHFULLY AWAIT

THE PROMISED TIME WHEN GOD WOULD ESTABLISH

HIS CHURCH IN ZAIRE. MEANWHILE, ANOTHER EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM

ZAIRE, BROTHER

MBUYI, WAS STUDYING IN BELGIUM. HE WAS BAPTIZED IN 1980 IN THE

BRUSSELS WARD.

SOON THEREAFTER, HE SERVED A FULL-TIME MISSION TO ENGLAND.

AND GOD WORKED HIS MIRACLES. BROTHER MBUYI RETURNED TO ZAIRE

AS THE THIRD MEMBER OF THE CHURCH IN HIS COUNTRY.

WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION, CHURCH MEETINGS WERE HELD IN HIS FAMILY

HOME. IN FEBRUARY 1986, A PETITION WAS MADE FOR OFFICIAL

GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION OF THE CHURCH. THE SIGNATURES OF THREE

CITIZENS

OF ZAIRE WERE REQUIRED. THE THREE HAPPY SIGNATORIES OF

THE PETITION WERE BROTHER BANZA,

SISTER BANZA, AND BROTHER MBUYI. THESE STALWART MEMBERS KNEW THE

TRUTH WHEN THEY HEARD IT; THEY MADE A COVENANT AT BAPTISM THAT

ANCHORED THEM TO THE SAVIOR. THEY METAPHORICALLY THREW THEIR

OLD WAYS INTO A CHURNING WATERFALL WITH NO INTENTION OF

RETRIEVING THEM. THE COVENANT PATH WAS NEVER EASY.

POLITICAL TURMOIL, INFREQUENT

CONTACT WITH CHURCH LEADERS, AND CHALLENGES INHERENT IN BUILDING

DETERRED LESS-COMMITTED A COMMUNITY OF SAINTS MIGHT HAVE

INDIVIDUALS. BUT BROTHER AND SISTER BANZA AND BROTHER MBUYI

PERSEVERED IN

THEIR FAITH. THEY WERE PRESENT AT THE DEDICATION OF THE

KINSHASA TEMPLE 33 YEARS AFTER THEY SIGNED THE PETITION THAT

LED TO THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF THE CHURCH IN ZAIRE. THE

BANZAS ARE HERE IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER TODAY. THEY

ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR TWO SONS, JUNIOR AND PHIL, AND

DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW, ANNIE AND YOUYOU. IN 1986, JUNIOR AND PHIL

WERE THE FIRST TWO INDIVIDUALS BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH IN

ZAIRE. BROTHER MBUYI IS WATCHING THESE PROCEEDINGS FROM KINSHASA

WITH HIS WIFE, MAGUY, AND THEIR FIVE

CHILDREN.

THESE PIONEERS UNDERSTAND THE MEANING AND CONSEQUENCES OF

COVENANTS, THROUGH WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT "TO THE

KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD THEIR GOD, AND TO REJOICE IN JESUS CHRIST

THEIR REDEEMER." HOW DO WE ANCHOR OURSELVES TO

THE SAVIOR AND REMAIN FAITHFUL LIKE THESE AND MANY TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF CONGOLESE SAINTS WHO FOLLOWED THEM AND MILLIONS

OF OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD?

THE SAVIOR TAUGHT US HOW. EACH WEEK WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENT

AND MAKE A COVENANT WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

WE PROMISE TO LINK OUR IDENTITY WITH THE SAVIOR'S BY PLEDGING

OUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE UPON US HIS NAME, TO ALWAYS REMEMBER

HIM, AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

CONSCIENTIOUSLY PREPARING FOR AND WORTHILY MAKING THESE

COVENANTS EACH WEEK ANCHORS US TO THE SAVIOR, HELPS US

INTERNALIZE OUR COMMITMENT,

AND POWERFULLY PROPELS US ALONG THE COVENANT PATH. I INVITE YOU

TO COMMIT TO A LIFELONG PROCESS OF DISCIPLESHIP.

MAKE AND KEEP COVENANTS. THROW YOUR OLD WAYS INTO DEEP,

CHURNING WATERFALLS. COMPLETELY BURY YOUR WEAPONS OF REBELLION

WITH NO HANDLES

STICKING OUT. BECAUSE OF THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST,

MAKING COVENANTS WITH A REAL INTENT TO RELIABLY HONOR THEM

WILL BLESS YOUR LIFE FOREVER. YOU WILL BECOME MORE LIKE THE

SAVIOR AS YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM, FOLLOW HIM, AND ADORE HIM.

I TESTIFY THAT HE IS THE FIRM FOUNDATION.

HE IS DEPENDABLE, AND HIS

PROMISES ARE SURE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

>> PRESIDENT EYRING: WE THANK

ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED,

AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO THE TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE

SQUARE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THEY HAVE PROVIDED THIS MORNING.

THE CHOIR WILL NOW FAVOR US WITH THE PRIMARY SONG ENTITLED

"FAITH."

OUR CONCLUDING SPEAKER FOR THIS SESSION WILL BE PRESIDENT DALLIN

H. OAKS, FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE

FIRST PRESIDENCY.

FOLLOWING HIS REMARKS, THE CHOIR WILL CLOSE THE MEETING BY

SINGING "NOW LET US REJOICE." THE BENEDICTION WILL THEN BE

OFFERED BY ELDER STEVEN R.

BANGERTER OF THE SEVENTY.

♪♪

FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE SUN WILL RISE, ♪

LIGHTING EACH NEW DAY. ♪

FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE LORD WILL HEAR

MY PRAYERS EACHTIME I PRAY. ♪

FAITH IS LIKEA LITTLE SEED: ♪

IF PLANTED,IT WILL GROW, ♪

FAITH IS A SWELLINGWITHIN MY HEART. ♪

WHEN I DO RIGHT, I KNOW. ♪

♪♪

FAITH IS KNOWINGI LIVED WITH GOD

BEFORE MY MORTAL BIRTH. ♪

FAITH IS KNOWINGI CAN RETURN

WHEN MY LIFEENDS ON EARTH. ♪

FAITH IS TRUSTIN GOD ABOVE, ♪

IN CHRIST WHOSHOWED THE WAY. ♪

FAITH IS STRENGTHENED;I FEEL IT GROW

WHENEVER I OBEY. ♪

♪♪

FAITH IS TRUSTIN GOD ABOVE, ♪

IN CHRIST WHOSHOWED THE WAY. ♪

FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE SUN WILL RISE, ♪

LIGHTING EACH NEW DAY. ♪♪

♪♪

>> PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS:

MY DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A LETTER I RECEIVED SOME TIME AGO

INTRODUCES THE SUBJECT OF MY TALK. THE WRITER WAS

CONTEMPLATING A TEMPLE MARRIAGE TO A MAN WHOSE

ETERNAL COMPANION HAD DIED.

SHE WOULD BE A SECOND WIFE.

SHE ASKED THIS QUESTION:

WOULD SHE BE ABLE TO HAVE HER IS OWN HOUSE IN THE NEXT LIFE, OR

WOULD SHE HAVE TO LIVE WITH HER

HUSBAND AND HIS FIRST WIFE? I JUST TOLD HER TO TRUST THE

LORD.

I HEARD FROM A VALUED ASSOCIATE, I CONTINUE WITH AN EXPERIENCE

WHICH I SHARE WITH HIS

PERMISSION. AFTER THE DEATH OF A BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER OF HIS

CHILDREN,

A FATHER REMARRIED.

SOME GROWN CHILDREN STRONGLY OBJECTED TO THE REMARRIAGE AND

SOUGHT THE COUNSEL OF A CLOSE RELATIVE WHO WAS A RESPECTED

CHURCH LEADER. AFTER HEARING THE REASONS FOR THEIR OBJECTIONS,

WHICH FOCUSED ON CONDITIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SPIRIT

WORLD OR IN THE KINGDOMS OF GLORY THAT FOLLOW THE FINAL

JUDGMENT, THIS LEADER

SAID: "YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE WRONG THINGS. YOU SHOULD BE

WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER YOU WILL GET TO THOSE PLACES. [LAUGHTER]

CONCENTRATE ON THAT. IF YOU GET THERE, ALL OF IT WILL BE MORE

WONDERFUL THAN YOU CAN

IMAGINE."

WHAT A COMFORTING TEACHING!

TRUST THE LORD! FROM LETTERS I HAVE RECEIVED, I KNOW THAT

OTHERS ARE TROUBLED BY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD WE WILL

INHABIT AFTER WE DIE AND BEFORE WE ARE

RESURRECTED.

SOME ASSUME THAT THE SPIRIT WORLD WILL CONTINUE MANY OF THE

TEMPORAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND ISSUES WE EXPERIENCE IN THIS

MORTAL LIFE.

WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT CONDITIONS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD?

I BELIEVE A BYU RELIGION PROFESSOR'S ARTICLE ON THIS

SUBJECT HAD IT RIGHT:

"WHEN WE ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD FROM

THE STANDARD WORKS, THE ANSWER IS 'NOT AS MUCH AS WE OFTEN

THINK.'"

OF COURSE WE KNOW FROM THE SCRIPTURES THAT AFTER OUR BODIES

DIE WE CONTINUE TO LIVE AS SPIRITS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD. THE

SCRIPTURES ALSO TEACH THAT THIS SPIRIT WORLD IS DIVIDED BETWEEN

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN "RIGHTEOUS" OR "JUST" DURING LIFE AND THOSE

WHO HAVE BEEN

WICKED. THEY ALSO DESCRIBE HOW SOME FAITHFUL SPIRITS TEACH THE

GOSPEL TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN

WICKED OR REBELLIOUS.

MOST IMPORTANT, MODERN REVELATION REVEALS THAT THE WORK

OF SALVATION GOES FORWARD IN THE

SPIRIT WORLD, AND ALTHOUGH WE

ARE URGED NOT TO PROCRASTINATE OUR REPENTANCE DURING MORTALITY,

WE ARE TAUGHT THAT SOME

REPENTANCE IS POSSIBLE THERE.

THE WORK OF SALVATION IN THE SPIRIT WORLD CONSISTS OF FREEING

SPIRITS FROM WHAT THE SCRIPTURES FREQUENTLY DESCRIBED AS

"BONDAGE." ALL IN THE SPIRIT WORLD ARE UNDER SOME FORM OF

BONDAGE. PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH'S

GREAT REVELATION, CANONIZED IN SECTION 138 OF THE

DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, STATES THAT THE RIGHTEOUS