Our agency is respected 'at all times and in all places' by our Heavenly Father. He teaches and prompts us. We are free to choose, sometimes fail, repent and repeat. We need to emulate him and ensure we also respect the agency of others around us – everyone: our spouse, our children, extended family, those we teach and interact with each day. The invitation is there. Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. We are to encourage, help, support, teach, and lead but never force.
To those I have recently offended or to whom I am likely to offend sometime soon. I now apologize. I was assigned to give this talk to help me do better in this regard. To help me remember, that despite my weakness and failings, that there is another person, our elder brother, who can and will step in and make everything clear and right, who can and will reconcile us back to God and with our fellow man, who can take and fix all wrongs and remove and correct all faults - if we but let him in.
In chapter 13 of 2nd Corinthians, Paul states: “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Cor. 13:1).
We can grow as Jesus grew to become perfected in him. You may notice it first in your own family, perhaps with the selection of a spouse and eventually in the birth of a child. This feeling, this great love, is not limited to your own family, it can expand to anyone you serve. It may come as you ponder “the great and wonderful love made manifest by the Father and the Son in the coming of the Redeemer into the world;” (D&C 138:3). It is often a reflection of His love for those around you. May we each learn and grow and wax strong in spirit, eventually being filled with wisdom: and find the grace of God upon us through Him.
“Enduring to the end means being faithful to the end. This is not an easy task. It is intended to be difficult, challenging, and, ultimately, refining as we prepare to return to live with our Father in Heaven and receive eternal blessings.” Elder L. Tom Perry (“The Gospel of Jesus Christ” Apr 2008)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of healing. Christ's triumph over death and sin mean that we, you and I, will eventually and can even now begin to be healed wholly. Is there any sick among you? Are any tired, weary, forlorn? Any lonely? Any needing repentance? Physically, emotionally and spiritually, He can and does heal us all, often by the hand of his servants, if we but let him.
To All Our Good Trek Family Children,
Daughters: Hope, Faith, Charity, Grace, Mercy, Harmony and Felicity
and Sons: Lehi, Ammon, Mormon, Mosiah and Nephi
Happy July 2015! It is now one year since our happy trek together.
My mom (and my grandkids) couldn't be at all my public speaking assignments, so I post them here for them/her and you to read ..