We’re back. MTC choir with the sisters in colorful plumage, elders in dark suits. Conducted by Ryan Eggett. They sounded good warming up, just a little soprano-y.
First Presidency is on the stand.
President Eyring conducting.
New RS Presidency:
Linda K. Burton–served with husband as president of Korea Seoul West Mission. Studied elementary education at U of U. Married to Craig Burton, six children, 19 grandchildren.
Carole M. Stephens–attended Weber State and is a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Married to Martin R. Stephens, 6 children, 15 grandchildren.
Linda S. Reeves–served with her husband as president of California Riverside Mission. B.A. in Special Education from BYU. Married to Melvyn Reeves, 13 children (that’s not a typo).
Richard Maynes named to Presidency of the Seventy to succeed Elder Snow.
First Quorum: Larry Echo Hawk (Arlington, VA), Robert C. Gay (Palm Beach, FL), Scott D. Whiting (Kailua, HI)
Presiding Bishopric: Gary E. Stevenson, Gérald Caussé, Dean M. Davies
Elder Holland: Labourers in the Vineyard [British spelling retained for RJH and other loyalists and snobs]
It is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. The first workers agreed to the full wage of the day and received it.
…If there is any sympathy to be generated, it should be for the men not chosen, who also had mouths to feed and backs to clothe. Luck never seemed to be with them–they always saw someone else chosen. These last and most discouraged of laborers, hearing only that they will be treated fairly, accept work without knowing the wage, knowing that anything will be better than nothing which is what they have had so far. They are stunned to receive the same as all the others. Surely never had such compassion been seen in all their working days.
It is against that reading of the story that the grumbling of the first laborers must be seen.
We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. …The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those.
Envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving.
What a bright prospect that is–downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment.
What happened in this story at 9 or noon or 3 is swept up in the universally generous payment at the end of the day. The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours fall away in the abundance of the final reward.
This is a story about generosity, compassion, and grace. Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who feel they don’t deserve it.
However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you have made, or talents you think you don’t have, or distance from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.
Come boldly to the throne of grace and fall at the feet of the Holy one of Israel. Come and feast without money and without price at the table of the Lord.
I testify of the renewing power of God’s love and the miracle of His grace.
Lead Kindly Light is going to take a long time at this tempo–time to start dinner.
Elder Hales: “Coming to Ourselves and Becoming Spiritually Self-Reliant: The Sacrament, The Temple, and Sacrifice in Service”
At times of darkness, challenge, sorrow, or sin, we may feel the Holy Ghost reminding us that we are truly sons and daughters of a caring Heavenly Father who loves us…At these times we should strive to come to ourselves and come back into the light of the Savior’s love.
More than just thinking about the facts of the Savior’s suffering and death, our pondering helps us recognize that through the Savior’s sacrifice, we have the hope opportunity, and strength to make real, heartfelt changes in our lives.
The sacrament gives us an opportunity to come to ourselves and experience “a mighty change of heart”–to remember who we are and what we most desire.
Patterns of Christlike living include obedience, making sacrifices to keep the commandments, loving one another, being chaste in thought and action, and giving of ourselves to build the Kingdom of God.
As our desires to learn and live the gospel increase, we naturally seek to serve one another.
With His love and the love of His Son in my heart, I challenge each of us to follow our spiritual desires and come to ourselves. We are on the right path when we can say, I worthily partake of the sacrament each week, I am worthy to hold a temple recommend, and I sacrifice to serve and bless others.
He knows us and waits for us, even when we are a great way off.
Elder Ulisses Soares: “Abide in the Lord’s Territory!”
To sow in the spirit means that all our thoughts, words, and actions must elevate us to the level of divinity of our Heavenly Parents.
To enhance our spirit, it is required that we “let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from us with all malice.”
The light of Christ together with the companionship of the Holy Ghost must help us determine if our manner of living is placing us in the Lord’s territory or not.
In Doctrine and Covenants 20:37, the Lord teaches us what it means to sow in the Spirit and what really places us in the Lord’s territory, as follows: humble ourselves before God, witness we have come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, testify to the Church that we have truly repented, take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ, have a determination to serve Him to the end…
Elder Quentin Cook: “In Tune to the Music of Faith”
This is the Mormon moment talk.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: “one culprit is an aggressive scientific atheism tone deaf to the music of faith…”
It needs to be taught and understood that we love and respect ALL of the people that Lehi described. Remember it is not up to us to judge. Judgment is the Lord’s.
Shout-out to scout leaders and nursery leaders. AMEN!!
Our great desire is to raise our children in truth and righteousness. One principle that will help us accomplish this is to avoid being overly judgmental about conduct that is foolish or unwise, but not sinful.
The message, ministry, and Atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior is our essential family curriculum.
A dividing line between those who hear the music of faith and those who are tone deaf or off key, is the active study of the scriptures.
Our doctrine is clear; we are to be positive and of good cheer. We emphasize our faith, not our fears. We rejoice in the Lord’s assurance that He will stand by us and give us guidance and direction. The Holy Ghost testifies to our hearts that we have a loving Father in Heaven whose merciful plan for our redemption will be fulfilled in every aspect because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Elder Scott: distinction between revelation and inspiration
“Relationships can be strengthened through the veil with people we know and love.” Maybe Elder Scott has been reading Kierkegaard.
Enemies to revelation: loud laughter, exaggeration, loudness
Aids to revelation: careful speech, good health practices, avoiding distractions
Revelation can also be given in a dream. “Inspired communication in the night is generally accompanied by a sacred feeling for the entire experience. …He may in a dream make it both easier to understand and more likely to touch our hearts by teaching us through someone we love and respect.”
For spirituality to grow stronger and more available it must be planted in a righteous environment. Haughtiness, pride and conceit are like stony ground that will never produce spiritual fruit.
When we are acting as instruments in behalf of others, we are more easily inspired than when we think only of ourselves. In the process of helping others, the Lord can piggy-back directions for our own benefit.
You will be prompted to know what to do as you meet the conditions for such divine guidance in your life, namely: obedience to the commandments, trust in His divine plan of happiness, and the avoidance of anything contrary to it.