Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What They Said Wednesday: Elder Russell M. Nelson

 

    Talk: Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Thank you for sustaining influence, not just by hand but by action. We sustain you, we love you.
    • Everyone has a position to be sustained within from the oldest prophet to the youngest child.
  • Death is a part of life.
    • We live to die, and we die to live again.  The only death that is premature is the death of one who is not ready to meet God.
  • Our faith now becomes a part of our posterity’s faith later. (Main theme of talk?)
  • We have great cause for concern → Do not let our fear displace our faith. Let our faith that must displace our fears.
    • It’s strange to think that there are so many things we need to look out for above and beyond Satan.
  • To prepare to meet God, one keeps ALL of God’s commandments – it takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith
    • Cafeteria approach towards obedience will not work!
    • Doing so provides physical and spiritual protection
    • God’s holy angels are ever on call to help us
    • When we are faithful, He and His angels will help us
  • Unfailing faith is fortified through prayer.
    • D&C 98:2:  The Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted
    • “All things with which you have been afflicted shall work together for your good”
  • D&C 84:88 - I will go before your face
  • Parents bear the responsibility to teach children and strengthen faith
    • Teach that faith with deep conviction
    • Teach that they are children of God
    • Teach is born with trials to overcome
    • Teach to keep all commandments of God
    • Warn them that they will encounter                                                                                     people that choose which commandments to keep – cafeteria plan of obedience.
    • Keeping commandments will strengthen faith
    • Obedience will provide physical and spiritual protection
  • Priesthood blessing can CHANGE the circumstances of your life.
    • The Lord will sustain those blessings
      • Something that so many don’t understand.  It’s very hard to teach in a society where if everyone does not have access to everything then it isn’t “equal”.  The concept of any job being specific to people is slowly dying.
  • D&C 105:14 - I the Lord will fight their battles
  • Thomas S. Monson – fear not – the future is as bright as your faith (April 2009 Conference, “Be Of Good Cheer”)
  • “His truth, covenants, and ordinances enable us to overcome fear”