Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What They Said Wednesday: Elder M. Russell Ballard


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

  • Story of the Novice Gold Miner → finding gold flakes in the rocks not finding nuggets
    • “It seems to me that you are so busy looking for large nuggets that you are missing the small flecks of gold...the patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought to me tremendous wealth.”
  • Precious simple things of the gospel
  • The gospel is simple no matter how hard we work to make it complicated.
    • And work hard we do.  We cannot explain faith we can only simply express it and allow the Holy Ghost to fill in the explanations - our lives would be less complicated if we would.
  • Matthew 22:36 - 38
  • Christ’s love is an active love.  Places where we need to serve:
    • Service in the home
      • Charity begins at home
      • The golden rule - The single most important rule that should govern our homes.
    • Service in the Church
      • Wards and Branches should be a place where our words and actions  are be governed by the golden rules so we can create loving unity.
      • Where Charity exists gossip and hurtful words cannot exist.
    • Serve in our communities
      • Kindness … soften hearts and molds relationships
      • Kindness is the essence of greatness - Joseph B. Wirthlin
      • Young Single Adults in the Sendai, Japan stake demonstrated this service, wearing the helping hands shirts, and reached out to support the community following the earthquake disaster.
    • Missionary Service
      • Full time and Member Missionaries
      • Must happen before the Church can fill the Earth
      • Be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Ghost
      • Reactivation- a service task as unpleasant as cleaning out a silage pit can lead to reactivation, an inactive brother was reactivated by being invited to help
    • Serve each other
      • President Spencer W. Kimball - “It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom... what glorious things can flow from small deeds.”
      • President Thomas S. Monson - “The needs of others are ever-present. Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose in our own lives."
  • Our small and simple acts of kindness and service will blossom into bigger things.