Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What They Said Wednesday: President Thomas S. Monson–Priesthood


Talk: President Thomas S. Monson

  • Wants to address some things that will apply to the young, the middle aged... and the not-so-middle-aged
  • Personal worthiness required to receive and exercise the sacred power of the priesthood which we hold
  • Read D&C Section 121:36-37 verbatim
    • The rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected...
  • The chasm between us and the world's standards is wide and growing ever wider
    • Many movies and television shows subject us to behaviors that are in direct opposition to the laws of God.  Do not subject yourselves to the innuendo and outright filth that is there
    • Profanity is prevalent.  Quotes the commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord they God in vain."  Do not say anything of which you cannot be proud.
    • Stay completely away from pornography.  Do not allow yourself to view it ever.  
    • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, or any other drugs. 
  • A strong testimony of our Savior and his Gospel will help see us through to safety.  If you do not have a testimony, do what is necessary to obtain one
    • You must have your own testimony, because the testimonies of others will only get you so far
  • Cease any unrighteousness
  • We can be in the world and not of the world as we reject the false teachings of the world.  
  • One of the saddest things he's had to handle in his three years as President is the cancellation of sealings
    • There are any number of reasons for it, but in most cases, divorce does not have to be the outcome
    • Choose your love, love your choice
    • Commitment in marriage is absolutely essential
    • Your wife is your equal
    • In marriage neither partner is superior or inferior to the other, your wife is not to be demeaned or insulted, but is to be respected and loved
    • Any man who exercises unrighteous dominion over his wife is unworthy of the priesthood.  Amen to his priesthood (reference back to D&C at the beginning)
    • Happiness is marriage is not so much about choosing the right person, but about being the right person
    • Do not let your marriage get to the point where it is in jeopardy
    • Be honorable and decent
    • Your actions must be above reproach.