Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Elder D. Todd Christofferson

 

Talk: Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Our Heavenly Father is a God of high expectations
  • He knows what is required, and so He provides His commandments and covenants, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and most importantly the Atonement and Resurrection of His Beloved Son to make our transformation possible.
  • It is not enough for us to just go through the motions--The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.
    • “From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.”  (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, The Challenge to Become)
  • Attitude and practice we need to adopt
  • Correction is vital if we would conform our lives “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (speaking of Divine Chastening)
  • Divine chastening has at least three purposes:
    • 1. Persuade us to repent
      • “For whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth.” - Heb. 12:6
        • Brother of Jared - Failed to call upon the name of the Lord
    • 2. Refine and sanctity us
      • “For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified.”  D&C 101:5
      • In addition to stimulating our repentance, the experience of enduring chastening can refine us and prepare us for greater spiritual privileges.
    • 3. Redirect our course to what God considers to be a better path
      • God uses chastening or correction to guide us to a future we cannot now envision, but which He knows is the better way.
      • Though it is often difficult to endure, truly, we ought to rejoice that God considers us worth the time and trouble to correct.
  • Trieth patience and Faith
  • Hugh B Brown - Story of the Currant Bush--Bought a Farm, decided to cut back bushes to stumps and notice a drop of water. “I am the gardener. I know what I am doing here. I know what I want you to do.”
    • The Master knows what is best for us.
  • “Thank you Mr Gardener, for cutting me down. For loving me enough to hurt me.”
  • Perhaps some things you have heard in this conference have done persuaded you to repent
  • Correction can come from others, including spouses
    • Example of Elder Richard G. Scott looking people in the eye when he speaks to them, when corrected by his wife.
  • When a person in a position to correct fails to do so, he is being selfish
  • Eventually, much of our chastening should come from within--we should become self-correcting.
    • Yes, but it requires so much humility!
  • If we sincerely desire to measure up to the expectations of our Heavenly Father, He will comfort, strengthen, chasten.
  • One purpose of church leaders is for the “perfecting of the saints” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  • Parents must chasten their children, if they are not to be case adrift.  
  • Correction, hopefully gentle, can come from one’s spouse.
  • Parents can and must correct, even chasten to protect their children.  Remember, correction must be shown with an “increase of love...lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.  (D&C 121:43)