Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Elder Dallin H. Oaks


Talk: Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Importance of Desire
  • Desires dictate our priorities. Priorities shape our choices. Choices determine our actions
  • Desires to satisfy our needs compels our choices and determine our actions
  • Common Desires and overriding desires
    • Food - fasting
    • Shelter - camping
    • Sleep - story of military unit from Richfield, Utah.
      • Commander stayed up all night to make sure his men stayed awake and safe.
      • “I knew if we ever got home I would be meeting the parents of those boys.”
  • 3 Essentials
    • Desire
    • Labor
    • Faith
      • Alma taught that faith begins with a desire to believe
  • Alma 22:18 - Aaron teaching the King of the Lamanites - I will give away all my sins to know thee.
  • The lord will judge all men according their works, according to the desire of their hearts (D&C 137:9).
    • Are we prepared to have such dire consequences attached to our desires?
  • Readjusting our desires is not easy.
  • We often desire that worldly quartet: Property, prominence, pride, and power
  • How do we develop our desires?
    • Begin with a desire for such qualities
  • Story of the Moab Hiker, Aron Ralston (from 127 Hours - that’s the correct spelling)
  • When we have a vision of what we can become our desire and our (power to …) increase enormously.
  • All of us face potential traps that can prevent our forward destiny.
  • We should remember that righteous desires cannot be superficial, temporary
    • Must be heartfelt, unwavering, and permanent
    • Must be willing to overcome ALL our sins
  • “What we consistently desire over time is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity.”
  • Important to LOSE desire to sin.
    • Eternal beings forgive all who wrong them
    • Welfare of other above themselves
    • Will of God above theirs 
  • All should desire and work towards a temple marriage.
    • Back to the opening prayer - bring them into the “safety of the covenants.”
  • Each should reject the politically correct but utterly false disregard for the importance of marriage.
  • Guys and girls--don’t just hang out, don’t put career first--be prepared to commit and have a family.
  • Our desires dictate our priorities, our priorities shape our choices, and our choices determine our actions.