Friday, August 19, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

(Make up for missing last two weeks)

Talk: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor of the First Presidency

  • Story: Man wanted to sail the Mediterranean and tour Europe, saved for many years, finally booked passage on a ship and left.  He was had so little money he took an extra suitcase full of canned food to eat.  He saw the cities he wanted to see, but he did not attend any of the activities on the ship, he did not eat the meals, and mostly stayed in his cabin and ate his food.  At the end of the voyage, a crew member asked which farewell party he would be attending and he realized that all the activities on the ship were included in the cost of passage.  The man realized he had been living far beneath his privileges.
  • We sometimes live far beneath our privileges, opportunities, and rights that are ours as bearers of the Priesthood of God
  • We can recite a definition of the purpose of the priesthood, but rarely have daily examples of magnifying the
  • Priesthood is an everlasting principle
  • Keep our ‘Do it’ switch set at “Now,” not “Later” position, do not let a day go by without acting on the promptings of the spirit
  • The Lord’s instructions
    • 1) Read the Owner's Manual
      • The priesthood of God has an owners manual
      • Scriptures and handbooks, in particular Doctrine & Covenants sections 20, 84, 107, 121
    • 2) Seek revelations of the Spirit.  
      • If we do not choose to seek this channel of revelation, we are living below are privileges
      • Revelations and testimony do not always come with overwhelming force
      • For many, it comes gradually, and we cannot recall the actual moment when we knew
    • 3) Find joy in priesthood service
      • Am I merely going through the motions of being a priesthood bearer?
      • At times, assignments can feel like burdens, but do not go through life as a victim of the 3 dark Ws
        • Worried about the past
        • Worrying about the future
        • Whining about the present
      • Let us never become hardened to the wonder and awe of what the Lord has entrusted to us.
      • Find joy in serving your home teaching families.