Thursday, October 13, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Elder Neil L. Anderson

Wait but it is Thursday… Ooops.

Talk: Neil L. Anderson - Quorum of the Twelve

  • It is a crowning privilege for parents to bear children
  • “We believe in families and we believe in children”
  • Our Heavenly Father’s plan includes bringing children into this mortal life
  • Before immortality, There must be mortality.
  • God’s commandment to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force
  • When to have a child and how many to have are between the parents and the Lord.
    • decisions that require sincere prayer and great faith
  • “Where once the standards of the Church and the standards of society were mostly compatible, now there is a wide chasm between us and it is growing ever wider....We can be in the world but not of the world as we reject false concepts and false teachings and remain true to that which God has commanded. “--President Monson (April 2010)
  • Many voices in the world today marginalize or voice in delaying of having children..
  • Motherhood is not a hobby. It is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It’s not something you do if you can squeeze the time in. It’s what God gave you time for.”
  • Thank you, for creating in the church, a sanctuary for families with children
  • “Would the Lord want you to break one of His commandments to become a doctor? You can do both! Where is your faith?”
    • A child was born less than a year later.
  • This is a time of economic instability
  • There is no shame in a couple having to scrimp and save! It is generally during these challenging times that you will grow closer together as you learn to make difficult decisions.
  • Jacob and Joseph were born to Lehi in the wilderness --”as my first born in the wilderness of mine afflictions”
  • The Savior only had a manger to lay his head.
  • In the best of times, and the worst of times--LDS people acting in faith have never forgotten the Lord’s commandment to multiply and replenish the earth
  • We go forward in faith. The decision on how many children to have it private for a husband and a wife. This can be a sensitive issue.
  • To women who may not have the opportunity to marry and have a family--thank you for your example and for helping those who do have families
  • The bearing of children can also be a difficult thing for those who desperately want children and cannot or for those that want a large family and only have a small family.  
  • Some times life can seem unfair, especially when we try (everything we can?)
  • As the Lord’s servant, I promise you--faithful members who do what they can to keep the commandments of the Lord will receive the blessings He has promised
  • Whosoever shall receive these children in my name receiveth me. And whosoever receiveth me--receiveth my Father which sent me.
  • Children ARE a great blessing! They will bring us happiness in this life and the eternities!