Sunday, February 05, 2006

Generally Good Advice

During my meetings before church the leaders of our auxiliary organizations get together for prayer and a scripture message prior to going over focus areas with our Bishop. This morning our Elder’s Quorum President gave one of the best 2 minute talks I may have ever heard. We could all have gone home and been well fed.

Brother Rucker started out by explaining that he’d been blessed with a good friend all through childhood baseball, through school and even now at work as they both work for the same company. He mentioned that they agree on most everything except the finer points of doctrine regarding the Gospel; each having strong feelings which don’t always agree. He then read out of the Book of Mormon, in Mosiah, a passage which should be palatable for anyone professing to be Christian or for that matter, anyone who desires to be connected with the civilized world. (linked via title bar)

“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”

I have to wonder about those in the world, or even in our immediate society, who are constantly attempting to hide from view the most basic elements necessary for each and everyone of us to reap the blessings, both temporal and spiritual, that are available to those who keep the commandments. How simple and at the same time how difficult that appears to be for so many. Wouldn’t it be helpful to be reminded on a daily basis just what those commandments are, those 10 rules to happiness? It wouldn’t matter if you were Christian, Jew, Muslim or Buddhist because civilized society is built upon the same foundation, regardless of how you believe these basic laws came about or who authored them. Thank you Brother Rucker for some generally good advice.

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