Friday, February 20, 2015

Elder Holland: Be Not Afraid, Only Believe

https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/evening-with-a-general-authority/2015/02/helping-with-the-real-issues?lang=eng


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addresses church education system religious educators at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Feburary 5, 2015. CES educators include LDS Seminary and Institute teachers. 

The topic of the talk was about keeping the faith, optimism, and testimony of the Church even in troubled times. I think eveyone feels this terrible sense that things are unraveling in the world. Western Culture is economically, politicly, and morally bankrupt.  When it comes to issues of marriage and having a family, we must not "take counsel from our fears".  Babylon may fall, but in this last dispensation, Zion will remain standing strong and emerge victorious.  "No weapon formed against us will prosper".  Elder Holland also shares the quote to "not get stuck in the thick of thin matters."

Elder Holland says:

"With uncompromised confidence in God, I ask you to summon full confidence in yourselves and build full confidence in your students by teaching with conviction and optimism that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most certain, the most secure, the most reliable, and the most rewarding truth on earth and in heaven, in time and in eternity. I ask you to teach that nothing—not anything, not anyone, not any influence—will keep this Church from fulfilling its mission and realizing its destiny set from before the foundation of the world. Ours is that fail-safe, inexorable, indestructible dispensation of the fulness of the gospel. Our youth have no need to be afraid or tentative about themselves or about their future. What they do need to do is believe and to rise up to make the most of the remarkable day in which we live...

The momentum that began in a grove of trees in upstate New York two centuries ago will continue to roll forth, unabated and undeniable—Daniel’s stone cut out of the mountain without hands. That scriptural kingdom will be triumphant, and it will prevail. Unlike every other era before us, this dispensation will not experience an institutional apostasy; it will not see a loss of priesthood keys; it will not suffer a cessation of revelation from the voice of Almighty God. Individuals will apostatize, they may turn a deaf ear to heaven, but never again will the dispensation collectively do so. What a secure thought that is! What a day in which to live! What a way to cut through fear or faintheartedness....

No wonder the Prophet Joseph taught that every prophet, priest, and king in every age “looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; … we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory.”

2 comments:

Mark Greer said...

I appreciated your positive comments about Elder Hollands talk David. There is so much fear and doubt going around and we just need to be faithful and believing and The Lord will provide the way for us to return back into his presence. I have noticed your positive contributions on the LDSFF which is so filled anymore with people who seem to revel in doubt and fear whenever the church and the Brethren are discussed. Thanks for your believing approach in the midst of such destructive unbelief. It is a breath of fresh air. Cheers.

Mark

Mark Greer said...

I appreciated your positive comments about Elder Hollands talk David. There is so much fear and doubt going around and we just need to be faithful and believing and The Lord will provide the way for us to return back into his presence. I have noticed your positive contributions on the LDSFF which is so filled anymore with people who seem to revel in doubt and fear whenever the church and the Brethren are discussed. Thanks for your believing approach in the midst of such destructive unbelief. It is a breath of fresh air. Cheers.

Mark