Youth of the Noble Birthright: What Will You Choose?
This is what Scott epitomized and championed with the young men and men in our ward. Education and sucess in our careers gives us the freedom, times and means to spend more time with our families, to serve in the church and to help others. Get all the education you can in a field that will help you provide for your family.
Our example has to be a light in this world! We cannot just blend in and float along with the crowd. We have a nobile birthright to be the leaders in this dispensation, to bring others to Christ. We were chosen before hand, foreordained to wear out our lives in service.
Not only do we have a charge to be a light, but we must also recruit others to join us in our efforts to be lights. Our light and influence can only spread so far, but as we enlist others in our efforts, their lights add to our and our sphere of influence increases. Many lights can brighten an immense space.
The highest priority of everyday has to be to get closer to the Savior and God. If we have the faith to put them first, then everything else will fall into place. We will be led and guided and blessed to be able to accomplish all things that He would have us do. We will have the time and the means to do it if we are willing to work hard and give HIM are all. This is THE ONE THING we have to learn here on earth. Everything else rests on this.
The Lord really will bless us with the means and ability to do what HE needs done, but we must prove that are hearts are pure. To bless us with things before our hearts are pure is to only corrupt them with the things of this world. Our motives and intents have to be inline with HIS.
Choose eternal life. How simple it is to say, but how hard it is to see how our daily choices are either leading us to that or away from that. We need to ask ourselves. Does this choice draw me nearer to my Savior? If it does not then we need to have the strength to walk away and not do that thing- NO MATTER WHAT. We have to put aside temporary pleasure or self-gratification in exchange for something better. Learning to do this so great spiritual maturity and allows the Lord to trust us with great things.
Don't be tricked by the example of other who are seemingly delighting in sin. Their delight is only temporary and will have undesirable consequences. Don't be persuaded by these examples in the media. Movies are not real life and the happy endings and lack of consequences are not real.
As covenant members of the church we have agreed to be a light to the world and to help save other's of God children. We will do this despite the trials and tests that we will face and in the end we can inherit all that the Father has if we remain true and faithful.
Apostolic Blessing given by Elder Nelson