Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stewardship and the Law of Consecration

"Usually when I think of herding sheep, I think of the requirement, or stewardship, of the shepherd to do everything he can for all of his sheep.  this experience, however, reminded me that it is the parable of the lost sheep, and my thoughts turned to the precarious nature of that one lost ewe, all alone and unable to take another step up the rock face and equally unable to turn around and find her way down.  How frantic and hopeless she must have felt, completely powerless to rescue herself one step away from certain disaster.
Such Shepherds may need the expertise and assistance of the search and rescue team, but they are present, account for, and climbing right beside them to save those who are infinitely valued in the sight of god, for they are His children. " (Elder L. Tom Perry, April 2009 General Conference)

“Every day, every hour, every minute of your span of mortal years must sometime be accounted for. And it is in this life that you walk by faith and prove yourself able to choose good over evil, right over wrong, enduring happiness over mere amusement. And your eternal reward will be according to your choosing.
“A prophet of god has said: Men are that they might have joy – a joy that includes a fullness of life, a life dedicated to service, to love and harmony in the home, and the fruits of honest toil – an acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – of its requirements and commandments. Only in these will you find true happiness, the happiness which doesn’t fade with the lights and music and the crowds.”

These statements express the reality that our life on earth is a stewardship of time and choices granted by our creator. The word stewardship calls to mind the Lord’s law of consecration, which has an economic role but, more than that, is an application of celestial law to life here and now. To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes. True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives – that is, our time and choices – to God’s purposes. In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.” (D. Todd Christofferson, October 2010 Conference)

Lesson given by Cassi Campbell

Note: I thought you'd like these other photos of lamb rescue by ordinary people . . . . .

No comments:

Post a Comment