Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Lord's Way

Elder Ellis talks about being a "farm boy" from Idaho.  He learned the following:

  1. To work - if you don't plant, you don't harvest.
  2. To work smart - if you irrigate and fertilize, you harvest more.
  3. The importance of timing - if you don't plant at the right time, an early frost can destroy the harvest.
  4. To do what is neeed or ought to be done regardless of what is enjoyable, preferable, or convenient - you milk the cow when she needs to be milked, not when you want to.
  5. To be direct - with livestock and machinery involved, you don't have time to "beat around the bush."
  6. To stick to the basics.
Suzanne introduced the lesson as a potpourri of thoughts from Elder Ellis, but she hit on a few things that touched her.  We discussed how God knows the way to . . . . live, to love, to help, to pray, to talk, to interact with each other, to lead, to marry, to raise children, to learn, to know the truth, to share the gospel, to choose wisely what we eat, . . . .

Joseph Smith was taught from his youth the ways of the Lord.  When asked how he led the Church, he explained that he taught correct principles and the members governed themselves.  Brothers and sisters, our living apostles and prophets are still teaching correct principles.  The question is "Are we using these principles to govern ourselves?"

Lesson taken from the May Issue of the Ensign, 2013, April General Conference Talk.  Given by Suzanne Wright.

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