Saturday, March 13, 2010

Neither Trust in the Arm of Flesh

This is a cool article that I just read in the March Ensign. Elder Nelson tells a story of one of his experiences as a physician and at the end of the article he sums it up by saying,

"The end for which each of you should strive is to be the person that you can become-the person who God wants you to be. The day will come when your professional career will end. The career that you will have labored so hard to achieve-the work that will have supported you and your family-will one day be behind you.

Then you will have learned this great lesson: much more important than what you do for a living is what kind of a person you become. When you leave this frail existence, what you have become will matter most. Attributes such as "faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, (and) diligence" (D&C 4:6) will all be weighed in the Lord's Balance.

From time to time, ask yourself these questions: "Am I ready to meet my maker?" Am I worthy for all the blessings he has in store for his faithful children?" "Have I received my endowment and sealing ordinances of the temple?" "Have I remained faithful to my covenants?" "Have I qualified for the greatest of all God's blessings-the blessings of eternal life?" (D&C 14:7)

Those who cherish their faith in God-those who trust in him-have been given this scriptural promise: "Let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God.......These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever" (D&C 76:61-62). May that be the ultimate destiny for each of us."

1 comment:

heath.sarah said...

Thank you for that nice reminder Becky. I have had a lot of people I love pass away in my lifetime, but none affected me as much as dads. His passing is what brought to me a greater realization of the message this article protrays. He took nothing with him, not his accomplishments, his law practice, no worldly possesion...But he did take all his vast knowledge and love of God and this great Gospel, his experiences with loved ones and associates, and a memory of his lifetime. He used to tell me that, "God doesn't care what profession you do, just HOW you do it." I am so greatful for his example. He wasn't perfect, but one thing he taught me is that success is okay, hard work and accomplishment brings great satisfaction, but only when that same amount of effort, or greater, is put forth in accomplishing eternal salvation. I am greatful for that "wake up" call. Success is still in my plans, but now my priorities are different and since we have implimented those changes the Lord has seen fit to pour out his blessings upon us and has opened great doors of opportunity for us.I love you and thank you for posting this.

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