GCBC Week 20: “Called to Be Saints” by Elder Benjamín De Hoyos

Week 20, folks.  TWENTY.  :)  If you’re still following along, consider yourself among the few, the proud, the …. GCBC hall of fame.  (Trust me, it’s a great honor.)

My husband’s side of the family has a couple generations of a Catholic tradition.  This past week in the car, my niece asked, “How come we don’t have Saints in our [LDS] church?”  I explained to her the best I could that we do have saints, but it means something different in our religion.  It means a sincere and dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, and it’s what all members should strive to be.  This talk explains it better:

“Called to Be Saints”

by Elder Benjamín De Hoyos

Of the Seventy

I loved this simple, profound truth.  I know it’s right:

To the degree that members of the Church live the gospel and follow the counsel of the prophets, they will, little by little and even without noticing it, become sanctified.

What stands out to you as you study this talk?  What does the talk make you understand about your role as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?  Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 20: “Called to Be Saints” by Elder Benjamín De Hoyos

  1. I love how encouraging and comforting this talk is. It’s like he wants us to remember that though we are called to do hard things the Saviour is always with us. General Conference is great that way, we are called to do more, to do better, but I always come away with a feeling that I CAN do it. That I’m not alone, and that Heavenly Father is already pleased with me.

  2. Loved this quote:

    “It does not matter the circumstances, trials, or challenges that might surround us; an understanding of the doctrine of Christ and His Atonement will be the source of our strength and peace—yes, brothers and sisters, that internal tranquility that is born of the Spirit and which the Lord gives to His faithful Saints.”

    That really is the key to our survival here on earth, isn’t it? Life can be a like a whirlwind around us, but our testimony of the Savior can provide us with “internal tranquility”. What a blessing.

  3. Thanks for sharing the GCBC every week! I think my favorite line is “This promise from the Lord to His Saints does not imply that we will be exempt from sufferings or trials but that we will be sustained through them and that we will know that it is the Lord who has sustained us.”

  4. I love that we each have favorite lines! Mine was this: “To the degree that members of the Church live the gospel and follow the counsel of the prophets, they will, little by little and even without noticing it, become sanctified.” I appreciated the reminder that it’s the little things we do over and over (family prayer, personal scripture study, small acts of service, etc. etc.) that help us become more like the Savior. And even when we don’t really feel worthy of it, when we’re doing those little things, we are saints.

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