General Conference Book Club Week 17:
“We Follow Jesus Christ” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
In the Sunday morning session of General Conference, Elder Cook’s message declared that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) believe in and follow Jesus Christ. His message is a great reminder of what it really means to be a Christian, and to be an example of Him in all that we do.
“As we ponder what it means to be Christians today, think about what our path of discipleship will require of us. I suggest that we contemplate and in appropriate ways emulate what the Savior did in those last two days of His mortal life.”
What do you learn as you study Elder Cook’s testimony about Jesus Christ?
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3 thoughts on “GCBC Week 17: We Follow Jesus Christ”
This is a great idea, Stephanie. Thanks for providing such an uplifting place to share.
This struck me in Elder Cook’s talk: “I invite each one of us individually to recognize that how we disagree is a real measure of who we are and whether we truly follow the Savior. It is appropriate to disagree, but it is not appropriate to be disagreeable. Violence and vandalism are not the answer to our disagreements. If we show love and respect even in adverse circumstances, we become more like Christ.”
It is good to have this validation of being able to disagree with others, and to learn that we can still be loving even as we disagree. When Jesus was calling the Pharisees “whited sepulchers”, He was still filled with love for them. When He chastised Joseph Smith for letting the translation out of his hands, He was still loving and merciful. These are such great examples. I pray to be filled with such charity that I will be able to be loving even in adversity.
So grateful for this talk this week as I prepare to teach about the Importance of the Sacrament. The Savior in his final hours of agony and despair was still filled with love and charity to all. One day I hope to be able to love as our Savior does, unequivocally and unconditionally.
I don’t know why I have such a hard time keeping up with this. I absolutely love it and it lifts me each and every week that I participate.
I loved this talk. There are so many parts that I’d like to use in FHE so that my kids will understand how important sacrament meeting is. Maybe they will understand why I don’t bring a lot of entertainment and snacks. 🙂
A part that really stuck out to me was when he said, “How we relate and interact with each other is a measure of our willingness to follow Jesus Christ.” I thought of my relationship with each of my children as I read this. Am I doing the best I can? Lately, the sad answer is no. I blame it on so many other things but I know it’s me and I need to make a conscious effort to do better. I think I’ll post that quote on the fridge. Hopefully it will help me to remember.