GCBC Week 9: “Be Anxiously Engaged” by Elder M. Russell Ballard

This week’s talk also comes from the Saturday p.m. session of general conference.

Be Anxiously Engaged

By Elder M. Russell Ballard


The other day I was watching this Mormon Message video and it dawned on me that Elder Ballard has given a similar message twice in a short amount of time. He talked about how the tiny flecks of gold accumulate to make a valuable treasure. Then, in this talk, he talks about the tiny contributions of individual bees make up a productive, successful hive.  So that principle of power in the small things is what stuck with me; and based on this old talk by President Eyring, I’ve learned that when prophets and apostles repeat messages/principles, it should rivet my attention.

What did you like and learn from this talk? Please share in the comments below some of your insights.

(A reminder to those of you who are new to General Conference Book Club: You’re welcome to return to this post any time this week and leave your comment and thoughts in the comment section below. You may also want to see what others are saying about the talk and engage in a conversation for mutual understanding and encouragement. A new talk will be posted each Sunday and will be studied and discussed throughout the week.)


2 thoughts on “GCBC Week 9: “Be Anxiously Engaged” by Elder M. Russell Ballard

  1. This talk goes perfectly with our FHE from last night. We talked about being more aware of ways we can serve. It’s something I want to be better at and definitely something I want my children to learn. This time of year kids can get so focused on what they are going to get–I’m hoping this will remind them there is so much more that they can give!

  2. A while ago, Elder Bednar gave a talk about strokes in a painting that close up and individually didn’t look like much but all together it was a beautiful painting. It was related to holding FHE and family prayer but a similar principle.

    Wasn’t there another conference talk where someone’s car broke down and a man appeared to help and said he prayed every day for opportunities to serve?

    I love the bee analogies partially because I’m saving up money and studying about bees. I’m planning to get some hives this spring.

    I remember liking this talk during conference. 🙂 I really like the parts about the concepts moving from our minds to our hearts and changing who we are.

    What a great suggestion he gives with praying each morning for opportunities for service. Anyone else scared slightly at the idea? It is something I want to be able to do. Might have to pray for help in wanting to do it first. 😀

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