Welcome back to GCBC. I hope your holidays have been full of love and loved ones. This week, we will look at two talks, one from the Saturday p.m. session and one from the priesthood session which I felt was worth looking at … partly because I thought both of these could put our minds on repentance, and ultimately, this desire to change is what drives our New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe they can give you some focus as you consider appropriate changes for good in your own life.
Temple Standard By Elder Scott D. Whiting
Like the contractor, when we become aware of elements in our own lives that are inconsistent with the teachings of the Lord, when our efforts have been less than our very best, we should move quickly to correct anything that is amiss, recognizing that we cannot hide our sins from the Lord. We need to remember that “when we undertake to cover our sins, … behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; [and] the Spirit of the Lord is grieved.”
Beware Concerning Yourselves By Elder Anthony D. Perkins
Brethren, Satan seeks “to destroy the souls of men.” If your soul is drifting to the edge of a spiritual cliff, stop now before you fall and steer back on course. If you feel your soul lies wrecked at the bottom of a canyon rather than high on the priesthood path because you neglected “Beware” signs and sinned, I testify that through sincere repentance and the power of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice, you can be lifted up and restored to God’s heavenly highway.
What stood out to you from these talks? In what way do they help you set spiritual goals? Please share in the comments below some of your insights.
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2 thoughts on “GCBC Week 13: “Temple Standard” by Elder Scott D. Whiting, and “Beware Concerning Yourselves” by Elder Anthony D. Perkins”
I really enjoyed Elder Perkins talk. The tithing portion is something I never thought about as unifying a family but his explanation totally makes sense. Fifth, obeying the law of tithing is an essential element of faith and family unity. Because Satan uses greed and the pursuit of possessions to sweep families off the celestial highway, Jesus advised, “Beware of covetousness.” (2012 October General Conference, Beware Concerning Yourselves, Priesthood Session – By Anthony D. Perkins)
I loved the parallel of temple building standards to our personal lives. Many around us may tell us that if we are doing well enough, that is all we need to strive for, but Christ really does want our whole hearts and our whole efforts. Thinking of the effort put into building temples is a great visual for me to not settle for good enough.