GCBC Week 24: “Choose Eternal Life” by Elder Randall K. Bennett

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Elder Bennett tells a wonderful story about choosing to swim despite warning signs on the beach.  He relates this experiences to the choices we must all make, and in whom we place our trust.

Choose Eternal Life by Elder Randall K. Bennett

“In reality we have only two eternal choices, each with eternal consequences: choose to follow the Savior of the world and thus choose eternal life with our Heavenly Father or choose to follow the world and thus choose to separate ourselves from Heavenly Father eternally. We cannot successfully choose both the safety of righteousness and the dangers of worldliness.”

What stood out to you as you studied this talk?  Share your thoughts and insights in the comments below.  (Only TWO more talks left!)

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GCBC Week 8: Agency, Essential to the Plan of Life

“Agency: Essential to the Plan of Life”
Elder Robert D. Hales
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

As I listened to this talk, I thought about how much power we have been given by a trusting Heavenly Father.  Our ability to choose and put into effect the consequences of those choices is truly a great power with long-term, even eternal influence.  As I thought more about that power that we have, I felt a greater sense of responsibility, and a greater desire to be more deliberate in my choices.  Even the “small” ones.

“Throughout His life our Savior showed us how to use our agency. As a boy in Jerusalem, He deliberately chose to ‘be about [His] Father’s business.’ . . . And by His perfect life, He taught us that when we choose to do the will of our Heavenly Father, our agency is preserved, our opportunities increase, and we progress.”

How about you? What are your favorite principles or quotes from Elder Hales’s talk?  Is there anything you learned here that you had not considered before?  What stood out to you as you studied it?  And, most importantly, what did it make you feel or want to do?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  (If this is your first time to General Conference Book Club, click here to learn more about it.)