Mon - Jun 02, 2008 : 02:55 pm
Gen. Conf. - 12YrOld Deacon - Madsen
The beginning of this talk was set by talking about the experience President Gordon B. Hinckley had as a deacon. He spoke of the moving power of the men singing "Praise To The Man", at a Stake Priesthood Meeting.
While reading that experience, my mind immediately turned back to a very similar experience I had when beginning my mission.
I remember it well.
I was in the MTC for the first time alone. My parents had left me the previous day, and I was attending the orientation for newcomers to the MTC.
We sang together the hymn, "Called To Serve", and I remember the distinct power which entered the room after the first few notes were sang by the congregation of missionaries present.
It impressed me in such a manner, that I remember the emotions and spiritual power 14 years later with such a clarity, I can feel it still today.
There definitely is a power in music, and on that day, that power was harnessed by a bunch of 19-year-old boys, singing with their souls about their conviction of being called by God to serve his purpose in calling souls to repentance.
No doubt, I was doing the right thing, at the right time.
Anyway... On with the rest of the talk.
I just finished reading the whole talk, and I really enjoy the way that the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us of our divine potential to do good in the world, and indeed, ultimately live with God the Father and Jesus Christ for eternity.
So much of the world around me believes so much of their own inadequacy, it really is sad. If they only knew how much good they have ingendered within their souls.... our souls...
May I have the wherewithall and insight to teach my children of the divinity which lies within each of them.
It's in all of us. Those who choose to see it can do so much good for the world around them.