Thu - Jun 05, 2008 : 01:32 pm
Gen. Conf. - Cov. of Priesthood - Eyring
It is quite refreshing to note the surety with which President Eyring states the following:
"First, the very fact that you have been offered the oath and covenant is evidence that God has chosen you, knowing your power and capacity. He has known you since you were with Him in the spirit world. With His foreknowledge of your strength, He has allowed you to find the true Church of Jesus Christ and to be offered the priesthood. You can feel confidence because you have evidence of His confidence in you."
I love that there is no doubt of the hand of God in the pathway of our lives. We are not given the possibility of having the Priesthood by chance. There is no luck involved at all.
God knows who can accept and receive and give honor to the Priesthood of God. Those people are they who are given the chance in the first place.
That makes so much sense to me, yet is so overlooked and often doubted by even those who have it.
I loved this talk. Another paragraph which caused the spirit to surge within me, testifying of its truth was this one:
"I am a personal witness that priesthood service pursued in faith has such an effect in changing our hearts and our feelings. A young man hearing my words today can have confidence that by honoring his priesthood he will be protected against the temptation to sexual sin so prevalent in the world in which we live. It will be possible for the Aaronic Priesthood holder hearing me tonight, as his faith increases in the sure reward of eternal life through the eternal priesthood, that he will have the power to see in the daughters of God their true worth and in the promise of a posterity a reason to be pure and to stay clean."
With the world as it is, it is very, very easy to succumb to Satan's whisperings that the temptation is too great. Is God really that weak? Do I really believe that God is powerful enough to help me overcome my weaknesses?
Very interesting - and enlightening - and humbling.