Tue - Jan 19, 2016 : 10:29 am
2015 Conf #4 - "Yielding Hearts to God"
"Yielding Our Hearts to God" or "Change of Heart" - Man, I love this talk.
I wish I could tell you all how much this talk means to me. When I heard it the first time, I was with noisy kids, so I didn't get much out of it, but the next time I listened to it was during lunch, and I was alone. I was in a restaurant and I just kept thinking, "I hope people are okay with me sitting here crying."
This is a deep talk, and for me a very personal one.
Almost my entire life I was never put into a position where I could understand what this talk means, but during 2013 and 2014, God, in His mercy, taught me what it means to have a "broken heart".
This talk illustrates what that means, perfectly.
"I chose this family motto: “It will all work out.” Yet how can we say those words to one another when deep troubles come and answers aren’t readily available?"
The story of Sister Marriott's 21-year-old daughter dying is what the essence of faith is. It's what the essence of what a "broken heart" really means.
When we choose God and everything works out, and life is great, and happiness abounds, it's easy to proclaim "God is great and I love Him!" ... But what happens when the opposite happens? What happens when death comes when we're striving our best to keep the commandments. Or when we get laid off from our jobs? Or any number of unfair things.
This makes me think of Joseph Smith, and how incredibly difficult his life was. Joseph Smith had two babies who died from exposure when the door was left open by a mob raiding his home, taking him outside, and tar and feathering him. He spent his early years trying to keep the gold plates from robbers, losing his friends, being accused of things he didn't do, and even being locked up in a jail for 3 months during the winter (read up on Liberty Jail and the conditions Joseph had to endure while he was locked up there)...
...and to think all he had to do to stop these persecutions, murderings and suffering was to deny Christ.
Thoughts like that make my testimony burn brightly.
But anyway... When trials come, will we still have the faith to stay close to God? Even if those trials come *because* we choose to stay close to God?
This talk is all about yielding ourselves to God no matter what, and this talk sums it all up perfectly.
I think my favorite paragraph is this one:
True worship begins when our hearts are right before the Father and the Son. What is our heart condition today? Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. “Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit,”7 the Lord declares. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need.
What an amazing talk. Have you had an experience where your heart was broken, and you had to rely on God?