Skip to comments.Commit Thy Way unto the Lord (REAL LDS / Mormon)
Posted on 03/20/2011 3:45:41 PM PDT by Paragon Defender
By Elder Jerald L. Taylor
Of the Seventy
Jerald L. Taylor, "Commit Thy Way unto the Lord", Ensign, July 2003, 54
How can we strengthen our commitment to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
Some time ago I presided over a stake conference in Momostenango, Guatemala. Prior to the conference, I was surprised when stake president Francisco Rosales recommended that the Saturday meetings be held in the morning instead of in the afternoon, when these meetings are usually scheduled. When I asked the reason for the change, President Rosales said it was safer for the people to travel early in the morning so they could return to their homes before dark.
He explained that many of these Saints would leave their homes at about 3:00 A.M., often in the rain, and walk two to three hours down the mountain trails to get to their small meetinghouses. There they would climb into the back of a small pickup truck and travel another two hours, standing up, to the stake center for the conference. After the Saturday meetings they would return to their homes the same way. On Sunday they would repeat the process. During the two days of conference, they traveled as much as 1620 hours.
Brother Daniel Ixcoy Torres and his family are among these faithful Saints. They walk four hours every Sunday, round trip, to attend their Church meetings. Brother Ixcoy says his family does this because we have made a commitment to God to obey the commandments and because it is important to partake of the sacrament each Sunday. Brother Ixcoys 18-year-old son, Pedro, says it is a blessing for them to accept callings in the Church and obey instructions from their leaders.
What shining examples of commitment to the gospel are these wonderful Saints!
The scriptures tell us to commit [our] way unto the Lord (Ps. 37:5). How might we become more committed to the gospel? What can we learn from the Savior regarding commitment? What principles help us understand the importance of being committed to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
There is no better example of commitment than Jesus Christ. His love for His Father was perfect, and He was committed to doing the Fathers will in all things. He proclaimed, For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 6:38). This desire not only guided His mortal life but led Him to make the ultimate sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross.
The Savior knew who He was, which further enabled Him to be fully committed to the Father and to His plan of salvation. He was the eldest spirit child of Heavenly Father (see D&C 93:21). He was the Fathers Only Begotten Son on the earth (see Moses 1:6). He knew Heavenly Fathers plan and His own divine role in it: Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally (Ether 3:14).
How can we follow Christs example of commitment? We can love Him and Heavenly Father and likewise say, Not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:42). We can learn more about who we are: beloved children of Heavenly Father, with the potential to become as He is. And we can seek to better understand our own role in Heavenly Fathers plan and our responsibility to do our part, however small, to help Him bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). To be committed, we must learn our duty and then act in all diligence (D&C 107:99) to honor our commitment and fulfill our obligation to our Father in Heaven.
Understanding the Saviors role in our lives also helps us strengthen our commitment to Him. After King Benjamin taught his people about Jesus ministry, His suffering, His Atonement, and His teachings, he asked the people if they believed the words he had spoken. And they all cried with one voice, saying: We know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us (Mosiah 5:2). They then declared, We are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days (Mosiah 5:5). Similarly, as we learn more about what the Savior has done for us and strengthen our testimony of Him, we will feel a deepening sense of commitment to Him.
Faith in Jesus Christ is of utmost importance in being committed to Him. Those who are committed to the Lord trust in Him and do what He requires of them, even when they do not immediately understand the purpose of what He requires. Adam showed this kind of commitment after he and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden. And [the Lord] gave unto them commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, for an offering unto the Lord. And Adam was obedient unto the commandments of the Lord (Moses 5:5). Later an angel appeared to Adam and asked why he was offering sacrifices. Adams reply reflected his commitment: I know not, save the Lord commanded me (Moses 5:6). He was committed to obeying the commandment of God even though he did not know the reason for the commandment.
The angel then told him the reason: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth (Moses 5:7).
Adam had put his trust in the Lord, and because of his faithfulness and obedience, he was filled and was blessed with the ability to prophesy (see Moses 5:10). We are likewise blessed when we have faith in the Lord and commit to following Him in all things.
When we are truly committed to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we stay true to our principles no matter what our circumstances may be.
Rebecca was 16 years old when her parents were called to preside over a mission in a foreign land. Consequently, for two years she attended a school where there were few Latter-day Saint students. One of the most popular athletes in the school asked her to attend various school activities with him. Even though she would have been the envy of many girls if she had dated this boy, she politely told him no. What gave this young woman the courage and strength to decline his invitation? She said: After hearing a Young Women lesson on dating and temple marriage when I was about 12, I made a commitment to date only boys with high standards who could take me to the temple. I honored the commitment I had made and dont remember the decision being difficult, because the answer to such an invitation was already formulated in my mind. I was just living up to a promise I had made to myself. Rebecca had been taught the importance of the Lords plan for eternal marriage, and she was committed to following Him. The Lord blessed her for her faithfulness, and years later she did meet a fine young man and was sealed to him for time and all eternity in the temple.
Because of His love for us, God the Father sent His Son. Because of the Sons love for His Father and for us, He atoned for our sins and made possible the Resurrection and eternal life. We are eternally indebted to Them. As we love the Father and the Son, and as we know we are Heavenly Fathers children and come to better understand His plan, we will strengthen our commitment to Them. And as we commit [our] way unto the Lord [and] trust also in him, He shall bring to pass the desires of our hearts (see Ps. 37:45).
How does a none eternal being atone for anything?
No, the answers are not on your links.
What about that “becoming a god of an alien planet” part?
I might be down with that. Got details?
Do I have to wear special underpants?
Seems PD can’t answer any of those questions posed to him. He just goes blithely on as though nothing is happening. He’s scared. He’s afraid. He’s thinking that there has to be some truth to what we’re telling him. Or, he has his blinders on and will not look at the truth.
It’s not an alien planet, humble. Unless you are an alien.
It appears he has three standard answers: post his links to unofficial sites, post insults (IE call people liars and impure) and/or ridicule.
Sad really, I think if he really believed what he says he believed he would defend it.
The Magic Underwear protects the faithful from your lies!
RESPECT the UNDERWEAR!
All hail the magic underwear!
I'll have to pass.
No salvation or godhood for me. My underwear is sadly non-magical.
Haynes or Fruit of the Loom?
I’ve noticed that he just goes on without really defending his beliefs. That makes him a hypocrite. I can defend my belief in Yashua and my Christian belief. This guy apparently can’t. He doesn’t know how. He’s scared. He’s untruthful. He cowers behind the LDS church. And I use the word “church” loosely.
Do the lds women wear their bras over or under that “underwear”?
FOTL, $5.00 a three-pack at Wal-Mart.
There's no magic.
Not even a website listed on the package that has any magic.
I live in an intolerant country.
"And we can seek to better understand our own role in Heavenly Fathers plan and our responsibility to do our part, however small, to help Him bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). To be committed, we must learn our duty and then act in all diligence (D&C 107:99) to honor our commitment and fulfill our obligation to our Father in Heaven."
Oh, yeah! God needs the help of mormons to "bring to pass"....Sorry, I'm not sure how it escaped Joseph Smith and all those who follow his lies, but God doesn't NEED help from any mere mortals.
Hmmm...these folks are paying 10% of their meager income and having to travel 16-20 hours to go hear some old men preach about their "duty to HELP GOD? And this guy, Jerald Taylor is bragging about it?
Sheesh...even the poorer Christian congregations find a way to furnish a bus to transport members who need it to their services, but then again, these congregations aren't building million-dollar temples in the isolated jungle which are closed to these very members if they AREN'T paything that required tithing.
One has to wonder...just what is the "duty" of the mormon church to their members??
LOL Seems to me if I remember correctly that they were able to wear them on top, however there was something about needing it on top in order to tuck the sleeves for a sleeveless dress. Maybe CC can splain it better.
Dear wife worked as a department manager for Nordstroms so I have heard all the stories of things in the changing rooms.
Its only the lds god that needs help.
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