"Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" ; Watch & Read   2 comments

The Following Talk By Elder Spencer J. Condie of The Seventy, was given during the Saturday Morning Session of the 177th Semiannual General Conference of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints;
This talk will be a “Companion” talk that I will wish to incorporate into our Priesthood Lesson on Sunday September 27th, 2009. Click On The title of this blog entry to go to the talk, or Click Here for “Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises” as found on LDS.ORG .

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“Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises”

Elder Spencer J. Condie
Of the Seventy
The Lord makes generous promises, and He certifies that He will not vary from these promises.

Elder Spencer J. CondieI bring you the love and greeting of the faithful Saints in the South Pacific.

The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord JesusChrist. This includes faith in His divine birth and heavenly heritageand faith that, under His Father’s direction, He created the earth andall things that dwell therein (see John 1:10; Mosiah 3:8).At the very heart of our faith in Christ is the assurance that throughHis atoning sacrifice, though our sins may be as scarlet, they canbecome as white as snow (see Isaiah 1:18).
Faith in Christ includes the knowledge that following HisCrucifixion, He arose from the tomb, and His Resurrection made itpossible for all mankind to live again (see 1 Corinthians 15:21–23).Faith in Christ is the assurance that He and His Heavenly Fatherappeared to a young man, Joseph Smith, paving the way for theRestoration of all things in the dispensation of the fulness of times.Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, which bears His holy name.

       Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is evident when we believe Histeachings and claim His “exceeding great and precious promises” andbecome “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).Innumerable promises are proclaimed by His prophets, and the Lordassures us, “My word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled,whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is thesame” (D&C 1:38).

      In these latter days, the Lord revealed that “when we obtain anyblessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it ispredicated” (D&C 130:21).The Lord makes generous promises, and He certifies that He will notvary from these promises, for, said He, “I, the Lord, am bound when yedo what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise” (D&C 82:10).

Exceeding Great and Precious Promises

     The Lord’s countless exceeding great and precious promises includeforgiveness of our sins when we “confess them and forsake them” (D&C 58:43; see also D&C 1:32). Opening the windows of heaven is a promise claimed by those who pay a faithful tithe (see Malachi 3:10), and finding “great treasures of knowledge” accrues to those who observe the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89:19).

     Becoming unspotted from the world is a promise to those who keep the Sabbath holy (see D&C 59:9; Exodus 31:13). Divine guidance and inspiration are promised to those who “feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3) and who “liken all scriptures” unto themselves (1 Nephi 19:23).
    
     The Lord also promised that “whatsoever ye shall ask the Father inmy name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold itshall be given unto you” (3 Nephi 18:20).We are promised that the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion whenwe “let virtue garnish [our] thoughts unceasingly” (see D&C 121:45–46).We can claim the spiritually liberating promise of fasting, which will“loose the bands of wickedness,” undo our “heavy burdens,” and “breakevery yoke” (Isaiah 58:6).

      Those who are sealed in holy temples and who faithfully keep theircovenants will receive God’s glory, which “shall be a fulness and acontinuation of the seeds forever and ever” (D&C 132:19).
Sometimes, in our earthly impatience, we may lose sight of theLord’s precious promises and disconnect our obedience from thefulfillment of these promises. The Lord has declared:

“Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?

“I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing.

“Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord,for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto
 such, for their rewardlurketh beneath, and not from above” (D&C 58:31–33).

Seeing the Promises Afar Off

     Important components of faith are patience, long-suffering, andenduring to the end. The Apostle Paul recounts the faith of Abel,Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sara, concluding that “these all died infaith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off,and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that theywere strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (see Hebrews 11:4–13). These faithful Saints knew that this earth life was a journey, not their final destination.
     
     When Abram was 75 years old, the Lord promised him, “I will make ofthee a great nation”—this at a time when he and Sarai as yet had nochildren (Genesis 12:2). He was 86 when Sarai’s handmaiden Hagar “bare Ishmael to Abram” (Genesis 16:16).

     And the Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name toSarah, and when he was nearly a hundred and she was 90 they werepromised that Sarah would bear a son to be named Isaac (see Genesis 17:17, 19). Amidst their disbelief the Lord asked: “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). And “Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age” (Genesis 21:2), and the Lord promised: “I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore” (Genesis 22:17).
Young Isaac grew into manhood, and when he was 40 years old hemarried Rebekah. “And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, becauseshe was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wifeconceived” and bore twin sons, Esau and Jacob, when their father was 60years old. (See Genesis 25:20–26.)

      As Jacob matured and became of appropriate age, his parents senthim to the household of Laban, where he would meet Laban’s twodaughters, Leah and Rachel. Jacob told Laban, “I will serve thee sevenyears for Rachel thy younger daughter. . . . And Jacob served sevenyears for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the lovehe had to her” (Genesis 29:18, 20).

     You will recall how Laban beguiled young Jacob into first marryingLeah and then Rachel. “And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, heopened her womb: but Rachel was barren” (Genesis 29:31). And Leah bore Reuben, then Simeon, then Levi, and Judah. Meanwhile, Rachel remained childless (see Genesis 29:32–35).

      With ever-increasing envy and mounting desperation, one day Rachelexplosively demanded of Jacob, “Give me children or else I die” (Genesis 30:1). Leah subsequently bore two more sons and a daughter.

The Lord Is Not Slack Concerning His Promise

     The Apostle Peter testified that “the Lord is not slack concerninghis promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering” towardus (2 Peter 3:9).In this age of one-hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-foodfranchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving HeavenlyFather has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on holdor filed them under the wrong name. Such were the feelings of Rachel.

     But with the passage of time, we encounter four of the most beautiful words in holy writ: “And God remembered Rachel” (Genesis 30:22).And she was blessed with the birth of Joseph and later the birth ofBenjamin. There are millions on earth today who are descendants ofJoseph who have embraced the Abrahamic promise that through theirefforts “shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with theblessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even oflife eternal” (Abraham 2:11).

     When heaven’s promises sometimes seem afar off, I pray that each ofus will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and neverlet go. And just as God remembered Rachel, God will remember you. I sotestify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Posted September 23, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

2 responses to “"Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" ; Watch & Read

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  1. I like your blog. Someone must be spending a lot of time keeping it current and publishing great material. Because the Church will be studying the Old Testament during 2010, I suggest that you take a look at my web site, NewViewOldTestament dot com. It has information on the OT, plus I am sellilng my book of OT stories for LDS adults and young adults there. The book is titled "How Often Would I Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints." It will be a great study aid for OT study during the coming year and beyond. The web site also has some sample stories.My friend George D. Durrant, the popular LDS author and speaker, wrote the book's Foreword.Congratulations again on a great blog.Val Greenwood

  2. I like your blog. Someone has obviously spent a lot of time puting it together.You might be interested in my website, NewViewOldTestament dot com. It is an Old Testament site for Latter-day Saints and has quite a bit of background info on the OT. Also on the web site, I sell my book of more than 225 OT stories for LDS adults and young adults. The book is titled, "How Often Would I Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints." It is unique and will be a great study aid for the OT next year and beyond. There are also some sample stories on the web site.Congratulations again on a great blog.

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