Fledgling Finches and Family Life – Boyd K. Packer   Leave a comment

This is such a powerful, moving and extremely important talk to listen to…. again, and again, and again….
Here is some fragments from the talk that ought draw your significant attention, and should be seriously looked over!

Download “Fledgling Finches and Family Life” By Boyd K. Packer 34:30 Total Talk Time

The Adversary’s Influence

There came into my mind the warnings spoken by the prophets. We willnot always be safe from the adversary’s influence, even within our ownhomes. We need to protect our nestlings.
In order to do that, we must first acknowledge that Satan, the devil,lives; what his purposes are; what his intentions would be; and whatour defenses should be.
He was lying in wait in the Sacred Grove when the boy Josephentered. No doubt Satan was hoping to forestall the Restoration. He wasan “actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as[the boy Joseph] had never before felt in any being” (JS-H 1:16).

A Dangerous World

We know that we are spirit children of heavenly parents here onearth to receive our mortal bodies and to be tested. We live in a verydangerous world that threatens those things which are spiritual. Thefamily, the most fundamental organization of the Church, is underattack from forces seen and unseen. The adversary is about. Hisobjective is to cause injury to the family. If he can weaken anddestroy the family, he will have succeeded.
The scriptures tell us, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are notable to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroyboth soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
We also know that the prophets have said that Satan cannot take onesparrow, or one finch, out of our nest unless we permit it. (3)

Perilous Times Have Come

Paul warned Timothy and warns us. (Notice how perfectly this warning describes what is going on around us now.)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents [let me repeat that — “disobedientto parents,”], unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection [let me repeat that—“without naturalaffection”], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. [2 Timothy 3:1–7]

These verses serve as a warning, showing us the patterns to avoid. We must be ever watchful and diligent.
But Paul also gave us the key to our protection. Speaking in thesame chapter, he identified healing power in this small phrase: “From achild thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make theewise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy3:15).

In 2 Nephi we are warned:

Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!
Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more! [2 Nephi 28:24–27]

Moroni spoke of the wickedness of the secret combinations and thewicked men to come among us. He warned us that they would be with us inour day and said:

When ye shall see these things come among you that ye [should] awake to a sense of your awful situation. . . .
Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write thesethings that evil may be done away, and that the time may come thatSatan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, butthat they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may comeunto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved. [Ether 8:24, 26]

A Pattern in All Things

Do we need any more evidence to understand that we are at war withthe adversary? The revelations teach us how to win this spiritual war:

And again, I will give unto you a pattern in allthings, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land,and he goeth forth deceiving the nations —
Wherefore he that prayeth, whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me if he obey mine ordinances. [D&C 52:14–15]

God Is Our Father

From the accounts of the Council in Heaven we learn that God is ourFather, and we are His children.5 We would do well to always rememberHim as our Father. We are instructed to address Him as “our Fatherwhich art in heaven” (Matthew 6:9).

Our Father delegates to His priesthood leaders a commanding authority to preach, to teach, to minister, and to bless.

Those with a Body Have Power over Those Without

Joseph Smith taught that “wicked spirits have their bounds.” Now listen carefully:

Wicked spirits have their bounds, limits, and lawsby which they are governed or controlled. . . . It is very evident thatthey possess a power that none but those who have the Priesthood cancontrol. (6)
Joseph Smith also taught a principle crucial in importance thateveryone, particularly those holding the priesthood, should fullyunderstand. He said:
We came to this earth that we might have a bodyand present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The greatprinciple of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has nobody, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtainthe tabernacle of man. . . .
All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not [let mesay that again—“all beings who have bodies have power over those whohave not”]. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him. (7)
Satan cannot seduce us by his enticements unlesswe in our hearts consent and yield. Our organization is such that wecan resist the devil; if we were not organized so, we would not be freeagents. (8)

Moral Agency

The agency defined in the scriptures is a “moral agency,” which means that we can choose between good and evil.

That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining tofuturity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him,that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day ofjudgment. [D&C 101:78]

We feel free to choose our actions and our responses to life’sevents and challenges, but we are not free to choose the consequencesof those actions.

Tolerance Can Become a Vice

I must say something about tolerance. Tolerance is a virtue, but,like all virtues, when exaggerated it transforms itself into a vice.The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land totolerate acts of immorality does not reduce the serious spiritualconsequences that result from the violation of God’s law of chastity.

Let me say that again: We who have bodies have the power andauthority over those who do not. And we are free to choose what we willand to pick and choose our acts, but we are not free to choose theconsequences. They come as they will come.

Alma taught that “the Lord cannot look upon sin with the leastdegree of allowance” (Alma 45:16). In order to understand, we mustseparate the sin from the sinner.

While “the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree ofallowance,” He is not condemning everyone because of sin. For example,when they brought Him a woman taken in adultery, obviously guilty, Hedismissed the case with five words, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).That is the spirit and the letter of His ministry.

All Have the Light of Christ

We are born with the Light of Christ, a guiding influence which permits each person to recognize right from wrong.

For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he mayknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; forevery thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe inChrist, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye mayknow with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil,and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye mayknow with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this mannerdoth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one;neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.[Moroni 7:16–17]

Teach yourself and teach your families about the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. [1 Corinthians 3:16–17]

We, brethren, as holders of the Holy Priesthood Posses The Power to thwart the work of the adversary, if we but stand righteous to use it, and consistently keep the commandments. That is why our Temple Covenants, and certainly all other Covenants we make with our Heavenly Father are so important to keep. We have the greatest Assurance from The Lord, when he said to Joseph Smith [Also given to Church in the “General Council” in Jacksson County, Missouri, April 26, 1832]:

“I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise” (D & C Section 82:10)

Let us be righteous holders of the Priesthood, and we will ever be ready to Serve Our Lord!
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