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See Others As They May Become   Leave a comment

Hello Brethren, it has been a little while since I have blogged anything, and that is not something to say I am proud of. I have many friends and family that really look forward to these writings. I was prompted last night when I came home to pull up General Conference talks from this past October and decided to watch the Priesthood Session. Of course all the talks were great, but the one that seemed to resonate with me at the time was the talk that President Monson gave. (Thus the title of this blog.)

Said President Monson, “We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become.” I realized that can be a two way street. Not only should we see others as they may become, but why not allow ourselves to imagine how we could be when we are converted? I know for many years of my youth in the church, and some years as an adult, I never gave myself a chance of becoming anything worthwhile in my minds eye.

President Monson also gave another hint of direction, “Sometimes letting our brethren know they are needed and valued can help them take that step into commitment and full activity. This can be true of priesthood holders regardless of age. It is our responsibility to give them opportunities to live as they should. We can help them to overcome their shortcomings. We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become when they receive testimonies of the gospel of Christ.” This is an example of just how great the Plainview Branch was for me… indeed, the entire Lubbock Texas stake.

Indeed the Lubbock Texas stake was inspiring for me. I had the chance to be moved upon by the Spirit a lot. The Spirit even moved me to make an inspired thing that is called, “The Shumway Sequence” (Below) These were principles the Stake President, President Shumway, continually rehearsed unto the brethren.

  • 1.       ALWAYS STRIVING TO INCREASE TIME SPENT AROUND THE SPIRIT

“…Humble yourselves before the Lord…call upon His holy name…watch and pray continually… and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all longsuffering.” (Alma 13:28)

2.       ALL THINGS ACCOMPLISHED ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S TIMING

“Let not your minds turn back; and when ye are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you.” (Doctrine & Covenants Section 67:14)

3.       THERE IS SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE SERVICE YOU ARE GIVING

“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)

  4.      INCREASE OUR DESIRE TO HAVE A DEEPER LEVEL OF TRUST AND FAITH

“…exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.” (Alma 32:27 –Faith)

“I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good- yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously ; and this is my Spirit.”

(Doctrine & Covenants Section 11:12 – Trust)

5.       IF YOU ARE HERE NOW, YOU ARE FOREORDAINED TO BE HERE.

“And this is the manner after which [we] were ordained – being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; …therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling…which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.” (Alma 13:3)

All these principles do tie in a bit with what Elder Holland spoke with great conviction of. Loving the Lord!

Allow me now, to close with some of the closing words of President Monson…

We have the responsibility to look at our friends, our associates, our neighbors this way. Again, we have the responsibility to see individuals not as they are but rather as they can become. I would plead with you to think of them in this way.

Brethren, the Lord told us something about the importance of this priesthood that we hold. He told us that we receive it with an oath and a covenant. He gave unto us the instruction that we must be faithful and true in all that we receive, and that we have the responsibility to keep this covenant even unto the end. And then all that the Father has shall be given unto us.2

Courage is the word we need to hear and hold near our hearts—courage to turn our backs on temptation, courage to lift up our voices in testimony to all whom we meet, remembering that everyone must have an opportunity to hear the message. It is not an easy thing for most to do this. But we can come to believe in the words of Paul to Timothy:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.”3

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