I have posted before about the book, Essentialism, by Greg Mckeown in three other posts listed in order below. It is a nonreligious, business book. Essentialism has helped me focus on what is really important. It has had such an impact on me!
The author of Essentialism, Greg McKeown, gave an interview to the Deseret News and talked about how essentialism can be a lens to look at our spiritual lives as well. He talked about having a “celestial mindset”, where we focus on things that really matter, things that will matter and last for a thousand years.
I have found this mindset helpful as I move through my choices and my days, the currency of my life.
Last week I heard this BYU devotional, “Stand Forever”, given by Elder Lawrence Corbridge.
It is an essential talk.
Here is a 5 minute highlight video. He speaks with such clarity and truth that you will want to hear the whole devotional. We listened to it as we were driving and it took my breath away with his emphasis on simple, profound, and eternal truths.
- Is there a God who is our Father?
- Is Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Savior of the World?
- Was Joseph Smith a prophet?
- Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Kingdom of God on earth?
“If you answer the primary questions, the secondary questions get answered too, or they pale in significance and you can deal with things you understand and things you don’t and things you agree with and things you don’t without jumping ship altogether.’
As wonderful as some of those things are, the best of all of human conditions is to be endowed with heavenly power.
“Pay what ever price you must pay, bear what ever burden you must bear, make what ever sacrifice you must make, in order to get and keep in your life the Spirit and power of the Holy Ghost.’
“Everything depends on that.”
His talk screamed “essential” to me. He is using Greg Mckeown’s “celestial mindset.”
Elder Corbridge said,
“I wanted to give a different talk today. I wrote other talks more entertaining, with more stories—more engaging than this one—but each time I wrote a new talk, I was directed back to this one.”
When you feel the Holy Ghost, please tell your children about your experiences. Tell them often so they will start understanding how to hear the Holy Ghost. Include them in the wonder of the tender mercy, the impression, or the protection you received. Help them realize that as they keep the commandments and humbly ask for comfort, direction or protection, among other things, that they will “be endowed with this heavenly power.”
It’s “the best of all human conditions.”