Stand Forever


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.

Here is the printed talk in its entirety:
His four primary or  essential questions? Elder Corbridge says, “Begin by answering the primary questions. There are primary questions and there are secondary questions. Answer the primary questions first. Not all questions are equal and not all truths are equal. The primary questions are the most important. Everything else is subordinate. There are only a few primary questions. I will mention four of them.’
  1. Is there a God who is our Father?
  2. Is Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Savior of the World?
  3. Was Joseph Smith a prophet?
  4. Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Kingdom of God on earth?
By contrast, Elder Corbridge said,  the secondary questions are unending. He lists them: Church history, polygamy, women and the priesthood,  and how the Book of Mormon was translated, among others. 

“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.’

“Conversely, the best of all human conditions in this life is not
good health,
the honors of men,
or dare I  say it, even good grades. (Remember he is speaking to college students!)

As wonderful as some of those things are, the best of all of human conditions is to be endowed with heavenly power.

It is to be born again, to have the gift and companionship of the Holy Ghost which is the source of knowledge,
joy ,
and almost every other good thing.
“Jesus said,’the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost…shall teach you all things.’ (Join 14:26) It  is the power by which we may know the truth of all things, it will show us all things we should do, it is the fountain of living water that springs up unto eternal life. Although the voice of the Spirit is usually a  still small voice,  it is nevertheless,
ever sure,
penetrating ,
and sustaining. So much so that the Lord said,  “and whosoever a speaketh a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven him, but whosever speaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world neither in the world to come.’ (Mathew 12:32)
Elder Corbridge finishes:

“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.”



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