I got to speak in sacrament meeting today.
Even though moments like this make me crazy nervous...
I believe it being positive about it -happy to be there speaking.
(I think it always goes better if my attitude is in the right place)
Anyway...here are the highlights:
I was asked to speak on President Bednar's talk from April's General Conference.
(loved the talk then...still love it today!)
Here are a few quotes that I loved, thoughts that I shared:
“Elder Dallin H. Oaks has explained that in renewing our baptismal covenants by partaking of the emblems of the sacrament, “we do not witness that we take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. [Rather], we witness that we are willing to do so. (See D&C 20:77.) The fact that we only witness to our willingness suggests that something else must happen before we actually take that sacred name upon us in the [ultimate and] most important sense”. The baptismal covenant clearly contemplates a future event or events and looks forward to the temple.”
from President Gordon B. Hinckley: I would hope that we might go to the house of the Lord a little more frequently. . . .
. . . I encourage you to take greater advantage of this blessed privilege. It will refine your natures. It will peel off the selfish shell in which most of us live. It will literally bring a sanctifying element into our lives and make us better men and better women. [“Closing Remarks,” Ensign, November 2004, 104, 105]
He also promised:
If there were more temple work done in the Church, there would be less of selfishness, less of contention, less of demeaning others. The whole Church would increasingly be lifted to greater heights of spirituality, love for one another, and obedience
quote from President James E. Faust:
We unavoidably stand in so many unholy places and are subjected to so much that is vulgar, profane, and destructive of the Spirit of the Lord that I encourage our Saints all over the world, wherever possible, to strive to stand more often in holy places. Our most holy places are our sacred temples. Within them is a feeling of sacred comfort.
And from President Thomas S. Monson comes this promise:
Come to the temple and place your burdens before the Lord and you’ll be filled with a new spirit and confidence in the future. Trust in the Lord, and if you do He’ll hold you and cradle you and lead you step by step along that pathway that leads to the celestial