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  • 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:05,070 My dear brethren, it is inspiring to look out

  • over this vast congregation of the Lord's battalion

  • of priesthood bearers.

  • What a mighty force for good you are!

  • We love you.

  • We pray for you.

  • And we are most grateful for you.

  • Recently I have found myself drawn to the Lord's instruction

  • given through the Prophet Joseph Smith:

  • "Say nothing but repentance unto this generation."

  • This declaration is often repeated throughout scripture.

  • It prompts an obvious question: "Does everyone need to repent?"

  • The answer is yes.

  • Too many people consider repentance

  • as punishment--something to be avoided except in the most

  • serious circumstances.

  • But this feeling of being penalized

  • is engendered by Satan.

  • He tries to block us from looking to Jesus Christ, who

  • stands with open arms, hoping and willing

  • to heal, forgive, cleanse, strengthen,

  • purify, and sanctify us.

  • The word for repentance in the Greek New Testament

  • is metanoeo.

  • The prefix meta- means "change."

  • The suffix -noeo is related to Greek words

  • that mean "mind," "knowledge," "spirit," and "breath."

  • Thus, when Jesus asks you and me to "repent,"

  • He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge,

  • our spirit--even the way we breathe.

  • He is asking us to change the way we love,

  • think, serve, spend our time, treat our wives,

  • teach our children, and even care for our bodies.

  • 00:02:24,760 --> 00:02:28,120 Nothing is more liberating, more ennobling,

  • or more crucial to our individual progression

  • than is a regular, daily focus on repentance.

  • Repentance is not an event; it is a process.

  • It is the key to happiness and peace of mind.

  • When coupled with faith, repentance opens our access

  • to the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

  • 00:02:59,510 --> 00:03:03,220 Whether you are diligently moving along the covenant path,

  • have slipped or stepped from the covenant path,

  • or can't even see the path from where you are now,

  • I plead with you to repent.

  • Experience the strengthening power of daily repentance--of

  • doing and being a little better each day.

  • When we choose to repent, we choose to change!

  • We allow the Savior to transform us

  • into the best version of ourselves.

  • We choose to grow spiritually and receive joy--the joy

  • of redemption in Him.

  • When we choose to repent, we choose to become more

  • like Jesus Christ!

  • 00:03:53,130 --> 00:03:57,880 Brethren, we need to do better and be better

  • because we are in a battle.

  • The battle with sin is real.

  • The adversary is quadrupling his efforts

  • to disrupt testimonies and impede the work of the Lord.

  • He is arming his minions with potent weapons

  • to keep us from partaking of the joy and love of the Lord.

  • 00:04:26,750 --> 00:04:31,230 Repentance is the key to avoiding misery inflicted

  • by traps of the adversary.

  • 00:04:35,600 --> 00:04:38,060 The Lord does not expect perfection from us

  • at this point in our eternal progression.

  • But He does expect us to become increasingly pure.

  • Daily repentance is the pathway to purity,

  • and purity brings power.

  • Personal purity can make us powerful tools

  • in the hands of God.

  • Our repentance--our purity--will empower us to help

  • in the gathering of Israel.

  • The Lord taught the prophet Joseph Smith "that the rights

  • of the priesthood are inseparably connected with

  • the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be

  • controlled nor handled only upon the principles

  • of righteousness."

  • 00:05:27,740 --> 00:05:30,740 We know what will give us greater access

  • to the powers of heaven.

  • We also know what will hinder our progress--what we need

  • to stop doing to increase our access to the powers of heaven.

  • 00:05:44,680 --> 00:05:49,250 Brethren, prayerfully seek to understand what stands

  • in the way of your repentance.

  • Identify what stops you from repenting.

  • And then, change!

  • Repent!

  • 00:06:02,890 --> 00:06:07,320 All of us can do better and be better than ever before.

  • 00:06:10,160 --> 00:06:14,120 There are specific ways in which we can likely improve.

  • One is in the way we treat our bodies.

  • I stand in awe of the miracle of the human body.

  • It is a magnificent creation, essential to our gradual ascent

  • toward our ultimate divine potential.

  • We cannot progress without it.

  • In giving us the gift of a body, God

  • has allowed us to take a vital step

  • toward becoming more like Him.

  • 00:06:50,270 --> 00:06:52,400 Satan understands this.

  • He chafes at the fact that his premortal apostasy permanently

  • disqualifies him from this privilege,

  • leaving him in a constant state of jealousy and resentment.

  • 00:07:10,350 --> 00:07:15,540 Thus many, if not most, of the temptations he puts in our path

  • cause us to abuse our bodies or the bodies of others.

  • Because Satan is miserable without a body,

  • he wants us to be miserable because of ours.

  • Your body is your personal temple, created

  • to house your eternal spirit.

  • Your care of that temple is important.

  • 00:07:46,710 --> 00:07:50,680 Now, I ask you, brethren: Are you more interested

  • in dressing and grooming your body to appeal to the world

  • than you are to please God?

  • Your answer to this question sends a direct message to Him

  • about your feelings regarding His transcendent gift to you.

  • In this reverence for our bodies, brethren,

  • I think we can do better and be better.

  • 00:08:19,320 --> 00:08:23,380 Another way we can also do better and be better

  • is how we honor the women in our lives,

  • beginning with our wives and daughters,

  • our mothers and sisters.

  • 00:08:34,610 --> 00:08:38,610 Months ago, I received a heartbreaking letter

  • from a dear sister.

  • She wrote: "[My daughters and I] feel we are in [a] fierce

  • competition for our husbands' and sons' undivided attention,

  • with 24/7 sports updates, video games, stock market updates,

  • [and] endless analyzing and watching of games of every

  • [conceivable] sport.

  • It feels like we're losing our front-row seats

  • with our husbands and sons because

  • of their permanent front-row seats with [sports and games]."

  • 00:09:26,450 --> 00:09:29,830 Brethren, your first and foremost duty

  • as a bearer of the priesthood is to love and care for your wife.

  • Become one with her.

  • Be her partner.

  • Make it easy for her to want to be yours.

  • No other interest in life should take priority

  • over building an eternal relationship with her.

  • Nothing on TV, a mobile device, or a computer

  • is more important than her well-being.

  • 00:10:01,780 --> 00:10:04,290 Take an inventory of how you spend your time

  • and where you devote your energy.

  • That will tell you where your heart is.

  • Pray to have your heart attuned to your wife's heart.

  • Seek to bring her joy.

  • Seek her counsel and listen.

  • Her input will improve your output.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • If you have need to repent because of the way

  • you have treated the women closest to you, begin now.

  • And remember that it is your responsibility

  • to help the women in your life receive the blessings

  • that derive from living the Lord's law of chastity.

  • Never be the reason that a woman is unable to receive her temple

  • blessings.

  • 00:11:02,790 --> 00:11:05,110 Brethren, we all need to repent.

  • We need to get up off the couch, put down the remote,

  • and wake up from our spiritual slumber.

  • It is time to put on the full armor of God

  • so we can engage in the most important work on earth.

  • It is time to "thrust in [our] sickles,

  • and reap with all [our] might, mind, and strength."

  • The forces of evil have never raged more forcefully

  • than they do today.

  • As servants of the Lord, we cannot be asleep while this

  • battle rages.

  • Your family needs your leadership and love.

  • Your quorum and those in your ward and branch

  • need your strength.

  • And all who meet you need to know

  • what a true disciple of the Lord looks like and acts like.

  • My dear brethren, you were chosen by our Father

  • to come to earth at this crucial time because

  • of your premortal spiritual valor.

  • You are among the finest, most valiant men who

  • have ever come to the earth.

  • Satan knows who you are and who you were premortally,

  • and he understands the work that must be

  • done before the Savior returns.

  • After millennia of practicing his cunning arts,

  • the adversary is experienced and incorrigible.

  • 00:12:35,780 --> 00:12:37,510 Gratefully, the priesthood we hold

  • is far stronger than are the wiles of the adversary.

  • I plead with you to be the men and young men

  • the Lord needs you to be.

  • Make your focus on daily repentance

  • so integral to your life that you

  • can exercise the priesthood with greater power than ever before.

  • This is the only way you will keep yourself

  • and your family spiritually safe in the challenging days ahead.

  • The Lord needs selfless men who put the welfare of others

  • ahead of their own.

  • He needs men who intentionally work

  • to hear the voice of the Spirit with clarity.

  • He needs men of the covenant who keep

  • their covenants with integrity.

  • He needs men who are determined to keep themselves sexually

  • pure--worthy men who can be called upon

  • at a moment's notice to give blessings with pure hearts,

  • clean minds, and willing hands.

  • The Lord needs men eager to repent--men with a zeal

  • to serve and be part of the Lord's battalion of worthy

  • priesthood bearers.

  • 00:13:54,230 --> 00:13:57,440 I bless you to become those men.

  • I bless you with the courage to repent daily

  • and learn how to exercise full priesthood power.

  • I bless you to communicate the love of the Savior

  • to your wife and children and to all who know you.

  • I bless you to do better and be better.

  • And I bless you that as you make these efforts,

  • you will experience miracles in your life.

  • We are engaged in the work of Almighty God.

  • Jesus is the Christ.

  • We are Their servants.

  • I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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    王杰 posted on 2020/04/07
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