Friday, January 27, 2017

"I pledge my life, my strength...and invoke his blessings upon you"

"With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift my voice in testimony today as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He loves us with a love we cannot fully comprehend, and because He loves us, He gave His life for us. My gratitude to Him is beyond expression.

I invoke His blessings upon you, my beloved brothers and sisters, in your homes, in your work, in your service to one another and to the Lord Himself. Together we shall move forward doing His work.

I pledge my life, my strength—all that I have to offer—in serving Him and in directing the affairs of His Church in accordance with His will and by His inspiration, and I do so in His holy name—even the Lord Jesus Christ—amen." (From Looking Back and Moving Forward, Thomas S Monson, April 2008 General Conference)

As President Monson has gotten weak at the pulpit, but has continued to lead, he is fulfilling his pledge he first made in this talk as Prophet to give his life, his strength, and all he has to offer to the Lord and his work. 

In the same talk he invokes the blessings of heaven upon the saints, righteously exercising his keys as Prophet.

And he gives his sure testimony of the Reality and Divinity of the Savior Jesus Christ. 

May we ever emulate our prophet's example.  May we ever serve the Lord.  We have the power of testimony, and have the Lord's blessings poured out upon us as we serve others, lift them with a kind word or kind deed, as we help those inside and outside of our family, and do missionary work and temple work.  We have the promise that if we always remember the Savior, we will have his spirit to be with us.  We have the blessings of the priesthood and the temple, and as we exercise those righteously, we will have the blessings of the Lord to help not just us, but those around us.

We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times, where there is a Prophet again on the earth, and the blessings that can come as we follow them are something worthy of careful study in the scriptures and on lds.org.   

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