Thursday, July 19, 2012

Elder Waite's Farewell

Highlights from the Sacrament Talk

Mt. View Ward, Spanish Fork, UT                     July 15, 2012

Topic: The Importance of the Book of Mormon
(the following represents highlights from Greg Waite’s talk given July 15, 2012)
         Joseph Smith said, “The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and is the keystone of our religion.”
         Pres Ezra Taft Benson in his Conference address in 1986 helped me understand the concept of the book of Mormon being the keystone of our religion. He said: “There are three ways in which the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. It is a keystone in our witness of Christ. It is the keystone of our doctrine, and it is the keystone of testimony.”
         *With this Keystone of our religion in our lives, we should also make it the keystone of importance in our lives. 
         Pres. Benson also explains that an actual keystone is the central stone in an arch. It holds all the other stones in place, and if removed, the arch crumbles.
         Without out the book of Mormon the church crumbles, and more importantly, without the book of Mormon our own lives crumble. The book of Mormon was written, protected, and saved for our day. It was written for us.

Share parts of the Book of Mormon that have meaning to me:

Stripling Warriors 
         Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.

Abinadi stood up to a king!

Capt. Moroni

Captain Moroni was the chief commander of the Nephite armies. He was a strong and mighty man who loved the Lord and loved his people. He had sworn with an oath to protect his people from Amalickiah and his Lamanite army.
         Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

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