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My dear brothers and sisters, like you, I have been profoundly touched and edified and inspired by the messages and music and the feelings of this time together. I am grateful to speak to this audience on Easter Sunday. Seeking the simple things we believe the s in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon about the literal Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we also believe the numerous scriptural teachings that a similar resurrection will come to all mortals who have ever lived upon this earth.
That plan calls for a transition from mortality to immortality. Central to that transition is the sunset of death and the glorious morning made possible by the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior that we celebrate on this Easter Sunday. In harmony divine! In furtherance of that divine de and harmony, we assemble in meetings, including this conference, to teach and encourage one another.
We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a ificant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things. There have been many talks on this subject by General Authorities and by other respected teachers. The subject is so important that I feel to speak of it again. I was reminded of the power of small and simple things over time by something I saw on a morning walk.
Here is the picture I took. The thick and strong concrete sidewalk is cracking. Is this the result of some large and powerful thrust?
No, this cracking is caused by the slow, small growth of one of the roots reaching out from the ading tree. Here is a similar example I saw on another street. The thrusting power that cracked these heavy concrete sidewalks was too small to measure on a daily or even a monthly basis, but its effect over time was incredibly powerful.
So is the powerful effect over time of the small and simple things we are taught in the scriptures and by living prophets. Or consider the personal prayers and the kneeling family prayers that are regular practices for faithful Latter-day Saints. Consider attendance at seminary for youth or institute classes for young adults. Though each of these practices may seem to be small and simple, over time they result in powerful spiritual uplift and growth. This occurs because each of these small and simple things invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost, the Testifier who enlightens us and guides us into truth, as President Eyring has explained.
Another source of spiritual uplift and growth is an ongoing practice of repenting, even of seemingly small transgressions. Our own inspired self-evaluations can help us see how we have fallen short and how we can do better. Such repentance should precede our weekly partaking of the sacrament.
When they needed my help was I there? President Steven C. President Howard W. Another seemingly small and simple thing is being civil and cheerful in our personal interactions. None of these desirable small and simple things will lift us to great things unless they are practiced consistently and continuously. We are surrounded by media influences and cultural deteriorations that will carry us downstream in our values if we are not continually resisting.
To move upstream toward our eternal goal, we must constantly keep paddling. It helps if we are part of a team that is paddling together, like a rowing crew in action. To extend that example even further, the cultural currents are so strong that if we ever stop paddling, we will be carried downstream toward a destination we do not seek but which becomes inevitable if we do not constantly try to move forward. The Old Testament includes a memorable example of this. There we read how the Israelites were plagued by fiery serpents. Many people died from their bites see s Such a small thing for such a miraculous result!
That example and that teaching remind us that the simplicity of the way or the easiness of the commanded task cannot mean that it is unimportant to achieve our righteous desire. Similarly, even small acts of disobedience or minor failures to follow righteous practices can draw us down toward an outcome we have been warned to avoid. The Word of Wisdom provides an example of this.
Likely the effect on the body of one cigarette or one drink of alcohol or one dose of another drug cannot be measured. But over time, the effect is powerful and may be irreversible. Remember the cracking of the sidewalk by the gradual small expansions of the root of the tree. One thing is certain, the terrible consequences of partaking of anything that can become addictive, like drugs that attack our bodies or pornographic material that degrades our thoughts, is totally avoidable if we never partake for the first time—even once.
Many years ago, President M. To protect against the cumulative negative effects that are destructive to our Seeking the simple things progress, we need to follow the spiritual pattern of small and simple things. Elder David A. In like manner, if you and I are focused and frequent in receiving consistent drops of spiritual nourishment, then gospel roots can sink deep into our soul, can become firmly established and grounded, and can produce extraordinary and delicious fruit.
I believe we all desire to follow President Russell M. I testify of Him and invoke His blessings on all who seek to keep on His covenant path, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. April Solemn Assembly Henry B. Precious Gifts from God M. Russell Ballard. Am I of God? Brian K. Echo Hawk. The Heart of a Prophet Gary E. The Prophet of God Neil L. Meek and Lowly of Heart David A. One More Day Taylor G. Young Women in the Work Bonnie L. Introductory Remarks Russell M. The Elders Quorum D. Todd Christofferson.
A Royal Army Ronald A. Inspired Ministering Henry B. The Powers of the Priesthood Dallin H. With One Accord Reyna I. Small and Simple Things Dallin H. Ministering Russell M. Ministering as the Savior Does Jean B. Behold the Man! Dieter F. Prepare to Meet God Quentin L. In a great hymn whose words were written by Eliza R.
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?Seeking the simple things
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