Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Way of the Disciple

General Conference two weeks ago produced many phenomenal talks. Indeed, the counsel given us--the world--last conference is God's direct counsel to us for the next six months, the counsel given us that we may have peace in these confusing, perilous times.

In this world of changing values and shifting morals, we must build upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God (see Helaman 5:12). That when the rains descend, the floods come, and the winds blow, we fall not, because we have built upon the rock (see Matt 7:24-27). The Lord gave us His Gospel which has "the answers to our problems, to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret, it is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone's theory or proposition." Indeed, the Gospel is truth.

Living the gospel and receiving the associated blessings requires action, it requires that our discipleship be active and in this week's article, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf beautifully illustrates how we may become better disciples of Christ and what blessings active discipleship brings. The talk is entitled, "The Way of the Disciple" and was given two weeks ago today in General Conference. The link to the audio/video is here and this talk can be found in the Sunday morning session. I encourage you to not only read but listen to this talk.

One of my favorite parts was the story Elder Uchtdorf told of his friend who desired to strengthen his testimony. Elder Uchtdorf gave some suggestions to which his friend replied a week later. His friend said something to the effect of, "I tried what you suggested, it didn't work, what else have you got?" To which Elder Uchtdorf replies to all of us, "we have to stay with it. We don't acquire eternal life in a sprint; this is a race of endurnace. We have to apply and reapply the divine gospel principles. Day after day we need to make them a part of our normal life."

Faith is active, the gospel is active, discipleship is active. What can we do to strengthen our testimonies of the Lord and His gospel and help others do the same?