Sunday, August 16, 2009

Be Thou An Example

This year at Especially for Youth (EFY), a youth camp put on by the church across America and various parts of the world, the theme is Be Thou An Example, a line from a verse in the Bible written by Paul to the apostle Timothy. The verse, found in 1 Timothy 4:12, is the most-quoted scripture by the current prophet and President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

This week's article is a talk President Monson gave at the 2005 general Young Women meeting held in March entitled, "Be Thou An Example." Although the talk was given to the young women of the church, as we are commanded to "liken all scriptures unto us," the counsel found in this talk is applicable to every one of us. In the talk, President Monson calls 1 Timothy 4:12 our "battle cry" as the theme by which we should live in this world of changing values.

As we strive to be examples, as we live those standards the Lord has set that we know to be true, we will be able to not only withstand the temptations of the devil but to shine as a light to others who are struggling and help them know how to live in order to be happy.