Sunday, March 27, 2011

Satan's Thrust--Youth

While an apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) gave a talk in the October 1971 General Conference about the era in which the youth are being raised. His talk, entitled, "Satan's Thrust--Youth," (Ensign, Dec 1971, 53) addresses the many evils and lures Satan uses to throw off the rising generation. Taught President Benson:

"We love the youth of the Church and we know the Lord loves them. There isn’t anything the Church wouldn’t do that’s right to help our young people—to save them. They are our future. We have faith in them. We want them to be happy. We want them to be successful in their chosen fields. We want them to be exalted in the celestial kingdom.

"We say to them, you are eternal beings. Life is eternal. You cannot do wrong and feel right. It pays to live the good, wholesome, joy-filled life. Live so you will have no serious regrets—no heartaches. Live so you can reach out and tap that unseen Power, without which no man or woman can do their best."

Although this talk was given almost 40 years ago, the principles contained therein are even more relevant, applicable, and urgent to our generation. Read this talk and decide what you can do to better live in the world but not of the world. The Lord is on our side.