Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hoffman
If your ward is "correlated" you either just had, or will have a Sunday School lesson about sacrificing worldly possessions to gain salvation. One of the stories that is used is the story of "the rich young man".
I have a bit of an issue with the conclusions we draw from this story. Here it is, as told by Mark: (Mark 10:17, 19-22)
And when he was gone forth into the way, here came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him...Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour they father and thy mother.
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all thee have I observed from my youth.
And Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsover thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Here's my issue: We use this story to illustrate a man who fell short. This was a good guy. He actually ran to talk to Jesus and humbly asked him to help know what his next step should be. Bad guys don't do this.
When Jesus grilled him about the commandments, the young man was able to respond that he had been obedient all his life. Even Christ was impressed, as he loved him.
Next came the big challenge: Sell it all, give away the money, and come along. Wow! That would be tough. I know that I would walk away sad. Wouldn't you?
Most of us have walked away from appointments with priesthood leaders really sad because we had just been nailed with a calling that we did not want. Sometimes sad, sometimes even irritated. BUT, we dealt with it, and fulfilled our callings anyway. (Do I hear an "Amen"?)
Is there any indication in this story that the young man did not go and do exactly what the Lord told him to do? I would give him the benefit of the doubt. This young man not only sought out the Lord, but he had a fabulous track record of obedience. Why do we leap to the conclusion that his character - built on a lifetime of obedience - suddenly changed? Just because he responded to a huge challenge with a little sadness? That is not what I have seen in my experiences.
Maybe he failed - maybe he succeeded. We were never told. But I think we all judge him a bit harshly.