Sunday, October 21, 2012
Elder Holland Doubles Down on Awesome
Most of us who watched General Conference were rocked by Elder Holland's wonderful talk "The First Great Commandment." If you have not had a chance to read/watch it, please do. It was great. (Here is the link if you are playing catch-up: Holland talk.)
What a lot of my intelligent and highly attractive readers may not know, is that Elder Holland's Conference talk followed one month on the heels of another - even better - CES Devotional talk. (Yes, it is better in my opinion, and in my opinion, that counts for something.)
Brief change of subject: When I was a kid, we used to be assigned "2 1/2 minute talks" to be delivered in Sacrament Meeting. Back then, 150 seconds seemed like a long time to speak, but with time and experience, hopefully we have more to say to fill 8, 10, or even 20 minute talks. The First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are usually allotted 20 minutes to speak in General Conference. Twenty minutes is fine, but there are some topics that just can't be addressed in that small amount of time. Some subjects just need 40 minutes, or even an hour.
Why am I talking about the length of talks? Because the Church leaders still do give talks that are beyond the 20 minute range - and some of them are earth-shaking. Usually they are CES YSA Firesides, or BYU Devotionals. Thankfully, the Church sees their importance and posts them online, in both written and video format.
The other night I spent 3 hours watching political debates and pundits on TV - and turned it off with nothing but frustration, and a feeling that I had wasted my time. In contrast, I can show you how to fill an hour with guaranteed good results.
If you have an hour, or are looking for something worthwhile to fill your Sabbath, I would encourage you to check out the CES Firesides and BYU Devotionals. There are loads of them. Links: CES, BYU.
Back to Elder Holland.
All we get is a whole bunch of idiots acting like moral pygmies. Yes, Elder Holland actually used the term "moral pygmies" in this talk. That alone should be enough to make you want to watch it. Need more convincing? Here are two more quotes:
"There is a wide variety of beliefs in this world, and there is moral agency for all, but no one is entitled to act as if God is mute on these subjects..."
"This Church can never 'dumb down' its doctrine in response to social goodwill or political expediency or any other reason."
There is also a segment on the concept of passing judgement that everyone needs to hear - because it agrees with what I was trying to communicate in my post "Uchtdorf's Hammer," last Conference. I love it when I get it right.
Ooooh, This is rub-my-hands-together-with-glee kind of stuff. To make it easier for you, I have included the entire devotional right here on my little blog. THis would be a good thing for your kids (12+ to hear as well.)
If you don't have a lot of time, and want to skip all the opening stuff, skip ahead to 13:05 to get to the talk. Yes, he talks for a full 45 minutes. Get to it!
Here is the link to the written talk, but I suggest you watch, because he get really worked up and one point, and you lose the emphasis without the visual. Israel, Israel God is Calling (text).
I hope you enjoyed it. You can thank me later, but first, thank God for men like Jeffrey R. Holland.
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