Thursday, November 7, 2013

An Elder Holland Must-Read

I have been away from my blog for what feels like a super long time.  I apologize to anyone who has come here looking for a new post to read!  I have not quit....I love blogging....I have just been super busy making a recipe book for my awesome co-workers at the temple.  It has taken over my life and has been way more involved and complicated than I ever thought. I am almost done, and I can see the light at the end of the recipe book tunnel.  I did volunteer for this and came up with the whole idea, so I can only blame myself and ask, "what was I  thinking?!" 

In the midst of all of that, my college-age twin daughters, who are awesome, by the way, have this strict schedule for themselves of increasing their spirituality and coming closer to the Lord. One of them is waiting for a mission call [should get the call before Thanksgiving], and the other wishes she could go on a mission right now, but because of braces, she is not eligible at this time. 

So they read from their scriptures for 30 minutes every morning, write in their journals everyday, and study a conference talks every week.  They are always coming to me and asking  "Mom, what's a good talk to read?"  I have a lot of favorites, as you know here, as well as the most recent Conference that we are studying for the next 6 months, but I suggested a power-packed one from the past that I knew would answer many of the questions they are dealing with at this stage in their lives.  A Mother knows.

The talk is an old classic by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland given when he was the President of BYU at a Tuesday Devotional on March 2, 1999.  The talk is called:  Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence . A definite must-read for everyone.

 I remember listening to this talk on that very day.  I was cleaning my house, and had the BYU Devotional going on in the background. It was as if the Lord chose that message for me that morning.  Everything he said was what my husband and I  needed at that exact moment in our lives.  As he was speaking a thousand "ah-ha" moments were going off in my head. I remember running to find a pen and piece of paper to write down all the insights for my life that he was speaking (this was before DVR). 

It was a great talk for me then, a young mother, and is great for my daughters at the cross-roads of life they are at right now.  This talk is exactly what the title says...don't cast away your confidence and sure knowledge who have once received when personal revelation has touched your life. If it was true when you received it, it is still true later, although you may begin to doubt and wonder if it still applies, or if you were truly inspired. It is a great talk about having faith and trusting in the Lord when we receive revelation for our lives.

 Love this whole talk! Hope you will take the time today to read it.