Sunday, March 3, 2013

Singing for Elder Ballard

Hello wonderful people! So on Friday a very special opportunity presented itself to all the youth who live in my state. Yes, state, not stake. Elder Lansing, from the quorum of the seventy, Bishop Stevenson, the Presiding Bishop of the Church, and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the quorum of the twelve came and gave us a fireside. It was incredible! But, the fireside was even more special for the girls in my ward and me because we were the musical number. We sang for all of the youth in our state, all of the bishops and stake presidents, and our guests.
It was spectacular to look out into the sea of faces of kids my age. These were the faces of righteous, loving youth who loved and value the same ideals as I. When we sang, I felt the Spirit so strongly. Usually, when I feel the Holy Ghost, it's a very still, tender, sweet feeling that makes me cry. This time it was joyful, and exuberant. I looked at all of the beautiful people as I sang to them, and made eye contact with as many as I could. I wanted them to feel the power of the words I sang just as acutely as I was feeling them. I was smiling so much that my face hurt. :D Afterwards, my friends who were in the audience said, "I could tell that you were just feeling it! It was like something was emanating from you." and "You sang like an angel.". Singing for the youth in my state and for Elder Ballard was an incredible experience!
So, after we sang, the three visitors gave an awesome fireside where they were speaking directly to us, youth. Here are my favorite parts of what they said:

Elder Lansing:
  • “Right now the eyes of the Lord are focused on the youth” –Elder Lansing
  • President Monson is the most youth-oriented prophet there's ever been. He's 85. Most people at that age are looking back on their lives, but he is looking forward into the future of the church. President Monson has brought to pass:
    • New For Strength of Youth
    • New Youth Curriculum
    • Missionary Age Change

Bishop Stevenson:

  • Satan tries to make us look at things as they aren't. He tries to confuse us. But we have the proper tools to combat the confusion.
  • We have the Plan of Happiness.
  • We have these formulas:
    • Obedience/Righteousness --> Blessings --> Happiness
    • Disobedience --> Punishment --> Misery
Elder Ballard:

  • "We have experiences in our future we can't even dream of."
  • "Keep the beam of heaven guiding our thoughts and minds."
  • He explained how we can be like Nephi by using this scripture: 1 Nephi 2:16:
    • "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers."
      • 1) Have a great desires to learn about God
      • 2) Pray and sincerely study about Him, develop a relationship with Him
      • 3) He will come unto you
  • We need to kindle the desire
  • "We all have challenges. That's why we're here."

I know that the Lord's servants speak His truth and His gospel and that when we follow their counsel we can't go wrong. I'm so grateful for this opportunity I had. 


1 comment:

  1. I am a YW leader in my ward and came across your blog today. You are such a great example for LDS teens today! Thank you for your words and thank you for sharing your testimony with the world. Keep up the great work!!!


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