Jordan Peterson, stake president; Steven Coltrin, 1st counselor and Leon Schwab (our builder!), 2nd counselor...
The visiting general authoritiy today was Elder Teixeira and Elder Matthew J. Eyring who was the Area Authority Seventy.
Elder Teixeira gave a wonderful talk--one that I won't soon forget...He geared it toward the youth, but the message was for us all--
There once was a traveling man who carried with him a can of worms. There also once lived a bird who happend to be hungry and was in search of food.
One day, while the bird was flying, he spotted the traveling man with his can of worms. He flew down and asked the man if he could have one ...
The man agreed under one condition--that the bird give him one of his feathers. The bird reluctantly pulled one of his feathers out and gave it as payment for his meal.
The next day, the bird, in his hungry state, saw the man again and requested another worm. The man agreed but only under the same conditions as before...that the bird give up one of his feathers.
This trading of sorts went on for many days until one day, the bird realized he had only one feather left.
It wasn't until after giving up his last feather that he realized that he was a captive to the traveling man.
(How's that for an image?!)
The question is "how often do we give up our feathers?"--
When we only pay 8% of our tithing? When we only live a part of the word of wisdom? When we pick and choose which commandments we are going to follow because some might not be as convenient as others? Are we aware that these online social networking sites (Facebook, blogs, etc.) are not private but public and that everything we say or do represents who we are and what we stand for?
ARE WE TRADING OUR FEATHERS FOR THAT WHICH IS JUST TEMPORARY?
He made reference to 3 Nephi 27:14 "And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil--"
He concluded by counseling us to stay firm--say "no" when you need to and "yes" when you need to...
The Lord needs us to be strong--
This is no time to relax--
This is the time for us to step up to another dimesion--
It was a great talk!
**What did you think about that story?