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The gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood that so many of us in this room bear can only be maintained and handled upon the principles of righteousness.
Just as a building must have a strong foundation, a family needs the sure foundation of the Savior and his teachings.
That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man. I said, “Do you understand that you don’t have the priesthood? Jumping to the 45th verse: Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. And we talked for the next few minutes about the importance of meekness and patience and love unfeigned.
” He said, “I didn’t understand that before now.” Then I said, “Let’s begin reading the 41st verse”: No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood [or any other position or title, I might add], only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness and pure knowledge. As they left, they walked out arm in arm, apparently after having learned a great lesson in life.
Seek out those who are willing to live the rules because if you do not, we will spend time with you in offices in whichever ward or stake you live, attempting to work out the difficulties that will surely come.
Second, there are not to be sexual experiences before marriage.
Obviously this means to live righteous lives, to pray often, and to be kind one to another.
Relationships are to be never ending, but the world does not comprehend this great truth.
Second, the world does not understand spirituality or the fact that we can receive personal revelations that will assist us in any of the challenges that will come our way.
There is a tendency in life, brothers and sisters, to simplify problems and complicate solutions. But I have learned that, when we utilize the teachings of the Master, the solutions to even the most difficult of life’s challenges are usually basic and easy to implement.
Several years ago, while visiting in Florida, I talked with Frank Shorter, a world-class marathon athlete.