Friday, November 5, 2010

An Interesting BYU Devotional

Today, out of sheer curiosity (and the need for some new material to blog about), I tuned the TV to channel 11 just as a BYU devotional was starting. Curious as to what nonsense they will preach this time, I sat and listened. You won't believe this, but I actually enjoyed the presentation. It wasn't preachy. It wasn't about obedience or being worthy. It wasn't about paying tithing or the true prophet Joseph Smith. It wasn't about temple attendance or testimony. It wasn't about missionary work or home teaching. It was about learning from the mistakes of your past and then forgetting about them.

It was entitled "Remember Lot's Wife" given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. I found a transcript of the talk if anyone would care to read it. It probably won't be very often that I recommend a product of LDS, Inc. that I actually found worthy of reading. This one wasn't too bad.

Holland began by posing the question, "Why did the lord turn Lot's wife into a pillar of salt when she turned to look back?" His answer was quite insiteful. "...what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back."

His talk went on to say how we tend to bring up things from the past and use them against people, including ourselves. His advice was to remember past mistakes only enough to not repeat them: "Now, like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies of the Book of Mormon, bury your weapons of war, and leave them buried. Forgive, and do that which is harder than to forgive: Forget. And when it comes to mind again, forget it again."

Now of course, I don't care for the scriptural references, but overall, I thought this was an excellent speech, considering that it was given by a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles. In other words, for a speech given by a Mormon, it was quite good. Not at all what I was expecting. He actually gave good, worth-while advice. Real advice... not just magical Mormon thinking advice.

To anyone who has heard this speech or read the transcript, what did you think? I would be very interested to hear your thoughts.

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