Thursday, December 10, 2015

David O. McKay on communion with God and service to man

President David O. McKay (1873-1970) was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1906.  He served as a counselor in the First Presidency to Heber J. Grant and George Albert Smith beginning in 1945, then then as the president of the Church from 1951 to his death in 1970 at age 96.
"All that has been said and done and sung, all the testimonies borne have directly or indirectly led to this divine admonition: 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you' (Matt. 6:33).
"Let us then make God the center of our lives. That was one of the first admonitions given when the gospel was first preached to man. To have communion with God, through his Holy Spirit, is one of the noblest aspirations in life. It is when the peace and love of God have entered the soul, when serving him becomes the motive factor in one's life and existence that we can touch other lives, quickening and inspiring them, even though no word be spoken. There is operative in the world a spiritual force as active and as real as the waves that have carried the message today to those tens of thousands by radio and television."
- David O. McKay, :Let Us Make God the Center of Our Lives," Conference Report, October 1954, pp. 131-133
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President McKay posits that making God the center of our lives was "one of the first admonitions given when the gospel was first preached to man." Perhaps those words were not used, but it's certainly been a recurring theme at least since the first of the decalogue admonished to have no other gods before God. And certainly Adam was instructed in his devotion to God above all else.

I love the description and promises President McKay offers of the joy this relationship can bring to a humble life.

President McKay's personal testimony seals the message. He knew, from personal experience, the joy of following this divine admonition. God truly was the center for President McKay. May He be in that place for all of us!

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