Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Russell M. Nelson on the trials and tests of life

President Russell M. Nelson (b. Sept 9, 1924) was an internationally-renowned heart surgeon when he was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1984. He was set apart as president of the Quorum of Twelve on July 15, 2015.
"We came to be tried, to be tested, and to choose. Our decisions determine our destiny. We are 'free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator..., or to choose captivity and death' (2 Ne. 2:27).... Those who prove faithful 'shall inherit the kingdom of God, ...and their joy shall be full forever' (2 Ne. 9:18)....
"Trials and tests apply to rich and poor alike. Years ago, I was asked to perform an operation upon a very wealthy man. A surgical biopsy confirmed that he had an advanced cancer that had spread throughout his body. As I reported this news, his immediate response was to rely upon his wealth. He would go anywhere or do anything to treat his condition. He thought he could buy his way back to health. But he soon passed away. Someone asked, 'How much wealth did he leave?' The answer, of course, was, 'All of it!'
"His priorities were set upon things of the world. His ladder of success had been leaning against the wrong wall. I think of him when I read this scripture: 'Behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is... too late.' (Hel. 13:38)"
- Russell M. Nelson, "Now Is the Time to Prepare," General Conference, April 2005; Ensign, May 2005, pp. 16-18
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This if fundamental counsel from President Nelson. Life will have trials and tests! That is one of its purposes, and we understood that part of the plan when we chose to accept it. It is easy to lose the eternal perspective in the midst of trials. And while it seems that some are exempt from many of those tests in this life, in truth we all have them.

And so we must take care to focus our priorities on the things that matter most, and not on the "things of the world." Truly, now is the time to prepare.

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