Sunday, October 8, 2017

Elder M. Russell Ballard on continuing the trek to our heavenly home

Elder M. Russell Ballard (born October 8, 1928) was called as a Seventy in 1976, and has served as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles since 1985.
"As we walk the road of life, we are tested to see if we will 'observe to do all things whatsoever [the Lord has] commanded' (D&C 97:25
"Many of us are on amazing journeys of discovery—leading to personal fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment. Some of us, however, are on a trek that leads to sorrow, sin, anguish, and despair.
"In this context, please ask yourself: What is your final destination? Where are your footsteps taking you? And is your journey leading you to that 'multiplicity of blessings' (D&C 97:28) the Savior has promised?
"A trek back to our Heavenly Father is the most important trek of our lives, and it continues each day, each week, each month, and each year as we increase our faith in Him and in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ....
"Stay on the gospel path by having 'faith in every footstep' so you can return safely back to the presence of Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord is our precious Savior. He is the Redeemer of the world. We must honor His sacred name and not misuse it in any way, always striving to keep His commandments. If we do so, He will bless us and lead us safely home."
- Elder M. Russell Ballard, "The Trek Continues," General Conference October 2017
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Elder Ballard has spoken on several occasions about the early pioneers and the example their faith and endurance represents for us today. In this talk, he applied the example of the pioneer trek to our modern experience of mortality. We are on a trek to a heavenly home, and understanding our destination is critical. We should be aware and careful about the challenges along the way, and be faithful to the counsel that will get us "safely home,"

The key to Elder Ballard's message is that our Father and our Savior are eager to have us return to Them. As we life faithfully, they will "bless us and lead us safely home."

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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