Monday, May 28, 2018

President Ezra Taft Benson on the lives of those who follow Christ

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1943, and served as the 13th President of the Church from 1985 until his death in 1994 at age 94.
"Enter their homes [the followers of Christ], and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians. They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. (See Mosiah 18:9.) They have Christ on their minds, as they look unto Him in every thought. (See D&C 6:36.) They have Christ in their hearts as their affections are placed on Him forever. (See Alma 37:36.)
"Almost every week they partake of the sacrament and witness anew to their Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of His Son, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. (See Moro. 4:3.)
"In Book of Mormon language, they 'feast upon the words of Christ' (2 Ne. 32:3), 'talk of Christ' (2 Ne. 25:26), 'rejoice in Christ' (2 Ne. 25:26), 'are made alive in Christ' (2 Ne. 25:25), and 'glory in [their] Jesus' (see 2 Ne. 33:6). In short, they lose themselves in the Lord and find eternal life. (See Luke 17:33.)"
- Ezra Taft Benson, "Born of God,' Ensign, July 1989, p. 2
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In this classic article, published as a First Presidency message in the Ensign, President Benson describes some of the evidences that should be present in the life of one who follows Christ. It's interesting to consider his description as we evaluate our own environment:

I like the separate description of those who "have Christ on their minds" and "have Christ in their hearts." Those two aspects are closely linked; as we think more about Him, remembering all He has done for us, our hearts are drawn to Him in gratitude and love.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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