Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Things Pertaining to Righteousness

This entry is part of my general conference application series.

Things Pertaining to Righteousness, by Elder Francisco J. Viñas
Of the Seventy

Not being able to readily remember what Elder Viñas' talk was about before reviewing the text, I consulted my notes. I then understood the reason. Under his name was simply written, "Rebecca screaming." (In her defense, she had been very well behaved for nearly eight full hours of conference spanning two days—considerable for a four-year-old!)

I don't know what I was thinking about then (during Elder Viñas' talk that I couldn't hear), but I hope I was trying to remember the inspired words of prophets and other leaders, especially from that very conference. I say I hope I was doing that, but I imagine I was not so noble; not so patient; not so focused.

In his talk Elder Viñas spoke of how the destruction of Haiti reminded him of the Book of Mormon. When I learn of tragedies—or experience personal tragedies—do I recall the words of prophets, especially from the Book of Mormon? In the very next talk, Elder Andersen asked if children "think about the Savior's life when they wonder what to do in their own lives."

I want to remember, but to do more than just remember in Sunday School lessons or during scripture study sessions; I want to always remember—in good times as well as bad—and apply what I remember to what I see in my life and the world at large.

As an institute teacher friend once said to me:

If you always remember, you'll never forget.

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