Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Trust in God, Then Go and Do

This entry is part of my general conference application series.

Trust in God, Then Go and Do, by Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in the First Presidency

Politics is a dangerous playground on social media sites. I imagine that the more political reference one makes on facebook, the more that person is blocked by "friends." Nevertheless, politics—at least tearing at others' political beliefs—seems to occupy much of the current news headlines and discussions.

I thought of this as I read President Eyring's talk. Why can't we be happy with elected leaders?

After sharing examples of faith and trust from the scriptures (both good and bad), President Eyring shared examples of individuals and groups who showed Trust in God and then went and did. After these examples, two phrases stood out to me:

The Lord did not run the city, but He changed a part of it for the better.
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God does not rule in nations, but He is mindful of them. He can and does place people in positions of influence who want what is best for the people and who trust in the Lord.

What I got from this is that the Lord can use us to make the world a better place. Perhaps more profound, God can use others who may not share our religion or even political affiliation to make a difference in the world.

As I considered this—particularly the latter part—I wondered if I could look at local or world leaders through a different lens; instead of seeing them through the view that cable news may portray (left or right), can we see the good in those who "want what is best for the people and who trust in the Lord"?

I want to take a step back and see my life through God's eyes to see how he can use me, or has been using me. I also want to look at local, national, and world leaders to see the many good ways that so many are making the world a better place because they "want what is best for the people and. . . trust in the Lord." As I do this, I imagine I can see the 11th and 12th Articles of Faith (link) as being more connected, and in a whole new light.

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