- We have been entrusted to bear the priesthood of God and to act in His name. We are the recipients of a sacred trust. Much is expected of us.
He says that we are to always be worthy of the blessings that God has for us and to use those blessings to help others.
- Ours is the responsibility to guard and protect that priesthood and to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us—and for others through us.
He asks us a question about where we are in life and how we are living our life to be worthy of the priesthood that we hold.
- Are you standing in holy places? Before you put yourself and your priesthood in jeopardy by venturing into places or participating in activities which are not worthy of you or of that priesthood, pause to consider the consequences. Remember who you are and what God expects you to become. You are a child of promise. You are a man of might. You are a son of God.
Finally, he shares a story of a friend in World War II who found himself needing to use his Priesthood power to bless his life and the life of others. He encourages us to always be worthy to use the power of the Priesthood because we never know when we will be asked to exercise it.
- During World War II, a friend of mine was serving in the South Pacific when his plane was shot down over the ocean. He and the other crew members successfully parachuted from the burning plane, inflated their life rafts, and clung to those rafts for three days. On the third day they spotted what they knew to be a rescue vessel. It passed them by. The next morning it passed them by again. They began to despair as they realized that this was the last day the rescue vessel would be in the area. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to my friend: “You have the priesthood. Command the rescuers to pick you up.” He did as prompted: “In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the priesthood, turn about and pick us up.” Within a few minutes the vessel was beside them, helping them on deck. A faithful and worthy bearer of the priesthood, in his extremity, had exercised that priesthood, blessing his life and the lives of others.
President Monson shared few words in this talk but the encouragement to remain worthy of the priesthood is so valuable. I love that he asks us if we are standing in holy places. We have the challenge of being in the word but not of the world and this is a great reminder on why that is important. I am going to look at my life and try to figure out how I can be more thoughtful throughout by day of the Spirit and how I can be ready at all times to step in and help those in need. A couple weeks age I had a opportunity to give a priesthood blessing to some friends in the middle of my work day. It was a reminder to me that although I didn't think I would be called out of work to give a blessing, I need to be ready and worthy and in the right frame of mind at all times to be able to bless those in need when they need it, not when I am ready. I need to be ready at all times because I don't know when that call will come to help one of Heavenly Fathers children.