He starts with the story of Abraham and Issac. He speaks of the sacrifice that needed to be made to the Lord and how the obedience of Abraham was being tested. He also shares that the story took a whole new meaning after he became a father. From this story he shares what he learned.
- Because of our sins and our mortality, we, like Isaac, are condemned to death. When all other hope is gone, our Father in Heaven provides the Lamb of God, and we are saved by his sacrifice.
President Oaks talks about the story of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. He shares what he learned by reading the story and what he later learned from further scripture study.
- As a young boy, I was thrilled with Joseph’s adventures and impressed with how the Lord had rescued him from the perils of murder, slavery, and prison. The first time I read the Book of Mormon, I found the statement that “Joseph … who was sold into Egypt … was preserved by the hand of the Lord.” In later readings in the scriptures, I found that this kind of protection is available to all. For example, the Bible states that “the Lord preserveth the faithful,” and that God “is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
He speaks about the story of David and Goliath and what we should learn from this story.
- Countless young people have been inspired by this marvelous instruction in righteousness. At times all of us must stand against those who mock and revile. Some of us, sometime, will face some earthly power as mighty as Goliath. When that happens, we should emulate the courage of David, who was mighty because he had faith and he went forth in a righteous cause in the name of the Lord of Hosts.
There are several stories in the scriptures that talk about protection that is given to those that are in the service of God. Although some people die in the service of God, no one will be taken home to God until the time that they have finished their life's mission.
- The protection promised to the faithful servants of God is a reality today as it was in Bible times. All over the world, faithful Latter-day Saints are protected from the powers of the evil one and his servants until they have finished their missions in mortality. For some the mortal mission is brief, as with some valiant young men who have lost their lives in missionary service. But for most of us the mortal journey is long, and we continue our course with the protection of guardian angels.
President Oaks then tells a personal story of him being attacked one evening by a gunman who was trying to steal his money or car. He talks about the protection that he received from putting his trust in the Savior. Since that event, he was names President of BYU and called as an apostle. He knows that the Lord protected him and made his future callings possible.
I love hearing stories from the scriptures and what people have personally learned from them. President Oaks chooses several stories that I have loved and then adds a personal story to his talk. The courage to speak about his personal story provides a story of faith during adversity. I hope that I can be like these biblical men that were patient with the Lord and focused on being obedient when they didn't know what the final outcome would be. Sometimes I am impatient with the Lord and want to know the entire details of my life right now. These stories help to me have faith that the Lord is in charge and seeking to teach me things that will make be a better disciple in the future.