- Shooting first and drawing the target afterward may seem a little absurd, but sometimes we ourselves mirror that very behavior in other circumstances of life
- As Church members, we sometimes have a tendency to attach ourselves to gospel programs, issues, and even doctrines that seem interesting, important, or enjoyable to us. We are tempted to draw targets around them, making us believe we are aiming at the center of the gospel
- How easy it would be to select our favorite gospel topic, draw a bull’s-eye around it, and then make a case that we have identified the center of the gospel.
We should not have a gospel principle be at the center of our worship. We should have the Savior be at the center of everything we do. Our target should always being to see others as Christ sees them and follow the example of the Savior in the way we treat others.
- As members of the Church, we covenant to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Implicit in that covenant is the understanding that we will strive to learn about God, love Him, increase our faith in Him, honor Him, walk in His way, and stand steadfastly as witnesses of Him.
- The more we learn about God and feel His love for us, the more we realize that the infinite sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a divine gift of God. And God’s love inspires us to use the path of true repentance, which will lead to the miracle of forgiveness. This process enables us to have greater love and compassion for those around us. We will learn to see beyond labels. We will resist the temptation to accuse or judge others by their sins, shortcomings, flaws, political leanings, religious convictions, nationalities, or skin color.
President Uchtdorf reminds us that the ultimate target in life is to increase our love for God and to try to become the best disciple of Christ that we can be.
- If our primary focus, thoughts, and efforts are centered on increasing our love for Almighty God and extending our hearts to others, we can know that we have found the right target and are aiming at the bull’s-eye—becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ.
For discussion with youth, President Uchtdorf shares these thoughts.
- President Uchtdorf identifies two goals we should have for our actions: love God and love our fellowmen. But sometimes it just isn’t that easy to love others. Throughout your life, there may be times when you find it difficult to interact with others—perhaps someone has hurt you or you have a hard time communicating or getting along with someone. In these moments, try to remember the love you’ve felt from friends, family, Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. Remember the joy you felt in those situations and try to imagine if everyone had the opportunity to feel such love. Remember that everyone is a daughter or son of God and is deserving of both His and your love.
President Uchtdorf's idea of drawing a target after we have shot is great. Sometimes in my life, I want to make believe that I am going down the right path when in reality, I have do direction of where I am trying to get to. I need to resist this idea in my personal worship. My purpose with this blog is not to get more followers, not to see how many page views I can get, or how many peoples lives I can touch with the things I share. My goal is to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ and leave a legacy of my study for future posterity. I want to become a better person, follow the Savior, and show my kids and grandkids that I loved the messages of the Prophets. I am glad that in this new year, we have a reminder that we need to figure out what we are striving for and not lose sight of our ultimate goal in life, to be better disciples of our Savior Jesus Christ.