As it is Sunday, I have spent a little time reflecting on the wonderful thoughts, impressions, and feelings which I had listening to the Semi-Annual General Conference sessions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just a few weeks hence. My mind keeps latching onto what I would consider the first talk of the first session by Elder L. Tom Perry. I say “what I would consider” because although President Thomas S. Monson spoke first, his was really more of just a spoken welcome than a talk.
The subject matter of Elder Perry’s remarks, were to me . . . quite remarkable (I hate to reuse a word in the same sentence like I did, but that is how it came out; sorry). All of the talks are on-line and accessible, and for those who would like to find it quickly, here is a link to the talk:
Elder Perry’s message was incredibly personal to me. I have wondered, more than a hundred times in the last few months: What is it exactly that I am expending my labors for? Am I happy with it?
I have felt these questions very deeply. What if I had not accepted the last job offer, and stayed where I was at? What if I had chosen a different career? What if I had stuck with it in college, even if it meant I had to work three part-time jobs (instead of just two) so that I could have finished with the education I had intended to get? What if I had not been so hasty to make some of the decisions which I have made in the past?
Would I have been happier? Would I have been more successful? What exactly does “success” mean to me?
Here is a great link:
There are so many great books I have never read. We have been commanded to “seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom”. How can I possibly find the time to read them all? For this one, I am grateful for Elder Perry. I probably never would of looked at Thoreau’s work within ten lifetimes, but his talk intrigued me so much, I had to go looking for it. I tried the local bookstore first. Then I tried the library. I finally found it on the internet.
This is my personal committment: I am going to do all I can to simplify. I just have to. I feel driven to do so. There have been too many things in my life making me feel encumbered. The things which I consider to be of the greatest worth are not getting done to my satisfaction. Family relationships, friends, spiritual moments, gaining light and knowledge, bringing souls to Christ: these are the things which really matter to me. What else is there? Can I take anything else with me into the celestial world? Will anything else help me to get there?
Here is a great scripture:
2 Nephi 29:11
For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
I know good intentions are nothing more than good intentions unless I actually do something about it. Action supported by faith is what is required. And yet, I can’t help but think that the very fact I have written these thoughts down might actually be the very catalyst I need to do the works which are needed.
Perhaps this post would have served better as an entry in my journal because it is so personal. On the other hand, perhaps this post needs to be exactly where it is. Maybe having the words more public, where friends and family will read it, will help me to better accomplish my goal.
I just want life to be more simple. Maybe we can help each other in this great quest to simplify?