Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"What Seek Ye?"

Hello Everyone, this week I'm going to do something a little bit different.  

The post this week is going to be a little bit shorter and more of a testimony than anything.  It was sad for me to hear this week of Elder L. Tom Perry's passing away last week, so this week I wish to take a little from one of his talks and bear testimony concerning the topic he chose.

In his April 2005 General Conference address titled "What Seek Ye?", Elder Perry quotes from the first chapter of John, which reads:

35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye?

Elder Perry continues to speak in his talk concerning the world's desires and our desires.  Of those that are in the world, Elder Perry noted that "many are sowing seeds of a fruit that will not nourish an eternal soul."  There are many desires and many goals to search and strive for in this world, many of them are not intrinsically bad, but they are not the things that are of eternal worth.  Elder Perry spoke much of the Kingdom of God here upon the earth, and it should be our desire to build it up in these last days.  What should we seek in this world?  We should seek to spread the message of Jesus Christ.  We should seek to uplift and edify others and bring them to glorify their God.  

I wish to take some time now to bear simple testimony concerning Elder L. Tom Perry.  I can bear testimony that through his life, and especially in the years as a general authority, his priority and true happiness was found in seeking to build up the Kingdom of God.  I wish to bear testimony that he was and is a man called of God, that sought to do his Heavenly Father's will to his fullest ability.  Concerning Elder L. Tom Perry, the words from the 135th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants holds just as true for him as it did for Joseph and Hyrum Smith:

"He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people" (D&C 135:3)

Elder Perry was a truly inspiring and loving man.  The world has lost a great soul, but he continues his Father's work in preparing souls to come unto Christ.  I encourage each of you to search through his many talks for the great wisdom therein.  

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

-Elder Gailey

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