Hello!So morning we went over to our bishop's house to help him move! It was a very long morning and they used a truck with a crane attached to it in order to lift all their heavy furniture from the third floor. Then they fed us lunch and that was super yummy! Following that we had district meeting and we got a little distracted with the fruit and there are pictures.
Every day we have things that must be done. We must eat, sleep, drink water, breathe, and blink to name a few. Then there are things that also need to be done so that these essentials may be fulfilled. We must work and provide for our family, we must prepare our food, we often need to learn, we need to relax. There are many things to be done every day. Some things, however, take precedence in our life over others. If you are extremely thirsty and hungry at the same time I imagine you will drink water first and then eat after. If you wake up late for work feeling exhausted I imagine you would forfeit those last snoozes and go to work. However if sleep were more important than work you would likely sleep and miss work. This decision, however, will have negative effects on your job. With each decision we make we are sacrificing a lesser or unimportant decision. Its what we call having priorities. I have met hundreds of people who say they would like to go to church, they would like to read their scriptures, or they would like to pray but.... They are just too busy. Busy? Doing what? Maybe you are busy providing for your family, maybe you are busy going to a wedding, maybe you are busy going to play with your friends. All these things could be good worthy pursuits, but where is your priority? Before we came on earth, in the per-mortal realm with our Heavenly Father, we understood clearly that the goal of this life is to prepare to meet God again and be worthy to inherit a place in His kingdom. On coming to earth we understood that we would have many things that would be necessary to do to sustain our flesh. Yet we still had hope that we would cling to that overarching purpose of life. To prepare to meet God. With that perspective, I find that many are too busy to go to work, to busy to cook food, to busy to go to that party. Why? Because they are going to church. Because more important to them is their relationship with the God who created all things and has all power. Is Our Father in Heaven more important than worldly pursuits? The answer is unequivocally yes. When we put other things before our God we are practicing Idolatry. We are telling Heavenly Father, in essence, that we do not trust him to give us blessings when we do the things he asks of us. We do not trust him to help us provide for our family when we stop working. We show him that our Faith is not in the Lord, but in the Arm of Flesh. Yes, there are things that must be done to stay alive. But The Lord God will not leave us desolate when we keep his commandments and HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE [HIM]. Let us prioritize our lives, our daily schedules, and activities. Let us put God first and let all other things fall into place. Because He has never, nor will He ever lie to us. And he has promised that when we are obedient to Him in every facet of our lives then we will prosper in the Land. Because we must merit God's blessings by obedience, or we do not obtain them. I testify to you that when God is the first priority in your life then you will meet every challenge you face as did the sons of Helaman, In the strength of the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
-Elder Lyle R. Brewer