Friday, January 27, 2012

Conference Applied-Packer's "Counsel to Youth"

I gave a lesson to the combined YW just after the first of the year, and I used this talk in preparation.  It felt like the perfect talk.  There was so much good stuff in this talk, it's hard to condense.  Packer is a little scary to me, but he sure knows his stuff.  So, on to the quoting and commenting...
You are much better than we were when young. You know more about the gospel. You are more mature and more faithful.
 Uh, yeah.  I have never been more certain of something.  I swear the YW should be teaching me.
The old crow is getting slow.
The young crow is not.
Of what the young crow does not know
The old crow knows a lot. 
At knowing things the old crow
Is still the young crow’s master.
What does the slow old crow not know?
—How to go faster. 
The young crow flies above, below,
And rings around the slow old crow.
What does the fast young crow not know?
—Where to go.
John Ciardi, “Fast and Slow,” 
I liked this poem because it "cutely" said how I feel.  Sometimes I want to shake the girls and say, "Listen to me so you don't have to be a dumb dumb like I was!"  It also made me think, who is looking at me and thinking, "I wish I could shake her and help her along?"  There is tremendous help in learning from those who have gone before us, no matter our age.
Many of the temptations you face, certainly the most serious ones, relate to your body. You not only have power to create bodies for a new generation, but you also have agency.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.”7 So every living soul who has a physical body ultimately has power over the adversary. You suffer temptations because of your physical nature, but you also have power over him and his angels.
One of the best talks I've ever read about our bodies: Bednar's "Things As They Really Are."  It's worth a read regardless of your beliefs.  Seriously.  It's good.
You may in time of trouble think that you are not worth saving because you have made mistakes, big or little, and you think you are now lost. That is never true! Only repentance can heal what hurts. But repentance can heal what hurts, no matter what it is.
So very true.  And so very easy to forget.

Also, I showed these two videos during my lesson. They're short and sweet.


**Update: Ok, I couldn't get the second video to embed, so check it out here.  It's Elder Russel M. Nelson's "Face the Future with Faith."

2 comments:

Mishqueen said...

Great post!

One suggestion: I totally understand why you have suppressed right-clicking to preserve your images. However, it also takes us away from your blog page when we left-click on an article you have referred to. Is it possible to set it up so that the article clicked opens to a new page instead of changing the one we're currently reading?

I don't know anything about writing blogs, so feel free to dismiss me with a giggle if I'm shooting into the stars here. ;)

Laura Horne said...

Hey, thanks for the feedback. I am not sure of the answer. I use a mac, so we don't get to do any of that fancy clicking =) I'll look into it and see if I can get it changed.

Thanks again!