Talk By; Ezra Taft Benson President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
My beloved brethren and sisters, I rejoice to be with you in another glorious general conference of the Church. How grateful I am for the love, prayers, and service of the devoted members of the Church throughout the world.
May I commend you faithful Saints who are striving to flood the earth and your lives with the Book of Mormon. Not only must we move forward in a monumental manner more copies of the Book of Mormon, but we must move boldly forward into our own lives and throughout the earth more of its marvelous messages.
This sacred volume was written for us—for our day. Its scriptures are to be likened unto ourselves. (See 1 Ne. 19:23.)
The Doctrine and Covenants tells us that the Book of Mormon is the “record of a fallen people.” (D&C 20:9.) Why did they fall? This is one of the major messages of the Book of Mormon. Mormon gives the answer in the closing chapters of the book in these words: “Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction.” (Moro. 8:27.) And then, lest we miss that momentous Book of Mormon message from that fallen people, the Lord warns us in the Doctrine and Covenants, “Beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old.” (D&C 38:39.)
Throughout the day, we get frustrated, irritated, angry. We are frustrated in traffic, when a loved one doesn’t behave the way we like, when someone tells us we’re wrong, when technology doesn’t work the way we want, when dinner is ruined, among many other daily stresses.
These frustrations can build up into unhappiness, relationship problems, work problems, built up stress, blowing your top at someone when you lose your cool. Not always helpful stuff!
I’m going to suggest a mindful shift in focus to deal with frustrations.
It’s a mindfulness practice, and I highly recommend it. We’ll start by talking about where frustration comes from, then how to mindfully shift.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." --William Arthur Ward
I remember one evening, when my life was pretty different and
I was overweight and deeply in debt and a smoker and had such a hard
time changing things … I wasn’t feeling too good about my life.
I felt horrible about myself, and wondered why I was stuck. I felt
hopeless and helpless, and generally depressed about the state of things
Then I looked up at the sky, and saw the stars set in a deep blue-black canvas. And I thought, what a miracle life is.
And I resolved to mentally list the things I had in my life that were good.
My list of good things was something like this:
“The most terrible poverty is
loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
― MOTHER TERESA (1910–1997)
There is far too much loneliness in our world.
Ever more so these days – in this day and age of modern
convenience and technology and ease – there is a polarised sense of isolation.
And one needn’t be single. So many lonely people are lonely in the busiest of
places; in the noisiest of lives; in the ‘sanctity’ of marriage.
Loneliness is a manifestation of
soul where the person is bereft of love. We can connect loneliness with a lack
of experienced love. We may struggle to connect that we are loved; we may not