Friday, September 25, 2015

"The Preparatory Priesthood" by President Henry B. Eyring

Find this talk here.


  • He says he's "gathered with the priesthood of God". Given that the Hebrews had the higher priesthood taken from them and didn't know it, I wonder if we'd know if we really had the priesthood.
  • I'm halfway through the talk and still not sure what he's trying to talk about. He's telling stories about quorums working together, which is pleasant, but seems little more than that.
  • "All of us in the priesthood have an obligation to help the Lord prepare others." Um, prove it, please. We have an obligation to take care of the poor, to teach the gospel to those in our care, and to seek out Christ in our own lives. I can't think of any scripture right off that says we're obligated to help prepare others for the priesthood. I can think of one that says that if we let are charitable and let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly, "the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven," suggesting that we don't understand the doctrine of the priesthood until we have been charitable and virtuous.
  • He says our words aren't as important as our behavior, but Romans 10:17 says "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." So those we're teaching won't get faith until they hear the word.
  • It looked like we were going to have another "Praise President Monson" session, but it ended after two sentences, without any detail. The bits of talks that try to hold President Monson up as an example are bothersome. "Why not speak of the atonement of Christ?"
  • He's definitely right that a bit of respect toward a young person from an elder they respect can work wonders.
    • He's also certainly right that it's important to show love in advance of the chastisement

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