The Watchman on the Tower | Earl C. Tingey


>>THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. ELDER EARL C. TINGEY WAS CALLED
AS THE SENIOR PRESIDENT OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE SEVENTY
IN 2001. HE HAS BEEN SERVING AS A MEMBER
OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE SEVENTY SINCE 1996. HE WAS NAMED A MEMBER OF THE
FIRST QUORUM OF THE SEVENTY IN 1990. ELDER TINGEY HAS PREVIOUSLY
SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UTAH SOUTH AREA AND IN THE
PRESIDENCY OF THE AFRICA AREA. PRIOR TO HIS CALL
AS A GENERAL AUTHORITY HE WAS LEGAL COUNSEL FOR KENNECOTT
CORPORATION. HE SERVED AS A CORPORATE
ATTORNEY FOR MAJOR CORPORATIONS FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS
IN NEW YORK CITY AND LATER IN HIS NATIVE UTAH. ELDER TINGEY HAS ALSO BEEN VERY
ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS. HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE
GREAT SALT LAKE COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
AND IS A RECIPIENT OF THE BSA SILVER BEAVER AWARD. ELDER TINGEY WAS BORN IN
BOUNTIFUL, UTAH, AND GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
LAW SCHOOL WITH A JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE. HE LATER RECEIVED HIS MASTER
OF CORPORATE LAW DEGREE FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY. HE SERVED THREE YEARS WITH THE
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL CORPS OF THE U.S. ARMY AND ATTAINED
THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE HAS SERVED THE CHURCH
AS A BISHOP, COUNSELOR IN THREE MISSION PRESIDENCIES, MISSION
PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIA SYDNEY MISSION, AND REGIONAL
REPRESENTATIVE, AMONG OTHER ASSIGNMENTS. HE AND HIS WIFE, JOANNE WELLS
TINGEY, ARE THE PARENTS OF FOUR MARRIED CHILDREN AND CURRENTLY
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE ELDER TINGEY WITH US TODAY. FOLLOWING ELDER TINGEY’S
COMMENTS THIS MORNING, THE BENEDICTION WILL BE GIVEN
BY LACEY NELSON, A SENIOR MAJORING IN MUSIC FROM LACEY,
WASHINGTON, AND A NIECE OF THE TINGEYS. AND NOW WE’LL HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY OF HEARING FROM ELDER TINGEY. I’M GRATEFUL FOR BROTHER JOHN
TANNER WHO IS ONE OF YOUR GREAT VICE PRESIDENTS AND DOES SO
VERY, VERY WELL IN ALL THAT HE DOES. NOW, WHAT I’D LIKE TO DO TODAY
IS SHARE WITH YOU A BEAUTIFUL PARABLE. MOST OF THE PARABLES ARE FOUND
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHERE JESUS TAUGHT WITH SUCH BEAUTY
AND SIMPLICITY. HOWEVER, THE PARABLE I WOULD
LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS FOUND IN THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
AND WAS REVEALED TO THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH IN KIRTLAND IN
1833. IT IS A PARABLE OF THE WATCHMEN
ON THE TOWER. “A CERTAIN NOBLEMAN HAD
A SPOT OF LAND, VERY CHOICE; AND HE SAID UNTO HIS SERVANTS:
GO YE UNTO MY VINEYARD, EVEN UPON THIS VERY CHOICE PIECE
OF LAND, AND PLANT TWELVE OLIVE-TREES;
“AND SET WATCHMEN ROUND ABOUT THEM, AND BUILD A TOWER,
THAT ONE MAY OVERLOOK THE LAND ROUND ABOUT, TO BE A WATCHMAN
UPON THE TOWER, THAT MINE OLIVE-TREES MAY NOT BE BROKEN
DOWN WHEN THE ENEMY SHALL COME TO SPOIL AND TAKE UPON
THEMSELVES THE FRUIT OF MY VINEYARD. “NOW, THE SERVANTS OF THE
NOBLEMAN WENT AND DID AS THEIR LORD COMMANDED THEM,
AND PLANTED THE OLIVE-TREES, AND BUILT A HEDGE ROUND ABOUT,
AND SET WATCHMEN, AND BEGAN TO BUILD A TOWER. “AND WHILE THEY WERE YET LAYING
THE FOUNDATION THEREOF, THEY BEGAN TO SAY AMONG THEMSELVES:
AND WHAT NEED HATH MY LORD OF THIS TOWER? “AND CONSULTED FOR A LONG TIME,
SAYING AMONG THEMSELVES: WHAT NEED HATH MY LORD OF THIS
TOWER, SEEING THIS IS A TIME OF PEACE? “MIGHT NOT THIS MONEY BE GIVEN
TO THE EXCHANGERS? FOR THERE IS NO NEED OF THESE
THINGS. “AND WHILE THEY WERE AT VARIANCE
ONE WITH ANOTHER THEY BECAME VERY SLOTHFUL, AND THEY
HEARKENED NOT UNTO THE COMMANDMENTS OF THEIR LORD. “AND THE ENEMY CAME BY NIGHT,
AND BROKE DOWN THE HEDGE; AND THE SERVANTS OF THE NOBLEMAN
AROSE AND WERE AFFRIGHTED, AND FLED; AND THE ENEMY
DESTROYED THEIR WORKS, AND BROKE DOWN THE OLIVE-TREES. “NOW, BEHOLD, THE NOBLEMAN,
THE LORD OF THE VINEYARD, CALLED UPON HIS SERVANTS,
AND SAID UNTO THEM, WHY! WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THIS GREAT EVIL? “OUGHT YE NOT TO HAVE DONE EVEN
AS I COMMANDED YOU, AND–AFTER YE HAD PLANTED THE VINEYARD,
AND BUILT THE HEDGE ROUND ABOUT, AND SET WATCHMEN UPON THE WALLS
THEREOF–BUILT THE TOWER ALSO, AND SET A WATCHMAN UPON THE
TOWER, AND WATCHED FOR MY VINEYARD, AND NOT HAVE FALLEN
ASLEEP, LEST THE ENEMY SHOULD COME UPON YOU? “AND BEHOLD, THE WATCHMAN UPON
THE TOWER WOULD HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY WHILE HE WAS YET AFAR OFF;
AND THEN YE COULD HAVE MADE READY AND KEPT THE ENEMY FROM
BREAKING DOWN THE HEDGE THEREOF, AND SAVED MY VINEYARD FROM
THE HANDS OF THE DESTROYER.” THAT’S FOUND IN THE 101ST
SECTION OF THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS. LET ME DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED
IN THIS PARABLE: A LOVING NOBLEMAN HAD 12 OLIVE
TREES HE WISHED TO PROTECT. HE INSTRUCTED HIS SERVANTS
TO GUARD THEM. THEY BUILT A HEDGE TO PROTECT
AGAINST ANY INTRUSION. THEY WERE ALSO TO BUILD A TOWER
WHERE THE WATCHMAN COULD WATCH FOR THE ENEMY. HOWEVER, THE SERVANTS,
IN THE PROCESS OF PERFORMING THEIR WORK, BECAME SLOTHFUL,
DISCOUNTED THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE NOBLEMAN, AND FELL ASLEEP. WHEN THE ENEMY CAME AND
DESTROYED THE OLIVE TREES. IT IS A SIMPLE PARABLE, BUT IT
HAS GREAT APPLICATION TODAY. LET’S REVIEW SEVERAL OF THE
KEY ELEMENTS: FIRST, THERE IS A NOBLEMAN. WE MIGHT SAY FOR US TODAY
THAT THE NOBLEMAN IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST,
IS THE LORD OF THE VINEYARD. HE IS THE CREATOR AND ORGANIZER
OF THIS EARTH. WE ARE PRIVILEGED INHABITANTS. HE HAS A VERY CHOICE SPOT
OF LAND WHERE HE HAS PLANTED 12 OLIVE TREES. PERHAPS THE CHOICE LAND TODAY
IS WHERE YOU LIVE–YOUR STAKE, YOUR WARD, YOUR HOME, YOUR DORM,
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND EVEN YOUR COUNTRY. NOW, WHAT MIGHT BE THE 12 OLIVE
TREES THAT THE NOBLEMAN WISHED TO PROTECT? I BELIEVE THE 12 OLIVE TREES
ARE FAMILIES. THE OLIVE TREE FIGURES
REALISTICALLY AND FIGURATIVELY IN THE GOSPEL, THE SCRIPTURES,
AND THE LIFE OF THE SAVIOR AS AN OBJECT OF VALUE AND SACREDNESS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE OLIVE TREE
PRODUCES OLIVE OIL, WHICH IS A SYMBOL OF PURITY. IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, A DOVE
BROUGHT BACK AN ACTUAL OLIVE LEAF TO SIGNIFY THAT THE WATERS
OF THE FLOOD WERE ABATED FROM THE EARTH. AND JESUS CHRIST SPENT HIS FINAL
HOURS AMONG THE OLIVE TREES OF THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. I TRULY BELIEVE WE,
AS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES, COULD BE CONSIDERED THE FAVORED,
VALUED, SACRED OLIVE TREES; WE ARE TO BE PROTECTED. IN ADDITION TO THE TREES AND THE
NOBLEMAN, THERE WAS A WATCHMAN, AND HE WAS TO STAND ON A TOWER. I BELIEVE THE WATCHMEN TODAY
ARE THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. THE LORD HAS DESIGNATED
PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY AS OUR CHIEF WATCHMAN ON THE
TOWER TODAY. WE WILL BE GUIDED AND PROTECTED
FROM THE ENEMY IF WE FOLLOW HIS COUNSEL. PRESIDENT BOYD K. PACKER IS ALSO
A WATCHMAN ON THE TOWER. HIS BIOGRAPHY, WRITTEN SEVERAL
YEARS AGO, IS ENTITLEDBOYD K.PACKER: A WATCHMAN ON THE
TOWER.
TRUSTED LOCAL PRIESTHOOD
LEADERS, INCLUDING STAKE PRESIDENTS AND BISHOPS,
ARE WATCHMEN ON THE TOWER TO THEIR MEMBERS AND CONGREGATIONS. CERTAINLY, A FATHER IS
A WATCHMAN ON THE TOWER TO HIS FAMILY. EACH OF YOU SHOULD BE
A WATCHMAN TO YOURSELF. NOW, WHAT OF THE SERVANTS? THEY ARE THE WORKER BEES. THEY ARE ALL OF US TODAY. EVERY MEMBER OF THE CHURCH
COULD BE DEEMED TO BE A SERVANT OF THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST. WHEN WE WERE BAPTIZED, WE TOOK
UPON OURSELVES, BY COVENANT, THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND
AGREED TO REMEMBER HIM AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. BEING A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH
AND SERVING IN VARIOUS CALLINGS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IMPLIES
THAT WE ARE SERVANTS. WE SHOULD BE WILLING AND
PREPARED TO DO ALL THAT IS ASKED OF US. IN THE HOLY LAND, AND I HAVE
PERSONALLY SEEN THEM, ARE REMNANTS OR REMAINS OF
ANCIENT TOWERS–ROUND STRUCTURES BUILT OF ROCK, LIKE LIGHTHOUSES
NEAR THE SEA. THE PURPOSE OF THESE TOWERS
WAS TO PROVIDE A STRUCTURE OR FACILITY WHERE THE WATCHMAN
MIGHT LOOK OUT UPON THE LAND AND SEE THE ENEMY BEFORE HE CAME
AND DESTROYED THE OLIVE TREES. THEN WHAT MIGHT BE ANALOGOUS
TO THE TOWER TODAY? THE TOWER IS A SYMBOLIC POINT
OF ELEVATION WHERE WE MAY SEE THE ENEMY BEFORE OTHERS DO. I THINK TODAY’S TOWERS MIGHT BE
REVELATION, PROPHETS, INSPIRED SCRIPTURES, AND CERTAINLY,
THE TEMPLE. REVELATION FROM LIVING PROPHETS
PERMITS US TO SEE MORE CLEARLY IN A CLOUDED WORLD. OUR MODERN SCRIPTURES,
THE BOOK OF MORMON, DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, AND PEARL OF
GREAT PRICE HELPS US UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE MORE FULLY. AS COMPARED TO THE WORLD,
ALL OF THESE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO RECEIVE ELEVATED INSTRUCTIONS
IN A TROUBLED WORLD. EVERY ASPECT OF THE TEMPLE, FROM
ITS UPWARD-REACHING ARCHITECTURE TO THE INSPIRED TEACHINGS AND
COVENANT-BEARING ORDINANCES IS A TOWER, A PINNACLE OF ELEVATION. SURROUNDING THE OLIVE TREES
AND THE CHOICE LAND WAS A HEDGE. A HEDGE IS A BARRIER. IT MIGHT BE A MOAT, A DITCH,
A FENCE, OR SOME OTHER DEVICE THAT WOULD SLOW DOWN OR PREVENT
THE ENEMY FROM ENTERING THE VINEYARD AND HARMING
THE OLIVE TREES. I BELIEVE THE HEDGE THAT CAN
TODAY SLOW DOWN AND PROTECT US FROM THE ENEMY MIGHT BE
THE STANDARDS OF THE CHURCH, SUCH AS THE STANDARDS INFOR THE
STRENGTH OF YOUT
H BOOKLET. THE CAUTIONS BY YOUR PARENTS
ARE STANDARDS WHICH WILL ACT AS A HEDGE TO PROTECT YOU
FROM THE ENEMY. THE COUNSEL OF YOUR BISHOP AND
LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS IS A HEDGE. THE BYU HONOR CODE AND STANDARDS
FOR ADMISSION TO THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY IS A FURTHER HEDGE
AND A WONDERFUL MEASURE OF PROTECTION TO YOU. NOW, WHAT OF THE ENEMY? OBVIOUSLY, IN THE PARABLE,
THE ENEMY IS SATAN. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED. SATAN SEEKS TO DESTROY. EARLY IN THE PROPHET JOSEPH
SMITH’S MINISTRY, THE LORD WARNED HIM OF THOSE WHO MIGHT
ATTEMPT TO ALTER THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON TRANSLATION:
LET ME READ: “VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU,
THAT SATAN HAS GREAT HOLD UPON THEIR HEARTS; HE STIRRETH THEM
UP TO INIQUITY AGAINST THAT WHICH IS GOOD. … “SATAN STIRRETH THEM UP,
THAT HE MAY LEAD THEIR SOULS TO DESTRUCTION.” IN THE PARABLE, SATAN DESTROYED
THE OLIVE TREES. TODAY HE SEEKS TO DESTROY
FAMILIES. HOW MAY WE PROTECT OUR FAMILIES
TODAY? I OFFERFIVESUGGESTIONS. FIRST: LISTEN TO AND FOLLOW
THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. THEY WILL WARN YOU
OF IMPENDING DANGERS. ON APRIL 6, 1830, THE DAY
THE CHURCH WAS ORGANIZED, THE LORD INSTRUCTED THE NEW
CHURCH CONCERNING THE CALLING OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH:
“WHEREFORE, MEANING THE CHURCH, THOU SHALT GIVE HEED UNTO ALL
HIS WORDS AND COMMANDMENTS WHICH HE SHALL GIVE UNTO YOU
AS HE RECEIVETH THEM, WALKING IN ALL HOLINESS BEFORE ME;
“FOR HIS WORD YE SHALL RECEIVE, AS IF FROM MINE OWN MOUTH,
IN ALL PATIENCE AND FAITH. “FOR BY DOING THESE THINGS
THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST YOU.” LIKE THE SAINTS IN 1830,
WHEN THE CHURCH WAS ORGANIZED, WE HAVE NEED TO LISTEN TO
THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. THE WORLD IS IN TURMOIL. THERE IS MUCH OF WICKEDNESS,
WAR, AND CONFUSION. WE READ IN THE DOCTRINE
AND COVENANTS, “YE HEAR OF WARS IN FOREIGN LANDS; BUT, BEHOLD,
I SAY UNTO YOU, THEY ARE NIGH, EVEN AT YOUR DOORS …” FURTHER, SPEAKING OF
OUR GENERATION, WE READ, “AND IN THAT GENERATION SHALL
THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED. AND THERE SHALL BE MEN STANDING
IN THAT GENERATION, THAT SHALL NOT PASS UNTIL THEY … SEE
AN OVER-FLOWING SCOURGE; FOR A DESOLATING SICKNESS
SHALL COVER THE LAND.” THE GREAT AND SATISFYING SAFETY
IN THIS PERIOD OF “OVER-FLOWING SCOURGE” AND “DESOLATING
SICKNESS” IS FOUND IN THE NEXT VERSE OF THIS SECTION,
WHICH READS AS FOLLOWS: “BUT MY DISCIPLES SHALL STAND
IN HOLY PLACES, AND SHALL NOT BE MOVED.” THIS REFERS TO MODERN DAY
PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. ON SO MANY SOCIAL ISSUES TODAY,
WHEN MANY WELL RECOGNIZED FAITHS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE CAVING IN
TO POPULAR APPEAL, WE AS A CHURCH REMAIN FIRM
AND UNCHANGING. EXAMPLES INCLUDE GENDER
IDENTITY, THE SANCTITY OF BIRTH AND LIFE, MORALITY (VS. THE “NEW
MORALITY”), THE SANCTITY OF THE BODY, PROFANITY, PROPER
OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH DAY, DRESS STANDARDS (VS. SLOPPINESS
OF DRESS), PORNOGRAPHY, AND MANY OTHERS. WE DO NOT CHANGE. IF IT WAS WRONG IN THE
OLD TESTAMENT DAYS, IT IS WRONG TODAY. IF IT WAS WRONG IN THE
NEW TESTAMENT DAYS, IT IS WRONG TODAY, ALL THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE
LIVING PROPHETS WHO “STAND IN HOLY PLACES AND [ARE] NOT
MOVED.” THE LORD ANTICIPATED THIS WHEN
THE CHURCH WAS ORGANIZED THROUGH THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH. WE READ IN THE FIRST SECTION
OF THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS: “THEY SEEK NOT THE LORD
TO ESTABLISH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT EVERY MAN WALKETH IN HIS OWN
WAY, AND AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIS OWN GOD, WHOSE IMAGE IS IN THE
LIKENESS OF THE WORLD, AND WHOSE SUBSTANCE IS THAT OF AN IDOL,
WHICH WAXETH OLD AND SHALL PERISH IN BABYLON, EVEN BABYLON
THE GREAT, WHICH SHALL FALL. “WHEREFORE, I THE LORD,
KNOWING THE CALAMITY WHICH SHOULD COME UPON THE INHABITANTS
OF THE EARTH, CALLED UPON MY SERVANT JOSEPH SMITH, JUN.,
AND SPAKE UNTO HIM FROM HEAVEN, AND GAVE HIM COMMANDMENTS;
“AND ALSO GAVE COMMANDMENTS TO OTHERS, THAT THEY SHOULD
PROCLAIM THESE THINGS UNTO THE WORLD; AND ALL THIS THAT IT
MIGHT BE FULFILLED, WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY THE PROPHETS–
“AND AFTER HAVING RECEIVED THE RECORD OF THE NEPHITES, YEA,
EVEN MY SERVANT JOSEPH SMITH, JUN., MIGHT HAVE POWER TO
TRANSLATE THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD, BY THE POWER OF GOD,
THE BOOK OF MORMON. “AND ALSO THOSE TO WHOM THESE
COMMANDMENTS WERE GIVEN, MIGHT HAVE POWER TO LAY THE FOUNDATION
OF THIS CHURCH, AND TO BRING IT FORTH OUT OF OBSCURITY AND OUT
OF DARKNESS, THE ONLY TRUE AND LIVING CHURCH UPON THE FACE
OF THE WHOLE EARTH, WITH WHICH I, THE LORD, AM WELL PLEASED,
SPEAKING UNTO THE CHURCH COLLECTIVELY AND NOT
INDIVIDUALLY–” THERE IS ONE OTHER AREA TODAY
WHERE WE NEED TO BE GUIDED BY PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL ARENA
WE FIND OURSELVES IN TODAY, THERE IS MUCH CONFUSION
IN THE WORLD ABOUT WHO WE ARE. RIGHT NOW, OUR CHURCH, AND,
BY IMPLICATION, ALL OUR MEMBERS ARE UNDER A BIG MICROSCOPE,
AND THE WORLD IS LOOKING IN. WHO ARE THESE MORMONS,
THEY INQUIRE? SOME OF US MAY INTERPRET
THIS INQUIRY AS PERSECUTION, BUT IN REALITY, IT IS JUST
CONFUSION ON THE PART OF THE INQUIRER. SPEAKING OF PERSECUTION,
PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY RECENTLY COUNSELED GENERAL
AUTHORITIES TO NOT WORRY ABOUT BEING PERSECUTED. HE NOTED THAT IT HAS BEEN GOING
ON SINCE THE WAR IN HEAVEN. HE FURTHER COUNSELED US THAT
THE CHURCH IS IN GOOD CONDITION, AND THAT WE SHOULD JUST WORK
HARDER TO MOVE THE WORK FORWARD. HE CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT HE
WOULD WORRY MORE ABOUT US IF PEOPLE DID NOT SPEAK EVIL OF US. THIS IS GOOD COUNSEL
FROM A PROPHET. SECOND: BE GRATEFUL THE CHURCH
HAS PROVIDED TOWERS. REVELATION FROM ON HIGH
IS FOR OUR BENEFIT, ESPECIALLY MODERN-DAY REVELATION RECEIVED
THROUGH LIVING PROPHETS. THE INSPIRED SCRIPTURES
ARE TO HELP US SEE THE ENEMY AND BE PREPARED BEFORE HE COMES. ARE WE CONTINUING TO READ
THE BOOK OF MORMON DAILY, AS COUNSELED BY PRESIDENT
HINCKLEY IN 2005? ARE WE PONDERING THE SCRIPTURES
AND INCORPORATING THEIR TRUTHS INTO OUR LIVES? THOSE OF US WHO ARE PRIVILEGED
TO ENTER TEMPLES AND PARTICIPATE IN SACRED ORDINANCES KNOW THAT
THEY ARE TRULY TOWERS WHERE WE ARE WARNED AND WHERE WE WILL SEE
AND CAN DISTINGUISH THE ENTICINGS OF SATAN
BEFORE THEY ENGULF US. SPEAKING OF TEMPLES, EZEKIEL
WROTE, “AND THEY SHALL TEACH MY PEOPLE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE HOLY AND PROFANE, AND CAUSE THEM TO DISCERN BETWEEN
THE UNCLEAN AND THE CLEAN.” REGULAR TEMPLE WORSHIP WILL
PROTECT OUR FAMILIES FROM SATAN. THIRD: KEEP THE STANDARDS. REMEMBER THE HEDGE. ESPECIALLY YOU YOUNG ADULTS,
CARRY A COPY OFFOR THE STRENGTHOF YOUTHWITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. IT COMES IN TWO SIZES:
ONE FOR YOUR WALLET AND THE OTHER FOR YOUR SCRIPTURES. I HAVE ALWAYS CARRIED THE SMALL
FOR THE STRENGTH OF YOUTH
IN MY WALLET. LIVE THE STANDARDS. BE CLEAN. PRESIDENT HINCKLEY HAS WARNED
THE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN OF THE EVILS
OF PORNOGRAPHY. PORNOGRAPHY CAN DESTROY YOU
JUST AS THE ENEMY DESTROYED THE OLIVE TREES. THERE ARE SO MANY UPLIFTING
GOSPEL STANDARDS TODAY TO HELP US. NONE SHOULD BE VIEWED AS
LIMITATIONS OF PERSONAL FREEDOM, BUT AS A HEDGE OF PROTECTION
AGAINST AN ENCROACHING ENEMY. CONSIDER THESE STANDARDS:
1. I WILL CHOOSE THE RIGHT. I KNOW I CAN REPENT
WHEN I MAKE A MISTAKE. 2. I WILL USE THE NAMES OF
HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST REVERENTLY. I WILL NOT SWEAR OR USE CRUDE
WORDS. 3. I WILL DO THOSE THINGS ON THE
SABBATH THAT WILL HELP ME FEEL CLOSE TO HEAVENLY FATHER
AND JESUS CHRIST. 4. I WILL KEEP MY MIND AND BODY
SACRED AND PURE, AND I WILL NOT PARTAKE OF THINGS THAT ARE
HARMFUL TO ME. 5. I WILL DRESS MODESTLY TO SHOW
RESPECT FOR HEAVENLY FATHER AND MYSELF. 6. I WILL ONLY READ AND WATCH
THINGS THAT ARE PLEASING TO HEAVENLY FATHER. 7. I WILL ONLY LISTEN TO MUSIC
THAT IS PLEASING TO HEAVENLY FATHER. 8. I WILL SEEK GOOD FRIENDS
AND TREAT OTHERS KINDLY. ONE OF THE STRONGEST HEDGES THAT
ALL OF YOU HAVE IS THE COUNSEL OF YOUR PARENTS. HONOR AND LISTEN TO YOUR
PARENTS. BE COOPERATIVE. BE HAPPY. MAKE YOUR HOME, WHETHER YOU LIVE
WITH OR AWAY FROM YOUR PARENTS, TRULY A CHOICE SPOT OF LAND
WHERE THE LORD CAN ALLOW YOU, A PRECIOUS OLIVE TREE,
TO GROW AND DEVELOP WITHOUT INFLUENCE FROM SATAN. NOW FOURTH: BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE
LIKE AN OLIVE TREE OF OLD– THAT IS, YOU ARE PRECIOUS. YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE RESTORED
CHURCH. DO YOU TRULY REALIZE THE GREAT
BLESSINGS THAT HAVE COME INTO YOUR LIFE TO BE A MEMBER
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS? THIS CHURCH IS THE ONLY TRUE
CHURCH ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH TODAY. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE
WE CAN GO FOR REVELATION FROM LIVING PROPHETS. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE WE
CAN ENTER INTO SACRED COVENANTS ADMINISTERED BY MEN WHO HOLD
THE HOLY MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD. THE LORD TOLD MOSES, “I HAVE
A WORK FOR THEE, MOSES, MY SON; AND THOU ART IN THE SIMILITUDE
OF MINE ONLY BEGOTTEN; AND MINE ONLY BEGOTTEN IS AND SHALL BE
THE SAVIOR, FOR HE IS FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.” DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE LORD
HAS A WORK FOR YOU TO DO? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE
IN THE SIMILITUDE OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN, WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? I BEAR WITNESS AND TESTIMONY
THAT EACH OF YOU IS A SPECIAL OLIVE TREE IN THE EYES OF THE
LORD. HE LOVES YOU. AND NOW, FIFTH: IN CONCLUSION,
REMEMBER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A FAITHFUL SERVANT. IN THE PARABLE, THE SERVANTS
BEGAN TO SECOND-GUESS. THEY WONDERED IF THE NOBLEMAN
REALLY HAD NEED OF A TOWER. THEY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE IT WAS
SUCH A TIME OF PEACE THERE WAS NO NEED TO BUILD THE TOWER
AND PROTECT THE OLIVE TREES. THEY BEGAN TO BE AT VARIANCE
ONE WITH ANOTHER. THEY BECAME SLOTHFUL. THEY HEARKENED NOT UNTO
THE COMMANDMENTS OF THEIR LORD, AND THEY FELL ASLEEP. THEY WERE WRONG. WE MUST BE CERTAIN THAT WE–
AS SERVANTS, HUMBLE ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, PARENTS,
YOUTH, CHILDREN, LEADERS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS–NOT FALL
ASLEEP IN PERFORMING TASKS ASSIGNED TO US FROM THE LORD. I BELIEVE IF WE ARE FAITHFUL
SERVANTS, WE WILL TRULY SEE THE ENEMY COME BEFORE HE CAN DESTROY
OUR FAMILIES. I BEAR MY TESTIMONY THAT YOU
WILL BE PROTECTED FROM THE EVILS OF SATAN IF YOU LOOK FOR
THE “WATCHMAN ON THE TOWER” AND FAITHFULLY FOLLOW ALL THE
COUNSELS WE RECEIVE FROM THE LORD AND OUR LEADERS, IN THE

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