Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice

As I read President Monson's address from Priesthood Conference, I was impressed with how much of what he said was directed straight at me.

The following are excerpts from that talk along with my own thoughts:

My message to you tonight is straightforward. It is this: keep the commandments. In this there is safety; in this there is peace. [Peace is something I greatly desire in my life.]

[Our Heavenly Father] gives us laws and commandments, He also allows us to choose whether to accept them or to reject them. Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny.

We know, however, that the adversary is committed to our failure. He and his hosts are relentless in their efforts to thwart our righteous desires. They represent a grave and constant threat to our eternal salvation unless we are also relentless in our determination.

Although there is no time in our lives when we are exempt from temptation, you are at an age when you may be particularly vulnerable. The choices you make here and now are forever important.

Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head after you were baptized, confirming you a member of the Church and saying, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth.  [As I sincerely ask for help and open my heart, I should receive promptings from the Holy Ghost to avoid temptation.]  

With his deceptions and lies, the adversary will lead you down a slippery slope to your destruction if you allow him to do so [But only if I allow him]. You will likely be on that slippery slope before you even realize that there is no way to stop. [This sounds like acting out. ] You have heard the messages of the adversary. He cunningly calls: Just this once won’t matter. [How many times have I given in to that message?]

The adversary knows us, [from before the world was formed] and he knows the temptations which will be difficult for us to ignore.

We cannot allow ourselves the slightest bit of leeway in dealing with sin. We cannot allow ourselves to believe that we can participate “just a little.” [In reality, "just a little" does not exit and has never worked!]

The addictions which can come from pornography and immorality are real and are nearly impossible to break without great struggle and much help. [Help from the Savior, friends in ARP and Priesthood Leaders]

If any of you has stumbled in his journey, I assure you that there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Although the path is difficult, your eternal salvation depends on it

Throughout our lives we will need to nurture strong testimonies by studying the scriptures and by praying and by pondering the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ [in other words, doing my dailies].

May we keep the commandments! Wonderful and glorious are the rewards which are in store for us if we do.  [Amen!]

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