My favorite part of Tracy’s post/my talk:
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Elder Don Hallstrom, who is a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, was the visiting general authority that day and we were taught the difference between being active in the Church and being active in the Gospel. I loved this talk! Elder Hallstrom said, “We can be perfectly active in the Church, fulfilling our callings and completing the tasks assigned to us, and not be active in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
That really caught my attention! But isn’t it the truth!
In some ways, each of us have created our own “modern-day Law of Moses,” with lists of things to do and not to do, places to go and not to go, foods to eat and not to eat, things we tell ourselves are OK to do on the Sabbath and things we must not do on the Sabbath, and endless minutia to fill up our days . . . and we can do all that without ever thinking of our Savior and His redemptive power. We can serve and clean and call and check off all the things on our “Good Christian” list without ever involving our hearts or striving to serve as He would serve. We can go visiting teaching and take a meal in to someone who is struggling or substitute in Primary without ever engaging our minds and hearts to connect on an individually-personal, spiritual place with our Lord and Savior. We can live months and years without ever, once, actually using the Atonement in our lives.
I know — because I have done it.
It is perfectly possible to serve in the Church without ever communing with God.
It is perfectly possible to know all the answers about how to be a Christian without actually giving your soul to Him, without trusting Him to guide your life, without submitting to Him.
But, doing it that way, living that way, doesn’t compare to the fullness of joy we feel when we are actively seeking Him, actively loving Him, actively serving Him, and actively obeying Him.
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[Whole lot of deep thought and processing going on!]
Isn’t this the most stunning, amazing, and thought-provoking bunch of words!