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Sacrament Talk

We recently moved and are now attending a new ward (congregation) and as is customary, Jordan and I were asked to speak in church two weeks ago. I thought I'd share my talk here for anyone interested in reading:

We recently moved into my great-great Uncle’s house. To his family, he went by Dale, but I think to many other he was known as Henry. Moving into this house has been fun for me because of the history that it has for my family. My great-great grandparents, Margaret and Dean Seeley, bought the house in 1950 and they lived there until their last days, at which point the house was given to Uncle Dale, who also lived there until his last days. I think it’s neat that the house has been in our family for almost 70 years!

When Uncle Dale passed away I inherited a large box of old family photos. As a compulsive organizer AND photography lover, I have had the best time sorting the photos, organizing them and researching the people contained in them. It seems almost serendipitous that I received this box around the time we moved into this house. I have spent many hours in the last few months learning about the people whose house I now live in.

I have read stories about Margaret, who was the sixth in a family of 16 children, born to parents who emigrated from Switzerland and settled with a small Swiss colony in the beautiful mountain city of Midway that reminded them of the stunning homeland they had left behind.

One reason why I enjoy reading stories about my ancestors is because I can tell they were devout, and dedicated to their families and religion. Like when my great-great-great grandma left Switzerland without her parents at the age of 10 to come to America because of the call to Zion. I have read about their fortitude. Like when an entire herd of cattle froze to death and my great-great grand parents had no other option but to rebuild their lives from the ground up . I have learned about their ventures in homesteading and their pastimes playing kick the can and participating in Swiss yodeling contests. Through these stories I can catch a glimpse of the type of people they were. I want to learn from their examples and embrace the devotion, dedication, and fortitude I surely must have in my DNA from them.

Each of us, every child, young man or woman, student, grandma, adult, daughter, or husband has a story waiting to be told. Through these stories we can teach each others and share our testimonies as we live the gospel in our daily lives. We are all teachers. You can be an example of righteousness in a world which desperately needs a shining example of goodness and faith.

“Be thou an example of the believers,” as it says in 1 Timothy chapter 4, “in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

President Monson says, “You know the truth; live it. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life.”

My degree is in Technology and Engineering Education. While I was studying to become a teacher I had the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers how to best teach. One of my favorite and most challenging classes I took at BYU was a woodshop class. It stretched me way beyond my capabilities. When the semester first started the thought of using a planer, router, or table saw, BY MYSELF, without cutting off any fingers seemed like an impossibility. Thankfully my teacher Dr. C, would give thorough demonstrations on each piece of equipment before we were even allowed to come near it. He taught us by example how to handcraft beautiful furniture, a task I never thought possible. I enjoyed my time in his class so much and became so comfortable using the various tools that woodworking has become one of my favorite hobbies.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ was the master teacher. "He left His footprints in the sands of the seashore but left His teaching principles in the hearts and in the lives of all He taught." He showed us how to live, how to teach, how to serve, how to speak.

When He washed the feet of His apostles he said, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

In Peter it says, “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously”

In the April Ensign President Uchtdorf shared an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God.

One day as this soap maker was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”

The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.

“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”

The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”

The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”

Faith must be accompanied by action; Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action.

As we act upon our faith we are teaching by example.

President Monson said, “You possess a testimony; share it. Never underestimate the far-reaching influence of your testimony. You can share your testimony in many ways—by the words you speak, by the example you set, by the manner in which you live your life.”

My whole life at the moment consists of trying to teach my daughters how to be people. I am trying to teach them how to put their shoes on the right feet, to say please and thank you, and not to poke people with their forks. I can often be heard saying the silliest things like, “You cannot ride your bike down the stairs” or “Please go put your pants back on.”

I hope that I can show them how to be kind to everyone they meet, how to say their prayers and how to choose the right. Sometimes I forget that showing them how to do something will probably yield a better result than telling them how to do it.

I am the oldest in my family. I have twin brothers who are 9 years younger than me. In my patriarchal blessing it says, “I bless you to ever be an influence for good in your family that your brothers may follow your example. They love you; therefore, be a righteous example and they will not divert from the righteous way.” I hope that I have been a good example to them thus far and that I can continue to teach them by example.

President Monson said, “Make every decision you contemplate pass this test: What does it do to me? What does it do for me? And let your code of conduct emphasize not, “What will others think?” but rather, “What will I think of myself?” Be influenced by that still, small voice. Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head at the time of your confirmation and said, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth. As the prophet Isaiah promised, “Thine ears shall hear a word … saying, This is the way,walk ye in it.”

May we follow the example of the perfect teacher, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that it may be said of each of us as it was spoken of the Redeemer, “Thou art a teacher come from God” (John 3:2)


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