Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Trek Prep Devotional - Doug & Becky Ross
ALL HANDS ON DECK:We love this message from Elder Rasband in the April 2006 General Conference:
“Many of [the youth] are remarkable in their spiritual maturity and in their faith. But even the best of them are sorely tested. And the testing will become more severe.
"This warning that “the testing will become more severe” gets my attention. Our rising generation is worthy of our best efforts to support and strengthen them in their journey to adulthood.
"In these perilous times, as our youth are faced with this increased adversity, we can learn from others. In the armed forces, particularly in all the navies throughout the world, every seaman understands one phrase that is a clarion call for immediate help, no matter what he is doing or where he is on the ship. The call is “All hands on deck.” Many a battle at sea has been won or lost by the response to this call.
"We—as members of the Church... all need to respond to the call for “all hands on deck” as it pertains to our youth and young single adults. We must all look for opportunities to bless the youth whether or not we are currently closely associated with them. We must continue to teach and fortify fathers and mothers in their divinely declared roles with their children in the home. We must ask ourselves constantly if that extra sporting event, that extra activity or errand outside of the home is more important than families being together at home.
"Now is the time... when in every action we take, in every place we go, with every Latter-day Saint young person we meet, we need to have an increased awareness of the need for strengthening, nurturing, and being an influence for good in their lives."
What a great message, as we all commit to give the youth our best efforts. See you all soon!
Doug & Becky Ross