Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is it easier to keep the commandments 100% of the time than 98%?

I'm studying this AMAZING talk by Elder Clayton Christensen. You can read it here or watch it here.

You would never know it by the humility this man, but Clayton Christensen is a well known powerhouse in the business industry, a best-selling author, and professor at Harvard Business School. For members of the LDS Church, many know him as the author of The Power of Everyday Missionaries.

In this talk is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE story of personal conversion through the Book of Mormon.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
It really is easier to keep the commandments 100 percent of the time than it is 98 percent of the time. ... I am grateful that I drew the line in a safe place, and never crossed it. ... My whole life has turned out to be an un-ending stream of extenuating circumstances, and had I crossed that line just that once, then the next time something came up that was so demanding and critical, it would have been so much easier to cross the line again. And when I have been subsequently confronted with opportunities to look at pornography or not pay my tithing, or compromise on others of God’s commandments, this lesson that I learned has been very important. 
The more you learn...the more talents that you develop, the more ways God can shape you to be useful in building his kingdom.
I told [God] that if He would reveal to me that [the Book of Mormon] was true, that I then intended to dedicate my life to building this kingdom.  
When Heavenly Father invited us to seek first the kingdom of God, and promises us that all these other things will be added to us that He was dead serious. That is a promise that we can bank on. And I incite you, my brothers and sisters, that when you find yourself confronted with a conflict between the pursuit of a career and the pursuit of magnifying your calling in the kingdom of God, that if you will believe God, and trust in Him, He will bless you in ways that are beyond your comprehension.
Just imagine that you’re the general of an army, and you’ve got some state-of-the-art-weapons, and you’ve got to decide which of your soldiers you’re going to give these state-of-the-art weapons to. You’ll give your best weapons to those soldiers who are right in the front line, engaged in direct combat with the enemy. Those soldiers who are operating behind the front lines, who are driving the supply trucks and cooking the soup and keeping the records, they won’t need the state-of-the-art weapons because they never really confront the enemy, per say. I realized what had happened to me is I had been released from my mission and had begun engaging in service in the church as a member that most of my assignments were in fact administrative in character, and as they were administrative in character, plain old Clay Christensen, with his plain old talents, was perfectly capable of doing most of the assignments that I was given as an administrator in the Church. But when I made that decision to become again a missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ, it was as if geographically I repositioned myself right on the front line, engaged in direct combat with Satan in this vicious war that he is waging over the souls of the children of men.

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