Saturday, April 24, 2010

Like a Fire Is Burning!

I want to apologize for my slacking on posts. To you faithful visitors that come in once in a while to see if I have posted anything lately, thank you!

I was going to keep today’s experience to myself, because it seemed a bit personal. But, I reconsidered, and thought that what I learned today is germain to the topic of this blog.

But first for those of you who do not know me, I am not easily flatted by rank, position, and so on. I try to live by Shakespeare’ s words, “to thine own self be true” which I take to mean; tell yourself the truth. I don’t pretend to be inspired when I am not, and pomp, circumstance, and crafted moments don’t inspire me. I don’t care if the crowd seems inspired, I try to see things clearly myself. In fact when I hear others speak I often arrogantly think to myself something like “if a truth fell from heaven and bonked you on the head you wouldn’t know it.”

I was invited to a priesthood leadership meeting this afternoon with Elder Bednar of the twelve apostles. I was looking forward to it a bit, even though it was a training meeting.

There was no hype, or silliness, just pure truth. The things that he said resonated so deeply into my spirits it changed my life. And that is the topic of this blog.

I am not going to share the things he said, but tell you a funny situation in my family. Almost two weeks ago my son Luke left to preach the gospel to the people of South Africa. Before he left we discussed that Elder Bednar was coming to our stake. He mentioned that he had never seen an apostle in person, but only on television. He joked, that since he had never seen an apostle, he will have to witness that if they do exist, they are true.

I have seen apostles before, and they have always been worthy of the highest respect, but never was I impacted as I was today. I can’t think of a time when the spirit touched me deeper than it did today. Elder Bednar’s apostolic promises and blessing will make me a better person.

I can witness that today I saw an apostle and the spirit witnessed that what he said was true. It is these experience that make the journey!


Ananda Klopstra said...

I agree with you and I do so sincerely =) I prefer pure truth above the crafted moments. When I have lessons from the elders around here I prefer the honest questions, even if they come out bluntly and sometimes even lead to awkward moments. They are still worth it because they come from your heart and mind.

David Littlefield said...

Thanks for the comment Ananda!

And as an update, my son Luke is serving his mission in South Africa. Elder Holland spoke to the missionaries a week or so ago, so Elder Littlefield can now witness that they do in-fact exist, and that they are true 8-)