Friday, June 24, 2011

"Desire" -- Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Many of these talks have similar themes -- which I think is wonderful. It really allows us to easily see which messages the General Authorities (and the Lord) want us to hear and understand most. Here Elder Oaks is talking on Desire, which he explains clearly:

"Desire dictates out priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming."

Previously I have written about having a true testimony, and how that testimony is only real if the "product" or commandments are actually used. This is a similar concept. We cannot say that we deeply desire something if we are never making moves or actions towards that desire.

That is why I love that phrase:

"The desires we ACT on determine our CHANGING, our ACHIEVING, and our BECOMING"

It is not the desires we dream about, or even write on paper -- only the ones that we ACT on will allow us growth.

As is classic Elder Oaks, he ends his talk by urging us all to get married. He says:

"All should desire and seriously work to secure a marriage for eternity."

I think we can agree that most LDS singles "desire" to be married. But as we saw above, desires only are desires if they are ACTED upon.

He uses his talk as a call to action. There are so many good, worthy, and waiting young singles -- but WORK must be done to really show that desire.

I don't know who reads this, but if you are a single guy -- make a move! Ask a girl on an ACTUAL DATE this week! Ladies! It is not the men's job to hunt you down in your home. Make yourself available, stay after church, be flirtatious! Heck, even ask a guy out! Why not? We all must put the work in if we desire the blessings out.

I truly hope that I can sort out my actions into priorities to match what I feel I desire.

1 comment:

  1. Amen sista! SO true. It is really important to step back from life and evaluate what your desires truly are based on your actions -- how you actually spend your time from day to day. I have been realizing this in my own life lately. And, as far as dating, that is so true as well. It is not only important to make yourself available and be proactive, but it is also important to prepare yourself for marriage by being worthy and cultivating traits and habits that will make one a good eternal companion.