Today, at the Ilford Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I was deeply impressed by the testimony of a young Afro-Caribean member of the congregation, whose name is Nathan Teme-Mzunumu.
"We should pray to keep in contact and communication with our Heavenly Father.
Pray with sincerity. Give thanks - because He has given us everything."
I was deeply impressed because Nathan is so young. He is 13 years old, and his parents are from Jamaica and Nigeria. I asked him whether he wrote the speech himelf or whether someone helped him. He wrote it himself. So much distilled wisdom... He will make a fine priest in due course.
Another testimony was that of Sister Rosemary Munden. As to why we should try to memorise the Scriptures, a suggestion to her was that "There may come a time when we may not have the Scriptures." May such dark days never ever return to earth.
According to Brother Jeremy Boyden's testimony, the answer to the question "What attitude do you wish you had?" the surprising and pleasing reply was "Submission". Submission is obedience. "Not my will, but Thy will". Also, some people pick and choose which commandments they wish to live by. On this, the Hollywood movie magnatre Cecil B. deMille has suggested that the commandments are Not rules, but fundamental principles, living by which enriches the quality of life. If such a world-wise man said that, then it's worth paying heed to.
(written by Duru-darshan
Priest at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)