Elder Brent Nielsen of the First Council of th4 Seventy was the keynote speaker for the Cebu East Mission Conference held February 15, 2014.
He spoke about the redeeming and the enabling power of the Atonement. The redeeming power of the Atonement allows the forgiveness of sins, that we may move from bad to good. The enabling power of the Atonement is the grace, after all that we can do, that allows us to move from good to better to best. The enabling power gives us strength beyond our own to do more than we ever knew that we could do. It gives us the power to become.
Elder Nielsen was a busy, successful attorney before being called to be a General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He told of the first days after he was called to leave his practice and move his family to Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was shown to his office. It was between the offices of two the Twelve Apostles.
Well, at least I am in good company.
He sat at his desk and waited. After several hours, he called his secretary.
Do you know when I supposed to go for training?
No, sir. But I will check.
After a while the secretary returned.
Not yet, sir.
He waited at his desk for the rest of the day. When he returned the next morning, he asked if the secretary had heard anything.
Elder Nielsen again sat at his desk, At the end of the day, he went home, then returned again the next morning. Again he received the answer from the secretary.
Not yet, sir.
He sat alone in his office. Late in the day, he received a call to go for an interview with one of the senior Apostles.
You were an attorney before you came here.
You were busy every minute of the day, trying to fit in every important thing that needed to be done.
That is not the way we do it here.
The man across the desk paused. With a gentle smiles, he continued.
Your job is to fill your time with the things the Savior would do if He were here.
Your job is to become.
Elder Nielsen paused as he finished the story.
When you start college, you know that your goal is to graduate. What you don’t know is what you will learn, what you will become, along the way.
When you started this school called life, you knew your goal was to return to your Father in Heaven crowned with glory, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life. What you didn’t know was what you would learn, what you would become, along the way.
How do you become?
Make the same commitments that the newest investigator of the church makes.
Come to church each week.
Pray throughout each day.
Read and receive revelation through the scriptures.
Yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit.
Accept the redeeming and enabling power of the Atonement into your life.
When we become the person the Lord knows that we can become; when we become a person who will do anything He asks; then miracles will happen. And we will become the miracle that God intended for us to be.
What we achieve in this life is never as important as what we become.