48 The Hearts of the Children

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Published on March 8, 2008

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The Hearts of the Children:  The Hearts of the Children www.kevinhinckley.com A little problem:  A little problem It seems that there was a little old church out in the countryside: painted white and with a high steeple. One Sunday, the pastor noticed that his church needed painting. He checked out the Sunday ads and found a paint sale. The next day, he went into town and bought a gallon of white paint. He went back out to the church and began the job. He got done with the first side. It was looking great. But he noticed he had already used a half gallon. He didn’t want to run back in town and being the creative person that he was, he found a gallon of thinner in the shed out back, and began to thin his paint. It worked out great. He finished the remaining three sides with that last half gallon of paint. That night, it rained: it rained hard. The next morning when he stepped outside of the parsonage to admire his work, he saw that the first side was looking great, but that the paint on the other three sides had washed away. The pastor looked up in sky in anguish and cried out, “What shall I do?” A voice came back from the heavens saying, “Repaint, and thin no more!” Matthew 24:  Matthew 24 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us… what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (2 Timothy 3: 2-4) Stephen Robinson:  Stephen Robinson "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12). If Satan can't shake us with affliction or trick us with alternate voices and alternate plans, sometimes he'll just try to buy us. In the latter days many will take the money and run-will take the cash, the flesh, or the fame and run from their covenant obligations. A final test of our endurance is not falling in love with this world's pleasures. The faithful can't be bought with these things. On Sundays they're in church; they willingly pay tithes and offerings. They keep their physical appetites and desires within bounds, and they are honest in their dealings. Their loyalty is not weakened by the possessions and powers God has placed in their care. Elder Bruce C. Hafen:  Elder Bruce C. Hafen Statistics reflect…rising rates of adolescent crime, out-of- wedlock births, divorce, and family violence. Despite its relative strength, the Church population is not immune from these broad-scale trends. We could discuss the relevant statistics, within and outside the Church, but the attitudes that produce these statistics are in some ways more revealing than the statistics themselves. American culture seems to be changing from a society that "strengthens the bonds between people to one that is, at best, indifferent to them; a sense of an inevitable fraying of the net of connections between people at many critical intersections, of which the marital knot is only one." These "points of disintegration" have at least one common cause: "the overriding value placed on the idea of individual emancipation and fulfillment, in the light of which, more and more, the old bonds are seen not as enriching but as confining Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, The Belonging: The Atonement and Relationships with God and Family Heart [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994], 191.) The last of words of the Old Testament:  The last of words of the Old Testament Malachi (version 1) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Moroni to Joseph Smith (version 2) Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. Joseph Smith (Version 3):  Joseph Smith (Version 3) "The spirit, power, and calling of Elijah is, that he have power to hold the key of the revelations, ordinances, oracles, powers and endowments of the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood and of the kingdom of God on the earth; and to receive, obtain, and perform all the ordinances belonging to the kingdom of God, even unto the turning of the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the hearts of the children unto the fathers, even those who are in heaven." The world is reserved unto burning in the last days. He shall send Elijah the prophet, and he shall reveal the covenants of the fathers in relation to the children, and the covenants of the children in relation to the fathers. (Hyrum L. Andrus, Doctrinal Commentary on the Pearl of Great Price, p.448) Sacred Links:  Sacred Links What effect does the “turning of our hearts” to our ancestors have on our daily life? Harold B. Lee:  Harold B. Lee [The Spirit of Elijah] applies just as much on this side of the veil as it does on the other side of the veil. If we neglect our families . . . How could we feel that we are doing our full duty in turning the hearts of our children to their fathers. . . . So, the hearts of you fathers and mothers must be turned to your children right now, if you have the true spirit of Elijah, and not think that it applies merely to those who are beyond the veil. Address delivered at the Eighth Annual Priesthood Genealogical Research Seminar, August 3, 1973, emphasis added). Sacred Links:  Sacred Links How should the spirit of Elijah effect our current and future family relationships? James E. Faust:  James E. Faust Perhaps we regard the power bestowed by Elijah as something associated only with formal ordinances performed in sacred places. But these ordinances become dynamic and productive of good only as they reveal themselves in our daily lives. . . . This sealing power thus reveals itself in family relationships, in attributes and virtues developed in a nurturing environment, and in loving service. These are the cords that bind families together President Kimball:  President Kimball Elder Boyd K. Packer has written of a remarkable experience regarding the keys of the kingdom, the directing powers by which families are sealed forever. "In 1976 an area general conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the closing session, President Kimball expressed a desire to visit the Vor Frue Church, where the Thorvaldsen statues of the Christus and of the Twelve Apostles stand. He had visited this some years before. Others of us had also seen it but some had not, and he felt we should all go there. "The church was closed for renovation, nevertheless arrangements were quickly made for us to be admitted for a few minutes. There were just a few of us. "To the front of the church, behind the altar, stands the familiar statue of the Christus with his arms turned forward and somewhat outstretched, the hands showing the imprint of the nails, the wound in his side clearly visible. Along each side stand the statues of the Apostles, Peter at the front on the right side of the church, and the other Apostles in order. It is not a large building, and these beautiful statues make an impressive sight indeed. "Most of the group were near the rear of the chapel, where the custodian, through an interpreter, was giving some explanation. I stood with President Kimball, Elder Rex Pinegar, and President Bentine, the stake president, before the statue of Peter. In his hand, depicted in marble, is a set of heavy keys. President Kimball pointed to them and explained what they symbolized. Then, in an act I shall never forget, he turned to President Bentine and with unaccustomed sternness pointed his finger at him and said with firm, impressive words, 'I want you to tell every Lutheran in Denmark that they do not hold the keys! I hold the keys! We hold the real keys and we use them every day.' "This declaration and testimony from the prophet so affected me that I knew I would never forget it--the influence was powerfully spiritual and the impression was physical in its impact as well. "We walked to the other end of the chapel where the rest of the group were standing. Pointing to the statues, President Kimball said to the kind custodian who was showing us the building, 'These are the dead Apostles. Here we have the living Apostles.' Pointing to me he said, 'Elder Packer is an Apostle.' He designated the others and said, 'Elder Monson and Elder Perry are Apostles, and I am an Apostle. We are the living Apostles. You read about seventies in the New Testament, and here are living seventies, Brother Pinegar and Brother Hales.' "The custodian, who to that time had shown no particular emotion, suddenly was in tears. (Robert L. Millet, When a Child Wanders, p.102-104)

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