Dating busy businessman
Let me tell you an experience I had several years ago. She said, “There’s a couple here, Elder Pinnock, that you have been assigned to talk with.” I could tell she was very nervous, and I said, “Have them in.” A man and a woman came into my office. He began pounding on my desk, “Tell her I have the priesthood, and she’s to do what I tell her to do.” The first thing I said was, “Stop pounding on my desk.” The second thing I said was, “Brother, you do not have the priesthood.” “Oh, yes, I do.I was given the priesthood last June.” I said, “You don’t have the priesthood,” and I turned behind me to where my scriptures lay.That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man. I said, “Do you understand that you don’t have the priesthood? Jumping to the 45th verse: Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. And we talked for the next few minutes about the importance of meekness and patience and love unfeigned.” He said, “I didn’t understand that before now.” Then I said, “Let’s begin reading the 41st verse”: No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood [or any other position or title, I might add], only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness and pure knowledge. As they left, they walked out arm in arm, apparently after having learned a great lesson in life.It must have happened before, and then two people can grow and progress together.
Second, the world does not understand spirituality or the fact that we can receive personal revelations that will assist us in any of the challenges that will come our way.Temporary pleasure in the backseat of an automobile is not worth the incredibly high price of heartache, self-doubt, and guilt, with always the question gnawing at one’s spirit, “Is it true love that I feel or some sort of hormonal substitute?” One penalty that comes to those who participate when they should not is that the counterfeiting procedure begins that sometimes cannot be refined out of one’s heart and mind. Third, you must realize that you had better marry the person who has the built-in characteristics you desire because marriage is not a place where you will be able to change another or to fit him/her into the mold of what you want.First of all, consider the concepts that we have that the world does not understand.
One is the principle of eternal marriage itself, where we are able to look beyond the problems of today and this evening and tomorrow into a life beyond death, where as a family we will dwell forever together.
There is a tendency in life, brothers and sisters, to simplify problems and complicate solutions. But I have learned that, when we utilize the teachings of the Master, the solutions to even the most difficult of life’s challenges are usually basic and easy to implement.