Monday, November 7, 2011

GCBC - President Packer

General Conference Book Club
"Counsel to Youth"
President Boyd K. Packer

One of the things which I loved about this talk (you can find it here) was the sense of optimism that pervaded it. Did you know that President Packer gave a very similar talk several years ago? You can find it here - "Do Not Fear." I also enjoyed listening to the CES fireside talk he gave yesterday; it seemed like he covered many of the same points, which to me just gave them more emphasis. We live in exciting times, and I'm grateful for the counsel to not worry about that - to listen to my leaders, follow the Spirit, and just do what is right.

We attended Young Women in Excellence last week, and one of the girls sang the song, "Maybe I will be There" taken from the September 2001 New Era. I thought it went quite well with this talk. You can find the music here, but here are the words:

Maybe I Will Be There

Words by Cynthia Mrazek Pyne
Music by Melissa Henrie Spencer


1. I wasn’t at the manger
Nor at the cruel cross.
I didn’t lay Him in the tomb,
Feel numb with grief and loss.

2. I wasn’t there when He arose
To worship at His feet.
I wasn’t in a Nephite land
As He taught other sheep.

Chorus
But maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again.
Maybe I will hear His voice
And see the angels then.
Surely I will praise His name
When ev’ry knee shall bend.
Maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again!

3. I didn’t see the miracles
Or walk in Galilee.
I didn’t see Him raise the dead,
Take children on His knee.

4. I never knew His tender smile
Or heard Him call me friend.
I wasn’t there to see the pain
He suffered for all men.

Chorus
But maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again.
Maybe I will hear His voice
And see the angels then.
Surely I will praise His name
When ev’ry knee shall bend.
Maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again!

5. My time is in the latter days
When truth has been restored.
And though I’ve never seen His face,
I know my Savior’s word.

6. The scriptures say I need not fear
If I will but prepare.
Then with the just I’ll be caught up
And meet my Savior there.

Chorus
And maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again.
Maybe I will hear His voice
And see the angels then.
Surely I will praise His name
When ev’ry knee shall bend.
Maybe I will be there
When Jesus comes again!
I pray that I will be there
When Jesus comes again!

I think that having a testimony that we've been sent to earth at the right time for us is critical. We need to know that Heavenly Father knows us individually and we need to discover what our personal mission might be. I'm grateful for talks like President Packer's that help me in this quest.

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