Friday, January 31, 2014

47z: In This Blog Post I am Featuring the October 2013 General Conference Priesthood Meeting Address Given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although Addressed by Him Specifically to the Priesthood Brethren of the Church, I feel Women Will Find Things in What He Taught Which Will Assist them in Effectively Helping the Males in Their Lives "to Shape Up!" Be They Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not. Each of you Regardless of Your Church Affiliation or Be You Male or Female Will be Significantly Assisted Through Your Involvement with this Particular Blog Post of Mine!

The Following Blog Description Explains Why My Blog is named: "Four Books of Scripture Testify of Jesus Christ!

Jesus the Christ -by Del Parson

and in every additional post of this blog 
you will be led on a carefully and 
prayerfully planned exciting and inspiring 
journey as you prepare by means of a 
guided study of the four sacred books of 
scripture I am shown holding above.  
Devoted Study of them will assist you in 
becoming more righteously happy now 
and more fully prepared for eventual 
After-Mortality Eternal Endeavors on 
your part, along with your loved ones and 
countless other mortals who are seeking 
to qualify as our Heavenly Father's worthy

Those enabling Books of Scripture were brought about through the love and 
wisdom of the Heavenly Father of our 
Immortal Spirits which now inhabit our mortal bodies; and were a key part 
of the Restoration of the Gospel, 
and of the establishment of The Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
through the Prophet Joseph Smith early 
in the Nineteenth Century. 

Leading out in all of this, was 
of course, 
Our Heavenly Father's Only Begotten
who is our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer,
Jesus Christ (who initially was our 
eldest spirit brother and is the only one 
of us our Heavenly Father will have ever sired into mortality)

Jesus accomplished His Infinite Atonement, the Ultimate Mortal 
Sacrifice, along with His infallibly 
witnessed Resurrection. He is our 
Redeemer and Savior who opened 
the way for each of us to learn with 
certainty through those four books
of scripture, and through the 
inspired teachings of His prophets, seers and revelators of our day 
and those authorized by them
that some time after our mortal 
deaths, because of His Atonement 
and Resurrection, and depending 
on the level of individual 
righteousness to which we each 
attain, through His grace, we can 
eventually experience Eternal Life 
in our own Resurrected Bodies, 
which in the case of those who fully 
heeded all of His scriptural guidance 
and the guidance of His authorized 
living servants, there will be full 
possession of Godly capabilities! 

J. Neil Birch

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I, J. Neil Birch, Author of this Blog Post as you have 
been informed in my Introduction, have chosen this 
week to feature an October 2013 General Conference 
Priesthood Meeting talk given by President Dieter F. 
Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Which 
He Speaks on the Subject of: "You Can Do It Now!" 
First, I desire that you learn about President 
Uchtdorf's background:

Now I invite you to listen to the recording of President
Uchtdorf's Talk:

You are next invited to thoughtfully and prayerfully 
read through the printed version of President 
Uchtdorf's  General Conference Priesthood meeting 
talk in which you will come across,  each of the nine 
referencnotes he has inserted through which he,  
(with some additional assistance from this blogger 
through the means of the Internet which facilitates 
this and all blogs), and gives us inspired guidance:

You Can Do It Now!

Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
As long as we are willing 
to rise up again and 
continue on the path, 
… we can learn something 
from failure and become 
better and happier.

When I was young, falling and getting up seemed
to be one and the same motion. Over the years,
however, I have come to the unsettling conclusion
that the laws of physics have changed—and not to
my advantage.
    Not long ago I was skiing with my 12-year-old 
grandson. We were enjoying our time together
when I hit an icy spot and ended up making a
glorious crash landing on a steep slope.

     I tried every trick to stand up, but I couldn’t 
—I had fallen, and I couldn’t get up.     I felt fine
physically, but my ego was a bit bruised.  So I
made sure that my helmet and goggles were in
place, since I much preferred that other skiers
not recognize me. I could imagine myself sitting
there helplessly as they skied by elegantly,
shouting a cheery, “Hello, Brother Uchtdorf!” 

    I began to wonder what it would take to
rescue me. That was when my grandson came
to my side. I told him what had happened, but
he didn’t seem very interested in my
explanations of why I couldn’t get up. He looked
me in the eyes, reached out, took my hand, and in
a firm tone said, “Opa, you can do it now!”  

   Instantly, I stood.

    I am still shaking my head over this. What had
seemed impossible only a moment before
immediately became a reality because a 12-year-
old boy reached out to me and said, “You can do
it now!” To me, it was an infusion of confidence,
enthusiasm, and strength.

    Brethren, there may be times in our lives when
rising up and continuing on may seem beyond
our own ability. That day on a snow-covered
slope, I learned something. Even when we think
we cannot rise up, there is still hope. And
sometimes we just need someone to look us in
the eyes, take our hand, and say, “You can do it now!”

The Delusion of Toughness

    We may think that women are more likely than
men to have feelings of inadequacy and
disappointment —that these feelings affect them
more than us. I’m not sure that this is true. Men
experience feelings of guilt, depression, and
failure. We might pretend these feelings don’t
bother us, but they do. We can feel so burdened
by our failures and shortcomings that we begin
to think we will never be able to succeed. We
might even assume that because we have fallen
before, falling is our destiny. As one writer put it,
“We beat on, boats against the current, borne
back ceaselessly into the past.”1

    I have watched men filled with potential and 

grace disengage from the challenging work of 

building the kingdom of God because they had 

failed a time or two. 

These were men of promise who could have been
exceptional priesthood holders and servants of God.
But because they stumbled and became discouraged,
they withdrew from their priesthood commitments
and pursued other but less worthy endeavors.
    And thus, they go on, living only a shadow of the
life they could have led, never rising to the potential
that is their birthright. As the poet lamented, these
are among those unfortunate souls who “die with
[most of] their music [still] in them.”2
Oliver Wendell 
Holmes, Sr.

- Wikipedia, the free


  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 
  2. – October 7, 1894) was an American physician,
  3.  ...... Small, 96; ^ Small, 110–111; ^ Holmes, 
  4. Complete Poetical Works, 187; ^ Arms, 99; ^ Arms, 
  5. 101 ... Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1908.

    No one likes to fail. And we particularly don’t
like it when others—especially those we love—see us
fail. We all want to be respected and esteemed. We want
to be champions. But we mortals do not become
champions without effort and discipline or without
making mistakes.
    Brethren, our destiny is not determined by the
number of times we stumble but by the number of
times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.

Godly Sorrow

    We know this mortal life is a test. But because our
Heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love, He
shows us where to find the answers. He has given us
the map that allows us to navigate the uncertain
terrain and unexpected trials that each of us
encounters. The words of the prophets are part of
this map.
    When we stray—when we fall or depart from the
way of our Heavenly Father—the words of the
prophets tell us how to rise up and get back on track.
    Of all the principles taught by prophets over the
centuries, one that has been emphasized over and
over again is the hopeful and heartwarming message
that mankind can repent, change course, and get
back on the true path of discipleship.
    That does not mean that we should be comfortable
with our weaknesses, mistakes, or sins. But there is an
important difference between the sorrow for sin that
leads to repentance and the sorrow that leads to despair.
    The Apostle Paul taught that “godly sorrow worketh
repentance to salvation … but the sorrow of the world
worketh death.”
3       2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh 
           repentance to salvation not to be repented of but
           but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 

Five of Them Were Wise, `By Walter Rane.

Godly sorrow inspires change and hope through the 
Atonement of Jesus Christ. Worldly sorrow pulls us 
down, extinguishes hope, and persuades us to give in 
to further temptation.
    Godly sorrow leads to conversion4
4Acts 3:19 ¶ Repent ye therefore, and be converted, 
that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of 
refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
 and a change of  heart.5 
5 Ezekial 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and 
a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away 
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an 
heart of flesh.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, 
he is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new.

King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites - by Gary Kapp

Mosiah 3:19  For the natural man is an 
enemy to God, and has been from the fall 
of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, 
unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy 
Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and 
becometh a saint through the atonement of 
Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, 
submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of 
love, willing to submit to all things which 
the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, 
even as a child doth submit to his father.
It causes us to hate sin and love goodness.6 
6 Mosiah 5:2 And they all cried with one voice, 
saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast 
spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and 
truth, because of  the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, 
which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our 
hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, 
but to do good continually.
It encourages us to stand up and walk in the light of  
Christ’s love. True repentance is about transformation,
not torture or torment. Yes, heartfelt regret and true
remorse for disobedience are often painful and very
important steps in the sacred process of repentance. 
But when guilt leads to self-loathing or prevents us
from rising up again, it is impeding rather than
promoting our repentance.    
Christ's Image -by Heinrich Hofmann

 Brethren, there is a better way. Let us rise up and
become men of God. We have a champion, a Savior,
who walked through the valley of the shadow of death
on our behalf.  He gave Himself as a ransom for our
sins. No one has ever had greater love than this—
Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish, willingly laid
Himself on the altar of sacrifice and paid the price for
our sins to “the uttermost farthing.”7

The Sermon on the Mount -by Carl Heinrich Bloch

7Matthew 5:26  Verily I say unto thee, 
Thou shalt by no means come out thence, 
till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Christ in Gethsemane -by Harry Anderson

He took upon Himself our suffering.  He took our
burdens, our guilt upon His shoulders. My dear
friends, when we decide to come to Him, when we
take upon ourselves His name and boldly walk in
the path of  discipleship, then through the
Atonement we are promised not only happiness
and “peace in this world” but also “eternal life in
the world to come.”8
8 Doctrine and Covenants 59:23 But 
learn that he who doeth the works of 
righteousness shall receive his reward, 
even peace in this world, and eternal life 
in the world to come.
    When we make mistakes, when we sin and fall, let
us think of what it means to truly repent. It means
turning our heart and will to God and giving up sin.
True heartfelt repentance brings with it the heavenly
assurance that “we can do it now.”

Who Are You?

    One of the adversary’s methods to prevent us
from progressing is to confuse us about who we
really are and what we really desire.
    We want to spend time with our children, but
we also want to engage in our favorite manly
hobbies. We want to lose weight, but we also
want to enjoy the foods we crave. 
   We want to become Christlike, but we also want
to give the guy who cuts us off in traffic a piece of
our mind.
    Satan’s purpose is to tempt us to exchange the
priceless pearls of true happiness and eternal
values for a fake plastic trinket that is merely an
illusion and counterfeit of happiness and joy.
    Another method the adversary uses to
discourage us from rising up is to make us see the
commandments as things that have been forced
upon us. I suppose it is human nature to resist
anything that does not appear to be our own idea
in the first place.
    If we see healthy eating and exercise as
something only our doctor expects of us,
we will likely fail. If we see these choices
as who we are and who we want to become,
we have a greater chance of staying the
course and succeeding.
    If we see home teaching as only the stake
president’s goal, we may place a lower value
on doing it. If we see it as our goal —something
we desire to do in order to become more
Christlike and minister to others—we will not
only fulfill our commitment but also accomplish
it in a way that blesses the families we visit and
our own as well.
    Often enough, we are the ones who are being
helped up by friends or family. But if we look
around with observant eyes and the motive of a
caring heart, we will recognize the opportunities
the Lord places in front of us to help others rise
up and move toward their true potential. The
scriptures suggest, ”9
9 Colossians 3:23  And whatsoever ye 
do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not 
unto men;
    It is a great source of spiritual power to live
lives of integrity and righteousness and to keep
our eyes on where we want to be in the
eternities. Even if we can see this divine
destination only with the eye of faith, it will help
us to stay the course.
    When our attention is mainly focused on our
daily successes or failures, we may lose our way,
wander, and fall. Keeping our sights on higher
goals will help us become better sons and
brothers, kinder fathers, and more loving
    Even those who set their hearts upon divine
goals may still occasionally stumble, but they
will not be defeated. They trust and rely upon
the promises of God. They will rise up again
with a bright hope in a righteous God and the
inspiring vision of a great future. They know
they can do it now.

You Can Do It Now

    Every person, young and old, has had his
own personal experience with falling. Falling
is what we mortals do. But as long as we are
willing to rise up again and continue on the
path toward the spiritual goals God has given
us, we can learn something from failure and
become better and happier as a result.
    My dear brethren, my dear friends, there
will be times when you think you cannot
continue on. Trust the Savior and His love.
With faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the
power and hope of the restored gospel, you
will be able to walk tall and continue on.
    Brethren, we love you. We pray for you.
I wish you could hear President Monson
pray for you. Whether you are a young
father, an elderly priesthood bearer, or a
newly ordained deacon, we are mindful of
you.  The Lord is mindful of you!

We acknowledge that your path will at times
be difficult. But I give you this promise in the
name of the Lord: rise up and follow in the
footsteps of our Redeemer and Savior, and
one day you will look back and be filled with
eternal gratitude that you chose to trust the 
Atonement and its power to lift you up and 
give you strength.
    My dear friends and brethren, no matter
how many times you have slipped or fallen,
rise up! Your destiny is a glorious one! Stand
tall and walk in the light of the restored gospel
of Jesus Christ! You are stronger than you
realize. You are more capable than you can
imagine. You can do it now! Of this I testify
 in the sacred name of our Master and
Redeemer, Jesus Christ, amen.


  1. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925), 180.
  2. 2. “The Voiceless,” in The Complete Poetical Works 
  3. of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1908), 99.             
  4.  3. 2 Corinthians 7:10
  5. 4. See Acts 3:19.  
  6. 5. See Ezekiel 36:262 Corinthians 5:17Mosiah 3:19.
  7. 6. See Mosiah 5:2.
  8. 7. Matthew 5:26.
  9. 8. Doctrine and Covenants 59:23.
  10. 9. Colossians 3:23.

  11. Now I, J. Neil Birch, blogger, suggest as 
  12. I usually do at this point in each blog, a 
  13. hymn from the LDS Hymn Book which 
  14. I feel fits this particular blog post message. 
  15. I invite you, the reader, to invite others, 
  16. either male or female who might be near 
  17. by to join you in singing: Called to Serve 
  18. p. 249
  19. You may want to ask those singing with 
  20. you to decide which part: Soprano, Alto, 
  21. Tenor or Base each would like to sing. 
  22. The music is actually provided in the 
  23. recording you will access in the following 
  24. link.

  26. to-serve?lang=eng

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