Be about the Father’s Business

Be about the Father’s business.
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There is so much contention in the world. When such contention arises, we often want to retaliate or fire back with our own words—proving others wrong.
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Who cares? Let it be. Leave it alone and be about our Father in Heaven’s work.
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There is no need to do anything. Success comes when we conduct our business with conviction. We can even do so in a professional and calming manner.
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How? Well, practice. Study the prophets and apostles. Study the life of Christ and emulate them—do as they would.
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One of my favorite scriptures teaches us what happens when we conduct ourselves in a Christlike manner.
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“And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul.” Hel. 5:30.
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We can all do this, it’s not always human nature, but we can do it. I promise, if I can tame my tongue, you can do the same. I’m very outspoken and have strong opinions. Over the years, I’ve become a little more gentle to my approach; however, it’s a daily practice—perfect practice makes perfect.
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“There never has been a time when it is more important for us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take a stand, remain firm in our convictions, and conduct ourselves wisely under all circumstances. We must not be manipulated or enraged by those who subtly foster contention over issues of the day.” Marvin J. Ashton.
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One last scripture I’ll leave for our reminder.
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“For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
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“Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away.” (3 Ne. 11:29, 30.)
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How are we doing as members of the church or those of you from other faiths? Are we setting this example? How are we doing as followers of Christ?
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Hear Him!

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