The 179th Semiannual General Conference: L. Whitney Clayton

Saturday Session 1, Talk 3 – L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy
-How long can we carry burdens?
-Burdens form three sources:
– Natural product of the world we live in (illness, earthquakes, etc.) that we cannot control.
– Imposed upon us by the misconduct of others.  Abuse, additions, sin, incorrect traditions, repression, crime.  Gossip, unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.
– Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of problems and the most burden is sin.  Pain from keeping commandments.
-No matter our burdens, we are children of god who sent us to earth for growth and progress. our experiences prepare us to return him.
-Diversity and afflictions last (from heavens perspective) for a small moment, if we do bear it well, we will be exalted.
-Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues of perfection, invite us to yield to the Holy Spirit and put of the natural man and become a saint through atonement of  Christ.  Become a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things that the lord see fit to afflict to us, even as a child to the father.
-Burdens become blessings.  Need time, effort and faith to understand.
Adam told:
-Cursed by be the ground for thy sake.
-By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread.
-Work is a continual burden, but a blessing for our sake.  It teaches us lessons we can only learn by the sweat of our face.
Alma observed poverty and afflictions of the Zoromites humbled them to prepare them to hear the word.
-“because ye are compelled to be humbled, blessed are ye.”
-economic challenges can bless us to hear the word.
Because of the length of the way between Laminites and Nephites, were softened because of their inflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before god.
– political unrest, social disorder and modern Gadianton Robbers may humble us and motivate us to seek shelter from societal storms.
Joseph Smith was told that the terrible things he suffered for years from his enemies would give him experience and be for his good.
– the suffering we experience from the offences of others is a valuable and painful school to improving our own behavior.
– Bearing our burdens will develop a reservoir of empathy for the problems of others.
– Bear one an other’s burdens that they me light.
– Keeping baptismal covenants help us with our burdens and others.
– Matthew Quote (When did we clothe thee, etc…) ye have done it on my brethren, you have done it unto me.

Saturday Session 1, Talk 3 – L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy

My Notes:

  • How long can we carry burdens?
  • Burdens form three sources:
  1. Natural product of the world we live in (illness, earthquakes, etc.) that we cannot control.
  2. Imposed upon us by the misconduct of others.  Abuse, additions, sin, incorrect traditions, repression, crime.  Gossip, unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.
  3. Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of problems and the most burden is sin.  Pain from keeping commandments.
  • No matter our burdens, we are children of god who sent us to earth for growth and progress. our experiences prepare us to return him.
  • Diversity and afflictions last (from heavens perspective) for a small moment, if we do bear it well, we will be exalted.
  • Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues of perfection, invite us to yield to the Holy Spirit and put of the natural man and become a saint through atonement of  Christ.  Become a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things that the lord see fit to afflict to us, even as a child to the father.
  • Burdens become blessings.  Need time, effort and faith to understand.

Adam told:

  • Cursed by be the ground for thy sake.
  • By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread.
  • Work is a continual burden, but a blessing for our sake.  It teaches us lessons we can only learn by the sweat of our face.

Alma observed poverty and afflictions of the Zoromites humbled them to prepare them to hear the word.

  • “Because ye are compelled to be humbled, blessed are ye.”
  • Economic challenges can bless us to hear the word.

Because of the length of the way between Laminites and Nephites, were softened because of their inflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before god.

  • Political unrest, social disorder and modern Gadianton Robbers may humble us and motivate us to seek shelter from societal storms.

Joseph Smith was told that the terrible things he suffered for years from his enemies would give him experience and be for his good.

  • The suffering we experience from the offences of others is a valuable and painful school to improving our own behavior.
  • Bearing our burdens will develop a reservoir of empathy for the problems of others.
  • Bear one an other’s burdens that they me light.
  • Keeping baptismal covenants help us with our burdens and others.
  • Matthew Quote (When did we clothe thee, etc…) ye have done it on my brethren, you have done it unto me.

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