Wednesday, December 3, 2008

An amazing apostle!

Yesterday, at 91 years of age, Elder Joseph B Wirthlin passed away. What an amazing man, apostle....what an amazing life! He has shared so much with us, helping us all become a little better. Isn't it remarkable that the majority of our leaders live such full, long, happy lives? Not only our leaders, but latter day saints in general. Elder Wirthlin shares a little secret with us, that just may be the reason why:

"The simple secret is this: put your trust in the Lord, do your best, then leave the rest to Him"

I was reading over one of my favorite Wirthlin talks, Concern for the one
there are so many great snipets I could have chosen to share, but these two are special to me, for many reasons, one of which is that I need to remind myself daily that its OKAY that im not the "perfect" mother/wife/latter-day saint....but I'll get there someday.

"Except for the Lord, we have all made mistakes. The question is not whether we will trip and fall but, rather, how will we respond? Some, after making mistakes, stray from the fold. This is unfortunate. Do you not know that the Church is a place for imperfect people to gather together—even with all their mortal frailties—and become better?....I am not aware of any sign on the door of our meetinghouses that reads 'Restricted Entrance—Perfect People Only."

For you members of the Church who hold back because of feelings of inadequacy, I plead with you to step forward, put your shoulder to the wheel, and push. Even when you feel that your strength can add little, the Church needs you. The Lord needs you. Remember that the Lord often chooses “the weak things of the world” to accomplish His purposes

We love you, Elder Wirthlin, and our grateful for your years of dedication and service.