Sabbath-Day Reflections: The Setting of Example

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Since I began this site on a Sabbath Day, I find it fitting to start the posting on reflections from the Sabbath Day. For me, Sunday has become a great day for personal reflection, as normal day activities cease, and the day is marked by church attendance and the opportunity to re-pledge myself to Jesus Christ and His work by taking the symbols of His sacrifice.

Sunday’s a BIG day for me.

The biggest spiritual theme that the Lord seemed to be setting during services this particular day was the power of example setting. The speaker, the Second Counselor to the Bishop, spoke about the proper use of the commodity of time, quoting from Benjamin Franklin when he said:

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

I found that quote particularly intriguing, it seemed to ring to me. I made sure to write it down so I could quote it again in this entry. It coincided with a small phrase that’s sung in a popular musical arrangement that was chosen today to help remind members of the purposes of the Sacrament, the ordinance or sacred act of remembrance of Christ. It goes like this:

The way to thee is righteousness – the way thy life was spent.

Speaking about Jesus Christ’s example, the hymn reminds singers how to come to the Lord, to enter into His presence, and eliminates the idea that there’s a life without Him, who gave His life for us. I almost cried singing it. Hadn’t really caught that point in the song till today. Of course, singing Spanish for two years seems to make the words in the English hymns stand out more.

I recognized the guidance of the Spirit as the sacrament meeting was released and we all filed to our Sunday School courses. Having been enrolled (and having taught various times to help out) in Gospel Doctrine the whole time in Honduras, I made the decision to stay in that class. This Sunday’s theme was directed to New Year’s Resolutions, basing it on the earlier talk given by the 2nd Counselor. To start off, the sister missionary who taught the class asked us to read a verse from the Book of Mormon, that cites the Savior speaking, saying this:

And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.

Got the chills yet? Seeing the pattern there? Well I did. And they were some really cold chills. And it has nothing to do with the fact it’s 37 degrees here.

The class during the quorum meeting touched the very same theme, demonstrating how remarkable it is in the Book of Mormon account the preservation on how Nephi follows the example of his father in the first pages of the Book of Mormon, where Lehi, inspired to pray to know truth, received revelation. It was shared that Lehi did so following a previous example. And then Nephi did the same, that the line of prophets began with a simple domino effect of personal revelation seeking.

So I recognized this. Jesus Christ is our perfect example. If there is any question on how we should act, we should look to the scriptures, and read, try to focus on any verses that describe the life of our Savior. It’s a blessing in our age where information travels faster than it used to, that we can find so many discussions and detailed depictions from men inspired by God on how to follow the Example, and how to set one.

I’ve had my personal experiences with it. Sometimes, you may not know it, but there is at least one person looking up to you. Perhaps more. What’s the best way to spend time, what’s the best example to follow? That of Jesus Christ. He’ll help us use our time, and help us shine.

That’s kind of the reason why I wrote this site. I’m praying that the Spirit can help me make an example out of this for friends and associates.

So set that example, and follow the Example, and you’ll find your life filled with the best use of time there is! Guarantee.

– Jeremy Unitt

Footnotes:

  • First Quote: Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack,’ June 1746
  • Second Quote: Hymn #169 As Now We Take The Sacrament
  • Third Quote: 3rd Nephi 27:27
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