Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stay in Condition


So, you guys all know what a big fan Middle-aged Mormon Man is of President Packer, right?  Well, he was talking about him again today, and I thought MMM needed his own fan t-shirt.  So I whipped this one up just for fun.  Realizing now that I've told you all about it, there is zero chance that he'll be wearing it in public, however I'd LOVE a shirt like this one...for obvious reasons.

Anyway, we actually discussed President Packer's talk These Things I Know at General Conference Book Club today.  And I just wanted to point out one of the points that I am taking to heart.

Early on in his talk, President Packer encouraged us to teach ourselves and our families about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and about the Holy Ghost.  Near the end of his remarks he said, "Each of us must stay in condition to respond to inspiration and the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The Lord has a way of pouring pure intelligence into our minds to prompt us, to guide us, to teach us, and to warn us. Each son or daughter of God can know the things they need to know instantly. Learn to receive and act on inspiration and revelation."

Each of us must STAY IN CONDITION.  As an athlete, I love that bit of admonishment.  Because as an athlete, I know what it means to fall out of condition.  Everything is harder.  The next practice is painful.  And you will most surely lose to a more disciplined opponent.

We cannot afford to lose.  The outcome of this match-up is too important, but how do we remain in condition?  President Packer gives lots of specific advice to those who would like to remain in tip top shape:  honor covenants, use the priesthood to protect your family, know that faith is power, not merely belief.  

Why don't you take a few minutes to read President Packer's talk!  And please share with me your ideas "for staying in condition", so that the Lord can pour pure intelligence into our minds to prompt, guide, teach, and warn us!

18 comments:

  1. I think you would have a market for this! Love the shirt and your thoughts today.

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  2. LOVE it. What a great motto, "Stay in Condition!"

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  3. I would totally wear this! I love your thoughts on this talk as well! It takes daily effort to condition our minds to be receptive to that necessary inspiration.

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  4. I love it! I'm going to post "stay in condition" someplace where I can see it every time I work out. What a good reminder - for my body AND my spirit! :)

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  5. and it relates to people of any age...

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  6. I am so grateful for this reminder today! Thanks so much! :-)

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  7. Could I have one saying "Team Holland"?

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  8. I wish we could have spent more time discussing this topic.

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  9. I wish I had read this a few days ago! I just created a spiritual journal/personal revelation record to help me "stay in condition." Here is my blog post about it: http://brilliantatthebasics.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-book-of-remembrance.html?showComment=1366396558233#c5179938429595449660

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