On Building The New

Months ago I set a goal to read through every lecture, devotional, dedication, discussion and talk given by Jeffery R. Holland. I absolutely love the way he articulates his thoughts and truth.  I am nearly about half way through - it seems that every time I think I am getting close to my goal's end I discover more that needs adding to the list. As far as I have discovered J. Holland spoke 31 times at BYU and 42 times since General Conference 1983 and has authored 8 books...thus far, nevertheless this goal of mine has had a profound impact on my life. I can honestly say that if I ever had the desire for an apostolic autograph it would be that of J. R. Holland's - even though I would really prefer a handshake... and a man-hug.

My selected read this weekend actually began on Friday by which I follow the same routine as often as possible; a two-step study dance, if you will

  1. Download audio of selected read and listen to it (driving, showering, eating)
  2. Download text of selected read and email it to my kindle

"Remember Lots Wife" those are actually the words of Christ (Luke 17:32), it is also the title of my selected read. The essence of the talk is that we should look forward not backward. Holland quotes Peter from his "too-seldom-read-letter" to the Phillipians

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 3:13–14]

Have you ever had need to forget some sort of pain that may have been caused by others, or even yourself? Forget! That's like asking the sun to not come up. But let me remind you that "there is no forgiveness with out forgetting", that was actually Gordon B Hinckley in his book 'Standing for Something'. 

Sometime ago, I wondered how I could ever forget/forgive some grievous pains in my life. It was then that I received an unexpected text from a dear friend following a simple spiritual prompting to press send. The comforting quote comes from our dear friend Socrates.  

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new "

One of my favorite parts of Holland's talk is one that is hardest for me to apply as fully as I ought

"Let people repent. Let people grow. Believe that people can change and improve. Is that faith? Yes! Is that hope? Yes! Is it charity? Yes! Above all, it is charity, the pure love of Christ. If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. Don’t keep going back with your little sand pail and beach shovel to dig it up, wave it around, and then throw it at someone, saying, “Hey! Do you remember this?” Splat!
Well, guess what? That is probably going to result in some ugly morsel being dug up out of your landfill with the reply, “Yeah, I remember it. Do you remember this?” Splat.
And soon enough everyone comes out of that exchange dirty and muddy and unhappy and hurt, when what God, our Father in Heaven, pleads for is cleanliness and kindness and happiness and healing.
Such dwelling on past lives, including past mistakes, is just not right! It is not the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Here's to another week on becoming a little better than last. I would appreciate if you left a comment of any quotes that have helped you focus on building the new in your life. I'd like to use it to continue building the new in mine.


Courtesy of: LDS.org - picture of Elder J.R.Holland