'Listen to the voices of the mighty'

Understand the times

Know needs of people- Have solutions

"During this conference, please listen to the voices of the modern mighty," Elder Monte J. Brough of the Presidency of the Seventy admonished. "They speak with a single, perfect heart which, I promise you, gives them an understanding of our times and of what the Church ought to do."

Speaking Sunday morning, Elder Brough gave examples of "mighty" men and women. He related the Old Testament story of David's "mighty men," as told in 1 Chronicles 12.

"This is a detailed account of the actions of the finest soldiers under David's command.

The story of the preparation and devotion of these mighty men has been a source of inspiration to me since my early years. These were `men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. . . .' " (1 Chr. 12:32.)

"This special understanding of the times and the resultant ability to know what Israel ought to do are most significant. In other words, these mighty were informed and educated in matters relating to the conditions of their times. Tempered by difficult personal experiences, several of which are accounted in the stories of the 37, they had come to understand their times. This allowed them to better know the needs of their people and the solutions to many of the challenges of the times.

"They had no agenda, personal or otherwise, which was separate from their commitment to the King and to the building of Israel."

Elder Brough, in referring to other scriptural figures, quoted Ruth of the Old Testament: " `Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go: and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried.' (Ruth 1:16-17.) What a mighty woman!"

Continuing, Elder Brough said: "Of mortal men Joseph Smith may best exemplify the qualities of the mighty men. His story of sacrifice and commitment can be summarized in one of his final statements: `I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer's morning. I have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward all men.'

"What a mighty, mighty man!" Elder Brough declared.

In speaking of today's General Authorities and general auxiliary leaders, he remarked: "Through life's experience, which include tragedy, sickness, accident, poverty and, in some cases, even infirmities of age, these mighty servants have come to an understanding of the times."

Elder Brough added, "Please know that I stand as a witness of Him who is mightiest of all and whom we most want to emulate."

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