Elder James A. Hamula

Quorums of the Seventy

"I speak tonight to my brethren of the Aaronic priesthood. It is my desire to help you more deeply appreciate who you are, what your purpose in life is and how you may succeed in accomplishing that purpose."

Regarding the present circumstances, I do not intend to inspire fear, but soberness. Being sober means being earnest and serious in assessing your circumstances, and careful and circumspect in weighing the consequences of your actions."

To be victorious in the ongoing war with Satan, we must defeat him in the same manner that he was defeated in the beginning.

In other words, Satan was overcome in the beginning by (1) faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice, (2) testimony of him that was steadfastly kept to the very end and (3) consecration of oneself to the Lord and his work. If it was faith in, testimony of and consecration to the Lord that overcame Satan in the premortal life, it will be the same in this life. This is your one sure, unassailable defense.

"Surely when you hear the Lord's voice, your soul will be filled with love for him and hope for yourself."

Seeking out, hearing the word of the Lord and obeying it will provide the faith necessary to overcome the adversary.

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