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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, First Presidency

The tendency to focus on the insignificant at the expense of the profound happens to everyone.

"We know what matters most in life — the light of Christ teaches this to everyone. … Our weakness is in failing to align our actions with our conscience."

Sometimes the things that distract us are not bad in and of themselves. But it is possible to take even good things to excess.

"We have been entrusted with the holy priesthood and charged with the responsibility, power and right to act as agents of our heavenly king. … We cannot … allow ourselves to get distracted from our sacred duty. We cannot … lose focus on the things that matter most."

Like the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, many priesthood holders love the Lord and seek to magnify the priesthood. But there is room for improvement.

"I wonder what could be accomplished if we 'put away childish things' and gave ourselves, heart and soul, to becoming worthy priesthood bearers and true representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ."

"Our Heavenly Father seeks those who refuse to allow the trivial to hinder them in their pursuit of the eternal."

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