Elder Ulisses Soares: 'Abide in the Lord's territory!'

" 'You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right,' " Elder Ulisses Soares of the Seventy said as he drew upon the words of President Thomas S. Monson.

Elder Ulisses Soares
Elder Ulisses Soares Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Elder Soares, speaking in the Saturday afternoon session of conference, said, "If we exercise faith and are diligent in obeying in the Lord's commandments, we will easily find the correct direction to follow, especially when we face our day-to-day choices."

He spoke of the importance of sowing in the spirit and not sowing in the flesh, as taught by the Apostle Paul.

"To sow in the spirit means that all our thoughts, words and actions must elevate us to the level of the divinity of our Heavenly Parents," he said. "However, the scriptures refer to the flesh as the physical or carnal nature of the natural man, which allows people to be influenced by passion, desires, appetites and drives of the flesh, instead of looking for inspiration from the Holy Ghost. If we are not careful, those influences together with the pressure of the evil in the world, may conduct us to adopt vulgar and reckless behavior, which may become part of our character."

In order to avoid those bad influences, individuals must follow what the Lord instructed about continuously sowing in the spirit, he said.

Elder Ulisses Soares
Elder Ulisses Soares Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

"As we study the scriptures, we learn that the promises made by the Lord to us are conditional upon our obedience, and encourage righteous living," he said. "Those promises must nourish our soul bringing us hope, by encouraging us to not give up, even in face of our daily challenges, living in a world whose ethical and moral values are becoming extinct, thus motivating people to 'sow in the flesh' even more."

It is through asking daily, "Do my actions place me in the Lord's or in the enemy's territory?" that individuals are able to gauge where they may need to improve.

"The light of Christ, together with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, must help us determine if our manner of living is placing us in the Lord's territory or not," Elder Soares said. "If our attitudes are good, they are inspired of God, for every good thing comes from God. However, if our attitudes are bad, we are being influenced by the enemy, because he persuades men to do evil."

It is through following the example of the Savior that individuals are able to prepare to live in God's presence as exalted beings, he said.

"Jesus Christ established the perfect behavior pattern by which we can build upon our attitudes, to be able to fulfill these sacred covenants. The Savior banished from His life any influence that might take His focus away from His divine mission, especially when He was tempted by the enemy or by His followers, while He ministered here on earth."

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