Great lessons are to be learned

Two elements in the incident of Saul's conversion were commented on by President David O. McKay in the October 1951 general conference.

"The first is that the Savior recognized His authority on earth," President McKay. "He could, in a few words, have told Saul what he should do, but there was a branch of the Church in Damascus, presided over by a humble man named Ananias, and Jesus recognized that authority. He knew Saul's nature. He knew that in the future it would be difficult for him to recognize the authority of the Church, as instances later proved."He said, `Go into the city, and there it will be told thee what thou must do,' and Saul had to receive from the very man whom he was going to arrest instructions regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"There is a lesson for us all in this Church. Let us, too, recognize the local authority. The bishop may be a humble man. Some of you may think you are superior to him, but he is given authority direct from our Father in heaven. Recognize it. Seek his advice, the advice of your stake presidents. If they cannot answer your difficulties or your problems, they will write to others, the General Authorities, and get the advice needed. Recognition of authority is an important principle."

President McKay said the other element in that incident to Paul near Damascus is the great fact that Jesus, the Lord, is interested in His Church and in the members. "As He was interested then, so He is interested today," he said.

"I like to feel that He is watching over us, that He is grieved when we do not comply with the ideals and the standards He has given us in the gospel. He was grieved with Saul, a chosen servant, who was going about blindly to destroy the Church. He is delighted when He finds the brethren whom He has appointed doing their duty and trying to live clean, upright lives, living in accordance with the standards of the gospel."