I am so grateful for all your comments and suggestions last month on how we can make our centers an extension of the home and the temple. I invite you to continue to think about what you and your staff can do to make your center a place where families feel welcome.
I am reminded of Elder Russell M. Nelsons inspiring words from his April 2008 General Conference address, he said, “In God’s eternal plan, salvation is an individual matter; exaltation is a family matter.”
One of the major concerns of many family history center directors is their relationship with their priesthood leaders. Some feel that they do not have their support or that family history is not emphasized enough. It is vital that center directors have a good healthy relationship with their priesthood leaders who hold the priesthood keys over this wonderful work. Family history is a magnificent resource to the priesthood in the work of salvation.
I invite you to consider the example of Nephi and the story of his broken bow as you think about your relationship with your priesthood leader. One day while hunting beasts in the wilderness, Nephi’s steel bow broke. This left their families wanting for food and nourishment as Laman and Lamuel had also lost the use of their bows. Nephi, instead of murmuring like everyone else, decided to act and not be acted upon. Nephi made a new wooden bow, and also new arrows since those that went to his steel bow would not work with his newly crafted wooden one. Nephi adapted to his situation and did what he could do to help remedy their condition.
But what Nephi did next, to me, is the most important part of this story. Nephi went to his father Lehi and said, “Whither shall I go to obtain food?” (1 Ne 16:23). Nephi very easily could have taken his new bow and arrow and gone hunting, but that is not what he did. He sought the guidance and counsel of his patriarch father and priesthood leader for direction. Nephi acted and fulfilled his role, and allowed others to fulfill theirs. Again I invite you to prayerfully ponder this story and the example of Nephi with regards to your relationship with your priesthood leader.
Last year I had the blessing to sit in a Leadership Training session with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In relation to counseling together and aligning with the Brethren he said the following, “President Packer introduced a phrase to me that I’ve never forgotten: ‘Revelation is scattered among us.’ It’s a beautiful phrase. We all receive revelation and inspiration.”
As ‘revelation is scattered among us’ let us counsel together and follow the example of Nephi as we do our part in God’s plan to assist in bringing about the exaltation and eternal life of man.