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March 1, 2022 - He Is The Example

Well, the Savior, of course, is the penultimate example for all of us to follow in every aspect of life. When it comes to temporal affairs, He cautioned about letting them become the major purpose. Focus is always on the needs that are brought about through faith, repentance, and baptism, and the sacred ordinances that we all understand are important. By the same token, He encouraged us to be kind. He encouraged us to be gentle, He encouraged us to be honest and forthright, encouraged us to work for that which we receive and give an honest day’s labor for that which we receive. So we see in the Savior’s teachings, the elements of leadership in all aspects of our lives, and I think that the more a leader patterns his life or her life, and lifestyle, and leadership, faculties and capabilities after those set by the Savior, the more successful the leader will be. And the more one drifts from those, the less successful the leader will be.

Bishop Keith B. McMullin, Episode 72, Church News podcast, March 1, 2022

Sometimes we focus, at least I do, on what aspect of life that we need to improve on, like maybe being a leader in temporal avenues or spiritual ones.

The truth is that following the example of Jesus Christ will improve EVERY aspect of life.

So our focus should, therefore, be on following Jesus Christ as opposed to strengthening personable skills. This is true for every avenue we want to pursue. It is very wise to strengthen personable skills but focusing on Christ will strengthen this skills better than trying to do it alone.

As Elder Boyd K. Packer once said....a "study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior".

Jesus Christ is the One who is perfect in any way we can think of. He is the ultimate leader. He knows everything. He loves everyone beyond what we can comprehend. So why not want to be more like Him in every way?

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