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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Great and Precious Promises

There is a talk by Elder Spencer J. Condie from General Conference last year that I've listened to probably at least 26 times since he originally gave it. I literally sobbed through the talk when he first gave it, and have since shed many a tear as I've watched it again and again. It is a beautiful reminder of God's love, of His awareness, and of the assurance that He will fulfill His promises to us. I'm convinced that this talk was given specifically for me, and nothing anyone says will convince me otherwise. (I'm only 33% joking, btw.)

But, I still want to share it with anyone out there who might be wondering if God has forgotten you.

He hasn't. Trust me. I know He hasn't forgotten you or me.

If you still don't believe me, watch this. It might be the best spent 8 minutes and 22 seconds of your day.

(If you want to also read this talk, you can find it here.)

Some highlights that I just have to point out:

Sometimes, in our earthly impatience, we may lose sight of the Lord’s precious promises and disconnect our obedience from the fulfillment of these promises.


And the Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah, and when he was nearly a hundred and she was 90 they were promised that Sarah would bear a son to be named Isaac (see Genesis 17:17, 19). Amidst their disbelief the Lord asked: “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).


The Apostle Peter testified that “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering” toward us (2 Peter 3:9). In this age of one-hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-food franchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving Heavenly Father has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on hold or filed them under the wrong name. Such were the feelings of Rachel.

But with the passage of time, we encounter four of the most beautiful words in holy writ: “And God remembered Rachel” (Genesis 30:22). And she was blessed with the birth of Joseph and later the birth of Benjamin. ...

When heaven’s promises sometimes seem afar off, I pray that each of us will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and never let go. And just as God remembered Rachel, God will remember you.


Shellee said...

Wow Megan, thank you. It's 11:40 pm at my house and you're right, that was the best 8 minutes and 22 seconds of my day. I found your blog through the R house several months ago and have followed it since. I've shed many tears with you and my heart aches for your loss.

I haven't really known what to comment in the past but had to say thanks for this video and for sharing your experience.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you have no idea who I am but I use to live in Tigard and remember you. I to just wanted to say thank you. I often find myself comming to your blog for strength and peace. Your posts have helped me in so many ways. Thank you again! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Amy said...

Good morning Megan!
I remember that talk and the incredible hope and faith it gave me. I remember crying through it and revisiting it on the web many times too. Thanks for that reminder and I hope you're doing well!
Lots of hugs, Amy

Michelle said...

I absolutely loved watching that again!
It was actually during that talk it that I felt the Spirit confirm to me that "Benjamin" is what we should name the baby I was carrying.
Such a beautiful, heartfelt testimony from Elder Condie. I will never forget this one.
I love what you shared about it. Thank you so much.