Sometimes we exchange things of great value for things of lesser value.
We allow our peers to persuade us to do something we know is wrong. We act dishonestly because we are afraid of what other people might think of us. We fail to correct family members or friends in their wrongdoing because we want to maintain good relations with them.
President Joseph F. Smith taught: “There should [not] be any of us so unwisely indulgent, so thoughtless and so shallow in our affection for our children that we dare not check them in a wayward course, in wrong-doing and in their foolish love for the things of the world more than for the things of righteousness, for fear of offending them.”(Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. , 286).
Eli honored his sons More than he honored God; His actions showed that he chose ‘others’ rather than choosing to please God. Your example will do much to help your children honor God…Live these standards yourself!
The Lord called Samuel at a young age to become a Prophet (1 Sam. 3) “I will raise me up a faithfulpriest, that shalldo according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind” (1 Samuel 2:35). “The Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I”(1 Samuel 3:4) “Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10)
“Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” “Some of you may be shy by nature or consider yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to a calling. Remember thatthis work is not yours and mine alone. It issthe Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson, CR, Apr.1996,)
Eli knew he had sinned and that the fate of his sons was certain. Eli also now knew the Lord had chosen Samuel, not one of his sons, as the new prophet for Israel. (see 1 Sam. 3:19–21).
Tragedy for eli, his sons, and israel Israel severely beaten, losing “about four thousand men” (1 Sam. 4:2) Israel fled in defeat, death of 30,000, Eli’s two sons, and capture of the ARK (4:10-11) Eli heard that ARK had been lost, “he fell from off the seat backward,” breaking his neck, and died (4:16-18)
Samuel had the desire to “live by every wordthatproceedeth forth from the mouth of God” (D&C 84:44) Samuel understood that theARK of the Covenant was a symbol for the presenceof the Lord among the Israelites of old; theHoly Ghost will be with us as an evidence thatGod is near. Samuel acknowledged God and said: “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’ve come… Here's my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.”
The standards the Lord has set for us so we will not participate in the wicked ways of the world… Live these standards yourself!
Message from the First Presidencyof TheChurch of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints We pray that you will be worthy to carry on the responsibilities of building the kingdom of God and preparing the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our true King, just as he was the true King of the Israelites
All of us must choose each day whom we will honor.