On June 1 in Cedar City, Utah, Jarom Hlebasko entered a baptismal font and faced his 8-year-old daughter, Miree, ready to baptize her a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At that moment, feelings of gratitude and fulfillment washed over him — gratitude because there was a time in his life when he didn’t think performing such baptism would be possible, and fulfillment because once again he was realizing a blessing pronounced years before.
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Paul the Apostle teaches significant lessons about what it means to stand as a witness of God and his truth at “all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9). Following his conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul became a flaming fire, burning with the testimony of the truth as he threw himself into the work of being a witness in the most hostile of environments.
Has there ever been a more accomplished, energetic and loving 95-year old to celebrate than President Russell M. Nelson? Just when you think you might know something about his excellence and spiritual strength, the surprise is that there is more.
President Nelson not only speaks with power and love, but his life embodies the principles he exhorts us all to follow. Two stories from "Insights From a Prophet’s Life" by Sheri Dew that are lesser known from his life illustrate the faith that has marked his ministry and his life.
I was ten years-old and living in Cape Town, South Africa when the priesthood was restored to all worthy male members. I remember Uncle Keith standing at the bottom of our stairs, a South African Abish, bearing the news that “they’ve done it, they’ve done it, they’ve gone and done it.” I’m not sure whether he was happy or sad or astounded. Perhaps all three.