Don’t Be A Banana

18 06 2015

2 Nephi 2:14
And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.
This is one of the verses that Elder Nielson shared with us during this past conference. As I’ve read talks from Elder Bednar, I’ve heard him use that same phrase so many times. When Elder Nielson explained it to us and invited us to act as we recognize opportunities around us to do so, it really clicked.
He read the scripture to us and pointed at a desk. He asked us “Did this desk choose to be put here in the serendipity building in southern California?” Obviously not. He then asked what someone ate for breakfast and they answered that they’d eaten a banana. So he asked if that banana had made the choice to be eaten. Obviously not. Everything that God created is either an agent to act or an object to be acted upon. God created us to be agents to act. We are His most loved and special creation. He wants us to act and to be ministers while we are here on this earth. He doesn’t want us to be bananas. Don’t be a banana.
He also referred to a survey that said the majority of the United States population has a goal to make enough money so that they can reach the point that they don’t have to do anything…So pretty much their goal is to be a banana.. It’s not in God’s plan for us to sit around and be idle. It’s not in his plan during this life or in the life to come. So we might as well all get use to working and you might as well enjoy it!
There is going to be times in our life when we feel like we just can’t go any further. We will do everything we can do and exhaust all of our faculties. But once we reach that point, if we chose to continue to act and be diligent, we will find the Saviors arm extended out to pull us through. Then we have learned to use the atonement. We will be able to get through anything that comes into our path.
I’m grateful for the Savior and his atonement through which I can not only be redeemed but also enabled to become more than my natural capacity could ever allow me to be. But God will never force you to use the atonement. He will not force you to grab Christ’s hand. It will have to be your choice to reach up and act. I hope all of us will take that invitation and also be the Saviors arms on the earth today as we see others in need.
#DONTBEABANANA
Thanks for everything that you all do! I hope you have a great week!
Love you all!
Elder Fischer

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