To Inherit a Kingdom

In his April 2022 general conference address, Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran of the Seventy began by relating a parable:

A powerful king desired for his son to rule over one of his kingdoms. The prince had to learn and grow in wisdom to sit on the throne. One day, the king met with the prince and shared his plan. They agreed the prince would go to a different town and gain experiences. He would face challenges as well as enjoy many good things there. The king then sent him to the town, where the prince was expected to prove his faithfulness to the king and demonstrate that he was fit to receive the privileges and responsibilities the king had in store for him. The prince was given the liberty to choose to receive these privileges and responsibilities or not, depending on his desires and his faithfulness. I am sure you want to know what happened to the prince. Did he return to inherit the kingdom?

Read his discussion of this parable here.

I found it an interesting detail that the king had multiple kingdoms. “In my Father’s house,” said Jesus, “are many mansions” (John 14:2). Our Father in Heaven has plenty of inheritance to go around, and in His generosity He wishes to make us “joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).

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