When Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29), He was inviting us to enter a relationship with Him by making gospel covenants. His strength then becomes our strength, His power our power; therefore, He added, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (v. 30) because He is there to carry it with us.
However, there are times where it can feel like I don’t have much strength at all, that my weaknesses are too great for me to bear any burden.
Many books have been written and movies made about seeing or traveling into the future. It’s a concept that fascinates. What would I do if I knew what’s coming? What would I change?
Of course, the Lord knows what lies ahead for all of us, and He has instructed His prophets throughout time. The prophet Alma asked some of his people, “Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?” (Alma 5:15).
The greatest stage production of the universe is going on right now—and the action is happening on Earth. We all have a part to play in making it successful. The Lord is giving directions, and it behooves us to hear Him.
Just like Mr. Stewart in the Parable of the Associate Director, God knows what we need to do, what He wants us to become, and what He is doing. But the parable was less about the director than it was about his associate director.
In the October 2021 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bishop L. Todd Budge said the following: “Ultimately, the Lord wants our hearts; He wants us to become new creatures in Christ” (“Giving Holiness to the Lord“).
How do I give my heart to the Lord? By first giving Him everything else. I sacrifice—a little here and a little there. When I was a young man, I didn’t sacrifice much at first, partly because I didn’t have much to give, and partly because I wasn’t sure that sacrificing to God was even a logical thing to do, given that God already had everything and could make more if He needed it. But I wanted to be obedient, so I tried it by paying tithing.
President Thomas S. Monson was known in part for his repertoire of stories and poetry. He related an anecdote from the life of Clinton Duffy, a prison warden who worked to help inmates move on and make something of themselves. “Said one critic, ‘You should know that leopards don’t change their spots!’