Heard two of the most powerful Palm Sunday sermons of my life yesterday. The first was given by Dieter Uchtdorf. He was a young boy in Germany during the war, and has since become a respected airline pilot, and a man of immense compassion and intelligence. A short bit from his sermon (and no, I probably didn't get it down exactly right, but you get the idea).
"The world is not bashful in offering numerous new answers to every problem we face. People run from one new idea to the next hoping to find something that will answer the burning questions of their souls. They attend seminars and buy books, CD's and other products; they get caught up in the excitement of looking for something new. But inevitably the flame of each new theory fades only to be replaced by another new and improved solution that promises to do what the others before could not. It's not that these worldly options do not contain elements of truth; many of them do. Nevertheless, they all fall short of the lasting change we seek in our lives. After the excitement wears off the hollowness remains as we look for the next new idea to unlock the secrets of happiness. In contrast, the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to our problems; to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It is a divine gift–the ultimate formula for happiness and success."
He went on to remind us of the very simple, fundamental things that constitute that plan of happiness, and that we do not have to be rich, good looking, intelligent, or perfect in any way in order to start where we are, right now, today to live the gospel as outlined by Jesus Christ. Simple things like humility, faith, repentance, earnest prayer and scripture study, unity in marriage and family life, compassion, service and gratitude–these kinds of things, combined with the redeeming power of the atonement make it possible for anyone to find true happiness in life. In this life. "It always the right time to live the gospel of Jesus Christ," he said. "It is never too late."
I like that.