March 25, 2012

Performance Unto the Lord

     Think of your talent. That one talent that you have that you have dreamed of become famous for. Look at the people out there that excel at that talent. If you saw them would you want your picture by them? would you want their signature? Of course you would, even if its deep down inside you. Just the other day I saw Nicholas Cage, and wanted so badly to take a picture to remember that I saw him in person checking into the same hotel as me. You could argue that he isn't even that great of an actor, but I still wanted that picture. Its because of his abilities to act that put him at the fame he has today.
     Now think of your favorite band. If you could see them today would you want their autograph? 
     Half a year ago I was a member of an all male a'capella  group called the happy jacks. It is a group of guys from the university of wyoming who sing fun songs together. We weren't big, we didn't get paid. In fact we payed to be in it because it was a class with the university. We went on tour throughout Wyoming last year. Many of the schools we performed at had never heard of us before. I would say we were pretty good though. We practiced and practiced and did all we could to perform at our best every night. and every night at every concert we had lines of people waiting to get our autograph or to get their picture with us. Why did they want a picture with some college guys who they didn't even know existed before they saw us perform? it wasn't because we were good looking that's for sure. Why did they want a signature from me? they didn't even know my name.
     I thought about this. It was because of our performance. Our performance was good enough in their minds that it equated that of one of their favorite famous bands. After each performance we were no more famous than we had started out on our tour. We were no more known to the world than any other individual in Wyoming. I'm not in the group any more, I don't think anyone even noticed. This is not a bad thing. I learned that its not about being famous. its about performing our best. If we do our best, than we are famous to the person with us at that moment. Just as we were famous to each person who wanted our autograph, no matter how brief that lasted, it happened at the time we performed. my signature was worth something to them
   You can watch general conference and see many prophets and apostles of the lord who in my view are famous to many because of the way they live their lives and serve the lord as they serve us. We can have this same fame in the lives of those we touch.
   Sometimes in our lives we feel that we are of little worth.We feel that we make too small of an effect in the lives of others. What we do feels like its not enough. 
     We don't have to touch the world to be worth it. Our name, who we are can be worth it because of our performance. we don't have to perform to the country or the world. We need to perform for God. As we do all we can to serve god by performing our lives by keeping the commandments and reaching out to Gods other children to help them in any way we can, then we are worth it.  
      “For he that is least among you all, the same shall be great” (Luke 9:48). 
     We are famous not only to the individuals we come in contact with, but we are worth it to the lord. its our performances in life that make us worth more. So lets make our performances worthy of the Lord. We are not measured by our worldly fame.

Elder Sterling W. Sill
“In order to be great souls in heaven, we need to be great souls here. At every age, we should be leaders in righteousness, leaders in doing our duty, leaders in accepting responsibility, leaders in excellence, leaders in industry, leaders in kindness, leaders in obedience, leaders in example. It is just as important for a deacons quorum president to be a good leader in his sphere as it is for the President of the Church to be a leader in his. No nation would have a very good army if only the generals were faithful.”
Elder Sterling W. Sill (1903–94) of the Seventy, “A Personal Observation: The Problem Is Always the Same,” Ensign, Mar. 1973, 36.