Elder Ballard counsels young single adults to stay anchored

Monday , June 01, 2015 - 6:20 PM

By CALEB LARKIN
Standard-Examiner correspondent

LAYTON — Elder M. Russell Ballard, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke with a group of more than 1,200 young single adults Saturday and Sunday.

Ballard attended a two-day stake conference in Layton. His fellow apostle, L. Tom Perry, died at age 92 Saturday afternoon, as Ballard was meeting with the Layton YSA Stake.

Ballard spoke fondly of his friend. “He (Perry) worked himself to death pleading with the members of the church to hold on to what they know to be true.”

Ballard echoed the plea for the young adults. He continued his message from the April 2015 session of the LDS General Conference, “The Greatest Generation of Young Adults.”

“I don’t think any of you have a clue what the Lord has in store for you to do,” Ballard said to start his message Saturday evening. He pleaded with the members to “anchor into the gospel,” encouraging them to remain true to what they know.

Ballard also asked the young single adults to remain anchored literally in their ward. He encouraged them to remain in one place as long as possible.

“It’s important for leaders to become acquainted with you,” Ballard said. “They need time to get to know you.”

Ballard shared the story of his own granddaughter having doubts about her beliefs because of information she found about LDS Church founder Joseph Smith. Ballard responded by asking his granddaughter about her faith in Christ. He pointed out that much of what she knew about Christ came about because of Joseph Smith.

Ballard admitted to not always feeling adequate in his position. “I constantly say to myself, ‘What am I doing here?’ ” he said regarding his attending meetings with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Yet he stated he knows he was called.

Ballard then advised the young adults how they, too, can know their calling by avoiding distractions, including social media.

“Some of you are so busy and so engaged that there is no time to listen to the things of the spirit,” he said.

The apostle concluded by blessing attendees with “the capacity to think clearly in a world that is becoming increasingly more confused.”

Elder Kim B. Clark, of the Quorum of the Seventy, attended the meetings with Ballard and emphasized the rising generation as the “hope of Israel.”

He also encouraged the young adults to ask, “What am I doing that I should stop doing?” and “What am I not doing that I should start doing?” He advised them to step up to the challenges ahead and promised that, “whatever level of faith you have, it is not sufficient.”

C. Vance Downs, the stake president, also spoke at the meetings. He challenged attendees to “look people in the eye and say hello.”

He advised against constantly looking down at our mobile devices and to instead really look at and interact with those around us.

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