By ADAM BASCOM
President Gordon B. Hinckley praised young men of the Aaronic Priesthood during the Priesthood Session, Saturday.
He urged young men of the priesthood to prepare themselves to serve missions.
In addition, President Hinckley quoted a group of Aaronic Priesthood Boy Scouts in California by saying, “We will magnify the priesthood we have been given by serving other people. We will keep ourselves worthy to administer the sacrament of the Lord’s supper. Wherever there is a need for help, like our forefathers, we will step forward.”
“What a different world this would be if every young man could and would sign such a statement of promise,” President Hinckley said.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints priesthood members were asked to stand up for the things which they know to be right.
The two divisions of priesthood were each admonished to strive for something in their lives; The Aaronic Priesthood members were told, “On the agenda of your lives would be a mission. You would gladly go wherever you might be sent to do the work of the Lord, giving it your full time and attention, your strength and energy and love.”
Melchizedek Priesthood members were told, “So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings. … What a wonderful feeling it is to be free of debt, to have a little money against a day of emergency put away where it can be retrieved when necessary.”
President Hinckley said, “When your energies are harnessed, when your dreams are focused, marvelous things happen.”
In his closing remarks directed to the young men of the priesthood, President Hinckley said, “May achievement, accomplishment and service become your reward in the fascinating and wonderful life which lies ahead of you.”
President Hinckley then directed his words to the Melchizedek Priesthood brethren. He pointed out the fearsome swings in the financial markets over the last few weeks.
“The economy is a fragile thing,” he said.
Quoting President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., President Hinckley said, “Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you.”
President Hinckley told members of the Melchizedek Priesthood that he realizes that it may be necessary to borrow to get a home. But that borrowing can be done without getting deep into debt.
“No one knows when emergencies will strike,” President Hinckley said.
“Since the beginnings of the church, the Lord has spoken on this matter of debt,” he said.
President Hinckley expressed his gratefulness that the LDS Church is not in debt.
“The Church, in all its operations, in all its undertakings, in all of its departments, is able to function without borrowed money,” President Hinckley said.
In his closing remarks to the Melchizedek Priesthood brethren, President Hinckley said, “I urge you, brethren, to look to the conditions of your finances. I urge you to be modest in your expenditures, to avoid debt to the extent possible, pay off that debt as quickly as you can and free yourselves from bondage.”