Elder Michael T. Ringwood: Good and without guile

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Michael T. Ringwood, of the Seventy (LDS.org)
Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the Seventy speaks at the 185th Annual General Conference about the importance of being good without guile. (LDS.org)

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Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the Seventy reminded members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the importance of doing good always at the Saturday afternoon session of general conference.

He told of a time in his life when he was more motivated by titles and authority but realized there is much more to life than titles.

“In a world where praise, position, power, accolades and authority are sought on every side, I honor those wonderful and blessed souls who are truly good and without guile, those who are motivated by a love of God and their neighbors,” Elder Ringwood said.

He recognized he has found individuals who are good without guile “in all walks of life and in many faith traditions.”

Elder Ringwood told of a missionary who was misjudged by his companions. He struggled with the language and had never been promoted to any leadership positions. Elder Ringwood discovered that “he was one of the most obedient and faithful missionaries (he) had ever known.” He expressed his desire to the mission president to share his finding with the whole mission.

However, the mission president felt otherwise and reminded Elder Ringwood that Heavenly Father knows, and that was what was really important. “This wise mission president taught me what was important in service, and it wasn’t praise, position, power, honor or authority,” he said. “The service that counts most is usually recognized by God alone.”

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