Monday, March 9, 2015

President's Weekly Letter #125

Looking Good
During the mid-90’s, I was completely wrapped up in taking care of business at Sunrise Engineering.  This came at the expense, I am ashamed to say, of my family time.  I lost out.  I was not present many times when I should have been to participate in ordinary family experiences and I believe I could have taught my children much better about the gospel of Jesus Christ and let them feel my testimony.  I am proud to say my children turned out pretty good in spite of me.

The business pressure was huge.  I had employees with families to pay every 2 weeks and tough circumstances to make ends meet.  We were growing.  The word “growing” for a business can mean many different things.  You can be growing: in new geographic areas where you offer services by adding offices, in dollar volume produced or net profit each year with the same number of employees, in new employees locating in existing offices, with new services offered to your customers, etc.  I my case it was all of the above.

Sunrise was engaged by the Town of Levan, Utah to build a Town owned and operated satellite receiver and cable TV system in the Town and design and construct a new Town Hall building.  Citizens of Levan claim to be located in the geographic center of Utah therefore they named the Town “navel,” spelled backwards; whatever.  I know most of the people who live in Levan as I spent a great deal of time there with project assignments.   I drove a red Ford F-250 truck (all of our fleet of 75 plus vehicles are fire engine red with our nice, modern logo on the doors).  I had the habit of refueling at the Texaco Gas and Goodies in Nephi.  I was also used to fueling up on the ranch where I just pump fuel from bulk storage tanks and then got on my way.

One night I was scheduled to report the project status to the Levan Town Board.  I was not going home through Nephi, so I fueled up before the meeting.  Things were going well during the presentation until 2 policemen showed up at the meeting.  They spoke briefly to my partner, Val Kofoed, and then interrupted me and escorted me out of the meeting.   Allegedly, I was a “gas skip”.  I had pulled into the Texaco, fueled up and left; completely forgetting to pay the bill.  The police had set up road blocks but when I did not show up they figured I was hiding out somewhere in Levan.  They drove around town until they saw my red Ford F-250 with logos on the doors parked at Town Hall.  So, my life of crime got off to a real rocky start.  They took me back to the Texaco station where I was apologetic and happy to pay my bill. You can imagine how they hunt down real criminals in Juab County.

That did not look good.  In fact I cannot think of a worse way to look to my clients, the citizens of Levan.  Luckily, my partner took over and salvaged the presentation as I learned later after I crept back into the meeting and should have been wearing a disguise.

We used to do a great deal of snowmobiling during the winter.  I found it be loads of fun but it can be dangerous because it is easy to go too fast for the terrain or get into bad situations.  On one particular outing a friend of ours made the comment, “The important thing about snowmobiling is to go fast and to look good.”

Looking good is important to probably everyone.  Everyone takes a look in the mirror each day before going out to essentially check if they look good.  I have an opinion of what the most important way to look good is.  It stems from my misdeeds of not giving time to my family.  Follow my idea and you will look good to others; you will look good to yourself and more importantly, you will look good to your family and your Heavenly Father.  You look good if you are a good dad or mother to your family. 

How can you be a good dad or mother?  Paraphrasing Elder Holland, parents can make faith too difficult for their children to detect.

“If we do not live lives of gospel integrity and convey to our children powerful, heartfelt convictions regarding the First Vision, then those children may, to our regret but not surprise, turn out not to be visibly active, meeting going Latter-day Saints or sometimes anything close to it…Don’t just assume your children will somehow get the drift of your beliefs on their own.”  (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, May 2003 p. 89)

President Benson counseled fathers to follow the pattern of teaching modeled by righteous fathers is the Book of Mormon.  The fathers taught plainly, frequently, and fervently the gospel truths of:  the fall, rebirth, atonement, resurrection, judgment, and eternal life.

Jacob was a great example as a father.  His son, Enos, heard the words of his father regarding gospel truths.  He was willing to let those words sink deep in his heart.  He desire to know for himself if those teachings were true and where he stood before his Eternal Maker.  Enos described an intense spiritual appetite which qualified him for blessings.  Enos was obedient to the commandment of God which enabled him to be receptive to the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of revelation.  Finally Enos kneeled down before God and cried in mighty prayer.  That comes from good fatherly instruction as Elder Holland describes.

Enoch taught that we are to teach our children and he explained what to teach our children.

 57 Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.

 58 Therefore I give unto you a commandment, to teach these things freely unto your children, saying:

 59 That by reason of transgression cometh the fall, which fall bringeth death, and inasmuch as ye were born into the world by water, and blood, and the spirit, which I have made, and so became of dust a living soul, even so ye must be born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit, and be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye might be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immortal glory… (Moses 6;47-68)

All of you will shortly be going to school, choosing a career, getting married, making a living and raising a family.  Do not let life get the best of you by placing a low priority on family.

President Robinson

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