Standing with the Leaders of the Church

by Ronald A. Rasband

Picture Moses.  You’re thinking he looks a lot of Charlton Heston, aren’t you?  You’re probably picturing him either parting the Red Sea or receiving the Ten Commandments.  Those are great images of him.

But I want you to picture him on a hill, watching a battle between Amalek and Israel with his arms outstretched.  When he lowered his arms, Amalek began overpowering Israel.  As long as he kept his arms stretched out, Israel prevailed.

Trouble is, he’s human and naturally his arms became tired.  Enter Aaron and Hur who held up his hands so that Israel could win the war  (Exodus 17).

I have pondered that image since General Conference.  Where am I in the scene?  Am I holding up the arms or am I hanging on the arms weighing them down?  I hope I am supporting the arms of our leaders especially our prophet today, Thomas S. Monson.  My prayers include the plea to “O be wise”(Jacob 6:12) for “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38)

Standing with the Leaders of the Church

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