Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May the Force be with You

I was hesitant to write this blog for a couple reasons: the first being that I just wrote a blog about the Priesthood yesterday, the second being I didn't want to be cliched in a post about Star Wars. But, I decided to forgo my hesitations and write it anyways. So, here's another comparison of something nerdy to the Priesthood!
The Force is awesome! Jedis can do awesome things with the force: move things, make people say what they want them to say, and have complete control over just about everything, it seems. They can see without looking, do cool acrobatics, and have lightning-fast reflexes. They've got it all! The Force is what makes them unique. Because of this power and ability, Jedis are set apart from the typical inhabitants of the galaxy. The Force can't really be explained (outside of the whole midi-chlorians living in cohabitation with your cells thing that totally ruins it). There's no deciding factor of who has the Force and who doesn't (outside of heredity). But through the force, seemingly normal people (or creatures, or whatever) can extraordinary* things. Luke Skywalker saves the entire galaxy through his mastery of the Force! Granted, it was in peril because his father misused it, but it was the Force that saved it, nonetheless!
When the evils of the world seem insurmountable, and it seems like the bad guys are the ruling force, even if there's only a handful of people willing to stand up to that evil, as long as they have the ability, the drive, and a little help from the Force, they can overcome. The Empire certainly had full control, and it seemed highly unlikely that the Rebel Alliance could defeat them, but never, ever underestimate the power of the Force!
We can take away a very important lesson from this: the bad guys will never win if we have the power, and use it correctly. We do have the power, we have the Priesthood. The Priesthood is better than the Force, or any Superpower. With it, we can help not only ourselves, but those around us. No one is exempt from the blessings and influence of the Priesthood. It doesn't matter who you are, you can benefit from it! Any worthy male, age 12 and older, has the opportunity to hold this great gift, and anyone, anywhere, of any faith, any age can receive it. So many problems, physical and spiritual, can be overcome, questions can be answered, and guidance can be given, all through your faith. A Priesthood holder is able to give blessings, and those blessings will occur in your life, dependent on your faith (yep, the Priesthood, like everything else, comes back to faith!). If we use our Priesthood well and wisely, there's no foe we can't conquer, no battle we can't win, no obstacle we can't overcome. May we always be striving to magnify our Priesthood, and using it for the betterment and advancement of the Gospel! And as always, May the Force be with you!

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