(October 2, 2015)
Time and time again, through the scriptures, we are given commandments and examples that seem perfectly crafted to test what we really prioritize. Do we love money or God? Do we crave pleasure or association with God? Do we want popularity or a close relationship to God? So many times, our willingness to keep the commandments is a good indication of what we truly want – we may tell ourselves we want what is good and right but if our decisions demonstrate otherwise it is illuminating. To paraphrase Bill Parcels, you ultimately are what your record says you are – the you want the decisions you actually make rather than what you say you want.
I was thinking about that as I read through the times the Lord reiterated the instruction to “open your mouths.” If our priority is the Lord, then we testify – it really is that easy. We may be shy, but we have the most important truth that ever existed so we find a way past our shyness and we testify. We may feel inadequate, but we have the most important truth that ever existed and so we study and put for the effort to share the message with power. We may feel unworthy, but we have the most important truth that ever existed so we get our lives in order so that we can share the message with the Spirit. We may not want to offend, but we have the most important truth that ever existed and so we recognize that an offense now from an inartful presentation is nothing compared to an eternal damnation.
In all such cases, though, if our priority truly is God then we open our mouths. If we are not opening our mouths, our problem is not with our mouths but with our hearts. We need to look at our hearts and find out what about our priorities are out of line and ask for the Lord’s help through the Atonement to bring our hearts back into alignment with Him.