I have been asked to give a talk on Goals and Saving Ordinances. Some of the Saving Ordinances include baptism, the priesthood, baptisms for the dead, and marriage in the temple. Some goals we can have to prepare for any gospel ordinance are to pray daily, read our scriptures, pay a full tithe, keep ourselves morally clean, serve others, attend the temple, go to church and attend our meetings. These are just a few of the many goals we can set to keep ourselves worthy in anything we do.
In John 21: 15-17 it reads:
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
In the scripture, our Savior, Jesus Christ, is talking to Peter and asking him three times if he loves him and to go and feed his sheep. This left a distinct impression upon me. Our goals today should be centered around our Savior. We cannot do what Peter did after Christ was crucified and just leave our Savior. In Jeffery R. Holland’s talk in the October 2012 Conference he talks about this exact principle. “What I need, Peter, are disciples—and I need them forever. I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. I need someone who loves me, truly, truly loves me, and loves what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do. Ours is not a feeble message. It is not a fleeting task. It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God, and it is to change the world.”
I love this powerful and inspiring message the Savior leaves to Peter. We must feed his sheep. Help others around us. Help them up. Serve them. That must be our all time goal and then to be led to everlasting life with our families forever. That must be our goal. That is what our Father in Heaven wants. Feed his sheep.
I would like to bear my testimony, that I know this church is true. I am so thankful for goals and saving ordinances and the joy it can and will bring into everyone’s lives. These Saving ordinances and goals will lead us back to our father in heaven and make it possible for us to have eternal families. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.