Sustaining the Nonmember Husband
To the comment, “My husband is not a member of the Church, nor does he respect it,” I with love and compassion answer: “Dear Sister, whether he is a member or not, he is still the father and head of the family. If he does not appreciate your burden, support him in his positive actions. Show him that you believe in and trust his ability to direct the family. Encourage him with noble examples.” —Elder of the First Quorum of the Seventy
A Choice Promise
Do you owe the Lord for every day of your life? Some feel that they owe the Lord nothing. Yes, you owe him for your parents; for your spirit, mind, and body; for the sunshine; for the earth; for your friends and loved ones.
A young man once said to me, “I don’t pay my tithing because I don’t believe that I owe the Lord anything.”
I answered, “What if the Lord were to turn the air off for a few moments—would you hastily change your mind?”
He responded, “I hope that he doesn’t.” What would you do if the air were turned off for two minutes, and God agreed to turn it back on if you would agree to love him with all your heart, might, mind and soul? Would you quickly agree, or would you want to procrastinate and think it over?
The Lord does not force man into loving him. He promised man this choice privilege and blessing in these words: “Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.” (D&C 6:20.) What a choice promise! If you keep his commandments, God will encircle you in the arms of his love!— of the First Quorum of the Seventy