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A Powerful Reminder for When Someone Misbehaves at Church

Marion D. Hanks recounts a story of a man who accosted him one day on Temple Square. In answer to Elder Hanks's inquiry of the problem, the man told his story:

At age 19, he had been ejected from [an LDS meetinghouse] by a bishop's counselor who had been summoned because of the boy's troublemaking in class. One thing that had been said, this man remembered for nearly 60 years. As he was thrown out, someone objected. The answer that came from the counselor who had the task in hand was: "Ah, let him go. He is just one kid!"

He went, and he never came back, nor was there ever any visiting, never any outpouring or increase of the love that should follow reproof, according to the Lord. He moved to another area of the land, married, had a family. His wife passed away and he married again; his second wife died after bearing a family also. He had come to Salt Lake City at the insistence of his third wife who, having been taught by the missionaries and converted to the principles of the gospel, had brought him here hoping that somehow he might be touched.

I asked him . . . how many living descendants he had. He counted them and answered, "Fifty-four." I asked him then how many of them are members of the Church, and I expect you know the answer, though perhaps not his interesting expression. He said, "Huh, ain't any of them members of the Church. They're a pretty hard lot."

Now, who was it the bishop's counselor propelled out the door that morning? Just one boy? Just one? This one has in his own lifetime become, in effect, a multitude, and the current has but begun to run, and every one of them denied, according to his own witness, the love of the gospel and the brotherhood of the Saints, the warmth and strength and direction of the programs of the Church.

Oh, I can understand a little more why the Lord said that one soul was precious to him.


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