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Elder Hales: “If You Want My Counsel, Be Prepared to Take It”

This month, Elder Robert D. Hales posted a very interesting anecdote to his Facebook page. In it, he told about a priesthood leader and a teacher who said to him, “If you want my counsel, be prepared to take it.”

Though humbling, Elder Hales took this counsel to heart, and, in likewise manner, he advises all of us to continue striving to be better and learning from others so when the time comes we can be prepared to make needed changes, even painful ones. "If you want more than you now have, reach up, not across," he says.

In my young adult years, I sought counsel from my parents and from faithful, trusted advisers. One was a priesthood... Posted by Robert D Hales on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In a similar vein, President Henry B. Eyring told about how he knows from experience that fathers, mothers, and leaders can change forever the lives of young Latter-day Saints. As a young priesthood holder, President Eyring's father came to him asking him to look over a paper he was asked to write for the Quorum of the Twelve.

A father or a bishop or a senior home teaching companion who shows that he trusts a young priesthood holder can change...Posted by Henry B Eyring on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How lucky we are to have men leading our Church who embody the profound lessons they learned as young men!

Lead image from LDS.org of President Eyring's father.