Latter-day Saint Life

How Are You Bearing the Name of Christ? This General Authority Says to Keep These 2 Things in Mind


Several years ago, one of Elder Gay’s business partners suffered from a challenging illness. Elder Gay shared how one afternoon, he received a call from this friend who said that President Boyd K. Packer had been to his home and given him a blessing.

“As President Packer was leaving, he said to him, ‘Don’t come back too fast from Gethsemane. Learn the lessons there.’ My friend then asked me, ‘Bob, what do you think he meant by that?’”

Elder Gay went on to explain that Gethsemane was an olive tree orchard and was a place where olives were crushed and pressed for oil.

“It was by no means coincidental that Jesus chose the Garden of Gethsemane to take upon Himself our sins,” he said. While in this garden, the Savior submitted to the “press of eternal justice that caused Him to bleed from every pore in order to redeem us from and to succor us in our imperfections that we might have eternal life.”

Story and lead image by Valerie Johnson, Church News 

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