Brothers and Sisters one of the major highlights of my position within the Lord’s Kingdom is receiving letters directly from the First Presidency. To see those three sacred signatures on a letter addressed to me fills me with wonder and awe.
On a cold morning in december Sister Paternoster called me at my stake office with the joyful news that the postman had just dropped off such a letter. Without hesitation I left the Chapel (nothing much happens there on Wednesday mornings anyway) and raced home as fast as I could.
When Chad Smith, the local copper and member of the stake high council, stopped me for going above the speed of what would under normal circumstances be considered acceptable, I explained the reason and he followed me home to find out what revelation had come forth from our beloved prophets, seers and revelators.
When we arrived home Sister Paternoster excitedly opened the door and rushed us inside. She then waited in the living room as Brother Smith and I went into my study area to see the priesthood direction that had been given.
Words cannot express nor can tongue tell the feelings we had as I read the letter out loud to Brother Smith (I later learned that Sister Paternoster had been listening through the keyhole and had wept tears of joy at the changes).
Due the sacred nature of the content I hesitate to post details on this blog as this is not a letter that will be read over the pulpit. In a nutshell though, the message given dealt directly with the important issue of what underwear members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be wearing whilst doing yard work.
This is a very important issue and one that as a Stake President I have addressed many times. Some are becoming slothful in the covenant they have made to wear their garments night and day and seek for unreasonable excuses to remove them. Due to this from now on when interviewing members to ensure they are worthy to attend the temple the First Presidency statement on “Wearing the Temple Garment” has been modified to include the specific direction that “The garment should not be removed, either entirely or partially, to work in the yard.”
While many members may find themselves uncomfortable (especially on those stifling hot summer days of July and August), I testify that they will be blessed as they obey the instructions of the First Presidency in this sacred matter.
I am thankful to know that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ cares enough that not only does he notice the sparrow that falls but he also takes an interest in the underwear we have on when working in our yards.
May the First Presidency be blessed as they continue to inspire members to become more and more Christlike.
P.S. For the benefit of Bishoprics and Branch presidencies in my stake only I am attaching part of the letter to this blog post. If you would like to see the original letter hanging in my living room at home, feel free to stop by.