humility2Ron tells the story of when he lost his membership in the church because of his acting out. It was then the practice of the church to announce in priesthood meeting any excommunications that resulted from church courts:

The Bishop asked if I wanted to be somewhere else when he made the announcement of the results of my upcoming church court. Anticipating that I was going to be excommunicated, I felt fairly certain that this would indeed be an embarrassing situation and I told him I would skip opening exercises. My court was the morning of that priesthood meeting and was a truly amazing spiritual experience. While I did lose my membership in the church, I also felt in a very profound way that Heavenly Father loved me and that this was exactly the step that needed to take place for me to heal. That knowledge allowed me to forget about being embarrassed. This is what I needed to do. I welcomed it and became unconcerned about what others thought. I attended the meeting, sat through the announcement, but felt no embarrassment or shame, only the loving compassionate support of my friends and brothers.

Ron found humility and the Attitude of Courage that leads to recovery. It avoids the fear of which people will know. It dismisses the harmful pride that would keep us from healing. It is a gateway to the path of recovery, a path that is often hidden from our eyes until we look with our eyes of faith and humility.

There are some who believe that because they have made mistakes, they can no longer fully partake of the blessings of the gospel. How little they understand the purposes of the Lord. One of the great blessings of living the gospel is that it refines us and helps us learn from our mistakes. We “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” yet the Atonement of Jesus Christ has the power to make us whole when we repent.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught us this principle with clarity when he said: Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us—even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.

We [might] see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. . . .

President Uchtdorf  commented further: The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities.

To those who have left the path of discipleship for whatever reason, I invite you to start where you are and come to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Walk again in the way of the Lord. I testify that the Lord will bless your life, endow you with knowledge and joy beyond comprehension, and distill upon you the supernal gifts of the Spirit. It is always the right time to walk in His way. It is never too late.

I add my witness, no matter what you have done, He is waiting upon you to turn to Him. Find your humility and approach Him.

Blessings                                                                                                                                         roger