This past Sunday I taught a lesson to the 12- and 13-year-old young men with whom I work as Scoutmaster. The lesson manual included a quote which I had heard many time before, but it helps me to reflect on the quote from time to time. While my vast readership obviously includes individuals who are not members of the LDS Church, I offer this teaching from Ezra Taft Benson for all of us to contemplate. Ezra Taft Benson served as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration, and was president of the LDS Church from 1985 until his death in 1994.
“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 361). (quoted in “Lesson 20: Proper Use of Agency,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1, 69)