Where are the keys and authority of the priesthood?
by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
So this talk was a little harder for me. I don't know exactly why, but I know that there is something that I am supposed to learn from it. I loved his story about losing his keys after skiing for the day. About how the car was waiting there to be turned on and warmed up. I can totally sympathize with this one. I have lost my keys too many times. Once, I even had to walk to work in the cold and snow because my daughter had my keys and took them to school. I was a little grouchy about it, although his family seems to have handled it much better than I did.
You don't realize how important keys are until you lose them. I love the fact that we have the keys of the priesthood upon the earth today. I too, have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the wonders that have been restored to us. I love how Elder Stevenson talked about some of the Church History sites. Our family has also visited many of them and felt the spirit that surrounds us there. I love learning about history, especially church history. It makes it all so real for me and it strengthens my testimony by learning more about the great men and women that lived before me.
I love how he councils the youth to do missionary work, attend the temple and go forward with faith. For me, the last example is really key to this life. We don't always understand what is happening or even why, but we each have to sometimes go forward with faith even though we don't understand. It is so hard, but when we do that, we learn so much and I find in my personal life that my testimony grows and my faith is strengthened if I just keep moving forward.
"I testify that priesthood authority and priesthood keys start the engine, open the gates of heaven, facilitate heavenly power, and pave the covenant pathway back to our loving Heavenly Father.
I pray that you, the rising generation of young men and young women, will “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,”12 that you may understand that it is your sacred privilege to act under the direction of those who hold the priesthood keys that will unlock blessings, gifts, and powers of heaven for you". Elder Stevenson