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Pastor’s Desk: ‘One more day’

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -Mexico Ward

Elder Taylor Godoy of the Seventy, gave a message in the 2018 April General Conference titled “One More Day” He related this touching story: “ A few years ago, my friends had a beautiful baby named Brigham. After his birth, Brigham was diagnosed with a rare condition called Hunter syndrome, which sadly meant that Brigham would have a short life. One day while Brigham and his family were visiting the temple grounds, Brigham pronounced a particular phrase; twice he said, “One more day.” The very next day, Brigham died.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

I have visited Brigham’s grave a few times, and every time I do, I contemplate the phrase “one more day.” I wonder what it would mean, what effect it would have in my life to know that I had only one more day to live. How would I treat my wife, my children, and others? How patient and polite would I be? How would I take care of my body? How fervently would I pray and search the scriptures? I think that, in one way or another, we all at some point will have a “one more day” realization—a realization that we must use wisely the time we have.”

Sadly Brigham died at the young age of 15.

Elder Godoy continues: “If we were told we had a short time to live, we too might plead for more days of life in the name of things we should have done or done differently.

Regardless of the time the Lord, in His wisdom, determines to grant each of us, of one thing we can be sure: we all have a “today” to live, and the key to making our day successful is to be willing to sacrifice.

The Lord said, “Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice” (Doctrine and Covenants  64:23).”

If you knew that tomorrow was your last day, what would you do? Rush to finish the items on your “worldly bucket list”? Or would you as a true Disciple of Christ seek to among other things, to right the wrongs you have done, and strive to make the world a better place for you having been here.

Sadly, I have also seen many times in my health-care career where a life was unexpectedly cut short which is tragic in of itself, but what makes it worse is the, I love you never said, hugs not given or harsh words spoken which will never be able to taken back or repented of, to their loved-ones-in this life.

President Howard W. Hunter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said: “Mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. … Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. … Speak your love and then speak it again”.

Have I done any good in the world today?

Have I helped anyone in need?

Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?

If not, I have failed indeed.

Has anyone’s burden been lighter today?

Because I was willing to share?

Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?

When they needed my help was I there? (Have I Done Any Good? LDS Hymn # 223)

Helping others takes sacrifice, which for most all of us is hard. This often requires putting our personal pleasures aside, swallowing our pride to mend broken fences and getting us out of our comfort zone. Considering all the things we must do to sacrifice, pales in comparison to the greatest sacrifice of all, by the Lord Jesus Christ! He willingly came to Earth and sacrificed everything because He loved us and His Father.

Jesus showed that willing sacrifice and love are synonymous.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. (John 15:13).

Whether God gives us or our family one day or 105, we should all live like tomorrow is our last.

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

(2 Corinthians 6:2).

“Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors”. (Alma 34:31-32).

It is my hope and prayer that we make today- not tomorrow!- the day to sacrifice what we must to assure our salvation, serve as Jesus served,and love, as Jesus loves.