The ‘Pearl’ Is Worth The Price

Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “Some years ago a friend told me of a conversation (that) he had with another member of the Church. My friend had asked whether his associate felt close to his Heavenly Father. The man replied that he did not feel close. Why not? He said, “Candidly, because I don’t want to.” Then he went on to say, “If I were close to Heavenly Father, He would probably want some commitment from me, and I am not ready for that.”

Hinckley then went on to say: “Think of it-a man who has taken upon himself the name of the Lord in baptism, a man who has renewed his covenants with the Lord in his sacrament meetings, a man who has accepted the priesthood of God and yet has said that if he were close to his Heavenly Father, some commitment might be expected of him, and he was not ready for that. In this work there must be commitment. There must be devotion…”  (Ensign, June, 2007)

It has never been easy to be a devout follower of the Savior.  Over the years some have told me that they feel happier out of Christ’s church. No meetings, no commandments to adhere to, no expectations of time, money, or talents exists. And while there is some truth to this reasoning, the same can be said about the work required in obtaining anything of worth.

I would remind us that Christ taught:

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” (Matt: 13:45-46)

When the road seems rough and the climb steep, let us remember that this life is relatively short in duration and that the ‘pearl’ of the gospel is worth the great price we are sometimes asked to pay.


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