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‘A more excellent way’ is to be totally converted

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*Walk in newness of life

*Yield to Spirit*Serve others

One of the greatest challenges today is to pursue "a more excellent way," Elder Robert E. Sackley of the First Quorum of the Seventy said Saturday afternoon.

Elder Sackley defined "a more excellent way" as being "totally converted to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and doing all we can to fulfill those covenants we make in becoming His desciples.

"Being converted to the gospel of jesus Christ means to walk in a newness of life," Eldr Sackley affirmed. "it means learning to yield to the Spirit and responding to the things that the Lord expects us to respond to. It means caring for and serving others with deep, considerate feelings rather than pursuing the natural desires of our own lives.

"We seem to be living in a world where people give little thought to others, as they busily care for their own needs," Elder Sackley continued. "As followers of Christ, we must live outside ourselves to others."

Elder Sackley said in order to find a more excellent way, one must cast aside his old self and old habits and ways of thinking. "We must first recognize how we should change and then we must make those changes, thus putting on the new and beginning to live as we have never lived before - walking in newness of life.

"I believe with all my heart," he continued, "that we cannot come unto Christ unless we put on a newness of life in caring for those we love, in sharing the gospel, in keeping the commandments, and in honoring the covenants we have made."

Elder Sackley said prayerful study of the Book of Mormon can also help members to find a more excellent way. "Our great prophet, President Ezra Taft Benson, has called upon each of us to read the Book of Mormon. He has not invited us to read this sacred record just to read the words." Elder Sackley said the prophet's motive in asking members to read the Book of Mormon is conveyed in the words of the hymn, "Abide With Me":

Abide with me 'tis eventide. Thy walk today with me

Has made my heart within me burn,

As I commune with thee.

Thy earnest words have filled my soul

And kept me near thy side.

O Savior, stay this night with me;

Behold, 'tis eventide.

(Hymns, 1985, No. 165)

Elder Sackley said his own life had been changed more than 42 years ago when he read the Book of Mormon.

"There is nothing on earth that has influenced me more profoundly than my own testimony of that sacred record and the work in which it belongs. It has burned within my soul over the years with ever increasing brightness and I find great joy and satisfaction in walking in 'newness of life' in my own search for a 'more excellent way.'"