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COVENANTS: `TREASURES BEYOND PRICE'

- Trust, honor Lord

- Forsake pride, envy- Seek His spirit

"In the midst of a troubling world, the foundations I rely on come by my covenants with the Lord," Aileen H. Clyde said Saturday afternoon.

These covenants are "indeed like sapphires and are treasures beyond price," said Sister Clyde, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency. "Through them I have an eternal link to my loved ones and to God. They are the restored principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ which are available to righteous women and men alike through the power of the holy priesthood of God. These are the ways given us and freely chosen by us to vouchsafe our eternal lives.

"Of the many blessings that have come to me through my knowledge of Christ's gospel, I am most grateful for the doctrine that teaches us that our lives here have eternal meaning and are for the glory of God. We are central in His great work. He teaches that as we receive His light, we can reflect that light in the world.

"There is a constant struggle to balance our knowledge of light against the error and fear that are among the hallmarks of our world," she continued. "Today we see the temptations of old in new ways. They can be magnified and multi-colored by technology which give them many avenues, everywhere. These portrayals are aimed at the young, the naive and the vulnerable - indeed, they are aimed at each one of us.

"The Joseph Smith translation of Matthew 16:27-29 brings clarity to distinctions Christ's disciples need to understand: `Break not my commandments for to save your lives; for whosoever will save his life in this world, shall lose it in the world to come. And whosoever will lose his life in this world, for my sake, shall find it in the world to come. Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls . . . .' "

Sister Clyde counseled: "The love

thatT Christ commands requires a mighty change and great humility. It requires us to forsake pride and to be stripped of envy. It requires that we neither mock our sisters and brothers nor persecute anyone. Christ knew that for us to find any of those characteristics in ourselves would be onerous and would demand our great effort just to look.

"When we have made the changes that only we can make, then, by the atoning blood of Christ, we may receive the forgiveness that only He can bring. The reciprocal nature of those actions suggests the high trust and respect the Lord has for our abilities. Anyone who has had experience with the Lord's love knows of the sure courage that comes when we keep our part of that trust and honor Him by seeking His spirit and living the best we can."

Sister Clyde explained: "Because of our covenants, we have protection from loneliness and alienation."