In the devotional with Young Single Adults, held virtually in Mexico, last Friday, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela of the Mexico Area Presidency recalled the story of the Sweedish warship Vasa, a 17th-century vessel that has survived almost intact even until to this day. He called on the young people to always stay on the ship of Zion—the only safe ship to sail on the dangerous waters in this world.
“President Brigham Young advised us to stay on the safe ship of Zion, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to hold on with both hands, to which we can cling: God is at the head and will remain there, He dictates, guides and directs,” Elder Valenzuela said.
He then continues with a quote from President M. Russell Ballard, “It is obvious that our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ have prepared the safe ship of Zion with eternal, clear and simple truths that will help us stay on course in the midst of the dangerous waters of the earthly life.”
The General Authority Seventy asked the youth to remain on board and remember that by definition a ship is a vehicle whose purpose is to take us to our destination—and that is to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father which can only be achieved through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His atonement, the ordinances, doctrines, and guiding principles of the Church.
“The destiny of our ship is the full blessings of the Gospel, the kingdom of heaven, heavenly glory and the presence of God. God’s plan is established, He is in the lead and his great and powerful ship is marching towards salvation and exaltation,” he said.
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