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Friday, November 4, 2011

MMM Sermons: "The False Gods We Worship"

by Saint Mark (bio)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call them "talks," but most (non)Christians call them sermons. This is a series of sermons that many Latter-day Saints love and believe. I hope these sermons promote and perfect your faith as they do mine.

You can find this talk in its entirety here.

Although one of our shortest prophets on record, President Spencer W. Kimball has to be one of the most engaged, inspired prophets we had during the 20th century. Through his inspired counsel, missionary work more than doubled, the priesthood became accessible to all worthy men and the leadership of the LDS church became more diverse and international.

President Kimball is also well known for his fiery sermons that galvanized and chastised congregants. The False Gods We Worship is no exception. It is even more apropos during our days of "screen worship," whether smart phone, smart pad, computer, movie or television. When I read this sermon I was pricked in my mind by the reminder of the sheer volume of hours I have wasted being idle in front of a screen instead of immersed in the words of God or the service of others.

Here is an example from President Kimball of the false gods we worship:
One man I know of was called to a position of service in the Church, but he felt that he couldn’t accept because his investments required more attention and more of his time than he could spare for the Lord’s work. He left the service of the Lord in search of Mammon, and he is a millionaire today.

But I recently learned an interesting fact: If a man owns a million dollars worth of gold at today’s prices, he possesses approximately one 27-billionth of all the gold that is present in the earth’s thin crust alone. This is an amount so small in proportion as to be inconceivable to the mind of man. But there is more to this: The Lord who created and has power over all the earth created many other earths as well, even “worlds without number” (
Moses 1:33); and when this man received the oath and covenant of the priesthood (D&C 84:33–44), he received a promise from the Lord of “all that my Father hath” (D&C 84:38).
To set aside all these great promises in favor of a chest of gold and a sense of carnal security is a mistake in perspective of colossal proportions. To think that he has settled for so little is a saddening and pitiful prospect indeed; the souls of men are far more precious than this."
President Kimball gave this talk in June 1976. What are some other examples of false gods you and I worship today, 35 years later?

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