James E. Faust can still hear the bleating of his frightened little lamb. As a young boy he had left his pet out of the barn on the night of a terrible storm. 'I didn't get up as I should have done. The next morning I went out to find my lamb dead. A dog had also heard its bleating cry and killed it.'
His young heart was broken at the loss of his lamb, and his father's disappointment at his lack of stewardship hurt him even more. 'My father said, 'Son, couldn't I trust you to take care of just one lamb?'... I resolved that day, as a little boy, that I would try to never again neglect my stewardship as a shepherd if I were ever again placed in that position.'
Whether serving as a full-time missionary in Brazil or as second counselor in the First Presidency more than fifty years later, James E. Faust has never forgotten the lesson of his lost lamb. 'I have not always done everything I should have,' he says, 'but I have tried.'
In the Strength of the Lord paints a vivid picture of a conscientious steward, a loving father, and a humble yet stalwart emissary of the Lord Jesus Christ. It also presents readers with a valuable collection of President Faust's teachings gleaned from a quarter century of inspired counsel.
After being called as a General Authority in 1972, President Faust went to work and did not look back. He went forward in a spirit of helpfulness and humility, blessing the lives of Church members and nonmembers alike with kindness, wisdom, humor, encouragement, and concern. Though unassuming of credit, he has made significant contributions--from helping to plan and build the BYU Jerusalem Center, to overseeing construction of the first temple in South America, to promoting many important behind-the-scenes initiatives such as building bridges with members of other faiths.
One friend recalls that as a youth President Faust 'did a lot to remind us of who we were and what we were.' Likewise, as a special witness of Christ, President Faust has repeatedly reminded Latter-day Saints of who and what we are. Excerpts from his talks and writings, which In the Strength of the Lord presents topically, include doctrines he feels the world needs to hear.
'The world's religious drift is obvious,' he says. 'If something can be had cheaply, without exertion or sacrifice, people do not mind having a little bit of it. In contrast, the blessings of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints require both exertion and sacrifice. . . . Ours is not a Sunday religion. It demands exemplary conduct and effort every day of the week.'
As you read In the Strength of the Lord, you will discover details from a life worth emulating, find words of encouragement in counsel worth following, and be inspired to go forward in the strength of the Lord.
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