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“The parable of the sower” by Dallin H. Oaks

DIXON HERZOG | Scroll Photography

DIXON HERZOG | Scroll Photography

During the Saturday morning session of General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about deceitfulness of riches.

“Whoever has an abundance of material things is in jeopardy of being spiritually ‘sedated’ by riches and other things of the world,” Oaks said.

He said savoring the things of men means putting the cares of this world ahead of the things of God in our actions, our priorities and our thinking.

Oaks listed three ways the Lord’s children surrender to the pleasures of this life.

First: When we are addicted, which impairs God’s precious gift of agency.

Second: When we are beguiled by trivial distractions, which draw us away from things of eternal importance.

Third: When we have an entitlement mentality, which impairs the personal growth necessary to qualify us for our eternal destiny.

Oaks cautioned against falling into Satan’s temptations by giving into these “pleasures.”

“We must seek to be firmly rooted and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Oaks said.

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