Sins in Bins
You just never know what gospel jewel you're going to take away from an MBA meeting. A month or so ago, I walked away from a midweek service with this gem. It's an experience by Brother Al DeCaro from the San Diego California Branch, which was recorded at October conference in 1972.
It seemed as though I was in our San Diego Branch and all the brothers and sisters were standing in a single file, one behind the other in the middle aisle and Brother Tom Liberto, who is our presiding elder, was standing in front of the sacrament table. Along the back wall of the rostrum were five or six metal containers measuring in size about 3 or 4 feet square.
The brothers and sisters would walk up to Brother Tom one by one and they would say something to him and Brother Tom would point to one or more of the containers and the brother or sister would walk up to the container and with their hand they would pull something out from within their chest and discard it into the container, and when they would turn around to face the brothers and sisters to take their seats, their faces were radiant and they all wore a beautiful smile.
Some of the brothers and sisters were directed to go to only one container to discard this thing and others were directed to go to two or more. I, myself, remember going to three different containers.
When all the brothers and sisters had taken their seats, it was a beautiful sight to see all the radiant, smiling faces, and the blessings of God were all around us.
Then Brother Tom began to exhort to us, and he said, "The reason God was blessing our branch is because we're getting rid of the things that are keeping us from serving God and keeping God from blessing us."
In the dream, I was given to understand that these things that we were pulling out of our chest were hate, envy, jealousy, pride, murmuring, etc. Each container was used for these things.
Then the Power of God fell upon Brother Tom, and he cried out, "This, my beloved brothers and sisters is what it's going to take to make The Church go forward. We have to rid ourselves of the things that are keeping God's blessings from us."
Then I awoke so filled with His Spirit that I could hardly contain it.
In our MBA class, we asked ourselves questions based on this experience. Here are those I asked myself — what are your answers?
- How many containers would I have gone to if I were in the dream?
- To what extent can God bless my branch right now? Me personally?
- What specific things do I need to get rid of to move forward spiritually?
- If I feel like I'm not ready to give up these things, what's the reason why?
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