Stand close together, and lift where you stand

by Rusty Lindquist on October 4, 2008 · 0 comments


President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the first presidency, gave a brilliant address tonight in the General Priesthood meeting.

He recounted a story of a number of priesthood holders who were asked to move a piano from the sacrament meeting room into the cultural hall of a local chapel.

The several men that were attempting to move this piano were having an awful time trying to figure out how to properly balance it while moving it.  Many ideas were tried, but to no success.

At long last, a friend of his said simply “Everybody stand close together, and lift where you stand”.

Sounding simple enough, they tried the approach, and sure enough, the piano was stable, balanced, and was easily moved.

Pondering those simple words later, he realized the tremendous lesson held within them.

All we have to do is stand close together, each of us in our place, and lift, where we stand.  Whatever our role, whatever our calling, whatever our talents, whatever our positions, if we each will simply “lift” where we stand, we will have the power to do great things, and move the work of the Lord along.

As he strongly and eloquently emphasized that we should not aspire to something greater than our current position, thinking that somehow we’d have a better impact somewhere else, nor should we shirk and hide from callings the Lord would offer us.  At the source of each of these is selfishness.

Instead, we must each serve in the capacity to which we have been called, exerting the greatest possible effort. For the Lord has assigned us to that position for a wise purpose in Him, and we should trust in the Lord, and serve Him fully, with full purpose of heart.

He made the highly quotable comment: “The Lord loves the noble servant, not the self serving noble.”

How simple, but how great is this counsel to stand close together, and lift where we stand.


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1 Eric Nielson October 6, 2008 at 5:12 AM

This was my favorite talk of the conference. For me it saved what was shaping up to be an ‘odd’ priesthood session.


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