Elder Boyd K. Packer
Of the Council of the Twelve
, May 1977, pp.54-56
What I shall say I could say much better if we were alone, just the two of us. It would be easier
also if we had come to know one another, and had that kind of trust which makes it possible to
talk of serious, even sacred things.
If we were that close, because of the nature of what I shall say, I would study you carefully as I
spoke. If there should be the slightest disinterest or distraction, the subject would quickly be
changed to more ordinary things.
I have not, to my knowledge, in my ministry said anything more important. I intend to talk about
the Lord, Jesus Christ, about what He really did--and why it matters now.
One may ask, "Aside from the influence He has had on society, what effect can He have on me
To answer that question I ask, have you ever been hard-pressed financially? Have you ever been
confronted with an unexpected expense, a mortgage coming due, with really no idea how to pay
Such an experience, however unpleasant, can be, in the eternal scheme of things, very, very
useful. If you miss that lesson you may have to make it up before you are spiritually mature, like
a course that was missed or a test that was failed.
That may be what the Lord had in mind when He said,
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:24.)
Those who have faced a foreclosure know that one looks helplessly around, hoping for someone,
anyone, to come to the rescue.
This lesson is so valuable because there is a spiritual account, with a balance kept and a
settlement due, that no one of us will escape.
To understand this spiritual debt we must speak of such intangibles as love, faith, mercy, justice.
Although these virtues are both silent and invisible, surely I do not need to persuade you that
they are real. We learn of them by processes that are often silent and invisible as well. .
We become so accustomed to learning through our physical senses--by sight and sound and
smell, by taste and touch--that some of us seem to learn in no other way.
But there are spiritual things that are not registered that way at all. Some things we simply feel,
not as we feel something we touch, but as we feel something we feel.
There are things, spiritual things, that are registered in our minds and recorded in our memories
as pure knowledge. A knowledge of "things which have been, things which are, things which
must shortly come to pass." (D&C 88:79;
As surely as we know about material things, we can come to know of spiritual things.
Each of us, without exception, one day will settle that spiritual account. We will, that day, face a
judgment for our doings in mortal life and face a foreclosure of sorts.
One thing I know: we will be justly dealt with. Justice, the eternal law of justice, will be the