Apr 1, 2015

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

A review copy was provided
Book Details
Author: M. Russell Ballard
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Deseret Book
Genre: Gospel Teachings

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see the title?
If you are like me you thought "the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

But are we? Or have we somehow gotten off the path?

This book is filled with powerful reminders to stay the course.

It has insights into how to keep ourselves anchored in the gospel.

I loved the personal stories and additional quotes from Elder M. Russell Ballard's grandfathers, Hyrum Mack Smith and Melvin J. Ballard.

I was amazed at all the specific counsel that is given on how to remain faithful in such circumstances as ways to study the scriptures, how to set boundaries with friends of the opposite sex, how to protect yourself from addictions, especially pornography, and more.

I really appreciated the chapter on "Building Bridges of Understanding" where Elder Ballard explains why other faiths sometimes misunderstand our beliefs and claim that we are not "Christians."

There are even chapters on helping make our home life more enjoyable, what it means to sacrifice, what you can do to be truly happy, and how to keep an eternal perspective.

This book is definitely "timely and timeless."

A true MUST-READ book!

About the Author
M. Russell Ballard was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oct. 6, 1985.

He was born to Melvin R. and Geraldine Smith Ballard. He attended the University of Utah. He served as a counselor to the president of the British Mission. He has been a bishop twice and a high councilor in two stakes. In 1974, he was called as president of the Canada Toronto Mission, where he was serving when he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April of 1976. He served as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from Feb. 21, 1980, to Oct. 6, 1985.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Ballard had interests in automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many civic committees and boards. He is the author of two books.

He married Barbara Bowen in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 28, 1951. They have two sons, five daughters and forty grandchildren.


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