Being Christian Disciples


A Way of Life, Elder Robert D. Hales


Consider with me the experience of two Christian disciples:

“Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

“And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”1

As Christians today, we have the opportunity to act straightway, immediately, and decisively, just as Peter and Andrew did: “they forsook their nets, and followed him.”2 We too are called upon to leave our nets, to reject worldly habits, customs, and traditions. We are also called to forsake our sins. “When [Jesus] had called the people unto him … , he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”3 Denying ourselves of ungodly behavior is the beginning of repentance, which brings a mighty change of heart until “we have no more disposition to do evil.”4

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 4:18–20.
  2. Mark 1:18.
  3. Mark 8:34.
  4. Mosiah 5:2.

Excerpt from Elder Robert D. Hales’s April 2012 General Conference address, Being a More Christian Christian.  Elder Robert D. Hales is a member of the Quorum of The Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. View Elder Robert D. Hales’s full address here.