Friday, November 14, 2008

The Rising Generation: Food For Thought!

I came across a video on You-tube that caused me to reflect on a talk given by President Gordon B. Hinckley, former president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, if you are not a member of my church, before you click away because you think that I am getting too churchy, STOP! Give the quote a chance and go on to read the rest of the blog. President Hinckley said:

“There are young people in the Church of whom I am proud and concerning whom I have a great sense of gratitude and a compelling sense of optimism.

In saying this, I do not wish to imply that all is well with all of them. There are many who have troubles, and many who live far beneath the high expectations we have concerning them. There are also those who waver in their faith and who are troubled and frustrated within themselves. There are some, I regret to say, who step over the line of acceptable behavior and suffer great tragedies in their lives.

But even considering these, I have great confidence in our young people as a whole. I regard you as the finest generation in the history of the Church. I compliment you, and I have in my heart a great feeling of love and respect and appreciation for you

Each time I have stood before a group of young people, there has come into my mind the great and prophetic statement made by Peter of old. Said he: ‘Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light’ (1 Pet. 2:9).

I know of no other statement which more aptly describes you, nor which sets before you a higher ideal by which to shape and guide your lives” (from Ensign, May 1992, 69).

Now, check out the video entitled Generation WE: The Movement Begins-

Interesting, huh!? I haven’t read the book, but I think I will in the not too distant future. I like the idea of “Generation We” though. It’s an inclusive term. As the world continues to get worse and worse, I believe that my generation is capable of doing the most good of any other throughout all time. I think for the most part we are open-minded, peace-loving, and despite what our elders may think, motivated! WE are unique and diverse and soon will be very powerful.

So I raise a question that I hope you will all take time to answer:

Does this new generation scare you, or inspire you? Why?


AaReAn said...

HIIIII greg-meister!! I was on Lacey's blog and saw for some reason I clicked. And it was YOU! How are you doing? your posts are great, i have been reading through them at work. So you are Living back in good ole' Hawaii huh?! Are you in the city or in Laie? You can email me or check out my OR either way it would be great to hear from ya! Glad I found you. haha. It's just been too long!p.s. i love this quote!

Kristin said...

I am both scared and inspired. I am scared because so many have been misled and continue to be misled. But I am also inspired by the youth that I work with in my ward who give me great hope. I hope and pray that those who can do good for this country (and this world)will do good and not give in to the pressures of society just to satisfy the wants of the loud minority who kick and scream when things don't go their way. I hope "generation new" brings about good things for both the old and the young. It's a scary thought of what will come about in the future but I hope my fears are just me being pesimistic and that "generation new" proves to be the generation to bring people together and stands up for what's right and good :) I hope for my daughter's sake!

PS Why am I not on your blog list, huh?

Ui said...

i am totally inspired and totally motivated to be a part of that change!!!! thanks for sharing that video. it just totally confirms that what i want to do in my own personal future. i'm soooo excited!

The Tafuna Family said...

that was cool greg. both the talk and the video. i especially like the part about changing the worlds view that americans are ignorant and greedy, coz unfortunately, that's what the world thinks. its cool. good on you for sharing it.

Ana Eileen said...

I'm very inspired for change! And it will be through our generation =) This was a great video Greg, thanks for sharing it. I've already posted it up on my FB and joined all I can think is: Let's do this! =)

Ashleigh said...

I'm inspired. There is no room, no time and no place for fear in our generation. WE are a chosen generation, we have been told by our prophets and we have been told by the world. WE are an elite generation, chosen to be a light in this world. We are all going to make a difference, one day at a time :)

PS: Sarah, everyone does hate America. But it still ain't right.

NeenaLove said...

great post Greg! your generation is the generation of change. your generation has been blessed with the most talent, the most brains, the most courage, the most trials... may you live up to my great expectations.

p.s. UI -- what are you going to be doing in the near future?

In The Doghouse said...

A really great post, with an interesting video. I only hope that the "we" generation does not get too comsumed with the element of pride. I seemed to feel that the video was a little on the prideful side... food for thought.

xxoo MOM

Robbie said...

I like the video my friend.... good stuff.