In our tempestuous day, where can we turn for refuge?
It is no surprise to anyone familiar with prophecy that the latter days are stormy ones. “We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual,” writes President Boyd K. Packer. “The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury.”
But there is a place of strength and peace, a true refuge from the storm. In this powerful book, President Packer discusses the priesthood, the family, and the Church, three important forces that, working together, create a haven from the world. “The gospel of Jesus Christ enables individuals to become exalted by being part of eternal families,” he writes. “The gospel contains the purpose, the doctrine, and the plan. The priesthood is the power and the authority. The Church has the means and organization. The exalted, eternal family is the end of the gospel plan.”
This apostolic counsel will help you build an unshakable foundation for eternity by strengthening your understanding of core doctrine regarding the priesthood, the family, and the Church.
I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book. Based on the title, I expected a pointed and concise discussion on how the priesthood, the Church, and the family combine together to provide a refuge from the world. Instead, this book consists of a collection of Elder Packer’s previous talks from General Conference and elsewhere.
Recently, there has been a lot of attention regarding women and the priesthood. I was hoping this book would address the relationship of women and the priesthood, but it ignored the question completely. Elder Packer has never seemed to give the issue much thought. He speaks a lot about the priesthood, describing basics such as how it was restored and what the various offices are. Yet, when it comes to women, he seems mystified. He says that we shouldn’t ignore the importance of women, because after all, a man can not attain the highest degree of glory without her. I’m sure he didn’t intend for that remark to come across as dismissive as it does.
The fact is that women exercise priesthood power as well as men in all their callings, within the Church and within the walls of their home. It is through the combined efforts of men and women that families are blessed and protected.
This is a great book if you are interested in another compilation of Elder Packer’s talks. There is a lot of good information and great stories. However, if you’re looking for specific counsel on how to protect your family from the storms of life, this book falls short.
About the Author:
BOYD K. PACKER, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been a member of that quorum since 1970 and a General Authority since 1961. Immediately prior to that, he was the supervisor of seminaries and institutes for the Church. He is a former president of the New England States Mission.
President Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and later obtained his doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Holy Temple, That All May Be Edified, and Teach Ye Diligently.
He and his wife, Donna Edith Smith Packer, are the parents of ten children.