The Choice Elder Boyd K. Packer October 1980
This great talk I listened to for the first time about a month ago. It was one of those talks that you hear precisely at the time you need it most. It was in the morning on my way to work. I had just started a job that I had 10 years ago after being unemployed for 4 months. I was laid off in June, but it was more than that I cut loose as a fall guy for a number of management and internal issues that had nothing to do with me. Either way I way depressed, disappointed felt I had no value. I had tried for months to get a job to match my experience without success. I told my wife just the night before that I was amazed that she would stay with a man that was such an obvious failure and loser. We didn’t (and still don’t) have health insurance, or money for school clothes. If I do real well at this new job (in sales) I can probably make about half of what I was making. These thoughts were all very vivid in my mind driving to work for another day of the ongoing humiliation. Then an inspired Elder Packer stepped to the pulpit and said these words. I went into work and was waiting for a customer when I saw a long time friend of mine from Cedar City who was running his father in laws furniture store. I said, what are you doing here are you checking out the competition? He said “No, I am actually here to see if I can get a job. The store fell on hard times we had to close the doors. It’s been a rough few months and I have to tell you it was hard to come in here today.” I told him for you and me both but we are here, and I have a talk you have got to hear and it will make you feel better. I also think that the Lord wants you to hear it.