Question: How can we invite the Savior to “tarry” a little longer with us?
Answer: The Savior loves us, and He invites us to be close to Him. He said, “Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love” (D&C 6:20). We can invite the Savior to “tarry” a little longer with us when we are striving to keep the commandments and seek his guidance in our lives.
Luke 24:13-20, 27-31
13 And, behold, two of them (two of Christ’s disciples) went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went (started walking) with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. (Jesus kept them from recognizing him.)
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which (who) was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus) expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village (Emmaus), whither they went (which was their destination): and he made as though he would have gone further (kept going farther).
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry (stay) with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat (supper) with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
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Vaughn J. Featherstone of the Presiding Bishopric, March 30, 1975:
I feel impressed tonight that we must talk about the Savior...
May we lead off by talking about Adam. When Adam was driven out of the Garden of Eden, he built an altar and offered sacrifice.
And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me.
And then the angel spake saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore. [Moses 5:6-8]
I’d like to draw your attention to the formula for living in that one statement: “Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son.” Now what if every single man from Adam on down had patterned his life after that simple formula? What a change in life we’d have here tonight, and what a change in life we’d have across the whole earth. Imagine the benefit and the great blessing. Well, as life would have it, men aren’t prone to do those things. But Adam had the formula given to him, these many years ago, by an angel of the Lord.
Enoch’s Love and Compassion
I’m impressed with Enoch. I love to read in the book of Moses. I think, of all the sheer pleasure reading I do, the book of Moses probably impresses me about as much as anything. Enoch, you recall, beheld the heavens weep, and then he beheld God weeping. Then Enoch said:
And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?
And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;
And thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep? [Moses 7:29–31]
Now I’ve thought about this scripture and about this Jesus. I’ve thought that if it were possible to number the particles of the earth, yea millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of his creations. You think about that and think about going down on the beach and letting the sand run through your hand all day and only covering a small part of the beach. Think about this Jesus and the multitudes, yea the number, even the myriads of creations made by him. I don’t believe we understand even in the smallest degree who this great being and soul is...
The Lamanites’ Conversion
One of the greatest stories in the Book of Mormon, to me, one with which I thrill, is the story of Ammon and King Lamoni, who he converted, as they are on their way to free Ammon’s brethren from prison. They meet Lamoni’s father, the king over all of the Lamanites. I won’t go through all of the details, but finally an arrangement is made whereby Ammon or his representative can teach Lamoni’s father, and Aaron is selected. So Aaron meets with the king of all the Lamanites and teaches him all day long, from the beginning to the end, or at least through a great period of gospel history. And the scriptures say:
After Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.
But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou will bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.
And . . . the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily, saying:
O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a god, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. [Alma 22:15–18]
In the Church we are called upon to do many things, but this king said, “I’ll give away my kingdom; I’ll forsake all my sins.” We have the gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet many of us hang onto our sins—however slight, however devious—some greater and some lesser. We read the kinds of material that we never should read. We think thoughts that a Latter-day Saint never ought to think. We see the kinds of movies that a Latter-day Saint never ought to see, and so these things come into our hearts, and yet we have the truth. If we could just gain the Spirit to the smallest degree that this great king had when he said, “Behold . . . I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.”
I think we ought to renew our effort in living the gospel. In the New Testament we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)...
Our Experience with the Savior
I think, in our day, section 45 of the Doctrine and Covenants thrills me because it talks about the Redeemer. The Lord says:
Hearken, O ye people of my church, to whom the kingdom has been given; hearken ye and give ear to him who laid the foundation of the earth, who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and by whom all things were made which live, and move, and have a being.
And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved.
Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him.
Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life. [D&C 45:1–5]
Would you think of anyone you’d rather have as an advocate than our beloved Savior? I bear my solemn witness to you tonight that I know he is the Lord of Lords, the God of heaven and earth, the great “I AM”—God... and I know that he is my beloved Savior. ...
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Sources: Come, Follow Me–For Individuals and Families, p. 99; The New Testament Made Easier, Part 1, Volume 2, by David J. Ridges, 251; Excerpts from “As If They Would Ask Him to Tarry a Little Longer,” by Vaughn J. Featherstone. Vaughn J. Featherstone was second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this fireside address was given at Brigham Young University on 30 March 1975.