Incomparable Christ: Our Master and ModelVaughn J. Featherstone
© 1995 Deseret Book CompanyAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher, Deseret Book Company, P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah84130. This work is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Theviews expressed herein are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the position of the Church or of Deseret Book Company.Deseret Book is a registered trademark of Deseret Book Company.
Vaughn J. Featherstone,
Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model
( 1995)xIntroductionxDuring general conference in 1950, President Harold B. Lee stated, "It is my conviction that every manwho will be called to a high place in this Church will have to pass these tests not devised by humanhands, by which our Father numbers them as a united group of leaders willing to follow the prophets of the Living God and be loyal and true as witnesses and exemplars of the truths they teach." (ConferenceReport, April 1950, p. 101.)xWriting this book has helped me understand the love, mercy, and condescension of our Savior and Lord,Jesus Christ. It has provided personal insight into the eternal consequences of His mission. I have becomemore aware than ever before who this Jesus really is. I believe I understand more clearly what it means towalk in His steps. The essence and sum of His life consisted of His suffering for others, His serving,healing, weeping, teaching, soothing, loving, enjoying, empowering, and befriending all who walk theearth. He continues to touch our innermost lives as deeply as we individually permit Him. Hisunconditional love is absolutely void of force, dominion, and compulsion.xThose who choose to let Him become the center of all they are and do will surely be tested. In our ownway we tread our individual winepresses, for, as President Lee stated, we will pass through tests notdevised by human hands. But we need not do it alone.xOur son Scott recently received word that one of his sons is deaf. This is the third deaf son in his family.I believe this is a test not devised by human hands. Scott and Lori have a wonderful attitude regarding thistest: "If God sends us one more
child," they say humbly, "we can handle it." They have and theywill continue to "handle it"; nonetheless, it is not easy. These three boys, in addition to three more hearingsons, require a tremendous amount of time, finances, and care.xOne day as I considered the test this family faces, the following thought came to me. These three boysare young children. Perhaps they will be here when the Savior comes in His glorious return to earth. If they are, perhaps someone will bring to His attention that there are three men from the Featherstonefamily who are all deaf. I can imagine Him blessing and healing them. In reality, I know that whether thismiraculous event occurs is of little eternal consequence, for after the resurrection they will all hear—alater but equally great miracle.xI would gladly give my hearing for any one of these three special boys, but God does not work that way.Each must bear his own burden. I hurt deep inside whenever I think that in this life they will never hear amother's song, a prophet's voice, laughter, wind, storms, birds, animals, and all the sounds that make uplife. They will not hear the wonderful singing of the Tabernacle Choir, the sacred hymns, or the happymusic of children laughing.1Yes, we tread our own private winepress, and sometimes it seems to us too great to bear. It is crucial thatwe then recall the majesty of this Supreme Being, the Only Begotten of the Father,