It's Not For Punks, It's Not For Sissy's
I have the honor of being the high councilor over the young single adult ward in our stake. On the first Sunday of March, 2003, I attended and listened to several young members bare their testimony. There was one by the name of Weston Huber that struck me and stayed with me. He said when he was a young boy, his grandfather used to take him fishing. He said he didn't like fishing but his granddad liked it and his mother liked him going with his granddad so he went.
On his first trip, he said he didn't remember much about it except that his granddad would tell him different religious stories and then said to him, "Weston, the Church isn't for punks. It isn't for sissy's." Weston said when his granddad said that, he looked at his granddad and wondered, "What does that have to do with fishing?"
He said every time his granddad would take him out fishing, he did the same thing. Always talk to him, tell him religious stories and then would say, "Weston, the Church isn't for punks. It isn't for sissy's." Weston said his granddad would say that to him at other times as well but it was several years before he figured out that his granddad was not taking him fishing to teach him how to fish. He was taking him out to teach him how to be strong in the gospel. He said that his grandfather taught him that, "Christ was no punk. No sissy; and He never backed off."
As Weston spoke, finished and then sat down, I was smiling. I was amused at his grandfathers over simplified and his rudimentary versions of things. But I couldn't stop thinking about what he said. I found myself thinking about it all day. Two days later, I was still thinking about it. I found myself thinking about the pioneers and their incredible feats of faith and how they never backed off. I found myself thinking about Brigham Young and Joseph Smith and how much they went through, how much they were willing to deal with and yet they never backed off. I thought about the Book or Mormon heroes and the Bible Heroes. Prophets, men or war, sometimes both and yet no matter what kind of adversity, no matter what they were asked to do, they never backed off. Then I thought of Weston's granddad again and his rudimentary but true statement. "The Church is not for punks. It's not for sissy's."
The Church of Jesus Christ, through it's latter-day members, it's Book of Mormon members, it's New Testament and Old Testament members, was, is, and always will be; for valiant men. Not men who are good at talking big, but extremely valiant men who are willing to go and follow the Lord anywhere. Willing to be disciplined and committed men ...and never back off.
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."