24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.It isn't so much that I feel ashamed or embarrassed of my beliefs. I do feel mocked by the world. I suspect I am often too aware of those in the great and spacious building. I worry that I might sahre their fate if I am not careful.
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost. (1 Nephi 8:24-28)
The difference between me and those in the dream is that when I start to feel this way, I turn towards God instead of away from him. I look to the church, the scriptures, the gospel for guidance and assureance. Confirmation.
I didn't really articulate all of this prior to General Conference. I only hoped for guidance. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was both thrilled and humbled that so many of these very subjects were addressed in those few hours.
President Thomas S. Monson
President Henry B. Eyring
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Elder L. Tom Perrry