One of my four handsome sons is an electrician lineman, pictured above. Besides installment and maintenance of power lines, he is frequently called out "on trouble" to solve problems in power distribution, such as when poles are knocked down by wind or snow. During a recent ferocious thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds, he worked for three days with almost no rest or sleep to restore power to a large part of the city of Ogden, Utah.
Ironically, people receiving the power repairs are not always grateful. During this storm, he was called out on a Friday at noon. Working straight through the day and the night in the wind and rain, he was repairing the line to a single residence at 5:00 in the morning, when the police showed up. The woman who lived in the home had called the police to complain about the noise the linemen were making. Of course, the police issued no citation because without enduring this noise, the woman would not have heat, light or power restored to her home. Linemen get a little annoyed when complaints instead of gratitude come their way when they are out in a storm, but they keep on working.
I see gospel lessons in everything and this was no exception. Some people complain about the prophets and apostles, the spiritual "linemen," violating their personal "noise ordinance" by telling them things they don't want to hear. And yet these "lineman" (or in scriptural terms, "watchmen on the tower") are putting their own personal comfort aside and expending great amounts of time and effort to restore heat, light, and power into those peoples' lives.
(If you prefer instead to focus on King Benjamin's teachings on the Atonement in Mosiah 3, I can't do better than Elder Bednar's April 2012 Ensign article, which you can find here.)
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3. President Deiter F. Uchtdorf
4. Elder Russell M. Nelson
5. Elder Dallin H. Oaks
6. Elder M. Russell Ballard
7. Elder Robert D. Hales
8. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
9. Elder David A. Bednar
10. Elder Quentin L. Cook
11. Elder D. Todd Christofferson
12. Elder Neil L. Anderson
13. Ronald A. Rasband
14. Gary E. Stevenson
15. Dale G. Renlund
2. Served in the U.S. Air Force. Professor at Stanford, Commissioner of Church Education.
3. Served as a flighter pilot in the West German Air Force. Airline Pilot.
4. Served as a medic in the U.S. Army. Heart Surgeon.
5. Served in the Utah National Guard. Utah Supreme Court Justice.
6. Served a mission to England. Car Dealer. (Direct descendant of Hyrum Smith)
7. Served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. President of Papermate, V.P. of Max Factor, head of Hughes Television, President of Chesebrough-Pond’s.
8. Served a mission to England. Institute Teacher, President of BYU.
9. Served a mission to Germany. Professor, President of BYU-Idaho.
10. Served a mission to England. Lawyer, President of California Healthcare System.
11. Served a mission to Argentina. Lawyer.
12. Served a mission to France. Vice President of Morton Plant Health System.
13. Served a mission to the Eastern United States. President and COO of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.
14. Served a mission to Japan. Co-founder and President of ICON Fitness.
15. Served a mission to Sweden. Professor of Medicine at University of Utah.
3. “Stop it!”
4. Priesthood ordination
6. Sense of humor
7. They are forgiven and they forgive
8. The Book of Mormon