If you haven't gotten a chance to visit Ohio yet, I've got news for you: Your not missing too much! But if you've ever lived in Ohio; you know that football is the most popular sport. When I was in high school I enjoyed playing. Our school had a tradition of running the offense the exact same way it had been for decades. We ran the ball almost every play. That is just how the tradition was. And it worked well. Very well. But one year we decided to not follow the program. We switched to a spread formation, which is a passing offense. It only took 3 games for us to realize that we couldn't pass the ball around as well as we thought we could. We missed the playoffs that year, which could've been avoided if we had just followed years of success.
Christ is our perfect example in the flesh for us to follow. He was the Only Begotten Son of God. The attributes He inherited from His Father were amazing. He had power over death. He performed miracles upon miracles. He was baptized. He suffered and died on the cross. He rose on the third day. He didn't do it just to prove He could accomplish it. He did it for US.
The Savior's doctirne is clear for all of us: And he said unto the children of men: aFollow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we bfollow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? (2 Nephi 31:10).
Jesus Christ was the greatest leader I've ever known. But He also was more than that. He was a follower as well. In the book of John, Jesus describes who's errand He was on. It was His Father's will that He sought for in all things. Everything Christ did was under the direction of the will of Heavenly Father. So what does that mean for us? Well have you ever heard the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? If you haven't, you've never been to Ohio. Sometimes we feel like we don't have to come to church, or read our scriptures, or help others. Others feel like they need to be perfect now; like we can't ever make a mistake. No one is perfect. Everyone has done something wrong. We don't need to find our own way to heaven. Come to church. Do what is right. Be baptized by someone comissioned of Jesus Christ. It is only through Christ that we can be saved. Don't try to be perfect; only strive to be perfected by the One who lived the only perfect life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.