LIFE’S FINAL EXAM
The Lord’s P.P.I.
President David O. Mc Kay’s STEWARDSHIP
In June of 1965, a group of brethren in the Physical Facilities Department of the church was doing some work outside the Hotel Utah apartment of President David O. McKay. As President McKay stopped to explain to them the importance of the work in which they were engaged, he paused and told them the following:
It was during that time of life when President Mc Kay had grown older and was no longer able to venture forth to mingle with and instruct the brethren. So the brethren came to him. President and Sister Mc Kay lived in the hotel Utah.
On this occasion it was the brethren involved with the physical facilities program of the church. All of a sudden and completely out of context with the subject at hand, President McKay said Brethren, some day each of you will have a personal priesthood interview with the Savior. Would you like to know how it will go? And then without waiting for their answer this is what he shared with them.
“Let me assure you, brethren, that some day you will have a personal priesthood interview with the Savior himself .If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which he will ask you to account for your earthly responsibilities.
FIRST He will request an accountability report about your relationship with your wife. Have you actively been engaged in making her happy and ensuring that her needs have been met as an individual?
SECOND He will want an accountability report about each of your children individually. He will not attempt to have this for simply a family stewardship but will request information about your relationship to each and every child.
THIRD He will want to know what you personally have done with the talents you were given in the preexistence.
FOURTH HE will want a summary of your activity in your Church assignments. He will not necessarily be interested in what assignments you have had, for in his eyes the home teacher and a mission president are probably equals, but He will request a summary of how you have been of service to your fellow men in your Church assignments.
FIFTH He will have no interest in how you earned your living, but if you were honest in all your dealings.
SIXTH He will ask for an accountability on what you have done to contribute in a positive manner to your community, state, country, and the world.
I would like to point out that President Mc Kay was addressing a group of brethren. Had there been sisters present I feel that he would have substituted spouse for wife. And that he would have mentioned Relief Society Visiting and compassionate service.
From the notes of Fred A. Baker, Managing Director, Department of Physical Facilities. Quoted by Robert D. Hales, Presiding Bishop of the Church at a B.Y.U. Devotional assembly, March 15, 1988