Ryan Anderson | University Relations | 29 October 2008
Committing even a little sin and thinking it justified can cause serious consequences, taught H. Ross Workman, President of the Laie Hawaii Temple during his devotional address October 28 at BYU-Hawaii. President Workman counseled the students to avoid the idea of “fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin.”
President Workman opened his address by sharing a story from Elder James E. Talmadge about a wild bee that became trapped inside his home. When Elder Talmadge tried to drive the bee out a window, the bee resisted, and eventually stung Elder Talmadge. Since bees die soon after stinging, Elder Talmadge felt pity for the creature; the bee considered Elder Talmadge to be a foe, rather than friend, and the bee paid for this mistake with his life.