Called to the Work!

24 03 2009

 

A sentiment oft repeated in the revelations given to the modern day prophet, Joseph Smith is, “Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God. Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 14:3-4).

God’s grand purpose which governs why He sent us to this earth is stated clearly in the revelation given to the prophet Moses, “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).  The means to fulfill this two-fold mission is facilitated by the life and Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Christ we will all become immortal, or in other words we will all be resurrected.  This is taught by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  The gift of the resurrection is a free gift to all mankind.  All those who accept Christ as their Savior and choose to follow His gospel will be blessed with the gift of eternal life, or in other words, the blessing of living in the presence of God and Jesus Christ in Heaven; this gift is conditional based upon our acceptance of our Savior and obedience to His Gospel.

Since the advent of Adam on this earth, the Lord has invited His followers to assist in accomplishing the purposes of God.  The scriptures testify that Jesus is the Christ and He has completed the requirement of providing an Atonement to justify all mankind.  It is now our call to help the Lord by bringing others the gifts of eternal life by testifying of the Life and mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ and inviting them to obey His Gospel.  Through our efforts, we can help point our fellow beings toward a life worthy of obtaining eternal Life.

 

13 And how great is [our Savior’s] joy in the soul that repenteth!

14 Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.

15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!

16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! (Doctrine & Covenants 18:13-16)

 

My brother, Brady, has recently decided to serve a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This will involve setting everything aside that a typical 19 year old young man holds valuable and dedicating all his energies to building the Kingdom of God by sharing the gospel with others for two years of his life.  Here he is opening his mission call as assigned by the prophet of the church.

We do not have to go on a full time mission to help our neighbors find salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ; we can begin today by sharing the gospel that has blessed our lives so much.  This is not only an opportunity we have, but a responsibility.

You may also be reading this and find that you know little of the gospel of Jesus Christ; you first have the responsibility to learn it for yourself.  You will be able to learn of its truthfulness for yourself by living it and seeing for yourself if it brings more peace and happiness to your life.  I encourage your to check out these links to learn more: mormon.org, jesuschrist.lds.org, or ask a question on my new question and answer page, “Ask a Mormon,” where you can ask questions about the beliefs of the LDS church or any other general questions about religion.

I want to testify that I know for myself that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  I know this because He has become my personal Savior; I have made many mistakes in my life and still continue to mess up, but when I approach the Lord in prayer and in weakness I have felt an overwhelming peace and feeling of joy flood into my Heart as I have been forgiven of my sins.  This forgiveness and peace is available to all who accept Christ as their Savior, obey His gospel, and repent of their sins.  I also know that Christ calls prophets today to lead and guide His followers, just as He did in Biblical times.  And I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lords kingdom on this earth and contains the fullness of the teachings of the gospel.

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24 03 2009
Ilze Henderson

You are 100% right in saying that we don’t need to work full time for the Lord to be able to spread His Message of hope. We can simply start right where we are, whether it is simply by being friendly to the cashier at the shops, or sharing some of what the Lord told you to a colleague or even the cleaner at work. There are numerous opportunities. We simply need to embrace them. But of course we do need people to work full time for the Lord as well and therefore I wish Brady all the best!

28 03 2009
Becoming LDS

Thanks for this great post. Even though I don’t know your brother Brady it was exciting to watch him receive his call. Just in the recent months missionary work has become a bigger part of my life and I can see now more than ever the responsibility we each have and the impact we can have on everyone around us.

I think often we think of it has a grand and complex task but so often the simple things are what begins to spread the word. It can be as simple as introducing yourself to a neighbor, doing your visiting (home) teaching to some one who is no longer active, or simply doing something to make someone’s day. I love this new-found excitment I have for missionary work and I hope that I don’t let it die. A special thanks to you for this post because I haven’t let it completely die but I have been slacking a little lately and hope that this will get me back on track. Thanks!

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