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.





Faith… Do you have it in you?

27 10 2008

Simply put Faith is a belief accompanied by action.  In terms of the Gospel, it is not faith to only say that you believe in Christ, but ye must be doers of the word as well.

Recently I have been impressed with a tremendous act of faith that my little sister, Kelsey, is making.  She has always been more naturally faithful than I have.  In my youth, I often choose to learn things the hard way; despite my belief in Jesus Christ, I struggled to accompany that belief with actions, thus failing to have faith.  I later developed a true faith in our Savior through making changes in my life and repenting of my sins.  My sister on the other hand, has always accompanied her belief in Christ with an appropriate life style.

Recently she has been preparing herself to serve a voluntary mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church.  This process involves several personal interviews with church officials who stand as witnesses of her character and personal worthiness as well as numerous health examinations to determine if she is healthy.  Following these, she fills out an application and submits it to the leaders of the church, the Prophet and Twelve Apostles.  No where on this paper work is she able to indicate a preference of where she will serve as a missionary for a year and a half of her life.  After the application is submitted, she anxiously waits to learn when and where she will live to complete her missionary service.

On Friday, October 24, 2008 my sister received a large white envelop in the mail which contained all of the details of her coming life as a missionary.  Try to relate to this situation as you watch her open her call to serve.

Kelsey is literally turning her life over to Christ.  For 18 months she will do nothing, but serve.  As a missionary the first few hours of every morning will be spent studying the scriptures, following which she will be on her feet teaching people about Jesus Christ and serving. 

Not only will Kelsey be going to a foreign land with an unfamiliar culture, but she will also be learning and speaking in a language she has had no exposure to.  She will study the language for two months before she flies out to the Philippians and is thrown in the deep end.  She will have to depend on the Grace of Jesus Christ to be able to acquire a language so rapidly.

I served a mission a few years ago in the greater Chicago area.  It was the greatest experience of my life.  My Faith in my Savior grew exponentially.  I am so excited for my sister and proud of her.

Could you do this? Is your belief in Jesus Christ strong enough to dedicate a year and a half of your life to nothing else except for building the Kingdom of God? Please comment.