- Whatever our age, capacity, Church calling, or location, we are as one called to the work to help Him in His harvest of souls until He comes again.
He speaks about being one in our efforts and the powerful effect it will have on us as well as those that we share the gospel with.
- There is one way in which we are one in our charge in the priesthood. We sanctify ourselves and fulfill our individual duties to the commandment to take the gospel to all of our Heavenly Father’s children.
- We share experiences in the way in which the Lord builds His kingdom on earth. In His Church, with all the wonderful tools and organization we have been given, there is still a fundamental truth taught by prophets of how we are to fulfill our priesthood mandate of missionary work.
He speaks about President David O. McKay's admonition that every member is a missionary. He speaks about a young priest in a far off land becoming the first member in his city and how he has helped the gospel grow in a short period of time. He also speaks about a young deacon attending conference for the first time with his father. He speaks about how both these young men have sacred responsibilities in very different parts of the world. Their situations may be different, but they are both in the service of their God.
President Eyring speaks about a recent decision to move missionary work in the ward under the direction of the bishop. He was concerned that this would add even more responsibilities to Bishops that are already busy with other things. He speaks about one specific Bishop and how he handled the changes effectively.
- Recently I asked how he explained the surge of convert baptisms in his ward and the increase in the number of young people ready and eager to take the gospel of Jesus Christ out to the world. He said it seemed to him that it was not so much the duty anyone performed but the way they all became one in their enthusiasm to bring people into the community of Saints that had brought them such happiness.
- For some it was that and more. Like the sons of Mosiah, they had felt the effects of sin in their own lives and the marvelous healing of the Atonement within the Church of God. Out of love and gratitude for the Savior’s gift to them, they wanted to help everyone they could to escape the sadness of sin, feel the joy of forgiveness, and gather with them to safety in the kingdom of God.
- It was the love of God and the love for their friends and neighbors that unified them to serve the people. They desired to take the gospel to everyone in their part of the world. And they prepared their children to be worthy to be called by the Lord to teach, to testify, and to serve in other parts of His vineyard.
He concludes with a prayer that we will all be united in our efforts to share the gospel.
- I pray that wherever we are and whatever duties we have in the priesthood of God, we will be united in the cause to bring the gospel to all the world and that we will encourage people we love to be cleansed from sin and to be happy with us in the kingdom of God.
We all have a responsibility to become member missionaries and help the work of God be accomplished. I have recently seen a great circle of this process take place. I work with a nice lady who came to me one evening to ask about our basic beliefs since her daughter had met a young man that was a member of the church. To make a long story short, the daughter was baptized and has just returned from her mission. I got to attend her homecoming and it was awesome to see her growth, testimony, and conviction that the Savior lives. This all happened because a young man wasn't afraid to tell this young lady a little about his beliefs. If we could all make a little effort to just speak to our friends about the gospel, I think we would be surprised just how much our friends respect us for the beliefs we have and would love to learn more. I hope we can all make an effort soon to invite someone to visit with the missionaries.