- My young brothers and sisters who are called to full-time missionary service, you are called to the work because you “have desires to serve God” and because you are ready and worthy.
He speaks to Senior Couples and their call to serve in the Lord's vineyard.
- Senior couples, you are called to the work for the same reasons. You, however, bring not only a desire to serve but also wisdom gained from seasons of sacrifice, love, and experience that your Father in Heaven can use to touch the hearts of His sons and daughters who are looking for the truth. No doubt you have learned that we can never truly love the Lord until we serve Him by serving others.
He shares that dedication is a key to bring about miracles during your service as a missionary.
- Dedicated missionaries can bring about miracles in the mission field.
To people that feel inadequate, President Monson assures us the Lord will help them.
- I testify that whom God calls, God qualifies. You will receive heavenly help as you prayerfully labor in the Lord’s vineyard.
He speaks to those that have had to leave their missionary service early. He assures them that the Lord still loves them and appreciates the service they were able to provide and that their service upon returning home is needed now and in the future.
- Now, a word for those elders, sisters, and couples who, for whatever reason, may not be able to finish their assigned time in the mission field: The Lord loves you. He appreciates your sacrifice. He is aware of your disappointment. Know that He still has a work for you to do. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise. Don’t get down; don’t become discouraged; don’t despair.
He concludes with reminding us to keep the faith and our covenants.
- Don’t lose your faith, because the Lord has not lost faith in you. Keep your covenants and move forward.
For the youth, the following story is told about sharing the gospel in some unlikely favorable circumstances.
- At school I have a teacher who has the kind of personality that might scare someone from sharing opposing views on a subject. One day we got on the topic of LDS missionaries. I knew I could have answered his questions, but I felt like I shouldn’t. So I said just enough to satisfy him for the time being.
- For the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation. Finally, a thought came to me that I should give him a Book of Mormon with a few highlighted phrases about missionary work. The thought scared me, but it persisted. I knew it was a prompting I had to follow.
- About two months later, I had the Book of Mormon ready. All day long I felt like the book was burning a hole in my backpack. The three seconds it took for me to hand it to him as I left for winter break was the scariest moment of my life.
- On the first day back, I passed his classroom but was scared to go in. Then I heard him call for me, and he gave me a card. I read it in the hallway. He wrote that he had studied “at length” the passages I had marked, and he was beginning to see some reasons behind my faith.
- I get excited sharing the gospel now, and I am even more excited to serve my Heavenly Father on a mission soon.
The Lord blesses us for our missionary efforts. Reaching out to another child of our Heavenly Father pleases Him. Just because someone doesn't accept the invitation to hear the missionary discussions now, doesn't mean that the desire to serve God is any less. People will come to recognize the need for God in their life and when they do, they will be reminded of the great example you have shared and seek for similar blessings in their own life. Sometimes we are planting seeds in the great field that need to grow stronger and stronger until the day they are ready to harvest. We may be called to plant, or we may be called to harvest, but whatever we are called to do, do it with all your heart.