- Missionary work is the lifeblood of the Church and the lifesaving blessing to all who accept its message.
Of missionary service, he makes clear what many general authorities before him have said:
- The Lord needs every able young man to prepare and recommit, starting tonight, to be worthy of a call from the prophet of God to serve a mission.
Elder Rasband shares a story or him sitting with President Eyring as he assigned missionaries to their areas of service. He learned of the revelation process, the personal nature that the apostles have with the application, the love they express for each ones service, and the ability for the Spirit to relate to them where that specific missionary should be called to serve. He talks about listening to the spirit and having it revealed to him where a specific missionary should serve when President Eyring asked him to assist. Of this process he watched President Eyring go through he said:
- Every missionary called in this Church, and assigned or reassigned to a particular mission, is called by revelation from the Lord God Almighty through one of these, His servants.
The process that the apostles and prophets go through is extraordinary and this talk gave us insights into that process that we have not known before. As he closed he gave this advice to future missionaries:
- Prepare now, live righteously, learn from your family and Church leaders, and come join with us in building the kingdom of God on earth
The assigning of missionaries is an amazing process. To think that the Lord knows each of us personally and allows the spirit to communicate to a prophet of God, where each person called to serve should be sent. I know that my missionary assignment was inspired by the Spirit and told to a prophet where I should go. I know that experiences and struggles that I went through were know by God and provided me opportunities to grow and become the disciple that I am today. If you are not yet preparing to service a mission, get yourself ready. If you have already gone or that time has pasted you in life, learn what the missionaries do and follow their example by sharing the gospel with those around you. This is a great calling and opportunity for many people and a training ground to be a dedicated follower of Christ for the remainder of your life.