Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Still Goes Forth

 Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.  Amos 3:7

Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken . . . Jacob 4:6

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has meetings every Sabbath Day, but twice a year members meet to hear a prophet, apostles, and other leaders in the Church give instruction on how to live Christlike lives.  Through modern technology, most everyone in the world can tune in to the Holy Ghost's guidance in their lives as uttered by men called of God to guide us.  

The First Presidency consisting of President Thomas S. Monson (middle) and his two counselors on either side
President Thomas S. Monson, the current prophet, waving to the people after conference.
Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
God has not left us alone on earth to flounder around and wonder why we're here.  He has answers to all of our questions and directions to our purpose. 

 When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he did not have access to the communication devices we have today.  He could have had them, if he wanted.  He could have come in modern times as well.  He followed a divine plan to come to the earth when he did to build the foundation for the work to be done after him--in the last days of the earth's existence.  His impact on the world, after a ministry of only three years, was not far reaching at that time in history .  Yet, what he did through his Atonement, has impacted every living soul forever whether they know of it or not.
Christ suffered, bled, and died so we might live again--forever.  Forever.  That is a long time.

Think about those early days when Christ walked the earth and how many people wouldn't listen to his message.  How many people would have listened if they could have been where he preached?  Think of the small number who did hear him and follow him and shared their knowledge of him and his teachings.  Is it much different today?  Obviously, there are more people in the world who are followers of Christ than there were a couple thousand years ago.  Yet, our Savior's message is broadcast throughout the world through media and missionaries and it still hasn't reached every ear or been embraced in every heart.  People's attitudes don't change much over time.

When we walk down the street as missionaries, many people look at the ground, cross the street to the other side, or in some way try to avoid us.  What do they think we are going to do to them?  Heaven forbid that they hear something "religious!"  Many don't want to take the time to hear a gospel message, and others are entirely happy with the church they attend or with the life they are living (no change desired).  They think we're trying to convert them to the so-called "Mormon" faith.  We aren't.  We are trying to do exactly the same thing the early disciples did when Jesus Christ gave them the commandment to go forth and teach all nations, calling all mankind unto repentance, baptizing them, and bringing them into his fold (Church).  Why?  To make it possible for all to return to Heavenly Father and have Eternal Life, which is God's greatest gift.

Missionaries have always tried to bring people to the knowledge of God before and after Christ's birth.

Why should we care?  Because once we know the truth of why we are on the earth, we are commanded to teach everyone so they might also know how to gain Eternal Life.
What is Eternal Life?  It is living with God, the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and with our loved ones who did all that was required of them to qualify to live in God's Kingdom.  It is different than immortality.

Because Jesus Christ conquered death, everyone--ALL mankind--shall be given life after death.  Where we live for the rest of eternity is up to us.  That is the reason missionaries continue to bring the restored gospel message.  Everyone needs to know.  Decisions.  Choices.  Actions.

Everyone can live in such a way to have the greatest joy forever.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, an apostle of the Lord, said in conference yesterday, "We live to die and die to live again.  The only death that is truly tragic is those where the person is not prepared to meet God."

Learn how to prepare.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I needed this gentle reminder to do my part to share this wonderful gospel! I love the quote by Elder Nelson.