Tissot_God's_Promises_to_Abram

James Tissot, God’s Promises to Abraham, Jewish Museum, New York, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

Hebrews 6:10–20
1 Nephi 19:9
Moroni 7:40–48

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • How did Christ show love to us, and how does His love continue? How can we show that love in missionary work?
  • Why is missionary work much more effective and long lasting when we get to know and then love the neighbors we reach out to?
  • Can we ever be too charitable?

PREACH MY GOSPEL: CHRISTLIKE ATTRIBUTES
Hope

Hope is an abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to you. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance. It is believing and expecting that something will occur. When you have hope, you work through trials and difficulties with the confidence and assurance that all things will work together for your good. Hope helps you conquer discouragement. The scriptures often describe hope in Jesus Christ as the assurance that you will inherit eternal life in the celestial kingdom.

President James E. Faust taught:

“Being blessed with hope, let us, as disciples, reach out to all who, for whatever reason, have ‘moved away from the hope of the gospel’ (Col. 1:23). Let us reach to lift hands which hang hopelessly down” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Brightness of Hope,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 36).

“Hope is the anchor of our souls….

“Hope is trust in God’s promises, faith that if we act now, the desired blessings will be fulfilled in the future….

“The unfailing source of our hope is that we are sons and daughters of God and that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, saved us from death” (“Hope, an Anchor of the Soul,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 59–60).

Charity and Love

A man once asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:36–39).

Charity is “the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). It includes God’s eternal love for all His children. We are to seek to develop that kind of love. When you are filled with charity, you obey God’s commandments and do all you can to serve others and help them receive the restored gospel.

Charity is a gift from God. The prophet Mormon said that we should “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love” (Moroni 7:48). As you follow this counsel and strive to do righteous works, your love for all people will increase, especially those among whom you labor. You will come to feel a sincere concern for the eternal welfare and happiness of other people. You will see them as children of God with the potential of becoming like our Heavenly Father, and you will labor in their behalf. You will avoid negative feelings such as anger, envy, lust, or covetousness. You will avoid judging others, criticizing them, or saying negative things about them. You will try to understand them and their points of view. You will be patient with them and try to help them when they are struggling or discouraged. Charity, like faith, leads to action. You will develop charity as you look for opportunities to serve others and give of yourself (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 117–118).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

The Infinite Power of Hope

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Give Said the Little Stream

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • How are you like the little stream in the song?
  • What are you trying to “giving away.”
  • Did the stream just give once or twice?

 

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