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James John Jacques Tissot, The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription.

DAILY READING

D&C 32; 84:87–88; 123:11–12, 14–17

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • Do you think the promise given to Parley P. Pratt and those who accompanied him on a mission, that “I myself will go with them and be in their midst” applies to us when we are on His mission? How does the Lord’s direction that his missionaries are to be fed and clothed by those they teach apply to our missionary efforts?
  • Do you know people who are searching for the truth “but know not where to find it”? How do we find these searchers?
  • What does the Lord mean when he says that those who are seeking “should then be attended to with great earnestness”?

The Lord Will Magnify What You Say

You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands. His work is to bless His Father’s spirit children with the opportunity to choose eternal life….

Your call has eternal consequences for others and for you. In the world to come, thousands may call your name blessed, even more than the people you serve here. They will be the ancestors and the descendants of those who chose eternal life because of something you said or did, or even what you were. If someone rejects the Savior’s invitation because you did not do all you could have done, their sorrow will be yours.…

“Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” —D&C 123:17

There will be times when you will feel overwhelmed. One of the ways you will be attacked is with the feeling that you are inadequate. Well, you are inadequate to answer a call to represent God with only your own powers. But you have access to more than your natural capacities, and you do not work alone.

The Lord will magnify what you say and what you do in the eyes of the people you serve. He will send the Holy Ghost to manifest to them that what you spoke was true. What you say and do will carry hope and give direction to people far beyond your natural abilities and your own understanding….

The Lord will not only magnify the power of your efforts. He will work with you Himself. His voice to four missionaries, called through the Prophet Joseph Smith to a difficult task, gives courage to everyone He calls in His kingdom: “And I myself will go with them and be in their midst; and I am their advocate with the Father, and nothing shall prevail against them” (D&C 32:3).…

There is yet another way the Lord will magnify you in your call to His service. You will feel at some time, perhaps at many times, that you cannot do all you feel you must. The heavy weight of your responsibilities will seem too great. You will worry that you can’t spend more time with your family. You will wonder how you can find the time and the energy to meet your responsibilities beyond your family and your calling. You may feel discouragement and even guilt after you have done all you could to meet all your obligations. I have had such days and such nights. Let me tell you what I have learned.

It is this: If I only think of my own performance, my sadness deepens. But when I remember that the Lord promised that His power would go with me, I begin to look for evidence of what He has done in the lives of the people I am to serve. I pray to see with spiritual eyes the effects of His power.

Then, invariably, the faces of people flood back into my memory. I remember the shine in the eyes of my child whose heart was softened, the tears of happiness on the face of a girl on the back row of a Sunday School class I was teaching, or a problem that was resolved before I had time to get to it. I know then that I have done enough for the promise made by Joseph Smith to be fulfilled once again: “Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed” (D&C 123:17) (Henry B. Eyring, “Rise to Your Call,” Ensign, May 2002).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Many seek the Truth

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


A Revelation about
the Priesthood

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • Do you need to hold the priesthood to share the gospel with your friends?
    How does having the priesthood on the Earth make us better missionaries?
    Who would you explain the priesthood to a friend? Could you share an experience when you received a priesthood blessing?

 

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