You know what was the best part of this last week? General Conference! I hope everyone was able to see ALL the sessions. The Lord has spoken and now we must act. "For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God" (D&C 84:44) "For his [the prophet] word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith." (D&C 21:5).
There are many many things from General Conference that I would like to add my witness to, however, due to lack of time, I will focus on just one thing that stuck out. "Brethren, step up!" These are the words that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke on Saturday afternoon and it's on these words I would like to focus.
What is the supreme responsibility of every member of the church? "After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel." - President Joseph Smith
We as Latter-day Saints have the FULL and EVERLASTING Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are the only church that has the ability to receive the necessary ordinances for salvation. We know who we are. And we are a very small number compared to the population of the world. Church membership is a little over 14 million which sounds like a lot. However, when compared to the vast number of nearly 7 BILLION, our numbers are quite small. Let's take it a step farther shall we? I would say that most of the members of the church think it the responsibility of the full-time missionaries to preach the gospel. The number of full-time missionaries number around 50,000. That number compared to 7 billion is tiny. "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Latter-day Saints, step up. Would you not, if it was your own child, a brother, a sister, perhaps even a parent that strayed off the path and lost their grip on the Iron Rod, would you not try your hardest to bring them back? Let me tell ya something...WE ARE ALL ONE. BIG. FAMILY. You have an obligation to help that "stranger" down the road just as much as I do as a "full-time" missionary. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have made a COVENANT to our God and Maker, to stand as witnesses of Him at ALL times, in ALL things, and in ALL places. Don't break your covenant. We see plainly in the scriptures what happens to those who forget their duty and responsibility to God and to each other.
"We will attain our exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom only on the condition that we share with our Father's other children the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and observe that commandments that will enrich our lives here and hereafter." - President George Albert Smith
Everyone: Step up. Forget yourselves and go to work, for we can work only as long as the Master allows. "Don't delay, time is running short."
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.