Beginning last October with the age-change for missionary service, it is clear that the work of the Lord truly is hastening onward. We have (as of June 22nd) 70,274 missionaries out in the field, and are on the precipice of opening 58 new missions on July 1st (one of which–the Cincinnati mission–I have be reassigned to from my original call to Columbus). The stone has been cut out of the mountain without hands and is rolling forward at a greater speed than ever before. This is the final gathering of Israel. But why? Why now?
Last night, we were told by the apostles that this rising generation has been chosen and reared to labor in the gathering of Israel in the latter days. And that is true. But that started a long time ago. The Church has been raising the bar and the standard for missionary service for years, and they will continue to. What, then, has changed? The role of the members.
Gordon B. Hinckley has told us that the most effective way to do missionary work is not through tracting; it is through members. Last night, the call was clear. Today is the day that missionary work will take forth not simply because there are more missionaries, or that those missionaries are infinitely better than those who served before. Today is the day that missionary work will flourish because the members are prepared to serve.
For those who are skeptical, consider Doctrine and Covenants, section 4. The missionary section.
“Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men…
Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work…
And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.”
(Verses 1, 3, and 5)
The more closely we read this, the more apparent it becomes that this is not just for full-time missionaries. If we have a desire to serve God, we are called and qualified by our faith, hope, charity and love.
If I took away anything from last night’s broadcast it is this: this is the hour the Lord has chosen to hasten his work because not only are the missionaries ready, willing, and eager to share the gospel of everlasting life with His choice sons and daughters, but the members themselves are, too.
We are the armies of Helaman. We have been saved for these latter days to build His kingdom. Let each who is worthy go forth and share.
Sister Amanda Denison