So this last sunday I had to give a talk in Tagalog...My talk was about 40% Tagalog and I definitely stressed about it and prayed to seek inspiration from my Heavenly Father. This is what I felt inspired to share to those of Plaridel Ward ...of course I translated back to English so you would all understand haha. I love you all. Muah!
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to share some words about missionary work.
Brothers and sisters, this is the time to prepare to meet God. This is the time for men to perform their labors.
Time is running out, and Jesus Christ is near.
"we must devote our time to the things that matter most" We must use our time wisely and set our priorities right. We are living on borrowed time, we must be wise how we use our seconds, minutes, and hours.
This is the time to prepare.
Every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints needs to bring forth the work of salvation. We need to preach the gospel to all the world. Every member of the Church of Jesus Christ is a missionary. I know that Heavenl Father is preparing people to hear the gospel. Our Heavenly Father is hoping we are ready to teach the people...our brothers and sisters.
Our Brothers and sisters, outside, are children of God. They have lost hold of the iron rod. However, through missionary work. we can all bring them the truth. We can all bring back our brothers and sisters to the straight and narrow path. We are all instruments of God.
I believe that the Lord is telling us to not be afraid to open our mouths and teach. The Lord does not want us to worry, but to trust Him. We need to develop enough faith to preach the gospel even when we don't know what we are going to do or say.What we need to do is to prepare. I believe that one way to prepare is by treasuring up the words in our lives, in our hearts, and minds by studying and pondering on the scriptures. As we prepare our Heavenly Father will give us opportunities to share the truth to those who have been prepared to hear your testimony and truth.
"As we live the gospel more fully, we can eliminate fear by replacing it with charity- the pure love of Christ- towards our friends, family, and neighbors. this love will increase our natural tendency to share the gospel."
Here in the JST; Matthew 6:38 footnote says: " Wherefore, seek not the things of this world, but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness." ....This is Gods work.
It is time to preach the gospel because we are all missionaries and because we want to follow Jesus Christ and teach the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, and help bring joy to those who follow him as well. We should not be afraid to share the gospel because we all have a glad message to share. We have a message of joy.
May we all put our faith into action to share fearlessly to our brothers and sisters who have lost hold of the iron rod.
"Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, o ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye SERVE him with ALL your HEART, MIGHT, MIND and STRENGTH, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to SERVE GOD ye are CALLED to the work (D&C 4:1-3)."
We are all missionaries and we must magnify our calling. Elder Echo hawk once said, "The work you are embarking on now has eternal consequences...there may be future leaders out there...if you fail to meet your sacred calling, that has eternal consequences as well." I can not tell you how grateful I am to be a missionary. To be called forth to preach in these latter days. To bring forth the gathering of Zion and to be worthy to labor in the Lords vineyard in these last hours. I'd like to leave you with one last quote by President John Taylor, "if you do not magnify your callings, God will hold you responsible for those whom you might have saved had you done your duty." May we all stand blameless before God on the last day. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.