Monday, September 16, 2013

Hastening the Work

What a remarkable time it is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Less than one year ago our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson, announced a small, but impactful change in our current missionary program. Since that announcement, bishops' schedules have been filled with interviews with those desired to serve. As the initial wave of new missionaries quickly overfilled the available space at the missionary training centers around the world, the graduating class of 2013 was waiting eagerly in the wings waiting for their calling, training, and departure date. Fifty-eight new missions were created and over 20,000 stripling warriors answered the call.

Hastening the Work of the LordAs these new missions, new mission presidents, and new missionaries studied, prayed, and prepared to begin their full-time service, the tide of missionary work began to swell and push forward. Now it is our turn to be prepared so we can do our part to help these full-time servants of the Lord Jesus Christ hasten the work. As President Holland so eloquently stated, no longer can we watch this group of missionaries and longingly say "There they go" but we, ourselves, are required to roll up our sleeves, study, pray, and prepare as the real impact becomes even more pronounced in our own neighborhoods because "Here they come".

If you haven't taken the opportunity to feel the impact of our current missionary efforts, please take the time to review the training provided last June and get ready to roll up your sleeves and lengthen your stride.