4.21.2009

Obligation

1 Nephi 9:6

“But the Lord Knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words.”

I read this verse today. It is so awesome. I have been thinking about missionary work lately. I read an article in the April Ensign called “The Obligation of the Church” by John A. Widtsoe. He talked a lot about missionary work and our obligation to do this work. Just being members is not enough. He explains that it is not just a recommendation to teach others of the truth, but an obligation. It’s not enough for us to just keep the commandments, heavenly father is counting on all of us to spread his word throughout the world. The truth is for everyone. My question lately has been… how? How can I personally be a missionary? It’s been on my mind and in my prayers lately. The scripture above is an answer to my prayer. Heavenly father knows everything. And he will prepare a way to accomplish what he wants through us…if we are faithful, and if we have a desire to do so, and If we make ourselves available, he has power to fulfill all of his words. I’m realizing that it’s my obligation to pray for missionary opportunities, and it’s my obligation to be an example and earnestly seek opportunities to help others find the truth. On the one hand this is a overwhelming responsibility, but on the other….it is a huge blessing. We have the opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have not yet heard or received it. What a wonderful blessing. I am eternally grateful for the examples that a few member missionaries set for Dave. Through their examples, testimonies and the plan that the lord had prepared for him…..Dave was able to find the gospel. While investigating, he closely observed those around him, he faithfully read the book of Mormon and went to church, he asked questions, he prayed morning and night, and he asked heavenly father in faith “if these things were true”.

“Wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words.” Because of Dave’s faith, the dedication of member missionaries and the plan prepared for both Dave and I by our father in heaven, I am sealed to my husband for eternity. I would be ungrateful and selfish if I did not fulfill my calling as a member missionary. I can do better….. It is my obligation. There are millions of people, just like my sweet husband who have not yet heard or received the truth. Many are ready and waiting. Heavenly father has prepared the way…and through his children (us) his work will come forth. It is our obligation…I pray I can do my part.

2 comments:

The Browns said...

Missionairy work is so important and I love that you posted about it. What a great message to anyone reading your blog. Thanks for the uplifting message. Love you girl. P.S. we need to hang soon. Call me.

KYLE AND ASHLEY REDD said...

Nat,
It was so good to see you today! I hope we can run into each other more often!! you look great!