Nothing will so touch your heart and stir your soul like the truths of which I have been speaking. The Prophet said: “The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations, they have sung and written and prophesied of this, our day; … we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the latter-day glory” (History of the Church, 4:609–10). “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy [or, in other words, I bring you the gospel personified], which shall be to all people. Joseph Fielding Smith (1976), 121. Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? The word gospel as we use it in English comes down to us through early scriptural language which meant literally “good news” or sometimes “glad tidings.” The “good news” was that death and hell could be escaped, that mistakes and sins could be overcome, that there was hope, that there was help, that the insoluble was solved, that the enemy had been conquered. Perhaps this is enough to give you a feel for the urgent, impressive theme that runs all through that sacred record. It is not generally contested that Joseph Smith dictated to his various scribes the text of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. The Prophet Joseph Smith once declared that all things “which pertain to our religion are only appendages” to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.1 In like manner and for the same reasons, every truth that a missionary or member teaches is only an appendage to the central message of all time—that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Holy Messiah, the Promised One, the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that He alone burst the bands of death and triumphed over the captivity of hell; that no one of us could ever have those same blessings without His intervention in our behalf; and that there never shall be any “other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, [except] in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.”2. Study the scriptures conscientiously and become familiar with those passages that teach and testify of Christ’s redeeming mission. It must be commitments from the other discussions, they think. Or this from Nephi’s remarkable brother Jacob, who gave a two-day sermon on the Fall and the Atonement! How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Facebook. January 18, 2021. by. Member Missionaries; Mission Prep; Sharing the Gospel; Mission Field; Resources. "Abide in Me": Jeffery R. Holland. One of the great fears missionaries have at least in some locations is taking their investigators to church. I bear witness that He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, that He was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief because upon Him were laid the transgressions of us all.18. Elder Isaac Johnson and Elder Trey Stewart both wear a black missionary name tag. Quote by Jeffrey R. Holland: “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy...” “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men. …, “And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.”13. Almost everything I have said here has been an aid directed toward the missionary process, ultimately toward the investigator. He referred to the dramatic increase in interest since President Monson announced in October general conference the lowering of the age of eligibility for missionary service to 18 for men and 19 for women. So why should we bear frequent and powerful testimony of Christ as Savior, as Redeemer, as Atoning Lamb of God? “For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent … shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. This is the dispensation that will receive the Son of God as the Lamb of God, and we will hand to Him the Church of the Lamb.”. It is the message we are called to declare. The good news was that everyone’s tomb could one day be empty, that everyone’s soul could again be pure, that every child of God could again return to the Father who gave them life. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland greets a sister missionary during a meeting in Lima, Peru. On that first Resurrection Sunday, Mary Magdalene first thought she saw a gardener. Learn more about guidelines and necessary forms. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. “I am ‘fired with heavenly and joyful anticipation,’” Elder Holland said, “and if I could sing, I would sing!”, Elder Holland said he has a feeling regarding earlier apostles, prophets, priests, and kings—earlier missionaries—“that although they knew they would not succeed in their day, they were able to continue to labor because they knew we would succeed. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Either way, the essential message of the gospel, the starting point for all other truths, is this from the Master’s own lips: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”3 Thus the Atonement of Christ, which makes that return to the Father possible, is rightfully seen as the central fact, the crucial foundation, and the chief doctrine of the great and eternal plan of salvation—“our Heavenly Father’s plan,” which we are called to teach. “Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. Elder Holland read a quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith that he said has taken on new meaning for him, though it was equally true when Joseph made the statement in the early days of the Church when there were only a few hundred members. I bear witness that He came from God as a God to bind up the brokenhearted, to dry the tears from every eye, to proclaim liberty to the captive and open the prison doors to them that are bound.19 I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears, and set you and your families free. Read about one of Elder Holland’s mission experiences. This talk will give missionaries perspective on what conversion … As Lehi says to me and to you, “How great the importance to make these things [of the Atonement] known unto the inhabitants of the earth.”. Salvation never was easy. There are several reasons for bearing testimony. Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font? “So you’ve got to invest yourself in this for your sake, for the Church’s sake, and for heaven’s sake. I testify to you that we will change lives, including our own, if we will teach the Atonement through the Book of Mormon as well as, of course, from all of the other scriptures. 3 Ne. There is not enough space here to convey the wonder and breadth of these Book of Mormon sermons, but consider this from Nephi early in his ministry: “And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. “Be baptized!” is shouted forward in an absolute chorus. Right: The Greatest of All, by Del Parson, Detail from King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites, by Gary L. Kapp. Our basic message is that with a complete offering of His body, His blood, and the anguish of His spirit, Christ atoned for the initial transgression of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and also for the personal sins of everyone else who would ever live in this world from Adam to the end of time. “And he shall rise the third day from the dead. …, “… His blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.”14. From a talk given at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center on 20 June 2000. Yet “we believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; [then] third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”6. Watch: These 2 future college basketball players are bringing slam dunks to missionary work. Because of the significance of the latter days, “you have to be the best missionaries we’ve ever had, because no task has ever been put before a missionary like the one we’re putting before you,” Elder Holland said. Elder Holland has authored many books including, Broken Things to Mend and To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family. Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Throughout the teaching experience, missionaries must bear testimony of the Savior and His gift of salvation to us. Former Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, son of apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, was one of nine new general authority Seventies called. Come, Follow Me; Freebies; How to Share; Quizzes; Forum; About; Quiz Medium General Authority or Harry Potter? “But I am quick to say that process has already begun,” he said, explaining that it began with the appearance of the Father and the Son to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820 and will culminate with the coming of Christ to reign personally upon the earth, of which culmination “no man knoweth” the day or the hour (see D&C 49:7). “There is an enthusiasm, an excitement, a zeal right now that is unlike anything I know of in recent years,” Elder Holland said. “Live the Word of Wisdom!” someone says. We know you’re young, but we don’t apologize for that. Obviously you should bear testimony regularly of all the principles you are teaching, but it is especially important that you bear testimony of this central doctrine in the plan of our Heavenly Father. A missionary’s testimony invokes a great legacy of testimony dating back to the councils in heaven before this world was. So the fact of the matter is investigators are not only hearing our testimony of Christ, but they are hearing echoes of other, earlier testimonies, including their own testimony of Him, for they were on the side of the faithful who kept their first estate and earned the privilege of a second estate. See Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. In 2011, Holland was named the Nevada professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him [the investigator] of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one. …, “… This is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.”9. There is no excuse in time or eternity for you not to have that one precious conversion.”. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted two pictures on Facebook after his granddaughter returned from serving an LDS mission. Article Highlights Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on January 15. That belief is to be followed by true repentance, repentance which shows our desire to be clean and renewed and whole, repentance that allows us to lay claim to the full blessings of the Atonement. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. Don’t Let Negativism Ruin Your Marriage, Carefully Schooled in the First Principles and Ordinances, Latter-day Counsel: Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley, The Relief Society’s Role in Missionary Work, Retention, and Activation, Follow the Prophet and Strengthen the Youth, Tabernacle Choir Sings in U.S. Inaugural Parade, President Hinckley Among Most Admired Men, New CES Manuals on Pearl of Great Price, Family History, The Wilmington Delaware Stake: No Small Wonder, “Missionary Work and the Atonement,” Ensign, Mar. “Yes,” I say, “we do want them to be baptized, but what has to precede that?”. “We expect you to be mature, powerful, bold, spiritual missionaries. I would particularly ask full-time and member missionaries to study from and teach the Atonement of Christ out of the Book of Mormon. The prayers, the hymns, surely the talks that are given—all ought to be focused on the significance of this ordinance and the Atonement of Christ, which makes it efficacious. And you have to have an abiding conviction of this work in your heart.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve. The Gardener who gave us the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the cedars of Lebanon, the tree of life. But I have been surprised to regularly be with the missionaries and discover that this is not something that readily comes forward in a discussion of missionary work. We must always remember that these investigators, every man, woman, and child, were among the valiant who once overcame Satan by the power of their testimony of Christ! I have thought about this a great deal. Oct 15, 2013 - Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. I’m so grateful that you’ve served. To be successful, missionaries should seek to be personally converted, obey rules, have the Spirit of God, and work hard. Before their missions, they both sported… Eric August 17, 2020. I testify that the living God is our Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is His living and Only Begotten Son in the flesh. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. It is the truth. The Savior Himself taught about bearing witness before any other doctrine when He visited the Nephites: “After this manner shall ye baptize in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one. …, “And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me. …. Or, as a last example, this from the great patriarch Lehi: “Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah. …. In like manner, do all that you can to make your baptismal services a spiritual, Christ-centered experience. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price. You will have occasion to ask those questions. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is known for his talks and the powerful principles and crisp, undeniable doctrine. 11:27, 32, 35–36, 39; emphasis added. This talk was given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on January 11, 2011. A new convert deserves to have this be a sacred, carefully planned, and spiritually uplifting moment. And indeed the investigators deserve to feel essentially the same spirit in sacrament meeting that they feel when being taught by the missionaries. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. “The point is you have to understand that this is the Savior’s gospel. In its unparalleled focus on the messianic message of the Savior of the world, the Book of Mormon is literally a new testament or (to avoid confusion) “another testament” of Jesus Christ. One is that when you declare the truth, it will bring an echo, a memory, even if it is an unconscious memory to the investigator, that they have heard this truth before—and of course they have. Learn how you can prepare for missionary work. “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Mar 27, 2017 - Missionary work ~Jeffrey R Holland #ldsquotes #missionary #hastenthework #ElderHolland Jeffrey R. Holland Quote: “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “And the God of our fathers, … yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself … as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, and to be buried in a sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos. …, “And all these things must surely come, saith the prophet Zenos. Now they are a little leery. PROVO, Utah — At the Seminar for New Mission Presidents held at the Provo Missionary Training Center in 2000, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered an oft-cited address titled “ Missionary Work and the Atonement.” If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,”16 then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. I don’t always run through this little exercise in a zone conference, but sometimes I do. Tonight we don’t have a lot of time. with no comment. Holland is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a son of Jeffrey R. Holland. Like the rest of you, I have wondered what exactly life… Eric August 19, 2020. Jeffrey R. Holland Quote: “Missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience.” (9 wallpapers) - Quotefancy “ Missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “Receive all of the discussions!” someone else offers. The idea behind the current missionary guide, Preach My Gospel, is “to convert you, then help you to convert the [individual] investigators,” he said. “The Miracle of a Mission” – Elder Holland – MTC Talk – October 28, 2000 Brothers and Sisters, we feel it an immense privilege. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men. This points that new convert toward the blessings of the “good news.”. Little wonder, then, that the Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever known (or at least one of them), said: “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 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