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. MormonHub Quizzes - Jan 5, 2017. Come, Follow Me; Freebies; How to Share; Quizzes; Forum; About; Quiz Medium General Authority or Harry Potter? Just tell us who you are … We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. 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. I testify that the living God is our Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is His living and Only Begotten Son in the flesh. RootsTech Connect 2021, a free global online family celebration event, is very happy to announce that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day on February 27, 2021.. Family Discovery Day is a live, 1-day free virtual event for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Or this from Nephi at the end of his life: “And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? You will have occasion to ask those questions. Facebook. “We expect you to be mature, powerful, bold, spiritual missionaries. 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. “So you’ve got to invest yourself in this for your sake, for the Church’s sake, and for heaven’s sake. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way. He responds that he does not know. Furthermore, when you bear witness of “Jesus Christ, and him crucified,”8 to use Paul’s phrase, you invoke the power of God the Father and the Holy Ghost. 3 Ne. He said missionaries often ask him when that Second Coming of Christ will occur. “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. Inherent in all of this is a rather simple definition of the gospel, at least when considered in its essence. Encourage in every way possible more spiritual Church meetings, especially sacrament meetings. The Gardener who gave us the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the cedars of Lebanon, the tree of life. Missionaries could read to these investigators the sacramental prayers as found in the scriptures, they could share some of the words of favorite sacrament hymns, or they could do any number of other things that would help these new visitors and prospective members have a powerful learning experience when they visit a sacrament meeting. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”7. On that first Resurrection Sunday, Mary Magdalene first thought she saw a gardener. … 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. Download links to the MP3’s and PDF files are located at the bottom of the page. Some of those blessings are unconditional, such as the gift of the Resurrection. I offer this as my personal feeling. This generation will help prepare the Church for the Second Coming of Christ, a process which has already begun, he said. For example, in zone conferences, which are some of the greatest teaching moments we as General Authorities have with these young elders and sisters, I have asked missionaries what it is they want investigators to do as a result of their discussions with them. I have thought about this a great deal. Missionaries, don’t get so consumed with the desire to record a baptism that you yourselves forget what this baptism represents and what it must mean in the life of this new member. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? 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. “Elders,” I plead, “you have already told me about baptism, and I am still asking!”. COVID-19 has changed full-time missionary work in many ways. There is no excuse in time or eternity for you not to have that one precious conversion.”. Learn how you can prepare for missionary work. The angels are smiling down on this dispensation and expect so much of you in order that the Lord can triumphantly come. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 23 June 1994. “We know that. Salvation never was easy. Such a divine testimony of Christ is the rock upon which every new convert must build. So when they hear others bear that witness of Christ’s saving mission, it has a familiar feeling; it brings an echo of truth they themselves already know. “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. “Be baptized!” is shouted forward in an absolute chorus. “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. A convert’s new life is to be built upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His redeeming sacrifice—a conviction that He really is the Son of God, that He lives this very moment, that He really is the door of the sheepfold, that He alone holds the key to our salvation and exaltation. Probably there are very few missionaries, if any, who do not know the centrality of this doctrine. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary. In 2011, Holland was named the Nevada professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. To be successful, missionaries should seek to be personally converted, obey rules, have the Spirit of God, and work hard. That is more likely to occur if this service is a spiritual, strong teaching moment in which it is clear to participants and visitors alike that this is a sacred act of faith centered on the Lord Jesus Christ, that it is an act of repentance claiming the cleansing power of Christ, that through His majesty and Atonement it brings a remission of sins as well as, with confirmation, membership in His Church. Former Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, son of apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, was one of nine new general authority Seventies called. Read how the response to the new missionary age policy remains enthusiastic. Contributed By By R. Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer. I would particularly ask full-time and member missionaries to study from and teach the Atonement of Christ out of the Book of Mormon. There’s a lot riding on your shoulders. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. And you have to have an abiding conviction of this work in your heart.”, He said: “Missionaries are under obligation to come home having had at least one convert, you! Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. Study the scriptures conscientiously and become familiar with those passages that teach and testify of Christ’s redeeming mission. Only this testimony of the atoning Anointed, Victorious One will prevail against the gates of hell. As such the book centers upon that which scriptural testaments have always centered upon since the days of Adam and Eve: the declaration to all that through the Atonement of the Son of God, “as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.”10. 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. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers.”11. So saith the Son of God Himself. 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. Before their missions, they both sported… Eric August 17, 2020. In like manner, do all that you can to make your baptismal services a spiritual, Christ-centered experience. “Live the Word of Wisdom!” someone says. What a privilege to be here. January 18, 2021. by. Perhaps this is enough to give you a feel for the urgent, impressive theme that runs all through that sacred record. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. …. Many of the investigators who attend a baptismal service (that is, the service of someone else being baptized) will go on to their own baptisms. Quiz; Medium; By. The idea behind the current missionary guide, Preach My Gospel, is “to convert you, then help you to convert the [individual] investigators,” he said. 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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. It’s entitled “Feed My Sheep” and was a precursor to the talk that he gave in General Conference. A story of spiritual rescue that gained broad attention after it was shared with Mormon mission presidents last month is inaccurate and the LDS leader who presented it withdrew it on Monday. When you know that … then you will know why you have to preach it His way.” For that reason, missionaries are counseled to be obedient to mission rules, he explained, adding that by so doing, they can teach with power and great authority because they will be endowed with the Spirit. Aha, they think. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Czechoslovakia and was a bishop in Nevada. I testify that He lives, that the whole triumph of the gospel is that He lives, and because He does, so will we. There are several reasons for bearing testimony. “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. Elder Holland gave the missionaries this formula by which they can know they are measuring up to the Lord’s expectations: “Seek to be personally converted, obey the rules of the mission, strive to have the Spirit of the Lord in your life, and work hard. I love being at the MTC. So why should we bear frequent and powerful testimony of Christ as Savior, as Redeemer, as Atoning Lamb of God? Missionary Work and the Atonement By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles From a talk given at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center on 20 June 2000. But for residents of Hiko, Nevada, nothing Elder Holland says inside the Conference Center could have a greater impact than what they witnessed nearly 20 years ago. We believe in angels. 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). These are things every missionary can do. How could we believe it would be … Oct 23, 2017 - Missionary Work and the Atonement - Elder Jeffrey R Holland - YouTube 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.”. Well, she did—the Gardener who cultivated Eden and who endured Gethsemane. 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. “If you do those things, I promise you in the name of the Lord and with the authority of my office, you are a success in His eyes regardless of how many other convert baptisms you are able to have in your particular corner of the vineyard.”. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is known for his talks and the powerful principles and crisp, undeniable doctrine. 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. “… Whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him [the investigator] will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him [the investigator] with fire and with the Holy Ghost. “We expect you to be mature, powerful, bold, spiritual missionaries. 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. Or this from Nephi’s remarkable brother Jacob, who gave a two-day sermon on the Fall and the Atonement! Probably no other meeting we hold in the Church has the high referral and future baptismal harvest that a baptismal service does. From a talk given at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center on 20 June 2000. I say that in a very biased way, because it was on my own mission that I came to love the Book of Mormon and the majesty of the Son of God which is revealed there. 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