Oct 18, 2015

Here to Serve a Righteous Cause

by Carol F. McConkie

"We are here to serve a righteous cause. Sisters, in this cause we are all valued. We are all needed."
"The righteous cause we serve is the cause of Christ. It is the work of salvation."

 “This work of salvation includes member missionary work, convert retention, activation of less-active members, temple and family history work, and teaching the gospel” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], introduction to chapter 5)

"Before we were born, we accepted our Heavenly Father’s plan “by which [we] could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize [our] divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.” Of this premortal covenant, Elder John A. Widtsoe explained: “We agreed, right then and there, to be not only saviors for ourselves but … saviors for the whole human family. We went into a partnership with the Lord. The working out of the plan became then not merely the Father’s work, and the Savior’s work, but also our work. The least of us, the humblest, is in partnership with the Almighty in achieving the purpose of the eternal plan of salvation.'”

"In the work of salvation, there is no room for comparison, criticism, or condemnation. It is not about age, experience, or public acclaim. This sacred work is about developing a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and a willingness to use our divine gifts and unique talents to do the Lord’s work in His way. It is having the humility to fall on our knees and say, “O my Father, … not as I will, but as thou wilt.'”

"May we chose to serve a righteous cause as valiant emissaries of our Lord Jesus Christ."