Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mormon Messages for Youth: "A Priesthood Duty"

"Wherefore, go ye and preach my gospel . . ." (Doctrine and Covenants 80:3.)
President Thomas S. Monson (pictured at left) shared a few brief thoughts on missionary service at the October 2010 General Conference.  His words of advice directed to Mormon youth reminded me of Elliot's preparation to serve his mission to Oklahoma, and his brother Keith's preparation before his mission to the Dominican Republic.  It really is a remarkable thing that we ask of these young men and women as they offer two years of their lives in the service of others, and even more remarkable is the manner in which they respond.  A portion of President Monson's address is excerpted below, and you can see a related video after the jump.

"Now, before we hear from our speakers this morning, may I mention a matter close to my heart and which deserves our serious attention. I speak of missionary work.
"First, to young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and to you young men who are becoming elders: I repeat what prophets have long taught—that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary. Keep yourselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord. Maintain your health and strength. Study the scriptures. Where such is available, participate in seminary or institute. Familiarize yourself with the missionary handbook Preach My Gospel.

"A word to you young sisters: while you do not have the same priesthood responsibility as do the young men to serve as full-time missionaries, you also make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome your service."

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