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Saturday, August 26, 2006

What Is Our Work?

"One of the most well-known and frequently cited passages of scripture is found in Moses 1:39. This verse clearly and concisely describes the work of the Eternal Father: 'For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man' (emphasis added).

"A companion scripture found in the Doctrine and Covenants describes with equal clarity and conciseness our primary work as the sons and daughters of the Eternal Father. Interestingly, this verse does not seem to be as well known and is not quoted with great frequency. 'Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind and strength' (D&C 11:20; emphasis added).

"Thus, the Father’s work is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of His children. Our work is to keep His commandments with all of our might, mind, and strength—and we thereby become chosen and, through the Holy Ghost, receive and recognize the tender mercies of the Lord in our daily lives."

--Elder David A. Bednar
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“The Tender Mercies of the Lord”
p.99, May 2005 Ensign

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Pop said...

Mary,

D&C 11:20 may be the most important. Without the "your work" part we don't get the second part of Moses 1:39, that REQUIRES work on our part.

Pop

8:53 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Pop, that's a very good point. The Lord is always ready to bless us and He wants us to succeed, but we do have our agency and so it is up to us to choose to do our part--our work, if you will.

I really liked this part of Elder Bednar's talk because it really hit home with me and I think it's important.

Mary

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Pop said...

Mary,

Yes, we do have our agency. That is probably the single biggest reason that "many are called, but few are chosen."

A member of our Stake Presidency met with us last evening in HPG Leadership Meeting and gave a wonderful and insperational presentation. His conclusion consisted of three words that all of us have heard time and time again, "CHOOSE THE RIGHT." Isn't it amazing that we have to read volume after volume and listen to presentation after presentation, just to get us to act in a positive manner regarding just three words.

Pop

7:27 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Pop, yes, it is amazing--and even then some of us drag our feet (meaning me!). Still, we can improve and change.

Mary

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Pop said...

Mary,

Truth be known, I think it would be accurate to say that most of us drag our feet, at least to some extent.

Pop

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

Great thoughts! I have thought on the words of Gordon B. Hinckley, "Miracle of Miracles and wonders of wonders, They are interested in us, and we are the substance of their great concern" since reading it in July Ensign.

2:54 PM  

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