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Accountability — Why do we serve as missionaries?

Taranaki Zone Meeting – November 5, 2015 – New Plymouth, New Zealand

1/ Accountability = answering to God for and taking responsibility for our actions  (see D&C 101:78 and D&C 104:13)

2/ How we view our “accountability” varies greatly.  How we serve in our stewardships is important, but WHY we serve is the true measure of our character (whited sepulchers). 

3/ Some reasons for serving are simply better than others.  Most of us serve for a variety of reasons, but we should strive to serve for the best or highest reasons.

NUMBER ONELove of God, charity             Focus:_________  Accountability:_________

  • “…a more excellent way” __________________________________________________
  • The pure love of Christ (TWO types of love) ___________________________________
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 _____________________________________________________
  • D&C 4:2 ______________________________________________________________
  • It is a gift!  Moroni 7:48 ___________________________________________________
  • We submit our will to the will of the Father ____________________________________
  • Examples:  Christ (3 Nephi 11:10-11),  Moroni (Ether 12:37-41)


NUMBER TWO Hope of eternal reward       Focus:_________  Accountability:_________

  • The expectation of enjoying the fruits of one’s labors ___________________________
  • D&C 18:15-16 _________________________________________________________
  • It involves faith in God and in His promises __________________________________
  • Examples: ____________________________________________________________


NUMBER THREE Sense of duty or loyalty   Focus:_________  Accountability:_________

  • Honorable men and women _______________________________________________
  • “…good soldiers…”, they are obedient and hardworking _________________________
  • Being willingly obedient to God or others is an acceptable offering _________________
  • Examples: _____________________________________________________________


NUMBER FOUR Fear of punishment            Focus:_________  Accountability:_________

  • Fear is a paralyzing character trait __________________________________________
  • A byproduct of selfishness ________________________________________________
  • Mosiah 2:38 ___________________________________________________________
  • Serving out of fear or coercion is viewed as a “tax” rather than as an “offering” _______
  • Examples: ____________________________________________________________


NUMBER FIVE Desire for good companionship   Focus:______  Accountability:______

  • D&C 1:16 ____________________________________________________________
  • Luke 5:31-32 _________________________________________________________
  • Members or friends come and go; service to fellowmen does not ________________
  • Examples: ____________________________________________________________


NUMBER SIX Hope for earthly reward      Focus:_________  Accountability:_________

  • Prominence or leadership positions ________________________________________
  • Wealth or worldly goods _________________________________________________
  • Priestcraft = preaching or serving for gain or the praise of the world  (2 Nephi 26:29)
  • Outwardly appearing righteous but inwardly full of hypocrisy  (Matthew 23:28)
  • Examples: ___________________________________________________________



  • Matthew 20:27  “…whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant…”
  • Matthew 25:40  “…inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me…”
  • John 21:16-17  “…lovest thou me?  Feed my sheep.” 
  • D&C 58:27  “…anxiously engaged in a good cause,…many things of their own free will,..bring to pass much righteousness…”
  • D&C 64:34  “…the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind…” 
  • D&C 81:5  “…succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, strengthen the feeble knees…”



  • Alma 5:19

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