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STIMULATOR message for the week of April 11, 1972

Message from President Eugene C. Ludwig, dated April 11, 1972

“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined!”

Dear Fellow Missionaries:

What is our challenge?  “And ye shall go forth in the power of my spirit, preaching my Gospel, two by two, and in my name, lifting up your voices with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto the angels of God.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 42:6)  We are true messengers, sent from God.  The meaning and impact of that sentence is so great that it can scarcely be comprehended.  This puts a great responsibility on each of us for was are indeed his representatives.

Does it matter if we meet the challenge?  Yes, it does!  But the Lord doesn’t challenge us or taunt us to do His work.  He has simply taught us the truth and provided the opportunity.  He has provided us with the privilege of being missionaries, but we must challenge ourselves.

In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 4, we are told that we should serve Him with all our hearts, might, mind, and strength.  The Lord tells us to thrust in our sickles with all our might.  So, challenge yourself to thrust in your sickle with all of your might and see the results.  We as missionaries have an obligation to be exemplary in all of our actions.  It is a thrilling thing to know that we represent Jesus Christ, but it is also a frightening responsibility.

Challenge yourself to love and serve God with all your heart and to have an eye single to His glory.  Ask yourself this question, “What is my objective in life?”  It might be happiness, service, or self-fulfillment.  The Son of God promised that “…whosever will save his life shall lose it; and whosever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Challenge yourself to completely find the purpose of your mission and peace will be yours, the peace that comes only to those who have God’s approval on their actions.  George W. Romney said, “A measurement of success is whether you are doing the best you can.  tT is not a question of judging yourself as compared to somebody else, but a question of judging yourself against your own potential.”

May each of us answer the challenge that is ours and work up to our full potential, with faith and devotion in serving the Lord.  The decision is yours!

May the Lord bless you in your endeavors.

Faithfully yours,

President Eugene C. Ludwig


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