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STIMULATOR message for the week of December 7, 1971

Message from President Eugene C. Ludwig, dated December 7, 1971.


Dear Missionaries,

We’re happy that most of you are catching the spirit and joy of true missionary work.  We love you for your dedication and willingness to faithfully do your part. “Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with your might.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 75:3)  Let’s sincerely labor with our might to find, prepare, and baptize our Father’s children here in New Zealand.

The Savior said, “…if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 18:16)

There is a great promise made by the Lord to the enthusiastic, aggressive, dedicated missionary:  “Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; for it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.  But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye declare in  my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things.  And I give unto you his promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 100:5-8)  Missionaries, we challenge you to live your mission life completely in tune, improve on your successes and overcome your failures — then you will ‘receive a fullness of joy’.

To help you do this, remember the words of Paul H. Dunn, as follows:  “If we want to build mediocre spiritual houses, let us give a minimum of time and effort.  If we want to build beautiful houses of life or to change the design of our present lives, if we wish to reach great heights in our upward climb toward eternal life, let us do away with all the things and every thought that hinders our progress.”  May you all develop the faith and strength that is necessary to do the Lord’s work.

Faithfully yours,
President Eugene C. Ludwig

“Don’t drop the ball and you won’t have to complain about the way the ball bounces.”

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