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Bishop and Sister W. Christopher Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric

Tuesday devotional,  August 29, 2017

1/ Sister Waddell

  • They have a son on a mission in Italy. 
  • She referred to a talk by Elder Nelson entitled, “Ask the missionaries, They can help!” 
  • Spiritual power is evidence of the divinity of your calling.
  • The Three Great Gifts of Heavenly Father to all missionaries:  1) The Holy Ghost  2) The love of God 3) Your testimony.   
  • The Holy Ghost will carry your message to the hearts of the people.
  • God pours out His love to his missionaries every day.
  • If you love me, feed my sheep.  Service is a reflection of our love for Heavenly Father.

2/ Elder Waddell

  • The Twelve have some concerns for our missionaries.
  • If you start right, you will end right  (Elder Bednar).
  • D&C 52:14  The Lord provides a pattern in all things.
  • The first pattern is HAVING A PURPOSE.  Think of Lehi’s journey, Moses’ journey, and Jared’s journey.  Everyone one of them had a guide (liahona, pillar by day and night, 16 stones).
  • D&C 29:7  We are called to gather His elect.
  • D&C 109:23  You are armed with power  verse 29 – gather the righteous.
  • Another pattern is to GATHER.  D&C 101:64-65 The garners are temples.
  • The order of appearance in D&C 110 is significant.  Jesus first, then Moses (Gather), then Elijah (Temple).
  • Begin with the end in mind!  The end is the temple!
  • The Book of Mormon is the tool you will use.  It is the same as the Liahona, the stones, and the Tabernacle.
  • If you don’t use the Book of Mormon, you will not be completing your purpose.
  • 2 Nephi 29:2  The elect hear God’s voice THROUGH THE Book of Mormon.
  • September of 1823 is the Second Vision.  There is a book deposited. Of all the things that Moroni could have taught or explained to Joseph, his message was about the Book of Mormon!
  • No one is truly converted without a testimony of the Book of Mormon.
  • Elder Christofferson said that the sickle mentioned in D&C 4 is the Book of Mormon!
  • The GA’s are concerned that the Book of Mormon is not being effectively used in the conversion of new members
  • Treat the Book of Mormon with respect.  Do not call it a BOMB!
  • Conversion is ongoing, not an event
  • Could Joseph have written this? NO!
  • Don’t worry about the things we don’t know.  Concentrate on what we do know!

3/ Interesting statistics:

  • Only 25% of all adult church members worldwide have the names of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on Family Search.
  • Only 2% of recent converts have the names of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on Family Search.
  • Because of the above statistics, there are over 100 million four-generational ancestors that are not on Family Search, and this means there are a half-billion temple ordinances waiting to be done.
  • Those born in the 1950’s — 81% believe in God, 74% believe that Jesus is the Son of God, 72% believe that Jesus was resurrected.
  • Those born in the 1980’s (Millenials) — 64% believe in God, 58% believe Jesus is the Son of God, 55% believe that Jesus was resurrected.

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