Presentation on theme: "The Field is White Section 4, 11,12, 14. 1828- Two years before the organization of the Church Doctrine and Covenants 10:50-54 50 And thus they (Book."— Presentation transcript:
1828- Two years before the organization of the Church Doctrine and Covenants 10:50-54 50 And thus they (Book of Mormon Prophets) did leave a blessing upon this land in their prayers, that whosoever should believe in this gospel in this land might have eternal life; 52 And now, behold, according to their faith in their prayers will I bring this part of my gospel to the knowledge of my people. Behold, I do not bring it to destroy that which they have received, but to build it up. 53 And for this cause have I said: If this generation harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them. 54 Now I do not say this to destroy my church, but I say this to build up my church;
Ezra Taft Benson “God, the Father of us all, uses the men of the earth, especially good men, to accomplish his purposes. It has been true in the past, it is true today, it will be true in the future.” (April Conference, 1972) He then quotes Elder Orson F. Whitney as follows:
Elder Whitney Perhaps the Lord needs [good] men on the outside of His Church to help it along. They are among its auxiliaries, and can do more good for the cause where the Lord has placed them, than anywhere else. Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted…the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose. The Lord will open their eyes in His own due time. God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all. It is too vast, too arduous for any on people…We have no quarrel with Gentiles. They are our partners in a certain sense.”
Elder M. Russell Ballard Our message is one of special love and concern for the eternal welfare of all men and women, regardless of religious belief, race, or nationality, knowing that we are truly brothers and sisters… That is our doctrine, a doctrine of inclusion. That is what we believe…Of all people on the earth, we should be the most loving, the kindest, and the most tolerant because of that doctrine. (Oct. Conference, 2001)
Restored Christian Knowledge What they know Mainstream Christian Knowledge Do we differ from others who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? No, only in believing more!” Brigham Young (JD 13:56)
Bro. Robert Millet “Bob, you folks believe you have to do so many things to be saved!” “Like what?” I asked. “Well,” he continued, let’s just take baptism, for example. You believe that baptism is what saves you.” “No, we don’t,” I responded. “Yes, you do,” he followed up. “you believe baptism is essential for entrance into the celestial kingdom.” “Yes,” I said, “while baptism or other ordinances are necessary as channels of divine power and grace, they are not things that save us. Jesus saves us!” (Religious Educator, Vol. 4, No 1, 2003)
JST Isaiah 29 24 Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again, and hide it up unto me, … 26 And again it shall come to pass, that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him, “Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precepts of men, therefore I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people; yea, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish
The Work Isaiah 29: 26 I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people; yea, a marvelous work and a wonder; D&C 4:1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day Might (ko'-akh) -Power of God Strength (‘own) -Vigor, energy, stamina Blameless?
President Harold B. Lee …no man ever puts out his hand to help another without gaining for himself the right to a merited salvation because of his willingness to help others. Now, keep in mind that all of us are our Father's children, whether presently members of the Church or not. It is these others of our Father's children about whom we must be much concerned. They are just as dear to Him as those who are presently members of the Church…. (Harold B. Lee, The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.594)
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day 4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; 3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; A B A