What Shall We Do? — November 22, 2014

Lamac rice fields

Lamac rice fields

missionary-created map of Lamac

missionary-created map of Lamac

new wheelchair for Lamac member

new wheelchair for Lamac member

a home

a home

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

The speaker read from the Book of Mormon. He read a scripture from Isaiah. He read from the New Testament. He read from the Doctrine and Covenants. His scriptures were well-marked, and worn from much use.

Each scripture taught a truth. He did not seem to be talking from a written script, but his talk was organized and flowed smoothly. Sometimes the audience laughed with him; sometimes there were tears. Even the children were quiet as their parents’ attention focused on the speaker.

He spoke of spending two weeks in the bukid, or remote area. He said he had been hungry; then read Matt 4:4

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

The speaker was eighteen years old and would enter the Mission Training Center in Manila on Friday. He had spent six weeks as a missionary in Balamban , and then two weeks in Lamac. He did the work of a full time missionary. But the full-time missionaries receive monthly support money to pay their expenses. He did not, and he had no money of his own. He, in essence, served “without purse or script.”

Though his stomach may at times have been empty, he feasted on the words of Christ.

We are so proud of these young missionaries, who, despite all obstacles, prepare themselves to serve the Lord and bring a much-needed message to the inhabitants of this earth.

Boyd K Packer has said,

We live in troubled times—very troubled times. We hope, we pray, for better days. But that is not to be. The prophecies tell us that. We will not as a people, as families, or as individuals be exempt from the trials to come. No one will be spared the trials common to home and family, work, disappointment, grief, health, aging, ultimately death.

 What then shall we do? That question was asked of the Twelve on the day of Pentecost. Peter answered, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The [restored] priesthood is structured to ensure an unbroken line of authority to baptize and confer the Holy Ghost.

 The Holy Ghost is awakened with prayer and cultivated “by obedience to the laws and

ordinances of the gospel.”

[But] the tempter—the adversary—uses [the] channels of the mind and heart to inspire us to evil, to laziness, to contention, even to acts of darkness. He can take over our thoughts and lead us to mischief.

[However] always nearby are leaders and teachers called and set apart to teach and to correct us. We can learn to sort out the promptings from the temptations and follow the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.

It is a glorious time to live! No matter what trials await us, we can find the answer to that question, “What shall we do?” We, and those we love, will be guided and corrected and protected, and we will be comforted. (President Boyd K Packer, May 2000)

The Holy Ghost always speaks the words that Christ Himself would speak to us if we were in His presence. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, each of us can joyfully feast on the unchanging words of Christ.

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