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A Call to Serve the Lord

Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets” by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy during October 1999.

A Call to Serve the Lord
Elder Andersen’s message resonates with urgency and relevance as he invites us to heed the timeless counsel of the Prophet Joshua: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). In a world filled with distractions and challenges, the call to serve the Lord remains as crucial as ever.

The Importance of Listening to Prophets

Drawing parallels between ancient Israel and modern disciples of Christ, Elder Andersen emphasizes the necessity of carefully following the teachings of the living prophets. Just as the Israelites heeded Joshua’s counsel to conquer Jericho, so too must we listen attentively to the warnings and guidance of today’s prophets and apostles.

Spiritual Mole Crickets

Elder Andersen vividly illustrates the subtle yet destructive nature of spiritual threats in our lives, likening them to mole crickets that burrow unseen beneath the surface. These “insects of wickedness” may appear insignificant, but their influence can undermine our spiritual foundations and lead to ruin if left unchecked.

Prioritizing Family and Faith

Central to Elder Andersen’s message is the importance of prioritizing family and faith amidst the busyness of life. He underscores the prophetic counsel to strengthen family prayer, scripture study, and home evening, recognizing these practices as essential safeguards against the encroachment of spiritual dangers.

Responding to Prophetic Counsel

Elder Andersen challenges us to reflect on our response to prophetic counsel. Do we heed the warnings with humility and faith, or do we dismiss them with smug independence? He urges us to take seriously the spiritual threats that surround us and to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord’s commandments.

Strengthening Our Roots

Just as diligent care is required to protect a lawn from mole crickets, so too must we diligently nurture our spiritual roots. Elder Andersen calls us to be vigilant in our stewardship of family and faith, recognizing that our efforts to build spiritual resilience will yield blessings beyond measure.

Serve and Strengthen

As we ponder Elder Andersen’s words, let us commit ourselves to serving the Lord and strengthening our spiritual roots. May we heed the warnings of living prophets and apostles, prioritizing family and faith in our daily lives. Let us be vigilant in guarding against spiritual dangers and strive to make the world a better place by building strong, resilient families grounded in gospel principles. Link to Original: Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets

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