Inspired by President Gordon B. Hinckley’s Address in April 1999
Today’s inspiration is drawn from “The Work Moves Forward” by President Gordon B. Hinckley, highlighting the enduring faith and progress of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In the vast tapestry of human history, there are moments that stand as testaments to faith, progress, and the unyielding spirit of humanity. President Gordon B. Hinckley’s address during April 1999 General Conference is one such moment. As we explore his words, we discover the remarkable journey of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the call to action that resonates with us all.
Gathered as a global family, we, the members of the Church, come together every six months to receive guidance, renew our faith, and strengthen our resolve to live our best lives. Our diverse backgrounds, ages, and circumstances fade into insignificance as we unite in worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As President Hinckley noted, we are indeed a “happy and blessed people.” Our collective mission is to build the cause and kingdom of God on earth, transcending racial, national, economic, and generational boundaries.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often referred to as the LDS Church, stands today in robust condition. Its global presence continues to expand, carrying out the divine mandate given by the Savior to “teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). With approximately 60,000 missionaries across the world, the message of hope and salvation is reaching corners of the earth previously untouched.
Beyond the full-time missionaries, there are 137,629 volunteers and missionaries engaged in nonproselyting activities. These individuals, mostly mature in years, dedicate their time and talents without compensation. Their collective contribution mirrors the efforts of 15,174 full-time employees and embodies a payroll value of $531,000,000. It’s a testament to the love they have for the work of the kingdom.
Our efforts in family history work continue with increasing momentum. The desire to discover one’s roots resonates deeply with people around the world. This endeavor is not merely about tracing names and dates but about turning “the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6). It is a mission to fulfill the eternal purposes of the Lord.
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The construction of temples has reached unprecedented levels. Since the previous October, temples have been dedicated in Anchorage, Alaska; Colonia Juárez, Mexico; and Madrid, Spain, with 14 more anticipated for dedication within the year. These sacred edifices serve as a conduit for performing saving ordinances that link families for eternity.
In response to the growing needs of our congregations, chapels are being constructed in large numbers. Economic challenges in various parts of the world have led to more affordable real estate prices, allowing the Church to acquire land for building at lower costs. As a result, sacrament meeting attendance is on the rise, and the level of activity within the Church is increasing.
While we often speak of the Church in terms of large numbers, it’s crucial to remember that each member is an individual with unique needs, challenges, hopes, and dreams. We all strive, some more strongly than others, but together, we form a community that supports and uplifts one another. It’s our duty to “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” (Doctrine and Covenants 81:5).
Our world is a tapestry of diversity, with people from various religious backgrounds and beliefs. As members of the Church, we are called to cultivate tolerance, appreciation, and respect for one another. Differences in doctrine should not lead to animosity or arrogance. Instead, they provide opportunities for dialogue and understanding.
President Hinckley’s address also acknowledges the suffering of the people of Kosovo. He expresses gratitude for the humanitarian aid being rushed to the victims and laments the violence inflicted by those who claim to follow Christ. In times of crisis, it is our duty to extend compassion and assistance to our fellow human beings.
The Church is increasingly known and understood worldwide, thanks in part to a kinder portrayal by the media. Although exceptions exist, the image of the Church has evolved positively. President Hinckley recognizes that while sensationalism may persist, the Church continues its mission, undeterred.
In closing, President Hinckley invites us to listen to the words of the Church leaders with faith and humility. He reassures us that their messages have been delivered with prayer and care, reflecting the core principles of our faith.
In conclusion, President Hinckley’s words from 1999 remain as relevant today as they were then. They remind us that faith, progress, and unity can transcend boundaries and transform lives. As we reflect on these principles, let us remember that our actions can help make the world a better place. By reaching out in kindness, understanding, and love, we can contribute to the ongoing work that moves forward, guided by the light of faith and the hand of progress. Link to original: The Work Moves Forward
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