Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hastening the Work

The Scriptures:

Wo unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope; That say: Let him make speed, hasten his work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it. (2 Nephi 15:18-19)

Joseph Smith:

"On the subject of ordination, a few words are necessary. In many instances there has been too much haste in this thing, and the admonition of Paul has been too slightingly passed over, which says, 'Lay hands suddenly upon no man.' Some have been ordained to the ministry, and have never acted in that capacity, or magnified their calling at all. Such may expect to lose their appointment, except they awake and magnify their office. Let the Elders abroad be exceedingly careful upon this subject, and when they ordain a man to the holy ministry, let him be a faithful man, who is able to teach others also; that the cause of Christ suffer not. It is not the multitude of preachers that is to bring about the glorious millennium! but it is those who are 'called, chosen, and faithful.' .... Be careful about sending boys to preach the Gospel to the world..." (Joseph Smith, TPJS p42-43)

Modern Mormonism:

"My message this afternoon is that the Lord is hastening His work." (Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Put Your Trust in the Lord," General Conference Oct 2013)

"In a move to expand the opportunities for young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve full-time missions, Church President Thomas S. Monson announced today that, effective immediately, men may now begin serving at age 18 and women at age 19." (LDS Newsroom, link)

“God is hastening His work. And He needs more and more willing and worthy missionaries to spread the light and the truth and the hope and the salvation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to an often dark and fearful world.”  (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, link)

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