Elder Rasband tell missionaries worldwide why they have great cause to rejoice
In an online devotion with the missionaries worldwide, Elder invited missionaries worldwide to understand what rejoicing is and to rejoice in the Lord and His call to them to assist in the work of salvation.
The devotion took place on the 14 of Jan, 2021 and they were made to understand that to rejoice is important and it means “to have a great cause to rejoice according to the mission vocabulary.
During the session, he explained that the Lord and his Prophet have trusted missionaries everywhere to gather his children from the four corners of the world in this last days. It is very important to gather Israel and mostly the work that is going on today on earth.
He tilted the devotion “Rejoice! The Lord is King” by citing the lyrics from the hymn book.
His wife also spoke briefly about the Doctrine and Covenants being the new curriculum.
Elder Rasband illustrated an example from the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning Wilford Woodruff, who as a young man desired to preach the gospel. His prayers were answered with the first of what would be many missionary assignments for the future Church leader to serve a mission to the Southern United States.
One day, when Elder Woodruff took lame with a sharp pain in his knee and couldn’t go on, his companion abruptly returned home, abandoning him, as Elder Woodruff described, helplessly “sitting in an alligator swamp.”
“I knelt down in the mud and prayed, and the Lord healed me, and I went on my way rejoicing.”
He said he did love that phrase “I went on my way rejoicing.” When we picture him in the swamp, alligators everywhere and he cannot walk or run away. What did he do? He immediately turned to the Lord, and then, ‘went on his way rejoicing’.”
Why did he rejoice? asked Elder Rasband. “Because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He was on the Lord’s errand to bring souls unto Him and he was not going to be deterred.
Each time we get discourage on the field, or wonder if your efforts is not enough; each time you question your ability or your companion’s, it better to go ‘on your wat rejoicing.
The scriptures teaches us that ‘O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength’” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:2).
Every single missionary will face disappointment. Missionary work is about changing hearts and lives and turning them towards the savior who said, ‘…. be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven’ (Doctrine and Covenants 6:37).
We all know and believe that the Lord has called prophets and apostles today. They seek the Savior who loves so perfectly, and so completely, that He gave His life that they might live with the Father in eternity.
Elder Rasband repeated his “Go on your way rejoicing” message to the missionaries.
“Rejoice that you are immersed as a missionary in day-to-day, full-time service to the ‘Lord Jesus Christ.’ Up to this point your Church involvement has been worship on Sundays, the blessing of partaking of the sacrament, youth councils and activities, seminary, family home evenings and prayers on your knees.
“Now the Lord has asked you to join full-time in the work of salvation finding those who seek Him, the Creator, the Bright and Morning Star, the King, the Lord of Hosts.”
Missionaries could begin by honoring their assignment with the respect and diligence of a well-known Book of Mormon proclamation.
“‘I will go and do’ (1 Nephi 3:7) is the simple charge to be a willing disciple,” Elder Rasband said. “Focus your thoughts and actions on eternal principles and study daily from the scriptures and the teachings of His prophets. Observe mission rules, keep a cheerful countenance and pray. Pray all the time. Be Christlike.”
He promise us that as we diligently pursue our missionary assignment as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, each one will go on your way rejoicing every day, for the Lord will be with you, guiding you and blessing you and lifting you up every day.”
“I bless you that every day you will find reasons to rejoice — for the Lord is King and this is His work in the Kingdom of God on earth.
“I know that God lives, I know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lives. I bear my witness that He is our advocate with The Father, our friend, and our Redeemer. And I say to all of you dear missionaries that the Lord Jesus Christ is no stranger to the leaders of the Church.”
He concluded by telling the missionaries “we love you, we thank you, and we need you in the great work.”