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Hastening more along
The uncut stone moves on
Faster than ever before
All for the work of the Lord.

My dear brothers and sisters, I am grateful to be with you on this special occasion. This event is historic because we have in attendance 173 new mission presidents and their companions! They come from 19 different countries and are assigned to serve in 50 nations around the world. This record number of new mission presidents, coupled with the record number of 70,000-plus missionaries, are significant signs that the Lord is hastening His work.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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 The good news comes alive
Through an individual’s story
Conversions unto Christ
Are for God’ work and glory.

Missionary work comes alive when we hear remarkable stories of individual conversion. I would like to begin my message today by relating a conversation recently recorded with Sister Neill F. Marriott, sustained last April as second counselor in the general Young Women presidency. Many lessons can be learned as you listen carefully to her story.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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Callings build on each other
Anchored on Christ.
Linking lessons together
Lifting us to light.

Well, I love Church meetings. I know that sounds strange, but my real heart is in my home. And so with each calling—and they did seem to build one on another—I would take care of my home first. Some meetings I missed, but it wasn’t an intrusion on family life. If anything, it taught me to be a better mother.
ELDER NELSON
You’re a better mother because you’re anchored to the gospel.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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Love everyone
Not just the favored few.
We have work to get done.
Those we reach will help too.

The most effective missionaries always act out of love. Love is the lubricant and life of good missionary work.
The father in the parable loved each child. So we too should act out of love to help all, not just a favored few. Opportunities come in various ways, and sadly, some of those are missed opportunities.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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Have faith the drought will end
And souls will come your way.
Pray the floodgates open
More and more each day.

Plan for each rescue
Bring them safely in
There is much to do
To wash souls, begin.

PRESIDENT BOWMAN
We were concerned as a presidency about what was happening, and we counseled together. So we sent a letter out, asking the members to join together in a fast for missionary work and for the drought.
CHRIS EUBANKS
We received this letter, and the entire stake and other stakes around us fasted, and the missionary work immediately started to pick up.
The floodgates kind of opened up, and everybody was getting involved.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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The work of our Father
Excludes naught a one.
Look after each other…
Enthused get things done!

The work of salvation excludes no one! Missionaries and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sent forth to labor in the Lord’s vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.1 This includes member missionary work at its best, with activation of less-active members and preparation of God’s children for all the blessings of the temple. God wants all of His children to return to Him and qualify for eternal life.

The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime

RUSSELL M. NELSON

OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

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The Work of Salvation: Parable of a Father at Bedtime
In the dim light
From the doorway
Review the night
And the long day.

Who is asleep
Tucked safe in bed?
Who needs watch-keep?
Father, be led!

“With love, each can do as the Good Shepherd would do to plan and to rescue. And each can do so prayerfully with inspiration from the Father of us all.”

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