4 For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
5 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.
6 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.
These verses were instrumental for me as I debated whether to serve a mission. Thought they were written for two individuals more than one hundred and fifty years ago, they nevertheless spoke directly to my soul. I too had long wished to know how I could do the most good for humanity, for my family, and for myself. As I struggled to know whether to serve, these verses answered the question. I could do a lot of God even without serving, but I would never be of as much service as when I would become an authorized servant of Christ. Preaching has the power to heal souls and to transform lives. And as I wrote when discussing the last chapter, I healed and transformed my life as much as I did anyone else’s
I also love the promise that we will find rest with those we serve. I met so many incredible people and am so happy I was able to help teach them. Some have left the church since which has brought me sorrow. But I believe in the promises of eternity. One day I believe I will see them again in God’s kingdom and we will have rest together.