Hearts and Priesthood Ordinances
- Preaching the gospel and seeking after our dead are two divinely appointed, interrelated responsibilities.
- These responsibilities relate to our hearts and priesthood ordinances.
- The Lord’s purpose is to invite all to come unto Christ.
- Enabling the exaltation of the living and the dead is the purpose of temples.
- Priesthood ordinances are the pathway to the power of godliness and are essential to fully “come unto Christ and be perfected in him” (see Moroni 10:30−33).
- This divine doctrine suggests two important implications for our work in the Church.
- We must not give undue emphasis to separate categories of the work.
- The spirit of Elijah is central in and vital to the work of proclaiming the gospel.
- Moroni’s instructions to Joseph Smith had two themes, the Book of Mormon and the role of Elijah in the Restoration.
- The Book of Mormon changes hearts and the spirit of Elijah turns hearts.
- We must capitalize better on this potent combination.
- Hearts and conversion: turning to the fathers prepares a heart for the mighty change.
- Hearts and retention: Turning strengthens the changed hearts.
- Hearts and reactivation: Turning softens hearts once changed.
- Hearts and valiant missionaries: Those who have experienced both are more converted, consecrated, and valiant.
Summary and Testimony
- We are witnesses of the Lord’s hastening His work.
- This is the dispensation of the fulness of times.
- We should be grateful and humble to know this.
- One of the greatest influences on convert retention is the spirit of Elijah.
- See, hear, and remember the importance of your service.
- Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service (2004), 1.
- Russel M. Nelson, "A New Harvest Time," Ensign, May 1998, 34.
- “It Helped Me Go On a Mission.” Young adults tell how doing family history and temple work strengthened them and helped them prepare for a full time mission.