In the Intercessory Prayer, Jesus Christ addressed His Father and summed up all He had been teaching His disciples: “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Jesus taught that we come to know the Father through Him, and we come unto Him by receiving those He sends to teach us (see John 12:44–50; John 13:20). To this end, the Lord established His Church—the kingdom of God on earth. Through service given and received in this kingdom, the Saints are edified and perfected.
“This is the cause and kingdom of God,” President Gordon B. Hinckley testifies. “This is His work restored in these latter days. … There is nothing like it in all the world. … This is the Church and kingdom of the Father. Believe in it. Accept its teachings. Be obedient to its counsel. Work in it. Give of your strength and energy and means to move it forward, and the Lord will bless you and bring a joy into your lives the like of which you have never before known” (see this issue, page 8).
As the following stories illustrate, a great joy does come to those who enter the kingdom and faithfully serve its King by loving and serving His children.