“My second invitation is to make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord, for three weeks in a row, to let Him know that you want to be part of His youth battalion.”
What would you be willing to sacrifice so you could help gather Israel?
When President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Wendy, asked youth this very question, youth responded: “I would spend less time in sports so I could help a person in need of truth. I would sacrifice hanging out with friends and instead invite them to come to the temple. I’d definitely cut down time on my phone. I’d give up some screen time. I’d [even] be willing to sacrifice Sunday afternoon naps!”
There’s nothing wrong with sports, hanging out, phones, or naps, but, as President Nelson said, “the gathering of Israel will require some sacrifice on your part.”
On June 3, 2018, President Nelson invited every single youth in the Church to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.” (Watch or read the entire broadcast.)
To help you prepare for this final gathering, the prophet then asked you to do five things that would help change you and change the world.
- Hold a seven-day fast from social media. Take a break from the fake!
- For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
- Keep on the covenant path. If you have wandered off, immediately get on the road of repentance.
- Daily pray that the doors of all nations will be opened for the preaching of the gospel.
- Be a light. Set the standard. Give away one copy of For the Strength of Youth.
The prophet’s second invitation to enlisters in the youth battalion of the Lord is “to make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord, for three weeks in a row, to let Him know that you want to be part of His youth battalion—more than you want anything else. For three weeks give up something you like to do and use that time to help gather Israel.”
You might have a couple questions.
First of all, what does using your time to gather Israel mean?
“Anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel,” explained President Nelson. “It is as simple as that.” (Check out “One Great Work” and “Connect with the Work of Salvation” for some ideas.)
What sort of things should you give up?
Pray about it. “As you pray about this sacrifice of time, you will be guided to know both what you can give up that week and what you can do instead to help gather Israel,” said President Nelson. “For example, a young golfer might give up a round of golf and spend that time in the temple baptistry.”
When asked what they might start or stop doing in order to help gather Israel, youth said they would spend less time:
- Scrolling on social media.
- On their phones.
- Thinking about themselves.
And more time:
- Studying the scriptures, and more intently.
- Doing simple acts of member-missionary work, including daily acts of service.
- Posting scriptures or other spiritual messages on social media.
- Studying general conference talks because they are super important.
Share Your Experience
Over the next few weeks, check back on the LDS Youth website to read more about each of these challenges. Encourage one another by sharing your experiences and ideas in the Comments section. You never know when someone is searching for the motivation your words can bring. Share your experience below.