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You Bless the Church

It has been my experience that you who serve as deacons, teachers, and priests are as willing, reliable, and capable in doing your duty as we expect you to be. We admire you. . . .

Through your ministry, great blessings will come to the Church. “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 32:3). You can do so as well. As you speak by the power of the Holy Ghost and administer the sacred emblems of the sacrament, men and women, boys and girls will strive to repent, to increase their faith in Christ, and to have the Holy Spirit with them always.

As you fast and collect fast offerings, members will be moved to pattern their works after the Savior. The Lord cared for the poor, the downtrodden, and He beckoned: “Come, follow me” (Luke 18:22). Your service in caring for the less fortunate engages us in His holy work and helps us to retain the forgiveness for our own past sins.

As you “visit the house of each member” (D&C 20:47), be not fearful nor bashful. The Holy Ghost will supply you in the very moment the words to say, the testimony to bear, the service to render.

Your diligent efforts to “watch over the church always” (D&C 20:53) will be fruitful. Your unpretentious manner will disarm the most unbelieving heart and loosen the adversary’s grip. Your invitation to others to come to church with you, to partake of the sacrament with you, and to serve with you will become a welcoming balm for those lost in the shadows where the gospel light is but a dim ember or glows not at all.

Oh, my beloved young brethren, “neglect not the gift that is in thee” (1 Timothy 4:14) which you received when the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred and you were ordained.

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