"We appeal this day to you who have been prepared line upon line and precept upon precept - to go forth into the world. Put your hand to the plow," said Elder David B. Haight of the Council of the Twelve in his April 1979 general conference address.
"Bless new members with your love and your faith, helping them to keep in the right way and teaching them to be watchful and prayerful and reliant upon Christ, the author of our faith. Did not the Savior teach Peter, and through Peter us, as He pointed to the nets full of fish on the shore and said,
Lovest thou me more than these?'"And Peter replied,Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee.'
" `Feed my lambs.'
"Again, the second time, `Lovest thou me?'
" `Yea Lord, thou knowest that I love thee.'
" `Feed my sheep.'
"He said unto him the third time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?' Peter, now grieved because the Savior had asked the third time,Lovest thou me?' said, `Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.'
Jesus said unto him,Feed my sheep.' " (John 21:15-17.)
Elder Haight said, "To us of His church, isn't the duty clear: forever to
feed my sheep,' His followers, those who have accepted His gospel? They are His. Isn't He saying they are dear to Him? You are stronger and your faith is firm. Be a friend to those who are new.Feed my lambs,' He is saying to us.
"May many of us who are fully prepared and needing the blessings put aside the things of the world and become shepherds to the flock and lose ourselves in His service."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage; April 1979 and April 1982 general conference reports.