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Living by the scriptures

"Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls." — Doctrine and Covenants 100:4

While serving as bishop several years ago, I often wondered how I would respond when a newly called missionary going to a foreign country would ask why the Lord called him or her to serve there. It was so far from home and included learning a new language.

Having always searched the scriptures for answers to questions or problems, I spent some time reading for an answer; and while reading Doctrine and Covenants 100:4-8, I found the answer.

"Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls. Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say. But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things. And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say."

These scriptures always gave a great deal of comfort and inspiration to me and to those called to serve, reassuring them that the Lord was with them whatsoever they were called to do.

– Donald E. Kirby, Shelley 5th Ward, Shelley Idaho South Stake, Shelley, Idaho

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