Rejoice in privilege to serve

"Yours . . . is the privilege of standing in the shadow of the Redeemer of the world as we carry forward this work," said President Gordon B. Hinckley.

"Yours is the opportunity to speak of the beauty of the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . Could there be a greater privilege than this? Rejoice in the privilege which is yours."

As the concluding speaker of the global priesthood leadership training session held June 21, President Hinckley spoke about striking balance between responsibilities and finding happiness.

"I have been where many of you are today," he said. "Let me say that there is never enough time to do it all. There is so much more than any of us can single-handedly give attention to. . . . There is only one way you can get it done. That is to follow the direction which the Lord gave Joseph Smith. To him He said: 'Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing.' " (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119.)

Each has four responsibilities, he said.

1 — Do not neglect your families. "Nothing you have is more precious. Your wives and your children are deserving of the attention of their husbands and fathers. When all is said and done, it is this family relationship which we will take with us into the life beyond."

2 — Obligations to employers. "Be honest with your employer. Do not do Church work on his time. Be loyal to him. He compensates you and expects results from you. . . . Without [employment] you cannot be an effective Church worker."

3 — Time management. "Budget your time to take care of your Church responsibilities."

4 — Church leaders have an obligation to themselves. "He must get needed rest and exercise. He needs a little recreation. He must have time to study. . . . He needs time to ponder and meditate and think by himself. . . . He needs to go with his wife to the temple as opportunity permits.

"With thoughtful consideration and careful planning, we can so budget our time as to accommodate them. We cannot, brethren, we must not neglect any one of them. The Lord does not expect us to be supermen. But if we will place ourselves in His hands, if we will plead with Him in prayer, He will inspire us and help us. He will magnify us and make us equal to the responsibility."

Brethren, he continued, "if you are constantly complaining that you have too much to do, then you do have too much to do. You need to get rid of some of it."

"None of us will accomplish all we might wish to. But let us do the best we can. I am satisfied that the Redeedmer will then say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

"[The Lord] will magnify us and make us equal to the responsibility."