Missionary service leads to source of happiness

An invitation to enjoy the happiness of full-time missionary service was extended by Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session.

He said, "To every young man I would say, 'Do you want to be happy?' If so, come and join with us, 52,000 strong and counting, and serve your fellow man as a missionary for the Lord. Make the commitment to give two years of your life to the Lord."

Elder Evans said those blessings of happiness are also available to couples and sisters who desire to serve.

Remembering a cold day of icy rain and snow when he was interviewing missionaries, Elder Evans said that missionaries arriving by bicycle or on foot were almost without exception cheerful and happy. "They were the Lord's missionaries," he said. "They had His Spirit and felt joy in His service regardless of their circumstances."

Elder Evans referred to a report about President Gordon B. Hinckley overcoming discouragement on his mission in England after receiving a letter from his father telling him to "forget yourself and go to work." After praying and pledging to give himself to the Lord, everything improved for President Hinckley. Elder Evans quoted President Hinckley's words: "You want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause, and bend your efforts to helping people."

That is what happened when Elder Evans accepted a call from his bishop to serve a mission, he said. And he told potential missionaries, "The work will be difficult, but there will also be great satisfaction and joy as you serve."