Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: ‘Missionary Work — Sharing What is in Your Heart’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“I wrestled with the question, ‘How can we, as members and disciples of Christ, best fulfill that great commission [“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19)] in our daily lives?’ Today I invite you to ponder that same question in your heart and mind.”
“His gospel and His Church are an important part of your life and of who you are and what you do. Therefore, invite others to come and see and come and help, and God will do His saving work, and they will come and stay.”
“As an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you with the confidence to be a living testimonial of gospel values, with the courage to always be recognized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the humility to assist in His work as an expression of your love for Heavenly Father and His children.”

Summary points:

  1. Five guilt-free things anyone can do to participate in the Savior’s great commission to help gather Israel: first, draw close to God; second, fill your heart with love for others; third, strive to walk the path of discipleship; fourth, share what is in your heart; and fifth, trust the Lord to work His miracles.
  2. Look for opportunities to bring up your faith in natural and normal contacts, both in person, online and in daily acts of kindness.
  3. Don’t be discouraged if someone does not accept the gospel message immediately — it is not a personal failure.

Talk summary:

Pondering the Savior’s commission “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’ (Matthew 28:19), “I wrestled with the question, ‘How can we, as members and disciples of Christ, best fulfill that great commission in our daily lives?’

“Today I invite you to ponder that same question in your heart and mind.”

Five “guilt-free” things anyone can do to participate in the Savior’s great commission to help gather Israel:

  • First, draw close to God;
  • Second, fill your heart with love for other;
  • Third, strive to walk the path of discipleship;
  • Fourth, share what is in your heart;
  • And fifth, trust the Lord to work His miracles.

“His gospel and His Church are an important part of your life and of who you are and what you do. Therefore, invite others to come and see and come and help, and God will do His saving work, and they will come and stay.”

When sharing, “stand as witnesses” in word and deed, in person and online and in ways that seem natural and normal.

“As an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you with the confidence to be a living testimonial of gospel values, with the courage to always be recognized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the humility to assist in His work as an expression of your love for Heavenly Father and His children.”

In the news:

  • Elder Uchtdorf went on a nine-day assignment in Sao Paulo and Salvador, Brazil. Some of the most precious moments of the trip for him were consoling the family of a recently deceased full-time missionary, attending two wards’ sacrament and Sunday School meetings, going to teach with several companionships of missionaries as they visited part-member families, and being recognized by a recent convert while riding the Sao Paulo subway.
  • During a devotional at Brigham Young University on Jan. 15, 2019, Elder Uchtdorf compared an experiment with Joshua Bell and a Stradivarius violin to listening to the “sublime music of the Spirit.”
  • At BYU Hawaii on Dec. 17, 2018, Elder Uchtdorf spoke on his 56th wedding anniversary about being a gatherer of light.
  • For Thanksgiving in 2018, Elder Uchtdorf addressed the missionaries at the Provo MTC. In his talk, he said that acknowledging one’s blessings is not just meant to make one happy in the moment. It is also “meant as a tool to help you recognize your resources so that you can use them to move onward and upward.”
  • On Nov. 18, 2018, the German National Day of Remembrance, Elder Uchtdorf spoke at the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery where 41 German soldiers are buried. While there, he talked about finding reconciliation, peace and preventing events like World War II from happening again.
  • In October 2018 general conference, Elder Uchtdorf’s talked about finding healing, peace, happiness and meaning in his talk “Believe, Love, Do.”

About the speaker:

Recently on social:

  • In an Instagram post, Elder Uchtdorf reminded others to make the most of their gifts, to grow their talents and to always continue to progress.

  • Elder Uchtdorf wished his Instagram followers a Mele Kalikimaka, or a Merry Christmas, from Hawaii in December 2018.

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My friends, Harriet and I wish you a Mele Kalikimaka—or in other words, Merry Christmas! We are pleased to be visiting with many valiant followers of Christ on and around the @byuhawaii campus this week, where I have been assigned to deliver the commencement address. . Many BYU–Hawaii students work at the @polynesianculturalctr and we were blessed to spend some time with them during our visit there. As we spoke with and learned from these students, I was struck that even though they live and work in a place that some of us would consider “paradise,” they struggle with many of the same issues you other young people across the globe face. . Many have young families and study hard. Like many of you, they just finished their finals. Might I say, if you just finished finals yourselves, congratulations! . But in addition to the unique challenges you face as young people, you join a worldwide family of disciples of Christ who are doing their best to navigate through obstacles of pain, illness, disappointment, tragedy, and doubt. . These trials come to each of us. Our Father in Heaven knew we would not be strong enough to deal with these heavy burdens on our own. He loved us enough to send His Only Begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, to relieve our burdens. . Remember, my young friends, the everlasting words of hope the Savior spoke in Matthew 11:28—“Come unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” . I attest to you that His promise is true. As we learn to rely on Jesus Christ, the rest He promises can be ours. You can always turn to the Savior for peace. I urge you to remember this when your trials feel too heavy to bear. This is my prayer for you this Christmas season—and always.

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  • On Twitter, Elder Uchtdorf reminded others that God’s light, love and power is available to all.