I honestly don't know what to write this week. The rainy season is coming back. I never thought I'd miss thunder and lightning, but the little bit that there was yesterday made me really happy. I remembered all the crazy lightning storms in Texas like strobe lights all night long.
I gave a talk yesterday in church. I used Chapter 18 of 3rd Nephi on sharing our light with those who are in darkness as well as rescuing those who have strayed from the light. In other words on how we as members can help share our light, as well as find and reactivate the less active and inactive members. It's very easy to judge and scorn those who have strayed and not want them to come back, but Christ makes it very clear that we must love them and invite them until they repent of their sins and return again to His fold. He also makes it a commandment. Jacob makes clear how we must fulfill this commandment and our responsibility as home and visiting teachers in Jacob 1:19.
Jacob 1:19 "And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day. "
We must work with all diligence to bring them back, otherwise their blood will stain our garments when we come before the throne of God and we will be held accountable for all their sins. We will not be able to hide from Him or deny our failure to keep this commandment. Every time we fail to fulfill our duty, the blood of those under our stewardship fall upon us. Let's not shirk our duties as members of the Lord's church, but work diligently to bring back the lost sheep that have strayed. This church is the church of Jesus Christ, established and restored by Christ himself. It contains the fulness of the Gospel: every step that we must take to receive salvation. We need to share it with those who don't have it. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
With love until next week!
Elder Benjamin Jackson