Being Anxiously Engaged in Highland, Utah
I loved being a missionary in France. One thing that was great about being a missionary was that we were so involved in the branch or ward. We were a part of activities, in teaching, in reactivation, in family home evenings, in blessing the sick and the afflicted, in helping the branch president, bishop, elders quorum president, high priest group leader, ward mission leader, and relief society president. We often taught the gospel principles class. We taught an English class during the week at the church. We did service for members and non-members alike. We gave talks in church, sang musical numbers, planned soirees and firesides. We cleaned the church and the church grounds. We set up the font for baptisms. We planned and printed the baptismal programs. We helped teach the new member lessons with other members. We attended youth activities. We put on skits. We were active participants in Sunday School and Priesthood classes. We helped with the Christmas program. We baked cakes and cookies and visited the homes of the members. Sundays we were the first to church and often the last to leave. We were anxiously engaged in the gospel. Our little yellow paper day planners were packed one way or another with studying, teaching, preaching or service in the gospel. When we laid down at night we were so tired, but it was always a good tired. Missions are wonderful because you are never focused on yourself.
So how about now? What can we do to be anxiously engaged as a member in Highland, Utah? Well, we need to make sure we are adding studying, teaching, preaching, and service to our yellow planners (now smartphones).
Mornings as a missionary are for personal and companion study and prayer. Can we get up a little earlier to read the Book of Mormon personally or with our family? Can we find time in the morning to kneel with our family and pray over our children and for our neighbors? During the day while at home or work do we seek after things that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy? Do we hold family home evening on Mondays even if we do not have children at home or even if our children are very young? Do we encourage our children to attend their mutual activities? Do we fulfill our home teaching and visiting teaching responsibilities? Do we look after the sick, the poor, and the afflicted? Do we make time for the temple? Do we make it a priority to attend ward and stake activities? While we were travelling this summer we attended church in Nebraska and the speaker asked, “Do you just show up to ward activities, or do you stay and clean up?” Do we keep the commandments and reverently attend sacrament meeting each Sunday? Are we anxiously engaged in all the meetings including our Sunday School and Priesthood or Relief Society classes? Are we listening, pondering, and praying? Do we sing the hymns in our homes and listen to uplifting music? At the end of each day do we kneel in prayer as a family and individually and give thanks to the Lord?
In D&C 58:27 we read, “Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness.” and we read in James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,”
President Hinckley said, “Let us all try to stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better. Make the extra effort. You will be happier. You will know a new satisfaction, a new gladness in your heart.” There is a time and a season for everything. We can’t all be full time missionaries. I’m sure we are all doing better than we think. If there is room for improvement in your life, even in a small thing, let’s do it. Let’s be anxiously engaged in the gospel of Jesus Christ and stretch ourselves to reach our full potential. The Lord promises, “And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.” D&C 58:28.
We love you and want you to all enjoy the blessings that Father in Heaven has for His children who are anxiously engaged in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Love, Brother Bringhurst
This was taken from a bishopric message which I wrote in October 2016