Repenting is Ascending
By Jeff Markham
3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I give unto you.
4 Wherefore, labor ye in my vineyard. Call upon the inhabitants of the earth, and bear record, and prepare the way for the commandments and revelations which are to come.
5 Now, behold this is wisdom; whoso readeth, let him understand and receive also;
6 For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power. (Doctrine & Covenants 71)
These verses from Section 71 stand as a powerful reminder of the true purpose of missionary work. We are not called to provide overwhelming proof of the truthfulness of the Gospel, nor are we called to impress others with our deep knowledge of the scriptures. Rather, we are to:
- “call upon the inhabitants of the earth”
- “bear record”
- and “prepare the way”
In doing so, we spread the Gospel by inviting the Spirit into the hearts of those we invite. The Spirit allows each of us to “understand and receive also.”