The Work of Salvation

Our MTC experience – all 5 days of it – is drawing to a close.  Tomorrow, we hear from several more Apostles and other General Authorities – capping instruction from Pres. Monson on Sunday, Pres. Eyring on Monday, Pres. Uchtdorf today.  Some may wonder why the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve devote so much time to training new mission presidents and wives.  The answer is best explained with this latter-day scripture:  “And again, I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the Twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kindgom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them… ” (DC 112: 21)

Both Mission Presidents and their companions as well as every missionary that labors with them, are fulfilling the commission of the Savior to the Twelve “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 27:19)  

The highlight of our stay was Sunday evening where a congregation of 15,000, made up mostly of missionaries currently at the MTC, gathered at the Marriott Center to listen to President Monson, Elder Holland, Elder Nelson, Elder Andersen and other General Authorities of the Church present a Worldwide Leadership Training for Priesthood Leaders.  

It was thrilling to hear the fervor in the voices of the Elders and Sisters as they sang!  But just as thrilling was the message:  simply put, we have plateaued as a Church long enough in our convert and retention efforts, it is time to rise to our potential, working as one united body of members and missionaries.  With the increasing number of Elders and Sisters serving who have exercised their faith in fulfilling prophecy that the Lord will hasten his work in its time, it is now time for us, the members of the Church, to let our love of our fellow man overcome our fears to share the precious truths we have.

It is my testimony that faith of the missionaries will be met by faith of the members and miracles will occur in the growth of the Kingdom!   If you are a future Arizona Scottsdale missionary or parent of an Arizona Scottsdale missionary, please listen to the training found here:

Once you’ve listened, we invite you to counsel with the Lord, then act.  Now is the time.


President and Sister Sweeney

Our Farewell…..

Today Sister Sweeney and I gave our farewell remarks in our Draper, Utah home ward.  We had many generations of family present – which reminded me of President Hinckley’s counsel of a few years ago, “Recently, at the dedication of the Columbus Temple in Ohio, I had an interesting experience. My wife and daughter were with me. A granddaughter and her husband and children drove up from St. Louis…In that sacred and hallowed house there passed through my mind a sense of the tremendous obligation that was mine to pass on all that I had received as an inheritance from my forebears to the generations who have now come after me… I said to myself, “Never permit yourself to become a weak link in the chain of your generations.” It is so important that we pass on without a blemish our inheritance of body and brain and, if you please, faith and virtue untarnished to the generations who will come after us.  You young men and you young women, most of you will marry and have children. Your children will have children, as will the children who come after them. Life is a great chain of generations that we in the Church believe must be linked together. I fear there will be some broken links. Do not let yourself become such, I pray.”  (Keep the Chain Unbroken, Gordon B. Hinckley, BYU Devotional, Nov. 1999)

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