One of the privileges we have is to travel to stake conferences and encourage the Saints to live the gospel. Last weekend Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge of the Seventy along with Elder Michael L. Southward, Area Seventy, reorganized the Taylor Stake – one of the 14 stakes in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. The Taylor stake is in the White Mountains and is just south of Snowflake and the Snowflake Temple. It is just like living in a small town in Utah. About 75% of the town is LDS.
Elder Corbridge has a marvelous knowledge of the scriptures! He pointed out that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the Church – named by the Lord in this scripture: “Thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (D&C 115:4.)
Elder Corbridge reminded us that the Lord could have just as easily called it “The Church of Jesus Christ” but he didn’t. He named it The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why the added words?
Because, taught Elder Corbridge, it was important to the Savior that we, his friends, get “equal billing” to remind us that we are His friends and the reason the Church exists is to minister to us. It is further to invite us to labor with Him (who could do it all by himself – see 2 Nephi 27: 20-21) in the building of His Kingdom upon the earth. Lastly it is to remind us that we can become joint heirs with Him (Romans 8:17).
After the conference, Elder and Sister Corbridge joined several of the missionaries for a picture. All in His service!