The following information comes from the Church Newsroom.
Brigham Young University’s Tuesday devotional this week was given by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He addressed the indispensable link between blessings and responsibilities for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Many of us are familiar with an expression used by a company in numerous ad campaigns: ‘Membership has its privileges,’” the Apostle said from the Marriott Center, quoting a familiar American Express slogan popular in the 1990s. “Well, we are not a secular organization. We are the restored Church of Jesus Christ. As such, if I were to articulate similar sentiments as a member of the Church, it may sound something like, ‘Belonging brings blessings.” And yet there is more isn’t there? Belonging brings responsibility as well.”
Elder Stevenson went on to describe the four main responsibilities of being a Latter-day Saint, as outlined in the Church’s General Handbook:
- Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Uniting families for eternity
- Inviting all to receive the gospel
- Caring for those in need
“As we strive to fulfill these divinely appointed responsibilities as part of the Lord’s work, the Church provides a multitude of resources,” he said. “These are blessings, pouring down upon us from heaven. They come in many forms. Many are customized to our age, location and circumstance. Some of these blessings result from covenants we make as Church members; others bless the lives of all of God’s children.”
Elder Stevenson detailed several ways the Church facilitates Latter-day Saints ability to carry out the required work in each of the four areas.
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