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Speaking during the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, President Ballard addressed the topic, “Behold, the Field Is White Already to Harvest.”

Hyrum Smith, the Prophet Joseph’s older brother, was one of his earliest and most faithful supporters, said President Ballard. “He knew that his younger brother had been called of God to restore the fulness of the gospel.”

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On one occasion in 1829, Hyrum traveled more than 160 miles from his home in Palmyra, New York, to where Joseph and Emma were living in Harmony, Pennsylvania, to find out more about what had been revealed to Joseph. In response to the visit, the Prophet received for Hyrum a Revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants section 11.

President Ballard told the mission leaders they will find principles in the revelation that apply to them and their missions.

“Like Hyrum, the Lord announces to you and to everyone, ‘Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God. Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God’ ” (Doctrine and Covenants 11:3–4).

“As you experience challenges and make important decisions in your mission, you will find yourselves on your knees, and that is exactly where you need to be as you lead your mission.”

Mission leaders can do 4 things

President Ballard said the Lord has provided counsel and direction, and promised blessings, for mission leaders who do four things found in Doctrine and Covenants 11:9, 21.

First: “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.”

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