Have you ever thought about why you were sent to earth at this specific time? You were not born during the time of Adam and Eve or while pharaohs ruled Egypt or during the Ming dynasty. You have come to earth at this time, 20 centuries after the first coming of Christ. The priesthood of God has been restored to the earth, and the Lord has set His hand to prepare the world for His glorious return. These are days of great opportunity and important responsibilities. These are your days.
With your baptism, you declared your faith in Jesus Christ. With your ordination to the priesthood, your talents and spiritual capacities have been increased. One of your important responsibilities is to help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.
The Lord has appointed a prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to direct the work of His priesthood. To you, President Monson has said: “The Lord needs missionaries.” 1 “Every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of [you] who have been given so very much.” 2
Missionary service requires sacrifice. There will always be something you leave behind when you respond to the prophet’s call to serve.
Neil L. Andersen’s April 2011 General Conference Address, You Know Enough. Neil L. Anderson is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read, listen to, or watch Neil L. Andersen Full address here.