Following His Resurrection, the Savior charged His apostles to go "into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
That same divine charge extends to the Lord's followers today — and miracles are happening, said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve in his Sunday morning conference address.
"Six months ago as President Monson announced the age change for young men and young women desiring to serve missions, there was an undeniable spiritual outpouring. Faith overcame doubt and young men and women moved forward."
On the Thursday following conference, Elder Andersen was assigned to recommend missionary calls to the First Presidency. He was amazed to see the number of young people who had already adjusted their plans, visited their doctors, been interviewed by their bishops and stake presidents and submitted their missionary applications — all in just five days.
"Thousands more have now joined them," he said. "It's a miracle."
Elder Andersen expressed gratitude for the "energizing faith" of the sisters, the growing number of missionaries from countries across the world and the increasing number of couples ready to serve. "Fifty-eight new missions have been announced, and our bulging Missionary Training Center in Provo has amazingly found a new companion in Mexico City."
It's miraculous to see the Lord's gospel spreading across the world, he declared.
"As surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries," Elder Andersen said. "You already know them, or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle."
Missionary work is not the sole claim of the full-time missionaries, he noted, saying that every righteous member of the Church can be involved in the work. "Our desire to share the gospel takes all of us to our knees, and it should, because we need the Lord's help."
Seek the Lord's help in finding opportunities to share the gospel, he counseled.
"I promise you as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles."
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"A person's lack of interest need not diminish our bonds of friendship and love. Whether or not the invitation is accepted as you invite others to 'come and see' you will feel the approval of the Lord, and with that approval, an added measure of faith to share your beliefs again and again."
Elder Andersen encouraged members to share their faith online and via Facebook, Twitter and other social formats.
"We are all in this together. With fellow ward members and missionaries, we plan and pray and help one another. Please keep the full-time missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Trust them with your family and friends."