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In Our Lovely Deseret: See the joy within me shine in someone else's eyes

Published: Sunday, Aug. 18 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

These young people know they are part of the work. They know who it is they serve. In the words of my young niece, Sister Chelsea Newitt, serving in the Australian Melbourne Mission: "There is such a strong Spirit that comes when others are invited to come unto Christ! That's our purpose as missionaries. When we do that, no matter what situation it may be in, we are being true missionaries and representing our Savior."

These members of the "army of Helaman" in latter days know they are needed — they know they are happy!

The song concludes:

I have it, why not share it?

Why not share it with my brother?

And see the joy within me shine

In someone else's eyes …

I know it and I love it,

Why not share it with my brother?

And see the joy within me shine

In someone else's eyes.

("I Have It, Why Not Share It" is from LDS Seminary Course of Study, Gates of Zion, music by Dennis Crockett, lyrics by Susan Evans McCloud.)

Which brings us to the ongoing result of this phenomenon.

These young men and women will return — armed with a living faith, armed with a tried and honed obedience — and armed with a Christ-like love. They will have learned how to look unto the Lord in every thought — to doubt not, to fear not (Doctrine and Covenants 6:34). They will marry and begin families of their own — families established upon this unshakeable foundation. Often both husband and wife will have served missions. And where do they go from here?

They go to the 141 temples that have been raised across the world — at least two dozen more LDS temples in progress. The temples will keep them grounded. Temple attendance will continue to increase their wisdom, their strength and their joy. Here they will continue to experience a closeness to the Savior, who is the source and the heart of the work.

The late LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson said it well:

"Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighed down by a problem or difficulty, I have gone to the House of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. The answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways" (see “What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple,” Ensign, Aug. 1985, page 8).

Thus the mighty host of Israel will be armed and ready for the challenges of the last days. They will be ready to participate in preparation for the Lord's Millennial reign.

God has carefully planned it. We are privileged to be part of the unfolding of that plan.

He will continue to ordain, structure, empower and bless.

"Be of good cheer," the Lord promises in Doctrine and Covenants 78:18, " for I will lead you along."

Of this our marvelous youths can testify.

Susan Evans McCloud is author of more than 40 books and has published screenplays, poetry and lyrics, including two songs in the LDS hymnbook. She has six children. She blogs at susanevansmccloud.blogspot.com.

Email: susasays@broadweave.com

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