While working in the fields as a boy with his mother, Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy explained in his Saturday morning general conference address, he was taught one of the most important lessons of his life. He said he looked back at the and said to his mother, "Look at all we have done." His mother said, "Edward, never look back, look at what we still have to do."
Relating this to Church service, Elder Dube said, "The Lord through His servants calls us to serve in various callings, which we accept with total commitment." He explained that when a release has been extended and a new assignment has been issued, members joyfully accept it, are not overshadowed by previous experiences, and don't think they have served enough already. Elder Dube then quoted President J. Reuben Clark: "In the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how."
Using the early Saints as an example, Elder Dube quoted the late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve: "They did not know exactly where they were going, precisely how many miles lay ahead, how long the journey would take, or what the future held in store for them. But they did know they were led by the Lord and His servants."
Elder Dube declared that the pioneers knew how to look ahead and believe. "We too can look ahead and believe," said Elder Dube. "We can embrace the invitation of our Lord, who with stretched open hands invites us, 'come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' " (Mathew 11:28-30).
He encouraged members to unite in a common objective "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). He explained that the Savior Jesus Christ sees from beginning to end. He knew His own road of travel through Gethsemane and Golgotha when He proclaimed, "No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).
Elder Dube said, "In the sight of the Lord it is not so much on what we have done or where we have been, but much more where we are willing to go."
Ryan Morgenegg is a multimedia specialist for the Deseret News.