The Truth Shall Go Forth

Reading: Statistical Report 2008 of the April 2009 General Conference, History of the Church 4:540, World Population Growth Estimates

Each year I find it amazing to listen to the annual statistical report of the growth of the church.  This year the membership was announced as 13,504,509.  This number is very close to 13 million, which is the estimated total population of North America in 1830, the year the church was formed.

One of the things I love to do while listening to the statistical report is imagine what one of those early church members who gave up so much for a fledgling little church that many times looked as if it would not survive would think if they were transported to that moment in time.  I would like to think knowing the huge number of people the church would eventually reach would help make their sacrifices more worthwhile, and help them see how important they are in the great plan of the Lord.

The prophet Joseph Smith said,

The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.

If it weren’t for the chain of worth members who cared for the church since it’s re-establishment in 1830, I would not have the opportunity to be a part of the church.  While I am tempted to think that I will not have that many descendants because the Second Coming will be soon, the truth is we have no idea how long it will be. It is just as important for me to be another strong link in the chain so that those who come after me will also have the church to help and protect them.

Today I am going to write in my journal about how important going to church is to me, and how I can help make it stronger for others.

What blessings do you gain from attending a church with others who know the revealed gospel? How would your life be different if there was no organized church, and you were left to worship on your own?

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