Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Does God have a mission statement?

Steven Covey and others say it's good to have a mission statement. 

This applies to individuals, families, companies, and organizations. 

The scriptures have mission statements too. 
  • Nephi said his full intent is to persuade men to come unto Christ and be saved. (1 Nephi 6:4) 
  • Nephi taught scriptures to his brothers to persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer. (1 Nephhi 19:23)
  • Lehi's main object or purpose was the everlasting welfare of his family's souls. (2 Nephi 2:30) 
  • Jacob told his people he was desirous for the welfare of their souls. (2 Nephi 6:3)
  • The Lord told John and Peter Whitmer the thing of most worth is to declare repentance that he may bring souls unto Christ. (D&C 15:6, 16:6)
  • The Lord told Moses that the Lord's work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)

Our Church also has mission statements.

The 2014 theme for LDS youth is "Come unto Christ."

The 1981 the LDS Church's three-fold mission statement encompasses this theme perfectly:

  • Preach the gospel (missionary work)
  • Perfect the Saints (helping people learn and become like Christ, becoming worthy of exaltation) 
  • Redeem the dead (family history and temple work)
In our Church's new handbook we learn that the 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by God to assist in His work to bring to pass the salvation and exaltation of His children' (see Moses 1:39).

All of these point to one overarching mission statement...

Bring Souls To Christ. 

Is this your mission statement too?  

Here you can watch the beautiful theme song to the 2014 theme "Come Unto Christ." 

1 comment:

Jessica said...

A lot of mention in scriptures about souls. A soul is a body AND spirit. We are the BODY of Christ. I think there are multiple layers of learning in this...