Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Greatest Work?

Several years ago there was a push from Church headquarters to simplify in order to give more priority to family. Since then, it seems that local and general programming has only intensified with super-activities and entertainments that require massive time commitments and costs. I wonder if we have forgotten the words of Harold B. Lee in 1973 (40 years ago):
“The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.”*
As we seek to create spiritual and conversion experiences for our young people (in super-activities), I wonder if we have also forgotten a corollary of President Lee's remark:
The greatest missionary work we will ever do will be within the walls our own homes.
Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, and siblings—is not missionary work within the family the priority portion of the call: “Every member a missionary”?

And what is the nature of that “missionary work”? Does it not go far, far beyond instruction and teaching? Doesn’t the Apostle Paul make it very clear what the vital core of that work is? See 1 Cor. 13.