Elder Ronald A. Rasband: The joyful burden of discipleship

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Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy discussed the importance of being  the “helping hands” to those in need and of following the Savior’s example in bearing the burdens of others.

Conference goers prior to the Saturday morning session of general conference, 5 April 2014. (Courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)
Conference-goers prior to the Saturday morning session of General Conference, 5 April 2014. (Courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

He shared the story of a young girl who faced a deadly tornado at her elementary school in Oklahoma. He discussed how she prayed for safety and was blessed to survive the encounter. He said she had been protected by angels against the storm.

“We can see what a tornado can do (to our earthly possessions) in just minutes,” he said. “It is so important for each of us to strive to lay up our spiritual treasures in heaven, using our time, talents and agency in service to God.”

He said in order to follow the Savior’s perfect example, members should recognize and honor Christ’s Atonement for his children, which was the ultimate act of service.

“What He asks of each one of us is to be able and willing to take up the joyful ‘burden’ of discipleship,” he said.

He said members should take advantage of opportunities to make visits, phone calls, write notes and spend time with those in need.

“Focusing on serving our brothers and sisters can guide us to make divine decisions in our daily lives and prepares us to value and love what the Lord loves,” he said.

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