“Ye Have Desired That Ye Might Bring the Souls of Men Unto Me”

Bryan Richards

God’s very purpose is to bring the souls of men unto him. This is his work and glory (Moses 1:39). When the three Nephites desire to bring the souls of men unto Christ, theirs is the ultimate, righteous desire. Their desires had become like the Father and the Son—they had become one with God. Hence, the Savior tells them, ye shall be even as I am (v. 10). The message to all of us is the same, the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen’ (DC 15:6).

“President Hinckley remarks that when people asked Joseph Smith what would be the most important thing they could do, the answer was repeatedly to share the word of the Lord with others. He recounts the story of Dan Jones, a Welsh convert to the Church who was with Joseph Smith on the night before the prophet was murdered. Joseph Smith prophesied at that time that Jones would see Wales again before he died. Fulfilling the prophecy, Jones returned to Wales and brought thousands of new converts to the Church. President Hinckley urges the members to follow Jones‘ example and ’set about to bring the souls of our families, neighbors, friends, and associates unto the Lord.’ (Ensign, September 1993, Page 2)” (Hinckley Citations from the Ensign, “The Thing of Most Worth”)