Many of my quotes and ideas were taken from two talks: Magnify your calling by Gordon B. Hinckley and "Your calling: Joy or Drudgery?" by Larry Hiller. They are both wonderful, and if you ever get the chance I would highly suggest reading them.
What does it mean to magnify your calling and why should we do it??
"That word magnify is interesting. As I interpret it, it means to enlarge, to make more clear, to bring closer, and to strengthen."
To enlarge: to make something bigger than it was.
To make more clear: to define it
To bring closer: to bring your calling closer to the ward (or to your heart)
To strengthen: to make stronger
Rather than define all of these further, I have an example of someone who I believed really magnified their calling. In my ward over spring, we had committees, and our activities committee had just been cut (as all had) to allow other auxiliaries to take it's place. Well there was a girl named Sarah who was co-chair of friendship committee and decided that it was really important to have regular ward activities. Friendship committee in the past had been mostly only in charge of "Nice Notes" at ward prayer, and had not done much else. Sarah decided that activities would be a great way to strengthen friendships within our ward, and boy did she go for it. We had barBQs and ice blocking, and movie nights all spring semester long. She enlarged her calling and made it something bigger than it had been before, she made it more clear and clearly defined new ways to be a friendship cochair, brought it closer to both her and the members of the ward, and strengthened the calling and meaning of being on the friendship committee.
Why should we do this? Why should we magnify our calling?
“And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence.”
If you are the kind of person that needs incentives to do what you should sometimes (although I know nobody in here is that kind of person, right) I mean, we do homework because we should, not for the incentive of a good grade…… but IF YOU DID, here it is, if you don't do your responsibility, you will answer the sins of the people on your heads.
Now in this talk, some of it is directed at the priesthood, but for our purposes today I will talk about it in terms of callings.
"Each of us is responsible for the welfare and the growth and development of others. We do not live only unto ourselves. If we are to magnify our callings, we cannot live only unto ourselves. As we serve with diligence, as we teach with faith and testimony, as we lift and strengthen and build convictions of righteousness in those whose lives we touch, we magnify our (callings). To live only unto ourselves, on the other hand, to serve grudgingly, to give less than our best effort to our duty...just as looking through the wrong lenses of binoculars reduces the image and makes more distant the object."
"We magnify our priesthood and enlarge our calling when we serve with diligence and enthusiasm in those responsibilities to which we are called by proper authority. I emphasize the words, “diligence” and “enthusiasm.” This work has not reached its present stature through indifference on the part of those who have labored in its behalf. The Lord needs men, both young and old, who will carry the banners of His kingdom with positive strength and determined purpose."
How do we do this? How do we enlarge the power of the priesthood with which we have been endowed? We do it when we teach true and sound doctrine. The Lord has said: “And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.” ( D&C 88:77.)
We diminish that calling, we shrink that mission when we spend our time speculating about or advocating that which is not set forth in the scripture or that which is not espoused by the prophet of...
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