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A Personal Mission

Patriarchal blessings and the initiatory teach us that we each have a mission to fulfill on earth. Each of us has received spiritual gifts which we are to use for others' benefit (D&C 46:11-12). As Christ's disciples, we have the promise that we can do wonderful works (D&C 84:64-66). Through temple worship, we tap into heavenly power that equips us to go out into the world to do the work God has appointed us (D&C 38:32-33; 109:22-23). Every person has a unique contribution to make, a vocation tailored to his or her talents and potential.

According to popular LDS traditions, God assigned us our earthly missions even before we were born. As premortal spirits, we received lessons to prepare us for our ministry and then were sent to earth at a providential time and place (D&C 138:55-56; Abr. 3:22-23). As our life unfolds, we can discern the mission appointed to us through the Spirit's guidance.

Alternatively, we can think of our life's mission as something that comes to be defined during our lifetime as we dialogue with God about our dreams and aspirations. LDS accounts about the Three Nephites and John the Revelator show Christ commissioning individuals to different ministries based on their own desires and his knowledge of what will bring them joy (3 Ne. 28; D&C 7). Likewise, Christ promises his latter-day disciples that he will make us instruments for good according to what we desire of him (D&C 6:8; Moro. 7:26).

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 I Will Follow God's Plan  (Children's Songbook 164)

Joseph Smith: Every [person] who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1976), 365

Lorenzo Snow: Now, there are several thousand Latter-day Saints before me, and there is not one but has a work to perform. We did not come into this world accidentally. We came for a special purpose.
The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1984), 93

Matthias F. Cowley: If you are laboring in any doubt as to what you should do in life, go to God in prayer and ask Him what you should do, and let Him guide you by His Spirit, and He will do it.

Conference Report, October 1899

Jeffrey R. and Patricia T. Holland: In the ongoing process of creation . . . our heavenly parents are preparing a lovely tapestry with exquisite colors and patterns and hues. They are doing so lovingly and carefully and masterfully. And each of us is playing a part—our part—in the creation of that magnificent, eternal piece of art. . . . Each of us has a purpose. And for each of us, that purpose is different; it is distinct; it is divine.

On Earth As It Is in Heaven (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989), 4, 7

Gordon B. Hinckley: But what of the unsung, the unheralded, the unrecognized who lived the gospel, loved the Lord, and did their daily work without fanfare or applause? . . . We each make our own contribution, and that contribution adds up to the building of the cause.

“Our Testimony to the World,” Ensign, May 1997, 83

Chieko N. Okazaki: We hear lots of messages telling us what we should want, or what is appropriate for people our age to want, or what other people like us want, or what somebody would want if they were us. . . . Maybe there are people in your life who don't want you to ask for your heart's desire—for any number of reasons. Well, this isn't between you and them. It's between you and Jesus.

Disciples (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998), 16

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