Sunday, 24 July 2011

David O. Mckay - Worldwide ambassador for the Church

The first months of David’s mission were difficult. Only a short time before, he had been one of the most popular men on the campus at the University of Utah. Now he was among strangers and very unpopular. He tells in his own words how he was humbled and how the Lord taught him:

“I was homesick and a little discouraged on this day. … I had just left school. I loved school and I loved young people. … I was with Peter G. Johnston, one of the truest friends in all the world. … As we were coming back into town, I saw on my right an unfinished dwelling, over the front door of which was a stone on which there was a carving. That was most unusual, so I said to Elder Johnston, ‘I’m going to see what that is.’ I was half way up the graveled walk when there came to my eyesight a striking motto as follows, carved in stone:

“‘Whate’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part.’

“I repeated it to Elder Johnston. … We walked quietly, but I said to myself, or the Spirit within me, ‘You are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than that, you are here as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. You accepted the responsibility as a representative of the Church.’ …

“That afternoon, by the time we found our lodgings, I accepted the message given to me on that stone, and from that moment we tried to do our part as missionaries in Scotland”

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