2 And now I, Mormon, speak unto you, my beloved brethren; and it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and his holy will, because of the gift of his calling unto me, that I am permitted to speak unto you at this time.
How often do we think of our calling as an inconvenience, a challenge, or even a burden? When we receive a calling from God, can we view it as a gift, like Mormon does? Mormon found joy in teaching his people. He recognized that this assignment blessed him even as it enabled him to bless others. As Dieter F. Uchtdorf pointed out, all of our callings serve that dual function:
Every calling provides an opportunity to serve and to grow. The Lord organized the Church in a way that offers each member an opportunity for service, which, in turn, leads to personal spiritual growth. Whatever your calling, I urge you to see it as an opportunity not only to strengthen and bless others but also to become what Heavenly Father wants you to become (“Lift Where You Stand,” General Conference, October 2008).
Today, I will be grateful for my calling, which not only gives me the opportunity to teach an amazing group of young people, but which also enables me to develop new abilities and Christlike attributes. I will remember that my calling is a gift from a loving Heavenly Father who wants me to grow and to achieve my greatest potential.
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