Good news deserves to be shared.
In Lehi’s dream, when he tasted the fruit of the tree, he immediately wanted his family to enjoy it as well. “I beckoned unto them,” he said, “and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit” (1 Nephi 8:15).
Nearly five hundred years later, an angel appeared to King Benjamin with a message for his people. “I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy,” he said. “For the Lord…hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy” (Mosiah 3:4).
Shortly after the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord called upon members of the church to spread the message of the gospel. Here are a few of the phrases that He used in a series of revelations received between September and December, 1830:
- “Open your mouth” (Doctrine and Covenants 30:5, 11, 33:8-10).
- “Proclaim my gospel, as with the voice of a trump” (Doctrine and Covenants 30:9, 33:2, 34:6, 36:1).
- “You shall declare glad tidings of great joy” (Doctrine and Covenants 31:3).
- “Declare my gospel” (Doctrine and Covenants 32:1).
- “Lift up your voice, and spare not” (Doctrine and Covenants 34:10).
- “You shall declare it with a loud voice” (Doctrine and Covenants 36:3).
This mandate remains in place today. Last Sunday, President Russell M. Nelson taught:
The gospel of Jesus Christ is exactly what is needed in this confused, contentious, and weary world.
Each of God’s children deserves the opportunity to hear and accept the healing, redeeming message of Jesus Christ. No other message is more vital to our happiness—now and forever. No other message is more filled with hope. No other message can eliminate contention in our society.“Christ Is Risen: Faith in Him Will Move Mountains,” General Conference, April 2021
Today, I will look for opportunities to share the joyful news of the gospel. I will remember that the Lord wants me to speak up, to make my voice heard, so that His children can enjoy the blessings which His gospel can bring into their lives.