As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. In the time of the Savior, an average man and his family could not do much more than live on what they made that day. You were very happy to get the work, and I am very happy with the way you served. I. n light of the calls and releases the First Presidency has just announced, may I speak for all of us in saying we will remember and love always those who have served so faithfully, just as we immediately love … But just at day’s close, the householder returns a surprising fifth time with a remarkable eleventh-hour offer! Don’t delay. The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours—real or imagined—fall away in the abundance of the final reward. To teach and demonstrate God’s capacity for mercy and forgiveness, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve began his Saturday afternoon conference address by recounting the Savior’s parable of the labourers. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. With more prospective workers than jobs, these first men chosen were the most fortunate in the entire labor pool that morning. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. The Laborers in the Vineyard-Jeffrey R. Holland. It really is a way that is happy live.”―Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers within the Vineyard” “Let people repent. Luck never seemed to be with some of them. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it. Then as they gather for their payment, they are stunned to receive the same as all the others! The first workers agreed to the full wage of the day, and they received it. Leave a comment Post navigation So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are ALWAYS there for us! It is a story about generosity and compassion. Yes! The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. 20.5k members in the inspiration community. Let me speak briefly to that concern. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. Read about The Laborers in the Vineyard by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. It’s getting late. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. If you haven’t made them, make them. In the time of the Savior, an average man and his family could not do much more than live on what they made that day. These last and most discouraged of laborers, hearing only that they will be treated fairly, accept work without even knowing the wage, knowing that anything will be better than nothing, which is what they have had so far. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. My beloved brothers and sisters, what happened in this story at 9:00 or noon or 3:00 is swept up in the grandeur of the universally generous payment at the end of the day. The truth Elder Holland extolls is real, it burns at our hearts and makes us want to get up and try again. Elder S. Mark Palmer, “Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him,” General Conference April 2017. So lesson number one from the Lord’s vineyard: coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. 2012 General Conference). Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy the fellowship of His labor. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. My beloved brothers and sisters, to those of you who have been blessed by the gospel for many years because you were fortunate enough to find it early, to those of you who have come to the gospel by stages and phases later, and to those of you—members and not yet members—who may still be hanging back, to each of you, one and all, I testify of the renewing power of God’s love and the miracle of His grace. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. Jan 2, 2016 - Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. Summary for the 182nd Annual General Conference, Converted to His Gospel through His Church, Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service, Faith, Fortitude, Fulfillment: A Message to Single Parents, How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life, Aaronic Priesthood: Arise and Use the Power of God, The Vision of Prophets regarding Relief Society: Faith, Family, Relief, Only upon the Principles of Righteousness, General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, They Spoke to Us: Making Conference Part of Our Lives, 182nd Annual General Conference Includes Leadership Changes in Seventy, Bishopric, and Relief Society, Audio and Video Back to 1971 Added to Conference Archives, Auxiliary Training Meetings Online in English and Spanish, New Information for Disability Specialists Added to LDS.org, International Art Exhibit Winners Announced, Exhibit Opens, “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” Ensign, May 2012, 31–33. You are paid in full. Which leads me to my third and last point. I wish to speak of the Savior’s parable in which a householder “went out early in the morning to hire labourers.” After employing the first group at 6:00 in the morning, he returned at 9:00 a.m., at 12:00 noon, and at 3:00 in the afternoon, hiring more workers as the urgency of the harvest increased. Is the fact that faith? Labels: 12 Apostles, Apostle Holland, Church, General Conference, Gospel Message, Jeffrey R Holland, LDS Church, Leaders, Messages, Mormon, TheLdsLife. Life can be tough; we all experience difficult obstacles at some point in our lives and to overcome … As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. So if you have made covenants, keep them. Our hear and arise from the dust … and be men.”5 Not always but often it is the men who choose not to answer the call to “come join the ranks.”6 Women and children frequently seem more willing. Do it for the sake of those who love you and are praying that you will respond. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: The labourers in the Vineyard. Let individuals grow. We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. You are paid in full. I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. Luck never seemed to be with some of them. Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. The first workers agreed to the full wage of the day, and they received it. We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. Do it for your sake. It doesn’t say here that anyone threw his coin in the householder’s face and stormed off penniless, but I suppose one might have. It is a story about grace. No comments: Post a Comment. 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