What Shall We Have Therefore?

There is no sacrifice that you will make for Christ and His church that will go uncompensated.

On Wednesday, my bike fell off the bike rack as we were driving on the freeway in Stockton. When we took the nearest exit off and circled around to see if it could be recovered, we witnessed multiple semi trucks run over the bike until it was smashed into dozens of pieces. A second time we circled around and managed to put the remnants of the metal and rubber into the trunk so that no cars would be damaged by the debris.

As I contemplated the loss of my bike, my mind was drawn to the twelve original Apostles, along with the pioneers of the early latter-day church, who gave all they had in the service of the Lord:

Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

And Jesus said unto them… every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19:27-29)

My brothers and sisters, there is no sacrifice that you will make for Christ and His church that will go uncompensated.

Many have said, “It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance”?

However, the Savior promises that He will remember us if we remember Him:

“And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” (Malachi 3:14, 17).

My friends, you have done more for Heavenly Father than you know. You have done more for me than you know. It is my testimony that the Savior lives, that God loves us, and that his latter-day church has been restored to the earth.

Such is my testimony, which I bear with love and humility.

Elder Torres

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