Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. Dallin H. Oaks, “Divorce,” General Conference April 2007. 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. 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. You agreed on the wage for the day, a good wage. Therefore be type, and stay grateful that God is sort. 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. If you didn’t work or farm or fish or sell, you likely didn’t eat. Read about The Laborers in the Vineyard by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Luck never seemed to be with some of them. Immediately, those hired first were angry, saying, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.”1 When reading this parable, perhaps you, as well as those workers, have felt there was an injustice being done here. It is so true. You were very happy to get the work, and I am very happy with the way you served. 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. I decided to watch some General Conference videos while Nick is at church, and Laborers in the Vineyard by Jeffrey R. Holland was the first one to come to my mind. Luck never seemed to be with some of them. To say nothing of the chagrin in the end, when we find that God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him “all that he hath,”2 as the scripture says. Surely never had such compassion been seen in all their working days. Do it for the sake of those who love you and are praying that you will respond. Then just an hour later, all the workers gathered to receive their day’s wage. Think that individuals can transform and enhance. What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment! If you didn’t work or farm or fish or sell, you likely didn’t eat. Do it for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid an unfathomable price for the future He wants you to have. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are ALWAYS there for us! We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. In 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 and welcome those who now come into office. Brethren, step up. And what a reward there will be for that contribution when the Lord of the vineyard looks you in the eye and accounts are settled at the end of our earthly day. Don’t dwell on old issues or grievances—not toward yourself nor your neighbor nor even, I might add, toward this true and living Church. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. You are paid in full. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”3 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Updated. “We Are All Enlisted,” Hymns, no. 250. Do it for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid an unfathomable price for the future He wants you to have. The Laborers in the Vineyard By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 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. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. Yes! The Laborers in the Vineyard 02 Jan 2021 by Goblusal Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks in the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference on March 31, 2012. Then as they gather for their payment, they are stunned to receive the same as all the others! Furthermore, they were, I can only imagine, very grateful to get the work. ―Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Laborers in the Vineyard" “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment! Then just an hour later, all the workers gathered to receive their day’s wage. So if you have made covenants, keep them. First of all it is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. The Laborers in the Vineyard By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Quorum of the Twelve Apostles General Conference – April, 2012 In 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 and welcome those who now come into office. How awestruck they must have been and how very, very grateful! 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. To say nothing of the chagrin in the end, when we find that God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him “all that he hath,”2 as the scripture says. Take your pay and enjoy the blessing. Indeed, if there is any sympathy to be generated, it should at least initially be for the men not chosen who also had mouths to feed and backs to clothe. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. 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. So if you have made covenants, keep them. 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. 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! Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. Salvation never was easy. 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. 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. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Don’t delay. Brethren, step up. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! Come and feast “without money and without price”4 at the table of the Lord. Take your pay and enjoy the blessing. The scripture says he came back a final time, “about the eleventh hour” (approximately 5:00 p.m.), and hired a concluding number. Elder Holland’s inventive interpretation of Matthew 20:1-16 constitutes another not-so-subtle disclosure that… 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. 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. Do it for your sake. Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. 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. But just at day’s close, the householder returns a surprising fifth time with a remarkable eleventh-hour offer! It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. With each visit of the steward throughout the day, they always saw someone else chosen. In 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 and welcome those who now come into office. Indeed, if there is any sympathy to be generated, it should at least initially be for the men not chosen who also had mouths to feed and backs to clothe. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. Do it for the sake of those who love you and are praying that you will respond. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on April 1, 1989. Nov 25, 2013 - 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. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Newer posts → Jeffrey R. Holland from Laborers in the Vineyard. Jeffrey R. Holland from Laborers in the Vineyard. 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. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. If you haven’t made them, make them. We consume such precious emotional and spiritual capital clinging tenaciously to the memory of a discordant note we struck in a childhood piano recital, or something a spouse said or did 20 years ago that we are determined to hold over his or her head for another 20, or an incident in Church history that proved no more or less than that mortals will always struggle to measure up to the immortal hopes placed before them. Don’t delay. The Laborers in the Vineyard By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 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. Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. 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. First of all it is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. A second point I wish to take from this parable is the sorrowful mistake some could make if they were to forgo the receipt of their wages at the end of the day because they were preoccupied with perceived problems earlier in the day. Is the fact that faith? And what a reward there will be for that contribution when the Lord of the vineyard looks you in the eye and accounts are settled at the end of our earthly day. No comments: Post a Comment. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. 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. 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. Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. Leave a comment Post navigation 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. 12:00 am MDT. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. The majesty of your life, of your neighbor’s life, and of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be made manifest at the last day, even if such majesty is not always recognized by everyone in the early going. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. 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. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. Is that hope? We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. 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. With each visit of the steward throughout the day, they always saw someone else chosen. You were very happy to get the work, and I am very happy with the way you served. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”3 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard ... (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast,” CES Fireside, Sept. 12, 2004, 2-3) Posted in Faith, Prayer, Quotes, Trust Tagged Jeffrey R Holland, prayers Leave a comment Post navigation. 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. It is a story about grace. The scripture says he came back a final time, “about the eleventh hour” (approximately 5:00 p.m.), and hired a concluding number. Life can be tough; we all experience difficult obstacles at some point in our lives and to overcome … It is a happy way to live. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. 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. The truth Elder Holland extolls is real, it burns at our hearts and makes us want to get up and try again. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Furthermore, they were, I can only imagine, very grateful to get the work. It is with that reading of the story that I feel the grumbling of the first laborers must be seen. Don’t dwell on old issues or grievances—not toward yourself nor your neighbor nor even, I might add, toward this true and living Church. Yes! The first workers agreed to the full wage of the day, and they received it. Jeffrey R. Holland: Laborers in the Vineyard I'm completely exhausted and not feeling great so I didn't go to church today. Immediately, those hired first were angry, saying, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.”1 When reading this parable, perhaps you, as well as those workers, have felt there was an injustice being done here. I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! 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. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is with that reading of the story that I feel the grumbling of the first laborers must be seen. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. I hope that all of you can find the joy and light of this parable as much as I have. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. Then as they gather for their payment, they are stunned to receive the same as all the others! Here is Elder Holland’s talk for those of you who haven’t heard it or want to hear it again! Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. When I heard Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk about this, I fell in love with it even more. Let me speak briefly to that concern. The race we are really in is the race against sin (Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” Apr. Even if one of those grievances did not originate with you, it can end with you. 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. 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. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: The labourers in the Vineyard. As for the others, surely I am free to do what I like with my own money.” Then this piercing question to anyone then or now who needs to hear it: “Why should you be jealous because I choose to be kind?”. 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. Jeffrey R. Holland. Our heartfelt thanks to every one of you. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? Let me speak briefly to that concern. Posted on April 10, 2012 by ldschurchquotes April 10, 2012 “Which leads me to my third and last point. It is a story about generosity and compassion. We consume such precious emotional and spiritual capital clinging tenaciously to the memory of a discordant note we struck in a childhood piano recital, or something a spouse said or did 20 years ago that we are determined to hold over his or her head for another 20, or an incident in Church history that proved no more or less than that mortals will always struggle to measure up to the immortal hopes placed before them. It is a happy way to live. Let individuals grow. So don’t hyperventilate about something that happened at 9:00 in the morning when the grace of God is trying to reward you at 6:00 in the evening—whatever your labor arrangements have been through the day. It is a story about generosity and compassion. Even if one of those grievances did not originate with you, it can end with you. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. I seriously watched this like 5 times today. Will it be charity? 20.5k members in the inspiration community. If you haven’t made them, make them. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. Surprisingly, all received the same wage in spite of the different hours of labor. A second point I wish to take from this parable is the sorrowful mistake some could make if they were to forgo the receipt of their wages at the end of the day because they were preoccupied with perceived problems earlier in the day. He has reminded us that the crowning characteristic of … Elder S. Mark Palmer, “Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him,” General Conference April 2017. “Which leads me to my third and last point. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. The Laborers in the Vineyard - Elder Jeffrey R Holland Brought to you by TheLdsLife Blog at 11:03:00 PM. I devote this post to respond to certain portions of the March 31, 2012 General Conference address, The Laborers in the Vineyard, given by Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 31 Mar 2012. 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. Which leads me to my third and last point. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Come and feast “without money and without price”4 at the table of the Lord. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? Our heartfelt thanks to every one of you. Which leads me to my third and last point. It really is a way that is happy live.”―Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers within the Vineyard” “Let people repent. Read about The Laborers in the Vineyard by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. 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. 2012 General Conference). 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. Our hear This entry was posted in Atonement, Covenants, Jesus Christ, Quotes and tagged Jeffrey R Holland. I can hardly explain how much I love this quote. It is a story about grace. “We Are All Enlisted,” Hymns, no. 250. 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. You agreed on the wage for the day, a good wage. The Laborers in the Vineyard-Jeffrey R. Holland. As for the others, surely I am free to do what I like with my own money.” Then this piercing question to anyone then or now who needs to hear it: “Why should you be jealous because I choose to be kind?”. Surely never had such compassion been seen in all their working days. It’s getting late. Bookmark the permalink. So don’t hyperventilate about something that happened at 9:00 in the morning when the grace of God is trying to reward you at 6:00 in the evening—whatever your labor arrangements have been through the day. You are paid in full. Category Archives: Jeffrey R. Holland Post navigation. 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. 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. I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! Do it for your sake. How awestruck they must have been and how very, very grateful! 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