No sacrifice is too great in the service of the Master when one has a testimony of Jesus Christ, Elder Harold G. Hillam of the Presidency of the Seventy declared at the priesthood session Saturday evening.
"Since the beginning our Heavenly Father has called worthy servants to go into the world to proclaim the gospel and to testify of the Messiah Jesus Christ," said Elder Hillam. "Many of those who have fulfilled their callings have done so with considerable sacrifice."He told of the sons of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon who wanted to do missionary work among the Lamanites. Their father, in a prayer, obtained these promises from the Lord: many would believe on their words, they would be deliverd out of the hands of the Lamanites, and they would have eternal life.
"He did not promise them great wealth," Elder Hillam commented, "but he did promise the greatest of all the gifts of God, eternal life! Can you imagine a more marvelous promise for faithful missionaries?"
He pointed out that the four sons sacrificed kingship, they were ridiculed by other members of the church, and they endured being cast out, mocked, spit upon and cast into prison.
"They were not easy missions, but thousands were converted," Elder Hillam noted.
Turning to the time of the Restoration, he told of Elder Heber C. Kimball, an early apostle, who departed on a mission while his wife and two of his children were gravely ill.
He then told of a young missionary from Brazil whose father had been killed by a fleeing thief and whose mother had later died of cancer. The missionary supported the family before being called on his mission. He left them in the hands of his 16-year-old brother, the age that he was when their mother died.
"Why have these great missionaries and others like them been willing to sacrifice the comforts of home, family, loved ones and sweethearts to answer the call to serve?" he asked. "It's because they have a testimony of Jesus Christ. And when they know Him there is no bed too hard or too short. No sacrifice is too great to serve the Master who sacrificed His all to provide the way for His brothers and sisters to return home to their Heavenly Father. And because they are faithful to their callings, thousands will revere their names thoughout eternity."