Bookmark the permalink. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are ALWAYS there for us! Then just an hour later, all the workers gathered to receive their day’s wage. By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. 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. How awestruck they must have been and how very, very grateful! Read about The Laborers in the Vineyard by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. 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. 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. Which leads me to my third and last point. Yes! There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. 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. It really is a way that is happy live.”―Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers within the Vineyard” “Let people repent. 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 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. Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. 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. 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. 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. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. 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. Then just an hour later, all the workers gathered to receive their day’s wage. First of all it is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. Leave a comment Post navigation It is with that reading of the story that I feel the grumbling of the first laborers must be seen. 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. 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. 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. 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. Is that hope? First of all it is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. 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. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hear It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. 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. 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. Let me speak briefly to that concern. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? Take your pay and enjoy the blessing. It is a story about grace. Jeffrey R. Holland. Yes! You agreed on the wage for the day, a good wage. “We Are All Enlisted,” Hymns, no. 250. I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! With each visit of the steward throughout the day, they always saw someone else chosen. Then as they gather for their payment, they are stunned to receive the same as all the others! 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. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”3 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. When I heard Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk about this, I fell in love with it even more. 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. 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. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? Brethren, step up. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if one of those grievances did not originate with you, it can end with you. Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. 2012 General Conference). So if you have made covenants, keep them. Will it be charity? 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. 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. Elder S. Mark Palmer, “Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him,” General Conference April 2017. 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. It is a story about generosity and compassion. With each visit of the steward throughout the day, they always saw someone else chosen. 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. 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. Furthermore, they were, I can only imagine, very grateful to get the work. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. The Laborers in the Vineyard-Jeffrey R. Holland. Do it for your sake. It is with that reading of the story that I feel the grumbling of the first laborers must be seen. 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. You are paid in full. 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.