Discover Their Potential: Bishop Payne’s Story




The Blessings Are the Same

As a bishop, one of my responsibilities is to interview young men and women for missions. I knew and loved Joseph Olsen for many years as he grew up. When he graduated from high school and reached missionary age, I was worried. I wasn’t sure where this quirky, vibrant young man would fit in the mission field.

I knew God had a chosen path for Joseph, but it was up to me and his parents to lead him to it. There are so many options for church-service missionary work from the home, within the community, and in various places within the Church. Communication proved to be a key to helping Joseph. By communicating with Joseph, his parents, and the Lord, we were able to find the place the Lord had always intended Joseph to serve.

Joseph’s mission is no different than a proselyting mission. All missions require the same two things: the missionary's best effort and a pure heart. And the blessings are the same for those stacking shelves as they are for those knocking on doors.

“Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work. … And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.”
-Doctrine and Covenants 4:3, 5

The Lord is aware of all the needs of His children—He may already have a place prepared for them, just waiting for you to discover it. Explore the options available to members of your congregation.