The call to preach Christ’s gospel isn’t new. Many prophets were com- missioned during Old Testament times to declare God’s word to all inhabitants of the earth. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ’s ministry, and then He appointed twelve apostles to teach His doctrine. After He died and was resurrected, He once again appeared to the Apostles and gave the following directive: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20; see also Mark 15:16). That mandate is no less important today than it was during Christ’s ministry two millennia ago.
In fact, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promise as part of the baptismal covenant that they’ll share the gospel. Those who enter Christ’s Church promise “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [they] may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9). As Church members go to the temple and complete additional ordinances, they pledge to serve God with “heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2). I believe that the greatest service we can give to Heavenly Father is to help Him fulfill His work and glory of bringing to pass the “immortality and eternal life” of His children (Moses 1:39).