The Simple & Weak

The Lord promised He would build the kingdom on the shoulders of the simple and weak:

“The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones … that mine everlasting covenant might be established; that the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers” (D&C 1:19-24).

From 1991 to 1999, faithful leaders from two wards and two branches in Queens, New York believed that faith would increase in Queens if they allowed the weak and the simple to proclaim God’s gospel. Week after week, experienced leaders poured hours into training new and inexperienced members in God’s ways of leading and serving. In eight years, sacrament meeting attendance grew from 250 people to 2100 people meeting in 26 branches.

In a Spanish-speaking ward in Cambridge, Relief Society sisters fasted and prayed for a powerful priesthood leader, and the Lord sent a teenager who stuttered. In time, he inspired a dozen young men to serve full-time missions.

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