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Fullness of Times: Article

Cultivate Your Field
Gregory Scot Collins
Sunday, 8 April 2007
(Written as a newsletter article to the ward young men just before being released as Young Men Secretary).
Much can be said about our desires to do what is right. The things that we love most tend to direct our thoughts and actions. Sin and transgressions come when we yield to temptation, and we yield to temptation when we love the sin more than we love the Lord and His righteousness. Again, we work the hardest at that which we desire the most. It's as simple as that (see Matthew 6:19-24).
As we each focus on the challenges we face trying to live righteously, we see before us our field of the heart, as it were. Each of our fields are in different stages of cultivation. Some have been neglected with weeds growing wild, while others are well watered gardens (see Matthew 13:1-30). When we care, we take the time to clear our field. First the debris, brush and weeds. As we begin tilling, we soon uncover large rocks; it can take all of our attention and energy to clear them from our field. Once cleared, we might sit back to enjoy our field, only to discover that there are numerous smaller rocks. We work at removing these, and then the pebbles. We amend, till, sow, water and care. We continue to weed as required (see Genesis 3:17-19). In time, we will have developed a beautiful garden in our well cultivated field (see Isaiah 58:11-12).
We cannot afford to neglect our field; we must be busy growing the fruits of our salvation. The Lord expects better of us. If we are to receive the smiling grace of the Master Gardner, we must clear and cultivate the field He has given us. Reaping the benefits of this hard work is beyond compare (see Leviticus 25:18-19). Never neglect your field, as it is plainly there for all to see. When we face the Lord in judgment, we will surely want to present our field white already to harvest (see Doctrine and Covenants 4:4), and not to be burned as an oven (see Malachi 4:1).
You will have wonderful experiences working with others in their fields, and allowing others to help you work in yours. These are growing times, and times of friendship. As you help care for the fields of others, you will learn to have a greater respect for your own. The benefits on both sides are unimaginable (see Doctrine and Covenants 18:15-16).
It has been an honor to serve you and to serve with you in your journey through the Aaronic Priesthood in your preparations to obtain the Melchizedek Priesthood (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:33-53), serve an honorable mission, marry, and raise children unto the Lord (see Doctrine and Covenants 68:25-31). May He ever bless you with a greater desire to do good, and a loathing of the alternative (see 2 Nephi 4:30-31), is my prayer for you. God bless you all!
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