Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Rising Generation

Doctrine and Covenants Section 4:

1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

  2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.

  3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;

  4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;

  5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.

  6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

  7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

Our ward’s Young Men recite this weekly.  I love to hear the chorus of men and men-in-training as they raise their voices committing to serve the Lord.

The young men of our Church are counseled to prepare to serve a full-time mission when they are of age (19).  Of course, it is a matter of choice and faith.  Young women also serve (at age 21), the but the counsel is much more along the lines of…optional.


Elder Richard G. Scott said:

“As a young man, the greatest growth and strengthening experience you can have at this time, bar none, is a worthy full-time mission. While a mission is not for personal advantage, the Lord richly blesses those who valiantly serve. Be one of the army of remarkable, well-prepared, devoted missionaries that are qualifying to the high standards of worthiness. Join those who have chosen to serve the Lord, wherever called, however challenging it may be.”

Justin is the first Peacock grandson to reach the age of 19, and so by virtue of his birth order, he has the additional weight of the example he will set for his younger cousins.  Fortunately, he has very broad shoulders! (Although he wants to be clear that the others were standing on their toes for this picture…)

Peacock Men Gen 3

Of the 16 Peacock grandchildren, 10 are male, and an impressive lot they are!  Here they are in their birth order with their approximate anticipated mission dates:

  • Justin P (2010 – 2012)
  • Jordan P (2011 – 2013)
  • Coleman M (2012 – 2014)
  • Tyler P (2012 – 2014)
  • Jackson P (2013 – 2015)
  • Spencer M (2014 – 2016)
  • Zachary M (2015 – 2017)
  • Bryce P (2016 – 2018)
  • Jason P (2016 – 2018)
  • Quade P (2022 – 2024)

Wow, some years the field will be full of Peacocks!

“Give me a young man who has kept himself morally clean and has faithfully attended his Church meetings. Give me a young man who has magnified his priesthood and has earned the Duty to God Award and is an Eagle Scout. Give me a young man who is a seminary graduate and has a burning testimony of the Book of Mormon. Give me such a young man, and I will give you a young man who can perform miracles for the Lord in the mission field and throughout his life” (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1986, pp. 44–45).

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