Week 23 – Talihau/’Utungake

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:18-20. What better message could Christ give the disciples before ascending into heaven? The work did not end with Christ’s ministry, in fact it had just begun and they had a lot of work to do before their service would be complete. The call to go and teach all nations must have been daunting, but Christ who has all power in heaven and earth, promised that He would always be with them. Sometimes missionary work is discouraging but when I read verses like those I’m reminded of our Savior who leads and guides us in the work. All power is given Him, and we can access that power according to our faith. On the account of Peter walking on the sea, Matthew 14:29 says:

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

While studying these verses I realized that it was Jesus’s command along with Peter’s faith that allowed him to walk on the water. In most of Jesus’s healing of the sick or casting out of unclean spirits He uses only the power of His word to perform the miracle. The simple order “Come.” is what empowered Peter. When Christ commands the disciples and us missionaries to teach and baptize all nations, He gives us power through His word to do so. Because the Lord has commanded it, it must be possible and the Lord will help us accomplish the work according to our faith. ‘Oku tau fiema’u pee ke tui mo falala ki he Eiki pea te ne tokoni’i kitautolu. ‘Oku malava ‘ae me’a kotoa pee ki he Otua. Emeni.

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Author: Elder Patrick Watts

I am serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission.

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