After several Relief Society lessons on missionary work (12, 13, and 14), reading the title “Advancing the Work of the Lord” initially brought me back to that theme. I also think the term “the work of the Lord” is most often used independently to refer to the growth of the church. However, proclaiming the gospel is only one of the four missions of the church. In thinking about of “advancing the work of the Lord”, it is important to remember the other missions of the church: to redeem the dead, to perfect the saints, and to care for the poor and needy. “Advancing the work of the Lord” should be an all encompassing term.
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