In May 1829, Hyrum Smith traveled 160 miles from Palmyra, New York, to visit Joseph and Emma in Harmony, Pennsylvania, eager to learn more about Joseph's recent work and revelations as prophet. During Hyrum's stay, Joseph received a revelation for his brother, which is now known as section 11 in the Doctrine and Covenants.
It was in this revelation that Hyrum was promised, “the field is white already to harvest” (D&C 11:3).
Speaking at the Mission Leadership Seminar, President M. Russell Ballard pointed to Doctrine and Covenants 11 to outline four things the Lord has counseled for success in missionary work:
1. First seek to obtain God’s word.
2. Say nothing but repentance.
3. Keep the commandments.
4. Assist to bring forth the Lord’s work.
President Ballard promised that just as the Lord counseled Hyrum to “put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good,” there are many blessings for mission leaders to receive.
“When we act upon the Lord’s invitations, He blesses us beyond what we can imagine,” said President Ballard. “In this case, the Lord promises to impart His Spirit, which will enlighten our minds and fill our souls with joy! These blessings are yours as you put your trust in the Lord, do justly, walk humbly, and judge righteously as mission leaders. As you do these things, additional blessings will come to you—your missionaries and local leaders and members will trust and respect you.”
Read more of President Ballard’s remarks at Church News.