Is that hope? This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. Don’t delay. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”3 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. As the householder in the parable tells them (and I paraphrase only slightly): “My friends, I am not being unfair to you. 20.5k members in the inspiration community. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. The Laborers in the Vineyard By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are paid in full. I wish to speak of the Savior’s parable in which a householder “went out early in the morning to hire labourers.” After employing the first group at 6:00 in the morning, he returned at 9:00 a.m., at 12:00 noon, and at 3:00 in the afternoon, hiring more workers as the urgency of the harvest increased. I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! “We Are All Enlisted,” Hymns, no. 250. Let individuals grow. First of all it is important to note that no one has been treated unfairly here. Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. If you didn’t work or farm or fish or sell, you likely didn’t eat. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those. Elder S. Mark Palmer, “Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him,” General Conference April 2017. In the time of the Savior, an average man and his family could not do much more than live on what they made that day. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on April 1, 1989. Take your pay and enjoy the blessing. The scripture says he came back a final time, “about the eleventh hour” (approximately 5:00 p.m.), and hired a concluding number. The Laborers in the Vineyard 02 Jan 2021 by Goblusal Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks in the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference on March 31, 2012. Jan 2, 2016 - Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. Immediately, those hired first were angry, saying, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.”1 When reading this parable, perhaps you, as well as those workers, have felt there was an injustice being done here. Converted to His Gospel through His Church, Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service, Faith, Fortitude, Fulfillment: A Message to Single Parents, How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life, Aaronic Priesthood: Arise and Use the Power of God, The Vision of Prophets regarding Relief Society: Faith, Family, Relief, Only upon the Principles of Righteousness. Come and feast “without money and without price”4 at the table of the Lord. When I heard Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk about this, I fell in love with it even more. Our heartfelt thanks to every one of you. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. “Which leads me to my third and last point. But just at day’s close, the householder returns a surprising fifth time with a remarkable eleventh-hour offer! Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. 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