“It Becometh Every Man Who Hath Been Warned to Warn His Neighbor”

Doctrine and Covenants 88:81

81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.

President Henry B. Eyring said:

“Our ability to touch others with our warning voice matters to all who are covenant disciples of Jesus Christ. Here is the charge given to each of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints: ‘Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor’ (D&C 88:81). That command and warning of danger was given to those called as missionaries at the start of the Restoration. But the duty to warn our neighbor falls on all of us who have accepted the covenant of baptism. We are to talk with nonmember friends and relatives about the gospel. Our purpose is to invite them to be taught by the full-time missionaries who are called and set apart to teach. When a person has chosen to accept our invitation to be taught, a ‘referral’ of great promise has been created, one far more likely to enter the waters of baptism and then to remain faithful.”

(“A Voice of Warning,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 32–33.)

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