Here, we have a different kind of Multimedia to celebrate Multimedia Mondays: yet another church-related infographic.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland dedicated the LDS church's 3,000th stake last week, the Freetown Sierra Leone (Africa) Stake. From small and humble beginnings, the church has grown to significantly. I'm reminded of a quote by the Prophet Joseph Smith, as he instructed the early Quorum of 12 Apostles shortly before his death:
Brethren, I have been very much edified and instructed in your testimonies here tonight, but I want to say to you before the Lord, that you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother’s lap. You don’t comprehend it.It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America — it will fill the world. (Wilford Woodruff, in Conference Report, Apr. 1898, p. 57)Even today, the promise continues. This church will grow to fill parts once thought unreachable. The Iron Curtain, once thought to be an impenetrable wall to the church's missionaries, has been shattered. So, too, has been the Berlin Wall -- a representation of the closed off Nazi Germany. The Lord has many miracles yet to accomplish. And this is His work.
The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." (Joseph Smith)