Matthew 28:19-20

19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


M. Russell Ballard October 2015, LDS General Conference

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

After Christ had risen he spent time teaching his disciples. He gives them a charge to preach and baptize in his name.

Related Scriptures

When Christ tells his Disciples to to to all the world, I think about Daniel 2 where Daniel sees a stone cut out of the mountain without hands. This stone is the gospel of Christ.

Thoughts about this scripture:

I think that as this handful of men were told they were to go to the whole world to teach and baptize, it must have been an impossible task in their eyes. They were just a few people. In a poor nation in a corner of the Roman Empire. Going to the whole world would have seemed impossible.

But if you look now, how Christianity has spread to exist in all of the lands and peoples of the Earth.

I also think of the first meeting where the LDS church was organized with 6 members in a log cabin. At that time Joseph Smith prophesied that the LDS church would grow to fill the earth as well. That every tongue and people should have the gospel preached to them. And how at that time, in their poverty they felt this was impossible. The first missionaries of the church returning home with no results and the hostilities of the time towards them.

But today, there are missionaries all over the world and only a few places where the gospel isn't being preached. And even fewer where there are no congregations.

"even unto the end of the world. Amen."

How does this strengthen my testimony

Having a small part in helping the Lords work go forth has not been a burden but has filled me with strength as I keep to the path and push forward. When I have the opportunities to help others, and teach about Christ I feel blessed and loved and filled with the desire to share these feelings with others.