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“Be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth” by Joseph W. Sitati

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

Elder Joseph W. Sitati said our mortal journey starts with realizing our divine identity so we can obtain our divine destiny.

He said that first, God charged us to be fruitful.

“We become fruitful as we abide in Christ and as we ‘take upon [ourselves His] name . . . [and] . . . serve him to the end’ by helping others come unto Him.

Elder Sitati said the starting point to yielding fruit is to be meek and lowly in heart.

“Laboring in the spirit of charity is not a duty but a joy,” he said. “Challenges become opportunities to build faith.”

Elder Sitati said that second, God charged us to multiply.

“The body enables Heavenly Father’s obedient spirit children to experience life on earth,” he said. “Bearing children gives other spirit children of God the opportunity to also enjoy life on earth.”

Elder Sitati said marriage between a man and a woman is the institution God ordained for the fulfillment of the charge to multiply.

He said all of Heavenly Father’s faithful children who do not, or are not able to enjoy the blessings of covenant marriage and children will enjoy these blessings in the Lord’s appointed time.

He said that third, God charged us to subdue the Earth.

“To subdue the earth and have dominion over every living thing is to control thee things so they fulfill the will of God as they serve the purposes of His children,” Elder Sitati said. “Subduing includes gaining mastery over our own bodies.”

He said the challenges people face today include immorality, pornography, armed conflict, pollution, substance abuse and poverty flourish because many have chosen the will of the devil and flesh rather than the will of God.

“Faithful Latter-day Saints who understand their divine potential and rely wholeheartedly on the power available through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ are strengthened in their natural weakness and ‘can do all things,’” he said.

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