Work is literally what makes our world go round. Bruce R. McConkie states: "work makes all things possible, both in time and in eternity.... Men, spirits, angels, and Gods use their physical and mental powers in work" (Mormon Doctrine, 847). Earth was created through the work of deity (Exodus 20:8-11). God the Father works to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). Jesus Christ's works include the infinite atonement for all mankind (3 Nephi 27:13-17). We are commanded to "work out [our] own salvation in fear and trembling" (Philippians 1:12). We are also commanded to work for our own living until the time of our death (Genesis 3:18). "Work is a blessing that brings salvation, idleness a curse that assures damnation" (Mormon Doctrine, 847).
We are here on earth to work out our own salvation. Resurrection is a gift that comes from God to all men, regardless of their works and righteousness while in mortality. However, all who rise in the resurrection will not receive equal portions in the kingdom to come. Our future immortal inheritance depends upon our Good Works while here in mortality.
Some people have asked why Florence Nightingale was chosen for Good Works as opposed to Knowledge, after all, she was an educated woman and Sacajawea was an illiterate slave. In honoring Florence Nightingale as Good Works, we do not pay tribute to her education, but rather to her use or practical application of her education and experience. In honoring Sacajawea as Knowledge we send a message to all who read that every woman has Knowledge and that valuable Knowledge does not have to be earned within the realms of classical modern education. Florence Nightingale used her advanced education to serve mankind and make the world a better place as opposed to the purpose of financial gain and personal grandeur.
The above text is taken from the Values Booklet on Good Works
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