Missionary

Welcome to the Missionary Page of the Reno Nevada Stake.

We hope that you find guidance, training, and inspiration as you seek to fulfil your callings and efforts to help Gather Israel on both sides of the veil. In addition to those items found at www.churchofjesuschrst.org we hope the information shared here will assist you as you seek for specific ways you have been called upon God to Minister to all of His Children. 
 
Pathway Connect:
PathwayConnect is a one-year, reduced-cost online program that prepares students to start or finish a degree. After Pathway Connect, students can apply their course credits toward a degree at BYU-Idaho Online. Contact Elder or Sister Fogelberg at 775.722.0508 or jim.fogelberg@mac.com or byupathway.lds.org

In addition to our prior efforts to find those members that Pathway may serve, we are seeking non-members as well. Particularly, those in Part-Member families. They can remain non-members and take advantage of the education opportunity to improve their lives spiritually and temporally.  We are presenting information to the full-time missionaries throughout Northern Nevada regarding education opportunities for non-members and using it as a tool to spread the Gospel. Please consider in your Ward Councils, briefly, if there are any non-members in your Wards/Branches that would benefit from Pathway. 
 
Come and See and Come and Help
Look for ways you can invite your non member and less active to "Come and See" and "Come and Help" with service opportunities. Member and non member, active or inactive- all have the Spirit of Christ given into them to instill within each of us a natural desire to help in meaningful ways. 
 
Consider the following options.
 
 
 
 
 

Just Serve Spotlight November 2021

New or Gently Used Pajamas for Foster Children for Christmas

The mission of Project Sweet Dreams Reno is for all children to have pajamas so they can have a good night’s sleep filled with sweet dreams. The new pajamas help children feel safe and warm and provide them some comfort during difficult times. Donations (all kid sizes) can be delivered to Mary Elizabeth Hardy (775-233-7535) in Somersett or Jan Miller (775-250-7551) off of Mayberry Drive. For more details check out their website at projectsweetdreamsnv.com

Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra Needs Blankets

The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra provides education, job training, resources and support to help women escape or avoid poverty and provide a better life for their families. They are desperate for warm blankets, mittens, and gloves all sizes. The Center location is 3905 Neill Road. Go to www.waccs.org or justserve.org for more info and for delivering items to Pam Russell (775-825-7395).

NNIC Help for the Refugees Arriving in Reno

Your donations for the new refugees arriving from Afghanistan have been greatly appreciated. If you signed up to donate online and haven’t heard from NNIC it is because the family is scheduled to arrive in the future but has not yet arrived in Reno. They will contact you when the items are needed. If you are interested in volunteering to help the refugees or donating items, text Amanda, volunteer coordinator (775-250-2135) or go to justserve.org for details.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Just Serve Spotlight October 2021

Volunteers and Donations Needed for Incoming Refugees

The Northern Nevada International Center is a State Department Refugee Resettlement Agency for the Reno area. The NNIC is expecting an increasing number of refugees to come to our area and especially from Afghanistan. NNIC wants to welcome and be prepared for their arrival this month and in the months to come. There are a variety of ways that you can help if you would like.

1. You can sign up for items needed on the donation signup sheet. They are listed by families. Some have dates when items are needed. Hold on to your items until you receive an email. Assistance with transportation for large items is available.
Click on this link for the spreadsheet to sign up for items needed.
Donation Sign Up Sheet

2. NNIC has a new volunteer coordinator, Amanda Mundt who will match you with your volunteer preferences. Contact Leah Macart, her assistant, at lmacart@nnic.org, Clients need drivers to take the new arrivals to medical, dental, legal, tax appointments, etc. Other services are also needed such as getting their house ready, teaching banking skills, going to the grocery store, etc.

3. Tutor the refugee children or teach English to the adults. Excellent materials available for you to use. Can teach on zoom and/or in person. Contact Marilyn Johnson at marilynandwalt@gmail.com or call 775 544-0885.

Project 150 Needs Athletic Socks

Project 150 needs Athletic Socks - Male athletic black short or long socks preferred. Female athletic or casual socks. This month is SOCKTOBER! Donations can be delivered to Mary Elizabeth Hardy (775-233-7535) or Jan Miller (775-250-7551) or directly to the Boutique for teens at 1340 Foster Drive across

Just Serve Spotlight September 2021

Great Need and Opportunity for YOU to Serve This Month

There is an urgent need to assist our neighbors who have been displaced by the Caldor fire. Volunteers are needed for 4 hour shifts at the Convention Center and other local shelters. Go to the renonvstakeinfo.org for details and to sign up.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is hosting a fall Truckee River Cleanup on Saturday September 25th from 9am - 12 noon. Projects range from weed removal and plantings to cleanup of illegal dumpsites and stenciling storm drains with educational messaging about our watershed. Go to this link to sign up for the event:

JustServe is participating in the 911 National Day of Service in remembrance of and tribute for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. We invite you to look on the website 911day.org or the website justserve.org and you will find projects listed in conjunction with the 9/11 National Day of Service. The projects may take place leading up to, or after, or specifically on 9/11.

For questions, text or call Marilyn Johnson, JS Coordinator, 775-544-0885 or Cheryl Woodman, RS President, 775-848-1200.

Just Serve Spotlight August 2021

Summer Service Ideas

St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry 160 Hubbard Way, Suite F
St. Francis serves the residents in their area who just aren’t making ends meet. The Bishops Storehouse donates canned food and produce. The missionaries help at the pantry once a week. St. Francis has started the “Senior Golden Groceries Hour” on Thursdays 11 to 12 noon.
St. Francis needs more VOLUNTEERS right now. St. Francis has lost volunteers due to age and covid. You can volunteer by:
1) Helping bag the food items for the seniors on Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 pm.
2) Assisting the seniors as they receive their bagged items and add additional items as needed on Thursdays from 9:30 am to 12 noon.
3) Helping unload food delivery trucks on Monday mornings between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Deliveries begin at 8:30 am.
There is no definite time period required to help. Come when you can during the times listed above. Your help will be appreciated! Contact Cindy Becher, director, with questions at 775 507-4755 or just arrive!


http://saintfrancisfoodpantryreno.org/index.html


DONATIONS:
The following items are needed in Dollar Store not Costco size: Soaps of all kind - bar or liquid soap, dish soap or laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner. Bring to Marilyn ( text 775 544-0885) or take items to the pantry 160 Hubbard Way ( at the back of the area).

Just Serve Spotlight July 2021

Summer Service Ideas

Project 150 Needs School Supplies

As you start to think about school supplies for your child, Project 150 would like the following items for the homeless and disadvantaged teenagers they serve in our high schools. Items they need include: Zipper binders, folders, notebooks, binder paper, pens, three ring binders, index cards, and thumb drives.

Items can be taken to 1340 Foster Dr. (across from Reno H.S.) Call Liz for lock combination at 775 203-4755 or contact Marilyn Johnson (Stake JS Coordinator) at 775 544-0885 to pick up your items.

Volunteer Needs at Kindred Hospice Reno

1) Volunteer to visit with a patient - share a story, read to the patient, run an errand, make gifts for a patient or just sit and provide company.

2) Assist with administrative tasks-no minimum time.

3) Veteran volunteers to visit with other veteran patients.

Note: Times are flexible and no definite time commitment is necessary. Kindred Hospice - For details and contact info go to justserve.org

Just Serve June 2021 Spotlight

Help Someone Learn to Ride a Bike

Reno has a bike program to help people with disabilities learn to ride a 2-wheel bicycle independently. This year’s event will be held June 14th - June 18th. No prior experience working with people with disabilities is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

To volunteer, go to the http://icanshine.org/ican-bike-reno.nv and register for the event. For questions about the bike camp, you can contact Diana Rovetti at 775-233-9547 or email her at rovetti@unr.edu

Donate Shoes to Project 150

Project 150 is a local organization that provides basic needs and support to homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students in northern Nevada. This month they are especially in need of shoes. They can be used or new and any variety - sandals, flats, sport shoes, dress shoes, running shoes, etc. Please deliver to their boutique across from Reno High School at 1270 Foster Drive. Call Liz at 775 203-4755 for lock combination before delivering donations. Other items welcome.

Questions call Cheryl Woodman at 848-1200 or Marilyn Johnson at 544-088.

May 2021 Just Serve Spotlight

​​​Honor Our Ancestors and Preserve Headstones at ​​​Mountain View Cemetery.  There are two ways that you can digitally preserve headstones so families all over the world ​can find their ancestors.

​​​#1  Take photos of gravestones by downloading the BillionGraves app and the info will be recorded.

​​​#2  Help with gravestone transcriptions from your home. You may transcribe the original or verify previously recorded transcripts.

​​​Go to www.justserve.org and look for the post Honor Our Ancestors and Preserve Headstones.  There will be a photo of Mountain View Cemetery.  You will find details and answers to your questions.

We had such a lovely response from Stone Valley Assisted Living in February from cards received from a member of our stake that we would like to encourage you in March to write notes, cards, letters, or Easter cards to one of the following locations or a place of your choice. A fun activity during spring break!!

*** Sky Peaks - 1520 Sky Valley Drive Phone 775 204-4928 Contact - Hailey
*** Stone Valley Assisted Living - 6155 Stone Valley Dr. Phone 775 451-2528 Contact - Lisa Rains
*** Manor Care - 3101 Plumas St. Phone 775 829-7220 Contact - Bonnie


You can mail your cards or bring them to the reception desk with the name of the contact person listed above. Call before going and they will likely meet you in your car. The receptionist will deliver appropriately. If you would like, we can pick up and deliver for you. Contact Cheryl Woodman (848-1200) or Marilyn Johnson (544-0885).

Project 150 (boutique for teenage homeless or disadvantaged) is requesting for March four items: toothpaste, bodywash, lotion and conditioner. Donations can be taken to 1340 Foster Drive (across from Reno H.S.). Check with Liz (775-203-4755) for lock combination.



JustServe Spotlight for February 2021

February is a great month to bring cheer to someone in an assisted or independent living or nursing home. You may have signed up last month to be a penpal. The sponsoring staff is overwhelmed and understaffed. It was suggested that we go directly to group homes in our area. I have talked to the volunteer coordinators at the following places and they would be thrilled to receive any notes, letters, valentine cards, or wrapped soft chocolates! You may have a contact at a place of your choice.

Sky Peaks - 1520 Sky Valley Drive Phone 775 204-4928 Contact - Hailey
Stone Valley Assisted Living - 6155 Stone Valley Dr. Phone 775 451-2528 Contact - Lisa Rains
Manor Care - 3101 Plumas St. Phone 775 829-7220 Contact - Bonnie


You can mail your cards or bring them to the reception desk with the name of the contact person. Call before going and they will likely meet you in your car. The receptionist will deliver appropriately. This is a great family or individual activity!

Thanks for your help with the plastic mats for the homeless. This is ongoing!!

Project 150 has for their February Wish List a request for new bedding - new pillows, new twin sheets and new twin comforters and also sleeping bags for the displaced, disadvantaged, or homeless teenagers.
Donations can be taken to 1340 Foster Drive. Check with Liz (775-203-4755) for lock combination.

You are also welcome to call me with questions:
Marilyn Johnson, JustServe Specialist 775-544-0885
"We rise by lifting others." Robert Ingersoll

November Just Serve Spotlight

If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the community, we are again focusing on the St Francis Food Pantry. The missionaries and others in our stake have already volunteered to help stock and restock the shelves and have been greatly appreciated.

When we asked Cindy, the Director, and Founder of the food pantry, what their current needs are, she told us that they would really like donations of Small Frozen Turkeys or Small Frozen Whole Chickens to give to families for Thanksgiving.

Secondly, the food pantry is also in need of Sweaters and Coats for Adults - sizes Med/Lg/XLg and Gloves sizes Med/Lg/XLg. These can be gently used items.

Any of the above donations can be delivered to the St. Francis Food Pantry located at 160 Hubbard Way, Suite F (near the Peppermill) on weekdays Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can text or call Cindy at 775 507-4555. You can also bring any donations to Cheryl Woodman (775 848-1200) or Marilyn Johnson (775 544-0885). For other service ideas, go to just.serve.org

Just Serve October Spotlight - Rancho San Rafael Park  

Our October JS Spotlight of the month is an outdoor service opportunity at Rancho San Rafael Park at their  Nevada Farms and Families area, formerly known as Great Basin Adventure park. This is an exciting time as the new Park Ranger, Celia Walker, joins Park Ranger, Bob Holland.  The two are very enthusiastic about increasing volunteer activity in the NFF to help maintain this beautiful area. 

The Parks Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Evans, noted that “the Rancho San Rafael  Regional Park and the LDS church share a long history of countless service projects  and volunteer events together.” If you as an individual or you and your family would like  to sign up to serve for one time or more frequently; or if you have an idea for a project  or would like to get a group together for a beautification project, please reach out to  Denise Evans at devans@washoecounty.us or call the San Raphael park at  775-785-4512 for more information. Denise Evans would be happy to talk on the phone  or meet with you. 

Hours and times to serve are flexible. The service projects are suitable for all ages.  The Nevada Farms and Families area is open during regular park hours with no  admission required. For more details about the NFF area or are looking for other  service opportunities go to JustServe.org. 

Just Serve At Home October Spotlight - Help Refugees Improve Their English  

The Northern Nevada International Center resettles refugees from all over the world.  The adults must begin working right away but need English skills to survive and  integrate into their new surroundings. The volunteer will present a one hour session 1 -  2x a week online. The NNIC is providing a computer in each home for distant learning.  Materials will be provided or you can use your own resources.    For further details, you can contact Marilyn Johnson by text or phone 775-544-0885 or  email her at marilynandwalt@gmail.com. You can also find details on justserve.org

Upcoming Events & Newsletters

Stake Training: Missionary Work
Sunday August 22 at 4:00 pm. 
 
Invited Participants:
All Counselors over Missionary Work in the EQ and RS Presidencies
All YM and YW Assigned to Missionary Work
All Ward Mission Leaders and Ward Missionaries
 
Stake Baptisms:
Saturday September 18 at 11:30am
 
Invited Participants:
New and Recently Returning Members
Maximum of 16 participants per Temple Guidelines
Please notify Danny Hunsaker to sign up participants

Member Missionary Work


We already know how...
Choose each day how you will Share the Gospel in Normal & Natural</font color> Ways. The Lord already knows of your strengths and weaknesses and insecurities. He already knows how your friends will respond best to your example, your friendship and your invitations to Come and See. We invite you to pray daily to know how and with whom you will invite to learn more next.
We already know who...
We are already surrounded by the specific people the Lord wants us to influence and invite to learn more about His gospel. We are surrounded by neighbors, ward members, co-workers, team mates, friends, and fellow classmates. As we continue to reach outside in the community we will draw others to us in the process. We need not look any farther than the people already around us.
We already know what to share - ourselves ...
In many ways our talents and gifts have been given to us to place each of us in an opportunity to share the gospel. Our talents are natural ways we can share the light of the gospel with others thru music, athleticism, power in speaking, serving others in the community, and more.

“There is a way for everyone ... to participate in this great work. We can each find a way to use our own particular talents and interests in support of the great work of filling the world with light and truth.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“The greatest missionary work we will ever do will be in our homes. Our homes, quorums, and classes are part of the mission field. Our children and grandchildren are our most important investigators.”

Especially for Youth


The Book of Mormon: Keystone

Flood the Reno Stake with the Book of Mormon

Elder Christofferson said members in wards and branches can be especially helpful to those that the missionaries are teaching who have difficulty reading for whatever reason. “Members can spend time reading with them or reading to them. This is a wonderful way to ‘minister to all,’ including those who are preparing for baptism.”
Boyd K. Packer declared, "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior”
The aim of all gospel learning and teaching is to deepen our conversion and help us become more like Jesus Christ. For this reason, when we study the gospel, we’re not just looking for new information; we want to become a “new creature”
Just as print copies of the Book of Mormon are powerful tools in missionary work, the Book of Mormon app can also be effective for sharing the gospel. Church members are invited to consider how they might share the app with friends and family who might not be familiar with the Book of Mormon. Banners are available on the Church Facebook page, which members can use on their websites or blogs to let others know about the new app.
Ancient Prophets have risked their lives and prayed that this record my be preserved for our day- for me and for YOU!</font color>
Read: Enos 1:15-18.
The Savior Jesus Christ also prayed and pronounced a blessing upon me and YOU -- </font color> “...those who believe on the words of the prophets written in the Book of Mormon...”
Read: 3 Nephi 19:28-29
Pray to know the truth
Read: Moroni 10:3-5

Staying on the Covenant Path

 

Convert Retention:

“There is absolutely no point in doing missionary work unless we hold on to the fruits of that effort. The two must be inseparable. ... Every convert is a great and serious responsibility” (“Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep,” Ensign, May 1999, 108).Under the direction of the bishop, the ward council has first responsibility for strengthening new members and returning members. They make sure that new converts and returning members have friends, are nourished by the word of God, and receive callings and responsibilities. They may request that full-time missionaries help minister to and visit new members, returning members, and prospective elders. Preferably you will be paired with a member for such visits.” --President Gordon B. Hinckley

Every New Convert and Member of the Church Needs:

  • A friend in the Church to whom he can constantly turn, who will walk beside him, who will answer his questions, who will understand his problems.
  • An assignment. Activity is the genius of this Church. It is the process by which we grow. Faith and love for the Lord are like the muscle of my arm. If I use them, they grow stronger. If I put them in a sling, they become weaker. Every convert deserves a responsibility.
  • Every convert must be ‘nourished by the good word of God’ (Moro. 6:4). It is imperative that he or she become affiliated with a priesthood quorum or the Relief Society, YW, YM or Primary.



Gathering on Both Sides of the Veil


“Temple and family history work is not a segmented, separate work, nor is missionary work. Rather, they both are integral to the all-inclusive work of salvation and the gathering of scattered Israel. Temple and family history work is a means of ministering to all of God’s children, including the “new and tender” Latter-day Saints—the youth and the newly baptized.”



“Natural and Normal, Genuine and Authentic”

Elder Brent H. Nielson, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department, underscored how missionary work is an integral part of ministering through temple and family history, with “natural and normal, genuine and authentic” conversations and questions being ways for members and missionaries to engage anyone.

Quoting President Nelson, he added: “People have an inborn desire to know something about their ancestors. ... Conversations flow easily when those who are drawn to speak with the missionaries are invited to talk about the people that they love.”

“All Means All”

Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Family History Department, introduced the meeting’s theme, “Ministering to All through Temple and Family History.”

“In this context,” he said, “all means all of Heavenly Father’s children—active and less-active members of the Church, children, youth, young single adults, and those not of our faith. All means literally all.”

He quoted President Russell M. Nelson’s teachings that the gathering of scattered Israel is “the greatest work on the earth” and that “anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel. It is as simple as that.”

“The ordinances of the temple and the covenants you make there are key to strengthening your life, your marriage and family, and your ability to resist the attacks of the adversary. Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path,” said President Russell M. Nelson

Training


Tools & Resources


Ward Mission Plan

 

Flood the Reno Stake with the Book of Mormon

Dear stake and ward leaders,

In a recent training with Ward Missionary Correlation Committees, a stake initiative was introduced to flood the Reno Stake with the Book of Mormon. This is designed to be an opportunity to work in unity to bring others unto Christ. As part of this effort, we ask the following:

  • All ward members are invited to donate any unused “Give Away” or “Missionary” copies of the Book of Mormon sitting around the home. The Ward Mission Leader will lead the effort to collect these books. An email will be sent to all members of the Stake to introduce this effort shortly.
  • Youth groups are invited to participate by marking Book of Mormons for use in each ward. Youth assigned to missionary work  have been asked to work with the Ward Youth Council to plan a youth activity to personalize the books. Ward youth leaders, please help the youth lead out in this effort. Seminary-aged youth who mark up a Book of Mormon may receive credit for one make-up day in Seminary per book.  The youth over missionary work in each ward have been trained and were provided 12 copies of the Book of Mormon for each ward to get them started. They were also given marking materials and a marked example copy.
  • Full-time missionaries have been asked to help challenge members one-on-one to pray about friends with whom they can share the Book of Mormon. They will also help teach members how to give a copy of the Book of Mormon to a friend in normal and natural ways.
  • We invite Bishoprics and ward leaders to emphasize the Book of Mormon in sacrament meetings, firesides, and other activities with the youth and ward members during the months of May and June.

We know as we work together to make intentional efforts to share the Book of Mormon with our friends and neighbors, members of this stake will be blessed. We will witness the power of the Book of Mormon in bringing souls unto Christ. We will receive an increase of love for our neighbor and an increase of the spirit in our lives.

May God bless you and each member of the stake with a greater desire to share God's instrument for the gathering of Israel - the Book of Mormon.

Sincerely,

The Reno Nevada Stake Presidency

Wards Plan and Prepare:

  • Ward primary leaders determine how to involve primary children.
  • Youth groups hold a markup activity to personalize Book of Mormons for ward members to give to friends and neighbors (Order additional supplies if needed. See attachment.)
  • Bishops and Ward Councils determine what messages to emphasized and share in the ward.
  • Ward missionary correlation committees will determine how they want to implement ways to flood their wards.
  • EQ & RS consider ways to use the Book of Mormon in ministering.
  • All ward members invited to bring unused copies of the Book of Mormon to be marked and given out to friends. 

Stake Fast:

  • Special Stake Fast for Missionary efforts - specifically how to share the Book of Mormon and who to share it with.
  • Stake members invited to pray and act on promptings to share the Book of Mormon with friends and neighbors during the month of June.
  • Wards implement their plans to reinforce and promote the use of the Book of Mormon in their ministering and missionary efforts.

Fast & Testimony Meeting:

  • All stake members invited to share their experiences in their ward fast & testimony meetings and with their families and friends.

Promoting the Book of Mormon – Ideas:

Please consider ways to help promote and personalize this effort in your wards. We invite all organizations in the ward, including the primary, to get involved in this effort. The ward missionary committee could consider the following:

  • Share testimony of, or spiritual thought from, the Book of Mormon in your meetings.
  • Share verses or testimony of the Book of Mormon with ministering brothers and sisters, new converts, or less active members. 
  • Invite others to join you in studying the Book of Mormon.
  • Share the Book of Mormon App with friends and neighbors.
  • Invite friends and neighbors to receive a free electronic copy of the Book of Mormon.
  • Teach primary children a new song or new story from the Book of Mormon.

Attachments:

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