Upcoming Events & Newsletters
Location: Reno Stake Center – Golconda Way
Room: Relief Society Room
Attendees: RS & EQ Councilors with responsibility over missionary work, Ward Mission Leaders, Youth in the YM & YW Classes Assigned to Missionary Work, Ward Missionaries, Zone Leaders and others with callings and assignments in missionary work.
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
|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
“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