Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Role as a Missionary/Effective Study


“There is neither man or woman in this Church who is not on a mission. That mission will last as long as they live, and it is to do good, to promote righteousness, to teach the principles of truth, and to prevail upon themselves and everybody around them to live those principles that they may obtain eternal life."
-Brigham Young


YOUR ROLE IN A NUTSHELL:

  • A Commissioned Representative 
  • Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World
  • Help Others Make and Keep Covenants
  • Serve with Obedience



WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE COMMISSIONED:

Commission, noun, an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.

“We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family." - Ezra Taft Benson

You are a representative of Christ. Your actions reflect upon you, your Church, and the Savior. You are to act as if He were there doing the job you have been called to do.



TEACHING THE GOSPEL


HELPING OTHERS MAKE AND KEEP COVENANTS

“The first thing you will do when an investigator tells you he or she had not read and prayed about the Book of Mormon is be devastated! … Much of the time we are just too casual about all of this. This is eternal life. This is the salvation of the children of God. Eternity hangs in the balance. … It is the most important path this investigator will ever walk. But if he or she doesn’t know that, at least you do! … So take control of this situation. Teach with power and authority, and then be devastated if the first steps toward commandment-keeping and covenant-keeping have not been successfully begun."- Jeffery R. Holland
  • The Commitment Pattern 
  • Know the qualifications for making covenants (D&C 20:37)
  • Teach the obligations associated with the covenants
  • Set up your investigators for success!

OBEDIENCE WITH EXACTNESS
  • Serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength (D&C 4:2)
  • Learn to love the people you serve
  • Live so that you can receive spiritual guidance (OBEY THE RULES!)
  • Be a servant of the people and of your fellow missionaries


HOW TO STUDY EFFECTIVELY

“Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men."
  • Previous Lesson on Effective Study
  • Companionship Study
    • Be COMMITTED
    • Have a topic (Use the Missionary Guide)
    • Use each other's strengths
  • Make studying a HABIT
  • Approach the scriptures from multiple angles







Sunday, January 11, 2015

How to Use Preach My Gospel



"I bear witness that this missionary guide is inspired of God. We must study it more carefully, that we may understand our missionaries and their work better. Missionaries and members must speak one language. We must become one in our efforts to proclaim the gospel. It will better enable us to become tools in the hand of the Lord, for He said, “And even so will I gather mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, even as many as will believe in me, and hearken unto my voice” (D&C 33:6)."
-Erich W. Kopischke


WHAT IS PREACH MY GOSPEL?

Preach My Gospel is a tool, it is a means to help you understand your role and purpose as a missionary, and acts as a guide to help you understand the fundamentals of the gospel.

"Preach My Gospel focuses on the fundamentals of missionary work. It does not answer every question or situation you will encounter. You will be most effective as you follow the Spirit, search the scriptures, keep the commandments, and apply what you learn." -Introduction

  • Guide for Missionary Work
  • Lesson Manual
  • Study Material (personal, companionship, district)
  • Journal



HOW IS PREACH MY GOSPEL SET UP

  • Study Journal
  • Lessons
  • Information Boxes
    • Consider This
    • Remember This
    • Scripture Study
    • Activity
    • Red Boxes
  • Stories
  • Ideas for Study and Application
HOW DO I PUT PREACH MY GOSPEL INTO ACTION?

Read, Plan, DO. (Crawl, Walk, Run)



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Preparing for Baptism and Confirmation

“All Latter-day Saints enter the new and everlasting covenant when they enter this Church. They covenant to cease sustaining, upholding and cherishing the kingdom of the Devil and the kingdoms of this world. They enter the new and everlasting covenant to sustain the Kingdom of God and no other kingdom. They take a vow of the most solemn kind, before the heavens and earth, … that they will sustain truth and righteousness instead of wickedness and falsehood, and build up the Kingdom of God, instead of the kingdoms of this world” 
-Brigham Young

“I propose that we should never start teaching about baptism until we have the end in mind. What’s the end? Eternal life.”
-Elder Don Clarke



References:

WHO IS QUALIFIED FOR BAPTISM?
  • Those who humble themselves before God
  • Those who desire to be baptized
  • Those who come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits
  • Those who repent of all their sins
  • Those willing to take upon themselves the name of Christ
  • Those determined to serve Christ until the end
  • Those who manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit of Christ
  • First Presidency parameters:
    • Make sufficient changes in their lives as outlined in D&C20:37
    • Develop a faith in Christ
    • Repent of transgressions
    • Live principles of moral worthiness
    • Live the Word of Wisdom
    • Commit to pay tithing
    • Receive all missionary lessons
    • Meet the bishop/branch president
    • Attend several sacrament meetings

THE BAPTISMAL INTERVIEW


Purpose: The purpose of the interview is to determine if they meet the qualifications for baptism. Whereas all people require baptism for their salvation, allowing someone to be baptized before they are spiritually ready to commit to the Gospel, or before they have a true testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored church, can be detrimental to their progress.

How to conduct: see Preach My Gospel, Chapter 12. Other interviewing skills include:

CONDUCTING THE BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION

Don't make this harder than it needs to be. The most important things are to coordinate the effort with the ward/branch through the Ward Mission Leader, and to explain the process to the investigator so that he/she has a clear understanding of what to expect. 

EXTRA STUDY:

  • "When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Taking upon us His name is one of the most significant experiences we have in life. Yet sometimes we pass through that experience without having a full understanding.
    How many of our children—how many of us—really understand that when we were baptized we took upon us not only the name of Christ but also the law of obedience?"
  • "By choosing to be in His kingdom, we separate—not isolate—ourselves from the world. Our dress will be modest, our thoughts pure, our language clean. The movies and television we watch, the music we listen to, the books, magazines, and newspapers we read will be uplifting. We will choose friends who encourage our eternal goals, and we will treat others with kindness. We will shun the vices of immorality, gambling, tobacco, liquor, and illicit drugs. Our Sunday activities will reflect the commandment of God to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. We will follow the example of Jesus Christ in the way we treat others. We will live to be worthy to enter the house of the Lord."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Laws and Ordinances

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”
-Third Article of Faith

"The Church also accepts the scriptural doctrine that following the resurrection each person—then an immortal soul—will be arraigned before the bar of God’s justice and receive a final judgment based on his performance during his mortal probation, that the verdict will turn on obedience or disobedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. If these laws and ordinances have been complied with during mortal life, the candidate will be cleansed from the stain of sin by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and be saved in the celestial kingdom of God, there to enjoy with God eternal life. Those who have not complied with the laws and ordinances of the gospel will receive a lesser reward."
-Marion G. Romney


References:


WHY DO WE HAVE LAWS?

"...everything in the universe, and the universe itself as organized by a divine Creator, is governed by laws, known as the laws of nature; and that we must have laws of the land, or of man, so that we might have order and protect the rights of mankind and punish those who infringe on the rights of others."
-N Eldon Tanner

“And again, very I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things, by which they move in their times and their seasons;
“And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth, which comprehend the earth and all the planets.
“And they give light to each other in their times and in their seasons, in their minutes, in their hours, in their days, in their weeks, in their months, in their years. …
“The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God. …
“Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.” (D&C 88:42-45, 47)


THE LAWS OF NATURE, MAN, AND GOD

"So, regardless of whether or not we know or understand the laws of nature, they always operate the same. A child, though ignorant of the law, will get burned if he touches a hot stove. If we disregard the law of gravity, we may get seriously hurt. If we know and understand the laws of nature and live by them, we benefit thereby and can be free of the hazards facing those who ignore these laws or go contrary to them."
-N Eldon Tanner

“We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
“We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
“We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.” (D&C 134:1-3)
"Some seem to value God’s love because of their hope that His love is so great and so unconditional that it will mercifully excuse them from obeying His laws. In contrast, those who understand God’s plan for His children know that God’s laws are invariable, which is another great evidence of His love for His children. Mercy cannot rob justice, 2 and those who obtain mercy are “they who have kept the covenant and observed the commandment” (D&C 54:6)."


Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Role of the Book of Mormon



"I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
-Joseph Smith (History of the Church, 4:461.)

"Combined with the Spirit of the Lord, the Book of Mormon is the greatest single tool which God has given us to convert the world. If we are to have the harvest of souls that [the President of the Church] envisions, then we must use the instrument which God has designed for that task—the Book of Mormon.”
-Ezra Taft Benson

REFERENCES
  • Introduction to the Book of Mormon
  • 1 Nephi 1:20
  • 1 Nephi 6:4-6
  • 2 Nephi 25:26
  • Jacob 4:1-6
  • Mormon 8:35
  • D&C 20:9
  • D&C 33:16
  • D&C 42:12
  • "The Book of Mormon is the great standard we are to use in our missionary work. It shows that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It contains the words of Christ, and its great mission is to bring men to Christ. All other things are secondary." - Ezra Taft Benson
  • "I cannot understand how any intelligent man could think that anyone without the help of the Lord could have produced the Book of Mormon, which has been before us now for more than a hundred years and has stood the test during all that period of time, notwithstanding the ridicule that has been brought against it, for one reason or another. " - Heber J. Grant


THE BOOK OF MORMON IS THE KEYSTONE OF OUR RELIGION
  • Joseph Smith declared that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion: either it is true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet who restored the church, or it is false, and he was not a prophet.
  • Witness of Christ
  • Fullness of the Gospel; Contains the Plan of Salvation, confirmation of Christ's ministry
  • Foundation of a personal Testimony
  • Testimony of Christ


THE BOOK OF MORMON TEACHES OF CHRIST
  • Convince all people that Jesus is the Christ
  • Teaches the role of Christ in the Plan of Salvation
  • Teaches our relationship with the Savior

HOW SHOULD WE USE THE BOOK OF MORMON TO TEACH:




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Finding People to Teach

"And from this place ye shall go forth into the regions westward; and inasmuch as ye shall find them that will receive you ye shall build up my church in every region—"
-D&C 42:8

"What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? "
-Luke 15:4



DOCTRINAL FOUNDATION:

TALK TO EVERYONE

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BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST
  • Show sincere interest
  • Be willing to talk about different kinds of subjects
  • Be open to learning about new things
  • TALK LESS
  • Tips From Top Professionals

CASE STUDY: AMMON AMONG THE LAMANITES



  • Alma 17, 18, 19
  • Personal Sacrifice
  • Embrace the people and good aspects of the culture
  • Stand Firm in Faith and in Adversity
  • Be the Example
  • Finish the Mission

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Commandments: Following the Prophet

"For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward."
-D&C 58:26

"And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God."
-D&C 98:11

"I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves." -Joseph Smith




OBEDIENCE

"When President Tanner returned from presiding over the European missions, he was asked what, in his opinion, was the most important attribute of a successful individual or missionary. After a short pause, pondering the implication of such a question, he spoke one word: “obedience.” If we do not obey, the power to obey is lessened. Our capability to recognize good is weakened." -Teddy E. Brewerton

"Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them who obeys them.”- Henry Ward Beecher






OBEDIENCE VS AGENCY

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"His backup plan—the plan he has been executing since the time of Adam and Eve—was to tempt men and women, essentially to prove we are undeserving of the God-given gift of agency. Satan has many reasons for doing what he does. Perhaps the most powerful is the motive of revenge, but he also wants to make men and women miserable like he is miserable. None of us should ever underestimate how driven Satan is to succeed. His role in God’s eternal plan creates “opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11) and tests our agency. Each choice you and I make is a test of our agency—whether we choose to be obedient or disobedient to the commandments of God is actually a choice between “liberty and eternal life” and “captivity and death.” - L. Tom Perry

"Some who do not understand the doctrinal part do not readily see the relationship between obedience and agency. And they miss one vital connection and see obedience only as restraint. They then resist the very thing that will give them true freedom. There is no true freedom without responsibility, and there is no enduring freedom without a knowledge of the truth. The Lord said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” - Boyd K. Packer