Monday, March 13, 2017

A Sunday Surprise (March 12, 2017)

This Sunday we got some advice from the missionaries from our ward serving in other places (Reed - Taiwan, Jesse - Utah, Jaycie - Washington), thanks to a member of our ward.  He was kind enough to share his email and Jaycie's response with me.

Hey Jaycie,

Hope you are doing well! This Sunday I'm giving a talk on "sharing the gospel" in the Cape ward. Wanted to reach out to you and ask: if you were to give one piece of advice to members of the Cape ward on sharing the gospel, what would it be?

Wishing you the best,

Hi Mark!

Study Preach My Gospel and discover your personal conversion. The First Presidency Message says
Dear Fellow Missionary: (this is members and missionaries alike - we are their fellow missionaries!!)

We compliment you on the great opportunity you have to be a missionary. (Great opportunity. This isn't something separate from our lives. This is our calling in life!) There is no more compelling work than this, nor any which brings greater satisfaction. (NOTHING. NOTHING in this world will bring us more satisfaction. Be it in our homes, families, with our friends, strangers, sharing the gospel is literally everything we are!)

We challenge you to rise to a new sense of commitment to assist our Father in Heaven in His glorious work. Every [member] has an important role in helping “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

The Lord will reward and richly bless you as you humbly and prayerfully serve Him. More happiness awaits you than you have ever experienced as you labor among His children. (More happiness than anything we can imagine!!! This is a promise from the PROPHET AND APOSTLES!!)

Mostly, they must find their conversion. They have to. If they don't then this becomes just another talk on missionary work ohmygosh would you please just leave us alone my friends aren't interested! But when each member becomes PERSONALLY converted to the gospel, when it becomes the central focus of their lives and literally everything they do and say (which many think it is but we can always be more focused on it) sharing the gospel  is the same as breathing. Studying Preach My Gospel helps so much. In it we are reminded of the truths that we love, we are reconverted as we feel the Spirit confirm these truths, it slowly becomes something that we are thinking of constantly. There is a quote by President Packer that says "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." I personally have a testimony of this. When we are studying with the intent to change and to learn so that we can share this with others, we become something new. There are countless passages of scripture to read and study on the Restoration, Christ's ministry, the Plan of Salvation, the Atonement, Christlike Attributes, the Book of Mormon and the role it plays. It has to come from the personal desire that the members have to share the gospel. If they don't have that, focus on helping them develop it. That's kind of the key to anything we do.

Thank you for the email :) I hope that it helps and give everyone my love!
Hna Baird

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