Thursday Thoughts

Our lesson on Sunday was chapter 33: Missionary work. As I was reading the lesson I found some quotes that I really liked.

“We have been told by a prophet that we should show our neighbors that we love them before we warn them (see teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 262). They need to experience our friendship and fellowship.”

In the lesson it also gives suggestions as to how we can share the gospel.

1. We can show friends and others the joy we experience from living the truths of the gospel. In this way we will be a light to the world (Matthew 5:16)

2. We can overcome our natural shyness by being friendly to others and doing kind things for them. We can help them see that we are sincerely interested in them and are not seeking personal gain.

3. We can explain the gospel to nonmember friends and others.

4. We can invite friends who are interested in learning more about the gospel into our homes to be taught by the missionaries. If our nonmember friends live too far away, we can request that missionaries in their areas visit them.

5. We can teach our children the importance of sharing the gospel, and we can prepare them spiritually and financially to go on missions. We can also prepare ourselves to serve full-time mission in our senior years.

6. We can pay our tithing and contribute to the missionary fund. These donations are used for furthering missionary work.

7. We can contribute to the ward, branch, or general missionary fund to give financial support to missionaries whose families are unable to support them.

8. We can do family history research and temple work to help our ancestors receive the full blessings of the gospel.

9. We can invite nonmembers to activities such as family home evenings and church socials, conferences, and meetings.

10. We can give copies of church magazines. We can also share gospel messages by using features available on the church’s official internet sites, LDS.org and Mormon.org.

“Our Heavenly Father will help us be effective missionaries when we have the desire to share the gospel and pray for guidance. He will help us find ways to share the gospel with those around us.”

– Jennie

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