Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Elder Ballard's Invitation

We have an wonderful idea on how you can be even a greater support to your missionary and help them to be even more excited about the work of salvation. This is something that we feel very impressed to share with you.   Here is how our idea came to be. 

When we were at the Mission President's Seminar with Elder Ballard he repeated to us what he said at the October General Conference of 2013.  "I encouraged members to pray to be led to at least one person to whom they could extend an invitation to learn about the restored gospel..."

In this last general conference he suggested that members could be more consistently involved in missionary work if they would invite someone once a quarter to be taught by the full-time missionaries.

We believe that if you take this invitation and do just what it says and then share your experiences with your missionary that it would be the best thing you can do to support and motivate your missionary!  It will also create a greater bond between you as you share experiences and ideas. 

We know of a wonderful book that has many ideas to help us be member missionaries.  It is called  "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" by Clayton M. Christensen.  It is available through Deseret Book.  There is also a website at everydaymissionaries.org that has a free version of this book in Spanish!  You can find this free spanish edition  at the bottom of the home webpage under "other languages".  There are also ideas on this website on how to be an "everyday missionary".  Brother Christensen promises that if we want to feel the spirit in our own lives and in our families that the best thing we can do it to share the gospel.  It is a wonderful book and will be a great help to you in your missionary efforts!

There is also a website on lds.org to help us.

Our son-in-law Jake is the Ward Mission Leader and our daughter Liz is a Ward Missionary in their ward in Michigan. This is the Family Mission Plan that they created to use in their ward.  This is a great way to set some specific goals as a family.  It will be so wonderful for you to be able to  share your success and failures with your missionary.  What a blessing this will be to your entire family!

 If you would like to get a clearer copy of this Family Mission in English  you can get it by using the link below.
To help members achieve this goal, Elder Ballard extended an invitation to all members, regardless of current calling, to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel.

"Read it, study it and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow up," said Elder Ballard.

He asked, ""Can you even begin to fathom the extraordinary outpouring of atoning grace that will be ours, individually and collectively, according to the Savior's promise to all who bear testimony in the process of inviting souls to come unto Him—and then following up on those invitations."

If we follow up, the lord will not let us down.

"I have seen the unspeakable joy that accompanies testimony-driven inviting and faithful follow up among members of the Church the world over."


Elder Ballard quoted Doctrine and Covenants 88:73
Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.
He said that now is that time.   

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