“Now, what of the future? What of the years that lie ahead? It looks promising indeed. People are beginning to see us for what we are and for the values we espouse. …
“If we will go forward, never losing sight of our goal, speaking ill of no one, living the great principles we know to be true, this cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.
“The key to the great challenges facing us and to the success of the work will be the faith of all who call themselves Latter-day Saints”
– Gordon Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1997
Points to Ponder
- What is the difference between “evangelizing” and “missionary work”?
- How is our role, as members, different from those of the full-time Sisters and Elders?
- What is the difference between “effective” and “efficient” missionary work? How can we become more effective, while still trying to be as efficient as we can?
- What are the Outward signs of Conversion? What are the Inward signs of Conversion? How can we best focus on the Inward signs, thereby gaining the Outward as well?
- How do we resolve the apparent paradox of loving people where they are, with pure Christ-like charity, while simultaneously inviting them to change where they are?
Material Shared in Class
Dieter Uchtdorf, on preaching by example:
“The most effective way to preach the gospel is through example. If we live according to our beliefs, people will notice. If the countenance of Jesus Christ shines in our lives, if we are joyful and at peace with the world, people will want to know why. One of the greatest sermons ever pronounced on missionary work is this simple thought attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” Opportunities to do so are all around us. Do not miss them by waiting too long on the road to Damascus.” (April 2011 GC)
Clayton Christensen, on being willing to change along with those whom you teach:
“…on one Sunday Sister Virginia Perry, whose husband, L. Tom Perry, was president of the Boston Stake, noticed a woman who had quietly found a space on the back row in the Weston chapel, having arrived a few minutes late for sacrament meeting. She was wearing jeans and a T-shirt and had come on her motorcycle. Sister Perry quickly sensed that the woman felt that she didn’t fit in. Everyone else was wearing their Sunday best and was sitting with their families. So Sister Perry left her family alone, went to the back pew, and asked the visitor if she would mind if she sat beside her. When the woman smiled in the affirmative, Sister Perry put her arm around her. The next Sunday Sister Perry came to church wearing Levi’s and a T-shirt.” (From Clayton M. Christensen’s The Power of Everyday Missionaries)