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  1. I received my first calling yesterday and I'm excited to be sustained next Sunday. I'm hoping to begin helping others and begin sharing my testimony with investors. I was baptized on August 5 and I want to have successful help to others to happiness.
  2. Has anyone prepared any information on which Ward Mission Plans (WMP) work better than others? What are the elements of a successful plan? How often do you pack the chapel full of open-minded investigators? Wouldn't you like your child to serve his mission in a ward with a powerful WMP actively running? I have my essay on this below - but I'm looking for other essays on this subject to compare it too.
  3. Does anyone have any ideas on how to share the gospel? I just read Everyday Missionary. I simultaneously want to give a copy to every member of the ward because it is so inspiring and round up every copy ever printed and set them alite because it so terrifying. Author says: 1) spread the gospel at work even though you are not supposed to. If you do not spread the gospel at work when will you because most of us live our lives at work. Being afraid of spreading the gospel at work in indirectly the wish of Satan to reduce number of converts. 2) Bring up the gospel in conversation. Eg. I had a great weekend, I went to the temple. or Went to a great fireside 3) When people ask if you are Mormon, which hopefully follows from 2) above, say "Yes why do you ask" instead of deluging them with info. Respond to their questions rather than what you assume that they want to know. 4) Ask the Affluent for help with church needs. The affluent want to help someone and have few needs. 5) Set deadlines for yourself and really be desparate to fulfill them. Yikes! The thought of trying to do this scares me. Any ideas? What are your thoughts?
  4. Several years ago as a ward clerk I attended a stake priesthood leadership meeting at which the stake president announced a goal of splitting the stake.The stake was eventually split but not that year. The challenge was to have enough active MP to make it possible functionally. I never doubted in my heart when he announced it that it was doable - but as I mentioned the target date was missed although it did eventually happen.I should also mention I live in that great void in the south represented by > 01.% church membership. At that time and up to this date I have personally felt that if a stake could split so could/should my ward. Basically the membership number in the ward has remained stagnant. Most new converts have melted away within a year or two, and its been new move in's that have kept the membership rate steady. I realize this not much detail to go on but any ideas?
  5. I've been answering questions about Mormon Doctrine on Yahoo Answers and the "Law of Sarah" has been mentioned a couple of times that I've seen. What is the Law of Abraham and what is the Law of Sarah "Law of Sarah" on Does the Law of Abraham mean that it was OK to have more than one wife and did the law of Sarah mean that the first wife would have to give permission for a man to take a second wife? Is this what the Law of Sarah means?
  6. Hi there! A Mission Prep resource my wife and I are working on is called Prepare to Serve. Right now there are over 230 mission prep videos and over 3,000 travel videos hand-picked for future missionaries going to different countries/states. If we can do anything for you, feel free to message us through the contact page. :) Do any of you have any suggestions or ideas regarding how we can improve the website? Also, if you know anyone with a mission call you can tell us where they are called to go and we'll try to add a dozen more videos about whatever country/state they are called to serve. :) Thanks so much!
  7. Check out: A Simple Proposal to Completely Revolutionize the LDS Missionary Effort Read the whole thing and let me know what you think.
  8. Actually, there are two resources. The first is - International Resources for Latter-day Saints., a great site for international info on missionary work. If you're familiar with some countries, though, you can see that some of the data are several years out of date, and I'm not sure how often things are updated; I guess it depends on feedback demand or something. Still, the site is worth it. Included on the site is the book "Law of the Harvest: Practical Principles of Effective Missionary Work," available in both html and pdf. I ended up buying a hard copy via Amazon, since I prefer reading an actual book (and ironically it smells like cigarette smoke ). It's 400+ pages long. The two main drawbacks are that it can be repetitive, and there's no index:mad:; still, the content more than makes up for this. The most interesting, sometimes revolutionary, parts are the ideas on how to use the Book of Mormon, and the entire 3rd section of the book on leadership. I'm about 75 percent done with the book, so if I find anything else noteworthy enough, I will add it later. In conclusion, I think the book should be mandatory reading for leaders, or at least mission presidents. Any other members would certainly benefit from it. Enjoy!
  9. I have a few friends on missions, and I decided its about time I be a good friend and write a couple. How do I use the pouch service? How many stamps should I use if the letter will go to foreign countries? Does the pouch service work for all countries in which missions are served? Spain? Philippines? Peru? Does the pouch service work for all of those? Basically, any info you have on the pouch service I would love to hear. Thank you! -olivia.
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    Mission required?

    I have heard it said that missions for young men are a commandment, required, mandatory, encouraged, expected, and/ or obligatory. what are your thoughts on the necessity of missions for young men? will a voluntary decision not to go on a mission place a young man in jeopardy of not being exalted? how do you feel about the social pressures put on young men to serve especially on those who don't serve? would you think less of a young man who didn't go on a mission? women, would you marry a man who didn't serve a mission?
  11. Hello I want everyone to know that I changed my blog address from to Thanks
  12. I need help in understanding missionary work. This may seem silly, but hear me out: I am planning on becoming a member of the church soon. Spirituality has always been a sensitive issue for me- I was raised non-denominational christian and growing up, I always felt bothered by my unanswered questions in the faith and turned away from God for some time. When I met my friend, a member, one of the first things I noticed about him was how nonjudgemental he is. And how much compassion he has for people. So naturally, I wanted to know about his spiritual beliefs. When I found out he was a mormon, I didn't know what to think. I'm from the south so I had never met a mormon before, and for some reason I thought they only lived in Utah But he never preached or boasted about his beliefs, he just answered my questions that I had about his life and his relationship with the Father. Pretty soon I started going to church with him, reading scriptures and praying with him, and now here I am, ready to be baptized. My problem? Missionary work. Now, while I was attending church I was very put off by the missionaries. They would follow me around after sacrament meeting and kind of corner me and make me feel uncomfortable. I tried to express in the nicest way that I was learning about the gospel on my own, with my friend and his family, and that yes I was happy coming to church, but they didn't seem to get the picture. They kept calling me and they even came to my friends house to see if I was there and they could talk to me. It felt like .... stalking almost! Also, when I told my boss that I was joining the church, he expressed extreme displeasure. When I inquired as to why, he said that the only time he had ever met anyone mormon was when two missionaries knocked on his door and pretty much let themselves in. The experience he said he had with them was very unpleasant and his only impression of the church now is a bad one, and I found that really unfortunate. Now, I love spreading the gospel. I know that it is a wonderful thing to see someone hear the gospel and accept it. I just wish that- instead of spending all of that money on sending out a 19-21 year old who may or may not be emotionally or spiritually mature enough- we could do HUGE service projects TOGETHER. That way, people in our communities would associate our church with these good works and would want to know more us, instead of being so put off by the door to door knocking. The more I told people about my decision to join the church, the more bad experiences I heard with the missionaries. I just think that so many people that I've talked to, who have never been exposed to the church, have found the missionary work to be extremely business-like. Personally, I felt like the missionaries were only talking to me because they could get another number on their baptism counter (I don't mean that in an unkind way! I just really felt like I was being used.) I didn't feel like I was being listened to at all and I felt sick to my stomach every time I saw them. When I did give them a chance I felt like all they could talk about was, "Well, since you come to church so much, when are you going to be baptized? Let's set a date!" I didn't like it at all. And I guess I'm just wondering how you all feel about missionary work and how I should be understanding it. Is everyone happy with the way missionary work is done? Or is there room for change? I'm just curious and I really hope I don't offend anyone. I think it would be interesting to hear from people who have served to see the other point of view. Thank you!
  13. Hey all, We've set up the website The Army of Helaman - Latter-day Saint Missionaries hoping we can turn it into a resource and place of discussion for member-missionaries. We've barely launched but I thought I'd ask you guys to check it out and tell us what you think. Suggestions, ideas, likes, dislikes, etc. We will keep expanding the website over the coming days. Thanks!
  14. Guest

    Mission Equipment

    What is the recommended stuff to take on a mission? Other than your scriptures, which is kind of a given.
  15. I think many Latter-day Saints believe that we are getting close to a time when there will be a separation of the righteous from the wicked, the wheat from the tares. That separation may mark the division between those whose life choices have prepared them to endure a Terrestrial (Millennial) glory, and those who have chosen Telestial and will have their physical bodies destroyed by the glory of our Savior's perhaps imminent "Second Coming." "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." Matthew 25: 32-33 Matthew 25 There are many more scriptural references to nations, kindreds, tongues, and people: Word Search: nations kindreds tongues people As Latter-day Saints, we are commissioned to help lift God's children from a Terrestrial state to a Celestial state by adding to the truths found in all other churches. We perform authorized priesthood ordinances, and in holy temples apply the apostolic sealing power to bless God's children eternally. That is why LDS missionaries lovingly work even among righteous fellow followers of Jesus Christ, to add to what they already have. But that work is in preparation for a time beyond the Millennium when this world will leap from a Terrestrial to a Celestial glory. God sows His seeds early... In addition to that exclusive Celestial work, I believe that Latter-day Saints are also commissioned to help lift people from Telestial wickedness to Terrestrial righteousness. That task I think we share with god-fearing people of all religious denominations. And that task is the one most urgently needed to be carried forth in these days when it may soon be too late for the wicked to repent and qualify for life during the Millennium. The common sexual sins of our time will almost certainly place unrepentent fornicators and adulterers on God's left hand, they may not survive into the Millennium, they must be warned. Also, the Gospel still needs to be carried to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. It is my thinking that much of the work of helping lift people from Telestial to Terrestrial (wickedness to righteousness) including perhaps preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations can be carried out today by Cyber Missionaries of all denominations, not just by the Saints whose focus is on priesthood ordinances and FULNESS. Am I wrong in this? What do you think? God is no respecter of persons, Latter-day Saints may have many more helpers than we sometimes think we have. Perhaps in these tempestuous last days of preparation for the leap from Telestial to Terrestrial we have more COMMON GROUND with other Christians and god-fearing people everywhere than we tend to think we have! "That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people who were of his seed." 1 Nephi 5:18 1 Nephi 5 The above reference is to the brass Plates of Laban, the commandments of the Lord to the descendents of Joseph. This could refer to parts of the Bible and possibly the Torah - which of course could be taught to other nations, kindreds, tongues, and people by god-fearing people who are not necessarily Latter-day Saints. Do you think we are nearing a separation of the righteous from the wicked, the wheat from the tares? Do you think that many god-fearing people everywhere are as capable as Latter-day Saints of helping lift God's children on earth from Telestial to Terrestrial so they can survive the end times and live on into the Millennium or qualify for the first resurrection? How can we best get the common ground message out to Christians of other denominations and effectively join with them as Cyber Missionaries in the task of crying repentance, and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation? (Granted, baptism by proper authority is essential to continue on the road to Celestial glory, but perhaps only righteous living is required to escape the fire to come??) Comments anyone?