Nov 9, 2014

Missionary Work (FHE)

Family Home Evening was such a great time this week!  I based this week's lesson on chapter 33 of the Gospel Principles manual, Missionary Work.

Song: This week's song was an obvious choice, and one of my childhood favorites.  We sang song #169 from the Primary Children's Songbook, I Hope They Call Me on a Mission.  It goes as follows:

I hope they call me on a mission
When I have grown a foot or two.

I hope by then I will be ready

To teach and preach and work as missionaries do.
I hope that I can share the gospel

With those who want to know the truth.

I want to be a missionary

And serve and help the Lord while I am in my youth.
Lesson:  The Lord's Church is and always has been a missionary church.  “And thus the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning” (Moses 5:58).  When the Savior lived on the earth, He ordained Apostles and Seventies and gave them the authority and responsibility to preach the gospel, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  Our missionaries today take the message to the world that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior. They testify that the gospel has been restored to the earth through a prophet of God. The missionaries are given the responsibility to preach the gospel to all people, to baptize them, and to teach them to do all things that the Lord has commanded (see Matthew 28:19–20). Latter-day Saint missionaries go at their own expense to all parts of the world to preach the gospel message.

President Ezra Taft Bensen said, “This is our first interest as a Church—to save and exalt the souls of the children of men."  Missionary work is necessary in order to give the people of the world an opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. They need to learn the truth, turn to God, and receive forgiveness from their sins.

Every member of the Church is a missionary. We should be missionaries even if we are not formally called and set apart. We are responsible to teach the gospel by word and deed to all of our Heavenly Father’s children. The Lord has told us, “It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor” (D&C 88:81). We have been told by a prophet that we should show our neighbors that we love them before we warn them.

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. 
The Lord has told us, “If it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!  And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” (D&C 18:15–16).

Playing full-time missionary, as a missionary called to Russia
Activity:  June got to practice being a missionary!  She received a pretend mission call (I used a random mission generator and it selected a Russian mission...maybe it's a sign ;).  I wrote her up a mission call which said:

"Sister June,

You have been called to serve in the Russia Rostov Mission.  While there you will preach the gospel in the Russian language.  The nearest Temple is in Kyiv, Ukraine about 900 miles away.  The people are ready to hear the gospel from you.  You will receive many blessings as you serve the Lord faithfully.

You have been found as one worthy to represent the Church of our Lord as a missionary of the Gospel.  It will be your duty to live righteously, to keep all the commandments, to honor your covenants, to increase your testimony of the divinity of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, to be an exemplar in your life of all Christian virtues, and so to conduct yourself as a devoted servant of the Lord, that you may be an effective advocate and messenger of the Truth.

The Lord will reward the goodness of your life, and greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you serve Him humbly and prayerfully in this labor of love among His children."

I then placed it in a manilla envelope with a Future Missionary tag.  I had her open it and I read the letter out loud, then pinned the name tag on her.  I then gave her a Book of Mormon in Russian, a picture of Christ, and set out a Preach my Gospel.  We had a mini MTC (Missionary Training Center) where I explained that she needed to teach people about Christ and the Book of Mormon.  She promptly said, "Mommy, I love Jesus Christ!"  She's already such a good missionary.  I also taught her some very basic Russian words like "hello is pree-vyet," "church is tser-khov," and "choose the right is vwe-bear-eetye eest-een-oh."

I then pulled up a map of the world to show her where Russia was, and placed a grew of her stuffed animals by it as the Russians she would teach.  The grabbed her bike, placed on her bike helmet, and put the Knee-ga Mor-mon-ah (Book of Mormon) and Preach my Gospel into her bike basket.  She peddled over to the animals and proceeded to tell them that she loves Jesus Christ.  She then opened up the books and explained what was happening in each picture.

It was so cute to watch her go!  I had her animals ask some questions like, "Does Jesus love me too?"  And she would answer.  I love hearing her teach.  She is already a good missionary and a good example.  If she so chooses to serve a full time mission, I know she will be great.

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