Well, we've had a few weeks of conferences and I just thought it was interesting to see the theme of service and missionary work throughout each message.
I thought I'd share for those who are interested.
General Relief Society Meeting
Carole M. Stephens told of many stories about faithful women in the church. Here's one example:
"Maria follows this counsel by watching over and ministering to the sisters she has been asked to visit teach and also reaching beyond this assignment. She has many friends who are less active or who have not yet heard the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Each day she exercises her faith and prays to know who needs her help, and then she acts on the prompting she receives. She makes phone calls, expresses her love, and tells her friends, “We need you.” She has family home evening in her apartment every week and invites neighbors, members, and missionaries to come—and she feeds them. She invites them to come to church, watches for them, and sits by them when they arrive. Maria understands Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s recent reminder that “an invitation that is born of our love for others and for the Lord Jesus Christ … will never be seen as offensive or judgmental.”
There were 5 talks specifically focused on missionary work!
President Thomas S. Monson said:
-10 use social media to share gospel with others, it's the soapbox of today
-9 hang pictures is Christ in your home and invite friends and neighbors over, someone may say, that looks like Jesus! Know you're a Christian
-8 meet new people, join a club, volunteer, expand your social circles and avoid being clickish
-7 tell about church over the weekend or what you've done
-6 visit a friend or acquaintance that had a recent life event: move, baby, marriage "have you found a church yet?"
-5 carry a pass along card and give it to someone, especially the mormon.org one
-4 give someone the family search website, ask if they have a desire to search out family names
-3 invite friends or neighbors to participate in your calling, teach lesson, enrichment, ask for help, talk to your neighbor, look for opportunities, more would like the chance to serve than be serve, RS presentation, they could fill that need
-2 invite them to church especially when you're speaking on Sunday or the choir. Give sermons on Sunday.
-1 pray for someone to teach to be put in your path, knell in prayer and watch for opportunities that surely will come
You can be blessed with charity in order to do the Lord's work and be an instrument in His hands!
He found his EFY journal where he prepared a lesson about loneliness, and didn't realize it would impact him later on. He was comforted and testified God will never forsake you. Bore a powerful testimony and is excited to serve!
"There are chances for rescue all around us" and she promised us joy as we labor and bring others to Christ
In just one month, we've heard numerous messages encouraging us to branch out!