Many families in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — especially in Utah — are experts in missionary preparation. Parents know how to prepare children for missions, send care packages in plenty of time and prepare the perfect coming-home luncheon.
But what about serving and supporting the local missionaries?
“We all share this great responsibility,” President Ezra Taft Benson taught. “We cannot avoid it. Let no man or woman think that because of where we live, or because of our place in society, or because of our occupation or status, we are exempt from this responsibility.”
Here are seven ways to support the missionaries in your area as they go forth with faith.
Involve the missionaries in ward activities
Ward leaders can involve the missionaries in the planning and execution of ward activities to ensure they support the missionaries’ teaching and reactivation efforts. “Preach My Gospel” mentions the value of doing so:
“The priesthood executive committee and ward council coordinate activation efforts of priesthood quorums and full-time missionaries. They also plan how to fellowship less-active members, especially by inviting them to Church meetings and activities.”