FHE: Missionary Work

Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "A Call to the Rising Generation," by Brent H. Nielson, Ensign, Nov 2009, 95-97.

Thought: Jesus Christ, lives and is inviting you, as He invited His Apostles of old, Peter and Andrew: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

(Brent H. Nielson, "A Call to the Rising Generation," Ensign, Nov 2009, 95-97.)

Song: "Called to Serve," Children's Songbook, p. 174.

Scripture: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19)

Lesson: Ask your family what they think makes a person rich, and how they might identify a "rich" person. Have your family silently read D&C 6:1-7 and then discuss the following questions:

  • What great "harvest" is the Lord speaking of in these verses? (Missionary work.)
  • Why is sharing the gospel with others such a "great and marvelous work"?
  • What are the Lord's faithful servants promised in verse 3? (Everlasting salvation.)
  • According to verse 7, what makes a person rich?
  • Why would "eternal life" and "everlasting salvation" be better than earthly riches?
Share your testimony about the importance of gaining salvation, and encourage your family to seek for that most important gift.

(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Doctrine and Covenants, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 11.)

Story: Kingston, Ontario, a cold and very old city in Eastern Canada, was called "Stony Kingston" by the missionaries. There had been but one convert to the Church in six years there, even though missionaries had been continuously assigned in that city during the entire time. No one baptized in Kingston. Time in Kingston was marked on the calendar like days in prison. A missionary transfer to another place--any place--would be uppermost in thoughts, even in dreams.

While praying about and pondering this sad dilemma, for my responsibility then as a mission president required that I pray and ponder about such things, my wife called to my attention an excerpt from the book A Child's Story of the Prophet Brigham Young by Deta Petersen Neeley (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1959). She read aloud that Brigham Young entered Kingston, Ontario, on a cold and snow-filled day. He labored there thirty days and baptized forty-five souls. Here was the answer. If the missionary Brigham Young could accomplish this harvest, so could the missionaries of today.

Without providing an explanation, I withdrew the missionaries from Kingston, so that the cycle of defeat might be broken. Then came the carefully circulated word to the missionaries: "Soon a new city will be opened for missionary work, even the city where Brigham Young proselyted and baptized forty-five persons in thirty days." The missionaries speculated as to the location. Their weekly letters pleaded for the assignment to this Shangri-la. More time passed. Then four carefully selected missionaries--two of them new, two of them experienced--were chosen for this high adventure. The members of the small branch pledged their support. The missionaries pledged their efforts. The Lord honored both.

In the space of three months, Kingston became the most productive city of the Canadian Mission. The gray limestone buildings stood unchanged; the city had not altered its appearance; the population remained constant. The change was one of attitude. Doubt had yielded to faith.

(Thomas S. Monson, Inspiring Experiences That Build Faith: From the Life and Ministry of Thomas S. Monson, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1994].)

Activity: Play "hot or cold."

Use a bean bag or any household object. Have one child leave the room. The other children can decide where to hide the bean bag. Now, the child returns to the play area and proceeds to find the bean bag. The game is played with clues of "hot" or "cold" that the other children give. Hot means the child is near the object, whereas cold means she is not. When the bean bag is found, another child is asked to leave the room and start the game again.

We should seek those who are searching for the gospel.

Refreshment Peanut Butter and Jam Treats

  • 10-ounce can flaky biscuit dough
  • 10 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 10 tablespoons your favorite jam
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate dough into 10 biscuits; separate each biscuit into two layers. Spoon 1 tablespoon peanut butter onto the center of each of the first layer of biscuits. Place the other biscuit half on top of each and pinch the edges to seal. Place the biscuits in greased 9-inch round cake pan. With your thumb, make an indentation on the top of each biscuit and fill with 1 tablespoon of jam.

Bake for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls.

(Hollee Eckman and Heather Higgins, All That Jam, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2003], p. 8.)

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