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Young Men Lesson 13: Every Member a Missionary

by | Mar. 16, 2012

Young Men

Discussion Questions
• Why do you think the Lord has given Aaronic Priesthood holders the duty to “invite all to come unto Christ”? (see D&C 20:59).
• How does sharing the gospel with your friends and family help you prepare to serve a full-time mission? (see D&C 33:8–10; 38:30).

Excerpt from "Be Thou an Example of the Believers" by Elder Russell M. Nelson, October 2010 General Conference:

Paul’s counsel, “Be thou an example of the believers,” applies equally to members. Most have not been and may never be full-time missionaries. But all can be member missionaries. That statement reminds me of a report of a humorous event. On a large playing field at a missionary training center, a sign was posted. It read, “Missionaries only!” People who also wanted to play on that field posted a new sign of their own. Their sign read, “Every Member a Missionary!”

Each member can be an example of the believers. Brethren, as followers of Jesus Christ, each of you can live in accord with His teachings. You can have “a pure heart and clean hands”; you can have “the image of God engraven upon your [countenance].” 10 Your good works will be evident to others. 11 The light of the Lord can beam from your eyes. 12 With that radiance, you had better prepare for questions. The Apostle Peter so counseled, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” 13

Let your response be warm and joyful. And let your response be relevant to that individual. Remember, he or she is also a child of God, that very God who dearly wants that person to qualify for eternal life and return to Him one day. You may be the very one to open the door to his or her salvation and understanding of the doctrine of Christ. 

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