‘Praying alone will not bring one soul to the Savior.’ What President Ballard and others taught at worldwide missionary broadcast

by | Jun. 28, 2021

The whole Church was invited to participate in a broadcast of the 2021 Seminar for New Mission Leaders. The broadcast featured a discussion among three Apostles—Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, and Elder Quentin L. Cook—and was moderated by President Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave the concluding remarks.

The focus of the discussion was how Latter-day Saints can share the gospel in simple, natural ways. 

“Whether you are a full-time missionary, a member of the stake high council, a Relief Society president or a president of your Young Women class, we are all really doing the same work—helping Heavenly Father’s children bind themselves to the Savior by making and keeping covenants,” Elder Cook said. “The way we do that is by loving, sharing, and inviting.”

The members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and President Cordon further discussed what it means to “love, share, and invite” when doing missionary work. Through video stories shown periodically, Church members around the world also contributed to the conversation. 

“I think it’s good that we share the gospel because then other people can feel our love and Heavenly Father’s love,” said 10-year-old Coen Bates, a Church member from Washington state who brought a friend to church.

At the conclusion of the broadcast, President Ballard shared a powerful reminder.

“Praying alone will not bring one soul to the Savior. We must act. We must love, share and invite,” President Ballard said. “He will prompt us to share our experience, activities and what we are doing. And He will inspire us to invite others to come and see, to come and help, and to come and belong.”

Watch the full broadcast at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, read a summary at Church News, or watch a clip from Newsroom below. 

Lead image: Screenshot from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
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