Young Men Lesson 39: Missionary Work Through Example

by | Sep. 21, 2012

Young Men

Discussion Questions
• In what ways have the examples of others influenced your life?
• What are some questions that friends of other faiths commonly ask about the Church? What are some appropriate ways to answer these questions?

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

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. 14

After your initial response, be ready to take the next step. You may invite your friend to attend church with you. Many of our friends do not know they are welcome in our Church buildings. “Come and see” was the Savior’s invitation to those who desired to learn more about Him. 15 An invitation to attend a Sunday meeting with you or to participate in a Church social or service activity will help to dispel mistaken myths and make visitors feel more comfortable among us.

As a member of the Church, reach out to those you do not know and greet them warmly. Each Sunday extend a hand of fellowship to at least one person you did not know before. Each day of your life, strive to enlarge your own circle of friendship.

You can invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. . . . Invite your friend to read the book prayerfully.

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