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Fransz de Grebber, Elisha Refusing Gifts from Naaman, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

2 Kings 5:1–14
John 8:28–29
Alma 57:19–27
D&C 10:4–5; 58:26–33; 130:18–21

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • What example of obedience did the Savior show us?
  • How can Church members be “agents unto themselves” (D&C 58:28) and still be diligent, faithful servants of the Lord by obeying His commandments exactly?
  • What from your study of missionary work can you apply to being a more diligent visiting teacher or home teacher?

PREACH MY GOSPEL: CHRISTLIKE ATTRIBUTES

Diligence

Diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and energetic effort in doing the Lord’s work. The Lord expects you to work diligently—persistently and with great effort and care. A diligent missionary works effectively and efficiently. Diligence in missionary work is an expression of your love for the Lord and His work. When you are diligent, you find joy and satisfaction in your work.

Do many good things of your own free will (see D&C 58:27). Don’t wait for your leaders to tell you what to do. Continue until you have done all you can, even when you are tired. Focus on the most important things and avoid wasting time. Pray for guidance and strength. Plan regularly and effectively. Avoid anything that distracts your thoughts or actions….

Obedience

As a missionary, you are expected to keep the commandments willingly, to obey mission rules, and to follow the counsel of your leaders. Obedience is the first law of heaven. It is an act of faith. You may sometimes be required to do things you do not completely understand. As you obey, you increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom….

“The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds an armor around you of protection and safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed through mortality” (L. Tom Perry, “Called to Serve,” Ensign, May 1991, 3) (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 121).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA & FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

Please read and discuss the following video together as a family.

Naaman and Elisha

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • What happens to doubt if we just obey the Lords’ instructions?
  • Isn’t it interesting that Naaman was pointed the right direction by a very young servant girl?
  • Why do you think Elisha instructed Naaman to bathe in the river seven times? Do we sometimes need to invite seven people before one will listen? What if Naaman had given up at six baths?

 

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