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J. Kirk Richards, Christ among the Lepers, Used with artist’s permission.

DAILY READING

D&C 18:10–19

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • If you had a child that was living a dangerous life-style and you enlisted the help of others in rescuing him/her, would you give the rescuers all they needed to do the job? How would you feel about their sincere efforts? And their success?
  • Do you feel urgency in the fact that Christ has called you to rescue His children? Can you see why He has promised us everything we need to accomplish the mission?
  • How can you transform everything you do into an invitation to others to seek the source of your happiness and fulfillment?

THE POWER OF EVERYDAY MISSIONARIES
Illustrations of How to Share the Gospel at Work

Recognizing that the fear of talking about our beliefs is a construct of Satan has given me courage. I acknowledge Satan’s threats about discussing beliefs at work—and you should too. But do not be deterred. What I have learned in this process is that there are two fundamentally different ways to be a missionary: through word and through deed. The first is to explain what the gospel is and how it has been restored to the earth. The second is to explain the gospel by overtly using it to solve important problems at work. Both ways give you chances to testify.

By Word

When we use the words share the gospel, our instincts often are actually to
share things—homemade cookies, pass-along cards, copies of the Book of Mormon, and so on. This mode of sharing has been hard for me to initiate at work because it disrupts rather than fits into the flow of my work. This way of sharing at work brings attention to the actions themselves and can actually even detract from the content of the gospel.

A better way I’ve found to share by word is to put my testimony and my life story online. It fits with the flow of work more easily because I can say it on my time, and others can read and think about it on their time. If I then … mix into every conversation religious and Mormon words, I can refer my coworkers to what I have said online.

Many times every week colleagues respond to my use of Mormon words by saying, “I believe in God too” or “I’m a believer too.”

I then can respond, “Aren’t you glad that we believe in God? I sure feel sorry for those who don’t. In fact, a bit ago I summarized my current thoughts about faith and put them on my website. Here is the URL, in case you’re interested. I’d love to get your feedback. Have you ever done something like this?”…

As a general rule, a large majority of people at work actually believe in God. The minority who have decided that there is no God or that discussions about religion are out of bounds have sometimes imposed the opinion of the few upon the will of the many. I have found, as a consequence, that if I have the courage to use religious words in my language at work—and do it in a normal, matter-of-fact way—I actually free many of my colleagues from the same shackles that originally had constrained me.

Within the last year, two presidents of significant universities in the Boston area independently thanked me for speaking about God openly. Both described truly feeling isolated by the vocal atheists in their institutions who declare that faith and religion are out of bounds (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 54–56).

Note: An excerpt from the testimony of Clayton Christensen can be found HERE.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

We Lived With God

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Families Can Be
together Forever

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • How can you help your friends understand how important their families are?
  • Have you ever invited a friend to join in your family prayer?

 

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