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Henrik Olrik, Sankt Matthaeus Kirke Copenhagen altarpiece, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

3 Ne 12:10-16; 18:24-25

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • Have you felt blessed when persecuted or rejected in the Lord’s service? How do we develop that ability?
  • How do we put the savor back in our salt? Do you see how putting the gospel in our daily conversation is putting our candle on a candlestick?

THE POWER OF EVERYDAY MISSIONARIES—
Use Mormon Words

A friend gave me the first idea: to use religious words and “Mormon” words in my day-to-day conversations, such as these:

“I am so tired. I am the scoutmaster in our troop sponsored by the LDS Church, and I took the boys on an overnight camping trip last night.”

“I go to the Mormon Church in Belmont, and a friend who gave the sermon last Sunday said something that is exactly how we need to start this presentation.”

“When I was a Mormon missionary in Korea….”

“My daughter who is a student at BYU….” And so on.

When I use these words in my conversation, it is like I am opening a door for people to a conversation about the Church. The vast majority, of course, don’t walk through the door, and that’s fine. But sometimes they walk through the door by asking, “Oh—so you’re a Mormon?”

I respond, “I am, and it is a wonderful church. Why do you ask?” I have found it very helpful to ask, “Why do you ask?” rather than telling them information that they do not care about. This way, we can have a conversation about what they’re interested in. Most of the time their interest is transitory, and that is fine. But on occasion the person will show even more interest, which then gives me the chance to invite them to have a deeper conversation.

It is important to view normal conversations with people in probabilistic terms. If 5 percent of people have some latent interest in the LDS Church, and I open up a conversational door about the church with twenty people, one of them will express interest—and I can’t judge who it will be. If we open a door to a hundred people, five of them will be interested. This is why it is so important to make the gospel a part of our conversations in an open, matter-of-fact way (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 25–26).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Use Mormon Words

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


The Sermon on the Mount

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • How can you use these teachings of Jesus to help your friends find happiness?
  • How might being a peacemaker help others believe in Christ?

 

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