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Ecclesiastical Training — Provo Missionary Training Center — May 21, 2017

Match The Message training for ecclesiastical leaders


Match The Message training for ecclesiastical leaders, May 21, 2017

President Martino

  • Matthew 5:48 states: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”
  • 3 Nephi 12:48 states: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as I am, or your Father in Heaven, is perfect.”  Notice the change!
  • Between the Sermon on the Mount and the visit to the Nephites, He had worked the Atonement, been resurrected, and was perfected Himself.
  • Elder Brent Nielson was told to “become” when he was first made a general authority.  He quickly realized that he needed to strive for perfection.
  • Moses 8:27 sates that Noah was perfect in his generation, and he walked with God
  • Alma 48:11 and 17 state that Captain Moroni had a perfect understanding.
  • Ether 3:20 states that the brother of Jared had a perfect knowledge of God.
  • How do we become perfect?  Moroni 10:33 states that by the grace of God, ye are perfect in Christ.

President Weidman

  • Our sisters are needed for three reasons:
    • Many missionaries come from “challenged” homes and they need to see a caring, giving wonderful mother.
    • Missionaries need to see and feel sisters teaching.
    • Sisters are more talented and giving than brethren, by a long shot.
  • Interviewing missionaries here at the Training Center:
    • Teach as you interview
    • Meet needs
    • Use scripture
    • Ask questions
    • Open a channel of communication between the missionary and the Lord
    • Ask them what they cherish? What do you hold dear? What do you fear? What do you yearn for?
    • Ask them if they have given careful consideration to their patriarchal blessing and their setting-apart blessing?
    • Do less talking and ask more questions.

President Gilbert

  • Ecclesiastical sisters are not set apart because the brethren do not want the sisters to feel obligated in their service here.  Some still have children at home.
  • The sisters, however, are critical at the the training center.  They have insights the brethren do not have.
  • Be thankful for the sisters, praise them, thank them, utilize them, be appreciative.
  • Moses 5:10 —  It was all about Adam, notice the personal pronouns: I, me, my, mine
  • Moses 5:11 —  For Eve, it was us and we and our.  What a difference.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:11 — “Neither is man without the woman, nor woman without the man, in the Lord.”
  • Wives should receive a “blessing” from their husbands as they begin their training center service, but they are not set apart.
  • They are encouraged but not obligated.
  • President Gordon B. Hinckley stated that Eve was God’s masterpiece, created after all the other works had been created.

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