Ecclesiastical Training — Provo Missionary Training Center — July 14, 2019
1/ Sister Titensor
- President Nelson has recently said: The sacredness of the Sacrament cannot be overstated. We make a new covenant every Sunday when we partake — we are not just ‘renewing’ our baptismal covenant. We are willing to take upon ourselves his name, always remember Him.
- There is no other name given by which mankind can be saved.
- President Nelson had 4 hopes for the new mission presidents: 1) Happiness of the spouses and their families 2) Safety and success of the missionaries 3) Success of the local leaders 4) Teaching the doctrine of Christ.
2/ President Titensor
- Elder Anderson’s thoughts: Help make your missionaries devoted disciples of Christ. When he was worried about his missionaries, he received the following inspiration — “You didn’t call these missionaries, I did! Turn them toward me and I will help them become what they can and should be.”
- Approach Christ with a broken heart.
3/ Sister LeSueur
- Reviewing the thoughts of President Eyring at the conference.
- You were all trained and prepared before mortality. See D&C 138.
- We should serve with all our hearts, minds, and strengths.
- We should invite the missionaries to come unto Christ.
- How can we help them come to Christ?
- Tell them you love them and look them in the way.
- Learn about their families and their background.
- Memorize their names before you meet them. Know something about them.
- Someone at Harvard Business School did that for him and it changed his life.
- Ask them how they have seen the Lord’s love manifested in their lives.
- Praise them. Thank them. In them you will see children of God.
4/ President LeSueur
- Sister Cordon said that when they had children serve missions, they were more concerned with who their mission president was than where they were serving.
- Elder Oaks quoting President Nelson: This work is the greatest work on the planet.
- Teach these fundamentals:
- Commitment to Jesus, and teaching about Him
- You remember 10% of what you hear, 15% of what you see, 90% of what you teach. Have the missionaries teach each other.
- Mission work is and must be joyous (Alma 26:13)
- The Book of Mormon is and must be the central focus of our work.
- Proclaiming the gospel must be done by the Spirit.
- Keep a journal, and it is best if it is written manually, not electronically.
- Come and help, come and see, come and stay.
- Tell the missionaries to take the ‘odometer’ off of their scriptures. This is not a speed contest, nor a race. Slow down, absorb, ponder, digest, carefully and slowly examine the scriptures as they read.
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