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Missionary Conference — Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mission Conference, Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Sister Snow:
    • The Book of Mormon is the keystone, and it can be read on different levels.
    • The technical level tells us that Lehi lived in his own house.  The sons didn’t mention the home when they listed their assets.
    • The killing of Laban was similar to an event in Exodus 21:13 — the person was delivered into their hands.
    • The promised land was prepared for Nephi to flee to.
    • Chiasmus in Book of Mormon, see Matthew 6:24 and Alma 36.
  • President Snow:
    • The church stands for falls based on the reality of the First Vision.  
    • Some say, “I like your church, but I can’t get past that vision of Joseph Smith”.
    • How can I know that Joseph was a prophet?  Do what he did. Kneel and ask.
  • Sister Bertasso:
    • How have you changed during your time in the MTC?  See 2 Nephi 4:34 and Isaiah 55:8-9.
  • President Bertasso:
    • Preach repentance and baptize converts.  The Lord has prepared souls for you.
    • The Salt and the Savor could be talking about new members and investigators.  See D&C 101:40 and 103:9.
    • The Lord will tell you what to say and where to go.
    • Look for those in the late teens and twenties.  
    • Set two baptismal dates – their own and the dates for their ancestors in the temple.
    • Retention is > 80% for those new members who get to the temple.
  • Sister Burgess:
    • Share your testimonies with your families, see PMG page 198.  
    • Naaman was washed and healed because a young Jewish woman bore her testimony.
    • Abinadi’s testimony changed Alma, Mosiah 16:9-15.  
    • Nephi and Lehi, Helaman 5:9 – righteous desire, quiet influence of Holy Ghost, gradual growth (line upon line), testimony growing and sharing (D&C 84:62)
  • President Burgess:
    • If I had the wish of my heart for you, it would be:
      • That you would understand who you are  
      • That you would know what your missionary purpose is
      • President Monson has said that the strongest of Heavenly Father’s children are here now.  
      • That you would understand that you are partners with the general authorities (D&C 29:7)
      • That you would measure your success not by baptisms but by your COMMITMENT!  See PMG pages 10 & 11.
      • That you would understand that everything that needs to happen in the conversion process MUST happen in your own lives also!
      • That you would know that one of the greatest blessings that can be given in this life is to be a disciple of Christ.  
      • That you would develop an attitude of doing your best always
      • That you would continually repent and change
      • That you would be determined to serve with a broken heart and a contrite spirit
      • That you would know that all that is unfair or unjust can be made right through the atonement of Christ.

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