Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing week! This week was incredible! We had our Mini Missionary with us all week and He was truly a blessing to us! This week I was reading in this month’s Ensign and I read an article called That We May Rejoice Together! I recommend EVERYONE read it! It talks about being a member missionary. I know, I know y’all are tired of hearing about it, I know I was when I was at home but being out here has made me realize how important being a member missionary really is!
Everyone Needs Friends!
The fact of the matter is our investigators CANNOT progress without the help of members. Missionaries come and go all the time, they need solid support and friendship if they are to remain active. I mean you wouldn’t want to remain in a church if you didn’t feel like you didn’t belong there either!
Go out with the missionaries!
We LOVE when members come with us to lessons! It brings a whole different feel to the lessons that two young men in a shirt and tie can’t bring alone. It makes investigators feel more comfortable because it turns into a discussion rather than two missionaries sharing a message. Relate to the people you are teaching too! They love it! We love it! And YOU will love it too when you share your testimony! As you share it, it will grow! Even if you may not have a lot of free time, use what time you do have to help! I have had countless members come up to my companion and I after they have gone to a lesson with us and say things along the lines of “Thank you for asking me to go, I didn’t have a lot of free time but I decided to go anyways and it brightened up my whole week!” I promise it will be an amazing experience!
Introduce your friends to the missionaries! I know it is scary to talk to people about religion sometimes but when you listen to promptings of the Spirit, He will have you know what you need to say! Member Referrals have greater success than just having missionaries walk around and knock on doors! Plus they already have the support system (ie you!) to help them adjust and change their life for the better! Think back on the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen! When you saw that sunset you wanted share it with others because it brought you joy right?! The restored gospel should be the same way! You aren’t referring your friends just so the missionaries can add a plus one to their baptisms tally. You are referring your friends because YOU know how much the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed your life!
I know this work is the work of Salvation and it really does bless people’s lives! And as you participate in it, it will bless your lives too! I love you all and I miss you all! Be good! Have fun!
One of our good friends and investigators Lamar, in his shirt and tie we gave him and our mini missionary, Brother Caleb Conners!
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016