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Whether we will serve as a full time missionary someday, or just be a member missionary, we can all benefit from preparing for a mission. Check out this great family home evening lesson on Missionary Work! Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 Hymn: I Hope They Call Me on a Mission or Called to Serve Lesson: "“How Can I Be a Missionary Now?” or Preparing through scripture and gospel study. Treat: Angel Sugar Cookies and Mini Lemon Loaves Activity: Spreading the News activity or Write letters to missionaries or lay missionary tag •View entire lesson...

Missionary Work

FHE Scripture

Scripture

 Matthew 28:19-20

19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1. I hope they call me on a mission
When I have grown a foot or two.
I hope by then I will be ready
To teach and preach and work as missionaries do.

2. I hope that I can share the gospel
With those who want to know the truth.
I want to be a missionary
And serve and help the Lord while I am in my youth.

Called to Serve 

1. Called to serve Him, heav’nly King of glory,
Chosen e’er to witness for his name,
Far and wide we tell the Father’s story,
Far and wide his love proclaim. [Chorus] Onward, ever onward, as we glory in his name;
Onward, ever onward, as we glory in his name;
Forward, pressing forward, as a triumph song we sing.
God our strength will be; press forward ever,
Called to serve our King.

2. Called to know the richness of his blessing—
Sons and daughters, children of a King—
Glad of heart, his holy name confessing,
Praises unto him we bring.

 

FHE Lesson

 

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read “How Can I Be a Missionary Now?”. Discuss things we can all do to prepare to serve a mission some day. Watch the Mormon Messages Video “6 Brothers”. Testify of the importance of preparing to serve a mission.

Read “How Can I Be a Missionary Now?”, by Elder Russel M. Nelson (Friend, Nov. 2011)

How Can I Be a Missionary Now?

You can have “a pure heart and clean hands” (Alma 5:19).

The light of the Lord can beam from your eyes.

Whether full-time missionaries or members, we should all be good examples of the believers in Jesus Christ.

You can invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. Explain that it is not a novel or a history book. It is another testament of Jesus Christ.

Many of our friends do not know they are welcome in our Church buildings. An invitation to attend a Sunday meeting with you or to participate in a Church activity will help to make visitors feel more comfortable.

Strive to enlarge your own circle of friendship.

Discuss things we can all do to prepare to serve a mission some day. (These may include reading and studying the scriptures, saying daily prayers, befriend others of different faiths, going to primary, etc.) 

Watch the following Mormon Messages Video “6 Brothers”

Testify of the importance of preparing to serve a mission.


*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the importance of preparing through scripture and gospel study. Make a list of ways in which family members can learn more about Church history and organization.  Watch the Mormon Messages Video “6 Brothers”. Testify of the importance of preparing to serve a mission.

Discuss how important it is for missionaries to know the scriptures and understand the organization and history of the Church.

One young man tells the following story about himself:

“It was about the third day of heavy tracting when I decided that I had better straighten things out with my companion. After all, what was he doing telling everyone that the Book of Mormon took place in America and that the Book of Mormon was a history of the people on the American continent? During our talk, my companion got me straightened out, and I realized that somewhere in my ‘learning’ I had neglected to get understanding. You may find this hard to believe, but I really didn’t know the background of the Book of Mormon.”

Make a list of ways in which family members can learn more about Church history and organization. These may include listening attentively in Sunday School classes, participating in seminary programs, talking with people about their Church callings, and reading books.

To help your family become familiar with the scriptures and better understand the principles of the gospel, you may wish to do some of the following:

  1. Provide each family member with his own scriptures for study and marking.
  2. Obtain a list of the scriptures that full-time missionaries memorize, and systematically become familiar with them or memorize them as a family.
  3. Share testimonies in your home on Christmas Eve, Easter, or another special occasion.
  4. Discuss the things that a full-time missionary would need to know about the gospel. Then ask family members to identify some of the areas in which they need to learn more. Set family or individual goals to learn more about the gospel. These goals might include establishing a more regular and effective scripture study program, having family prayer more regularly, paying more attention in Church meetings, and studying books on Church history and doctrine. Consider using films and videocassettes from your meetinghouse library.
  5. In advance, assign each family member a topic or problem of interest to them, and have them use the Topical Guide to find scriptures that provide suggested solutions to the problems. Help family members see the value of using the scriptures in all of life’s experiences.
  6. Arrange to have a recently returned missionary present a missionary discussion to your family.

Watch the following Mormon Messages Video “6 Brothers”

Testify of the importance of preparing to serve a mission.

FHE Treat

Treat

Angel Sugar Cookies and Mini Lemon Loaves

Angel Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2 whole Large Eggs
1 cup Canola Oil
2 sticks Butter, Softened
1 cup Sugar, Plus Extra For Sprinkling
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons, All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cream Of Tartar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together eggs, oil, butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate dough one hour.

Using a cookie scoop, drop balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Smear a dab of butter all over the bottom of a glass, then dip the glass in granulated sugar. Use the glass to flatten each ball of dough, dipping again into the sugar each time. Repeat until all are flattened.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cookies are just barely turning brown. Don’t overbrown!

Allow to cool before eating. Cookies are ultra crumbly!

Mini Lemon Loaves

Ingredients: 

FOR THE CAKES:
½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 whole Large Lemon, Zested (about 5 Teaspoons Zest)
½ cups Sour Cream
1-½ cup All Purpose Flour, Sifted
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ teaspoons Salt
3 Tablespoons Milk

FOR THE GLAZE:
¼ cups Fresh Lemon Juice
½ cups Granulated Sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray mini pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and sour cream. Scrape the sides and mix again. With the mixer on low speed, incorporate all dry ingredients until just combined, then stir in the milk. Scrape the sides and mix a few more times by hand. Spoon batter equally into prepared pans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and are baked thoroughly. Use the toothpick method to see if they are done. Mine were done at 18 minutes.

While lemon loaves are baking, mix ingredients together for the glaze and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds or so to dissolve the sugar into the lemon juice. The glaze is done once the sugar has dissolved.

Once loaves come out of the oven, cool at least 15 minutes before removing from the pans. Spoon glaze over the loaves and continue to cool completely. Store in airtight containers until ready to serve.

(Recipes taken from www.TastyKitchen.com )

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Complete this fun Missionary Activity from The Friend (Nov., 2009) – Click here for link.

2- Write letters to family members who are serving missions or to missionaries serving from your ward.

3- Play missionary tag outside!

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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