This FHE lesson on missionary work is all about the missionary name tag and what it symbolizes. You’ll go over what it means to take the name of Christ upon yourself and how that relates to member missionary work.
Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;
1. I’m much too young to go abroad
To teach and preach the word of God,
But I can show I know it’s true,
Quite simply, by the things I do.
2. The people in my neighborhood
Will judge the gospel bad or good
By how I act at work and play,
And not just on the Sabbath day.
3. I’ll take my friends to church with me,
Where I will act with dignity.
My rev’rence and my happy face
Will tell them it’s a sacred place.
4. In ev’rything I do they’ll see
I am what I profess to be.
Then when the elders find their door,
they’ll say, “Come in and tell us more.”
Begin the lesson by asking children to draw a missionary on a piece of paper. Ask them what missionaries wear and how they can recognize a missionary.
Read aloud: The name tag a missionary wears is one of the easiest ways to recognize a missionary. On the name is the missionary’s name and the name of the Church.
If you have a missionary tag the children can look at it, pass it around.
Missionaries represent Jesus Christ. They teach and serve others. In the scriptures, Jesus asks us to take his name upon us. On the name tag, you can see the missionary’s name and the name of Jesus.
Ask: How do missionaries act like Christ?
Read aloud: We don’t need a name tag to do all of the things missionaries do. We can talk about Jesus, we can serve others, and we can do our best to follow his commandments. Instead of wearing a name tag on our clothes, we can have the name of Jesus Christ in our hearts.
Ask: How can we be like missionaries? Have you ever felt like a missionary?
If applicable, share a member missionary experience you’ve had. Finish the lesson with your testimony.
For Teens & Adults
Depending on your circumstances, you can begin the lesson in a number of ways.
If you’ve served a mission, share what wearing a name tag meant to you and what it was like to take it off. If you’re in an adult group setting, you might consider asking any returned missionaries to share what the name tag means to them.
If you’ve not served a mission and no one in the group has, ask your local missionaries to come in and talk about their name tag. If you don’t have access to missionaries, hold a discussion about the symbolism of the name tag.
Read aloud: During the sacrament, we covenant to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Missionaries do this in a very literal way. On the name tag, there is the name of the missionary and the name of Jesus Christ.
Ask: How do you think wearing the name of Jesus Christ on your clothes affects the way you think and act?
Read aloud: Although we do not have a name tag on our chest, we can still capture the spirit of missionary work and find symbolic ways to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. When we keep this covenant, we remain loyal to Christ. We strive to remain a member of his Church and proclaim our beliefs. We do all we can to serve others and proclaim the gospel.
Consider this quote from Elder Neil L. Andersen:
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart—painted, as Paul said, ‘not with ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God.’”
Ask: What does taking Christ’s name upon us mean to you? How can it inspire us to do member missionary work?
Share personal experiences about member missionary work and what drives you to serve as Christ would. Finish the lesson with your testimony.
For Single Study
Read or watch the talk Taking upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ. Pay special attention to any mention of serving or teaching others. Record your impressions. Think of specific ways you can be a member missionary by taking the name of Christ upon you.
Sprinkle Pudding Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Next mix in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
- Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
- Finally, add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
- Using a medium (2 tablespoons) sized cookie scoop drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set. Don’t over-bake if you want super soft cookies.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
(Courtesy of cookiesandcups.com)
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.