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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.” Check out this family home evening lesson on the new way to do Missionary Work! Scripture: Matt 28:19-20 Hymn: Go Forth With Faith – Hymn 263 Lesson: A New Era of Missionary Work Treat: Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies or GuacCrazy Dip Activity: Create a Mormon.org profile, or play your favorite board game •View entire lesson...

A New Era Of Missionary Work

FHE Scripture

Scripture


Matt 28:19-20

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

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.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn


Go Forth With Faith – Hymn 263

1. Go forth with faith to tell the world
Of Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Bear witness he is God’s own Son;
Proclaim his wondrous word.
Go forth with hope and courage strong
To spread the word abroad
That people of all nations
Are children of our God.

2. Go forth with love to tell the world
The joy of families–
That we may be with those we love
Thru all eternity.
Go forth to serve and do your best
With no thought of reward;
Then you shall know the boundless joy
Of serving Christ, the Lord.

3. Go forth with pow’r to tell the world
The gospel is restored,
That all may gain eternal life
Thru Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Go forth to preach his glorious truths
Of peace, of joy, and love,
That all who heed his holy word
May praise the Lord above.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For The Whole Family* Watch the Video “A New Era of Missionary Work” and discuss how you to can prepare for the ongoing changes in which we can share the gospel. 

Watch Video Here

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In this video, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recalls how the Mormon Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 affected missionary work by increasing the understanding and awareness of the Church in that day.

The lowering of the age to call missionaries similarly ushers in a new era for missionary work in the Church, he said.

Just as missionaries must adapt to a changing world, members must also change to help the Lord’s work move forward. With the reminder that our greatest responsibility “is to preach the gospel,” Elder Perry encourages us to unite with the missionaries to find, teach, and help others to come unto Christ.

 

You can also read “It’s a Miracle” for more on your role in Missionary Service:

 

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.”

The mortal life of Jesus Christ was filled with miracles: a virgin mother, a new star, angels appearing to shepherds, the blind seeing, the lame walking, angels in Gethsemane and at the tomb, and the greatest miracle of all—His glorious Resurrection.

Can you imagine the scene of the eleven Apostles on the mountain near Galilee when the risen Lord came to them and said: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”?  “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“All nations”? “All the world”? “Every creature”? Was it possible? Although Jesus reassured them, they must have wondered if miracles really would accompany them in spreading the gospel.

Faith overcame doubt, and Peter lifted his voice, saying:

“All ye that dwell at Jerusalem, … hearken to my words: …

“… Jesus of Nazareth, … [whom] ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: …

“This Jesus … God [hath] raised up, [and] we all are witnesses.”

There was an undeniable spiritual outpouring that day, and 3,000 souls were baptized. As Jesus promised, signs and miracles were following the faith of the believers.

As the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth 183 years ago, the Lord’s charge to His small band of disciples echoed His words spoken centuries before: “The voice of warning shall be unto all people.” “For, verily, the sound must go forth … into all the world, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”

“All people”? “All the world”? “The uttermost parts of the earth”? Was it possible?

The Savior reassured His Latter-day Saints, but could they foresee the reach and destiny of this marvelous work? They must have wondered if miracles really would accompany them in spreading the gospel.

Again, faith overcame doubt, and thousands were baptized. In England, Elder Wilford Woodruff found an entire community awaiting his arrival. The Spirit of the Lord fell upon them, and he baptized 45 preachers and several hundred members during his first month at Benbow farm.

Our day is no different. When Elder David A. Bednar and I were missionaries approximately 40 years ago (and I can assure you that we are not the oldest of the returned missionaries sitting in the red chairs), there were 16,000 missionaries. As President Thomas S. Monson reported yesterday, we now have 65,000—more than ever before. There were then 562 stakes. Today there are more than 3,000. At that time, our wards and branches were in 59 countries. Today we have congregations in 189 of the 224 nations and territories of the world. We are few in number, just as Nephi foretold. But at the same time, you and I are eyewitnesses of Daniel’s prophetic words: the “stone … cut … without hands … [is filling] the whole earth.”

Our day is a remarkable time of miracles. Six months ago as President Monson announced the age change for young men and young women desiring to serve missions, there was an undeniable spiritual outpouring. Faith overcame doubt, and young men and women moved forward. The Thursday following conference, I was assigned to recommend missionary calls to the First Presidency. I was amazed to see the applications of 18-year-old men and 19-year-old women who had already adjusted their plans, visited their doctors, been interviewed by their bishops and stake presidents, and submitted their missionary applications—all in just five days. Thousands more have now joined them. It’s a miracle.

We are grateful for the energizing faith of our sisters, the growing number of missionaries from countries across the world, and the increasing number of couples ready to serve. Fifty-eight new missions have been announced, and our bulging missionary training center in Provo has amazingly found a new companion in Mexico City.

President Thomas S. Monson has said: “We take most seriously the Savior’s mandate … , ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’” “This … cause … will continue to go forth, changing and blessing lives. … No force in the entire world can stop the work of God.”

We are witnessing the miracles of the Lord as His gospel is spreading across the world.

Brothers and sisters, as surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries. You already know them or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school, and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle.

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.” And returned missionaries, find your old missionary tag. Don’t wear it, but put it where you can see it. The Lord needs you now more than ever to be an instrument in His hands. All of us have a contribution to make to this miracle.

Every righteous member of the Church has thought about how to share the gospel. Some share the gospel naturally, and we can learn a lot from them. Some struggle and wonder how to do better, wishing that guilty feeling we sometimes feel would find somewhere else to go.

Our desire to share the gospel takes all of us to our knees, and it should, because we need the Lord’s help.

President Monson has asked that we pray for “those areas where our influence is limited and where we are not allowed to share the gospel freely.” As we earnestly and unitedly petition our Father in Heaven, the Lord will continue to open important doors for us.

We also pray for our own opportunities to share the gospel. The Apostle Peter said, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh … a reason [for] the hope that is in you.”

With the confusion and commotion of today’s world, it’s not surprising that fewer people are attending their places of worship. Although many want to be closer to God and to better understand the purpose of life, they have unanswered questions. Many have hearts open to the truth, but as the prophet Amos described, “they [are running] to and fro [seeking] the word of the Lord, and [cannot] find it.” You can help answer their questions. In your everyday conversations you can add to their faith in Christ.

The Savior said: “Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up.”

I promise you, as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt, and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles.

The Savior taught us how to share the gospel. I like the story of Andrew, who asked, “Master, where dwellest thou?” Jesus could have responded with the location of where He lived. But instead He said to Andrew, “Come and see.” I like to think that the Savior was saying, “Come and see not only where I live but how I live. Come and see who I am. Come and feel the Spirit.” We don’t know everything about that day, but we do know that when Andrew found his brother Simon, he declared, “We have found … the Christ.”

To those who show an interest in our conversations, we can follow the Savior’s example by inviting them to “come and see.” Some will accept our invitation, and others will not. We all know someone who has been invited several times before accepting an invitation to “come and see.” Let’s also think about those who once were with us but who now we rarely see, inviting them to come back and see once more.

We respect each person’s choice and timing. The Lord said, “Let every man choose for himself.” A person’s lack of interest need not diminish our bonds of friendship and love. Whether or not the invitation is accepted as you invite others to “come and see,” you will feel the approval of the Lord and, with that approval, an added measure of faith to share your beliefs again and again.

For those using the Internet and mobile phones, there are new ways to invite others to “come and see.” Let’s make sharing our faith online more a part of our daily life. LDS.org, Mormon.org, Facebook, Twitter—all provide opportunities.

To share the gospel, young members in Boston started several blogs. Those who joined the Church began their learning online, followed by discussions with the missionaries. This experience also helped the youth have greater faith in talking about the gospel in person. One of them said, “This isn’t missionary work. This is missionary fun.”

We are all in this together. With fellow ward members and missionaries, we plan and pray and help one another. Please keep the full-time missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Trust them with your family and friends. The Lord trusts them and has called them to teach and bless those who seek Him.

President Paulo Kretly of the Mozambique Maputo Mission shared this experience: “It is common in Mozambique [for] couples to live their lives together [without being married because] African tradition require[s] an expensive dowry to marry, a dowry most couples can’t afford.”

Members and missionaries thought and prayed about how to help.

The answer to their prayers was that they would emphasize the law of chastity and the importance of marriage and eternal families. And while helping couples to repent and legally marry, they would teach of the happiness that only comes through following Jesus Christ.

This is a picture of couples from two different cities in Mozambique. Married on Friday, they were baptized with their older children on Saturday. Friends and family were invited to “come and see,” and hundreds did “come and see.”

Following the baptism, one sister said, “We needed to choose whether to follow the traditions of our fathers or to follow Jesus Christ. We chose to follow Christ.”

You may not live in Mozambique, but in your own way, in your own culture, you can share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray to your Heavenly Father. This is His sacred work. He will guide you in what to do. He will open doors, remove roadblocks, and help you overcome obstacles. The Lord declared, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, … and none shall stay them.”

I testify that “the voice of the Lord [shall be] unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear.” It’s a miracle. It is a miracle. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies  or  GuacCrazy Dip

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

IngredientsChocPeanut

  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, softened
  6. 1 cup peanut butter
  7. 1/2 cup white sugar
  8. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  9. 1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  12. 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until fluffy. Mix in instant vanilla pudding mix. Blend in eggs and vanilla extract. Beat in dry mixture a little at a time until just combined. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven until golden and puffy. Cool completely on wire racks, then dip half of each cookie in the melted chocolate.

 (From 3patriesaday )


GuacCrazy Dip

IngredientsGuacDip

Guacamole/Goat Cheese Layer

  1. 2 avocados
  2. ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  3. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  4. 1 medium sized tomato, diced
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  6. ½  a lime, juiced
  7. ½ cup goat cheese crumbles

Queso Layer

  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  3. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  4. 3/4 cup cream
  5. 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  6. 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of Monterrey Jack and Sharp Cheddar)
  7. ½ a block (4 oz total) cream cheese
  8. Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Guacamole/Goat Cheese Layer

  1. Peel, seed, and place avocados into a medium-sized glass bowl.  Add in cumin and sea salt, then mash together. Add in tomato, cilantro, and lime juice, and mix all together. Place layer of goat cheese crumbles on top.

Queso Layer

  1. Melt butter in saucepan on medium-low heat, then cook onions until translucent (about 5 minutes). Whisk the flour into the butter until dissolved.
  2. Add cream and cook on medium until sauce is thick (about 5 minutes). Stir in the tomatoes.
  3. Turn heat to low and add shredded cheese by ¼ cup, stirring all the while until the cheese is melted. Stir in the cream cheese. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Pour over the goat cheese layer and ENJOY. Ideally, you should try to refrain from mashing your face into this dip . . . but I won’t blame you if you don’t succeed.

(From 3patriesaday )

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity


1- Create a Mormon.org profile.

2- Play your favorite board game!

 

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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 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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