Innovations announced in missionary work at LDS worldwide broadcast
“As missionaries enter this new age where they will use computers in the work of the Lord, we invite the young and the old, the adults, the young adults, the youth and the children everywhere to join with us in this exciting new work by becoming Facebook friends with the missionaries in your area on your own computers and sharing their gospel messages online and by becoming involved in missionary work yourselves,” Elder Perry said.
A partnership between full-time missionaries and rank-and-file church members, including members of stake and ward councils, was the subject of a pre-recorded presentation by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. He recounted through video interviews three recent experiences he learned about during a recent assignment he had in Tampa, Fla., in which church members were effective at working with full-time missionaries to introduce people to the church.
“We work together in faith and unity, faith that the Lord will guide our steps and unity with each other and the missionaries,” he said, “always motivated by our love for him, our love for one another, and our love for those we serve.”
The church launched a website in conjunction with the broadcast to help local leaders and church members work together more effectively with the full-time missionaries in their areas. The site, titled "Hastening the Work of Salvation: A United Effort in Conversion, Retention and Activation," is currently available in 26 languages.
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke of the unified nature of the work in the church of ministering to others.
“Too often, we split the Lord’s work into parts we think are unrelated,” he said. “Whether it is preaching the gospel to nonmembers, serving with new converts, reactivating less-active members, teaching and strengthening active members or performing family history and temple activity, the work is indivisible. These are not separate. They are all part of the work of salvation.”
He compared it to a parable in which a father, noticing that a child is missing from a family gathering, immediately goes in search of that child.
“What parent would postpone looking for the child until a handbook was written?” he asked. "Good leaders, like good parents, take action because of love.”
President Packer, in his pre-recorded address, spoke on the subject of teaching. "There are principles that we can learn, among them — perhaps the hardest one to learn — is to live so that you can abandon yourself and not read the script, just depend on the Spirit," he said.
"I wish there would be a way to promise you that if you studied earnestly and seriously, that you would be better. It won't hurt you, but it won't make you better or even as good as if you trust in the Lord and trust in the Spirit."
In his pre-recorded remarks concluding the broadcast, President Monson endorsed all that had been said in it.
“Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto him,” he declared. “He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and he will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill his work.”
As part of his recorded presentation, a video clip was shown of a church general conference talk he gave many years ago in which he told of an occasion when he presided over a church mission in Canada. The incident related in that talk was dramatized with video images as he recounted his experience with a branch president in St. Thomas who set a goal to have a new church meetinghouse built in his city. The branch had been meeting in the basement of a dilapidated lodge hall. Realizing he would need to have many more church members to justify a new building, the branch president worked with full-time missionaries to meet and convert an architect, plumbers, electricians and other craftsmen that would be needed to construct the building.
“Within 2½ years, a site was obtained, a beautiful building was constructed, and an inspired dream became a living reality,” President Monson said in the earlier talk. “That branch is now a thriving ward in a stake of Zion.”
In the current recording, President Monson commented, “Many years have passed since that video was recorded. The voice you heard was younger, but the principle of faith as it pertains to missionary work remains just as true today as it was a half a century ago in the St. Thomas Branch.”
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