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Published: Thursday, June 28 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Medical Lake, Washington

My mission president taught us that the reason why we were called to a particular mission instead of another young man or woman, was that the Lord needed our specific talents for that specific time and place. He told us we needed to keep the mission rules -- but that we should make use of our talents in order to better share the gospel.

We are not clones, we are individuals and all have individual talents that "all might profit thereby".

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

This is a message desperately needed. Just as the Salt Lake City area is dramatically increasing the number of missionaries, we need to remember that the "numbers game", as I like to call it, is rarely the best approach to missionary work. Meaning, increasing the numbers of doors knocked on, increasing the number of hours proselyting by missionaries, ward mission leaders, etc. is well below in effectiveness to the ideas used in Dr. Peterson's article here. Using our talents is by far the most effective missionary "tool". Being involved in good, wholesome activities where we are more available to meet people with similar interests, will put us in contact with many people who will be far, far more open to the Gospel message than a knock on the door, or a stop along a busy street sidewalk. When we socialize with people with similar interests and talents, they automatically trust us and our Gospel discussions are non-intrusive and much more interesting to them than a "cold contact" by a designated Church missionary representative.

layton, UT

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations(ethnos,1484), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost(Mt 28;19)
Greek,ethnos translates Heb. goyim, pl. of goy "nation," especially of non-Israelites, hence "Gentile nation." meaning that of "different cultural groups "and "racial, (black/priesthoood) l minority groups."

Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called the black man, Lucius (from Cyrene)….(Acts 13:1 NLT

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