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Mission Prep-We Invite, They Commit, We Follow Up
Transcript of Mission Prep-We Invite, They Commit, We Follow Up
v. 16: What are we to do with agency?
v. 26: What makes agency possible?
v. 27: What is the result of righteous use of agency? Wicked use?
What if they say "NO" !?! What if they say "YES"? Alma 22: 15-18
What do they need to understand about what will happen if they keep that commitment? (v. 15)
What do they need to understand about the commitment itself? (v. 16)
How do they need to follow through with the commitment? (v.17-18) Follow Up
Extending an invitation without following up is like beginning a journey without finishing it or buying a ticket to a concert without going into the theater. Without the completed action, the commitment is hollow.Change can be hard. Your role is to help strengthen people in their resolve to change. You should do all you can to help people keep their commitments.
Make frequent contact, daily if possible, to find out how people are progressing with their commitments, answer questions, help them overcome challenges, teach additional lessons, read together from the Book of Mormon, share passages of scripture, or use audiovisual materials.
Help investigators identify the blessings they have received as they have kept their commitments. Especially help them describe their feelings as the Spirit has testified of the truthfulness of the message.
Express concern and disappointment when people fail to keep their commitments and thus fail to experience the blessings.
PMG pg. 200 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught: “The first thing you will do when an investigator tells you he or she had not read and prayed about the Book of Mormon is be devastated! . . . Much of the time we are just too casual about all of this. This is eternal life. This is the salvation of the children of God. Eternity hangs in the balance. . . . It is the most important path this investigator will ever walk. But if he or she doesn’t know that, at least youdo! . . . So take control of this situation. Teach with power and authority, and then be devastated if the first steps toward commandment-keeping and covenant-keeping have not been successfully begun” (“Making and Keeping Covenants,” missionary satellite broadcast, Apr. 1997).
Your success as a missionary is measured primarily by your commitment to find, teach, baptize, and confirm people and to help them become faithful members of the Church who enjoy the presence of the Holy Ghost.
If you lower your expectations, your effectiveness will decrease, your desire will weaken, and you will have greater difficulty following the Spirit. Video: Extending Invitations
Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
Activity: Think of a few direct invitations you might extend as you help people come to Christ.