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Melanie Ballard

on 25 January 2014

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Transcript of Journey

Taking the Great and Grand Adventure—Stepping onto the Mission Path!

D&C 45:62
For verily I say unto you, that great things await you.
The Great and Grand Adventure
"Each of us has a personal ministry. I believe we received our personal ministry in the premortal world. It was divinely given and lasts a lifetime."
'Remember, in the world before we came here, faithful women were given certain assignments while faithful men were foreordained to certain priesthood tasks. While we do not now remember the particulars, this does not alter the glorious reality of what we once agreed to. You are accountable for those things which long ago were expected of you just as are those we sustain as prophets and apostles!’ (President Spencer W. Kimball)
Success and security now and in the turbulent future comes through fulfilling your God-given mission!
-How do you jump on the Mission Path?
Align yourself with God!

Know him
Organize yourselves
in weekly in parent-youth mentor meetings
-How do I know my mission?
Piece by piece.
Patriarchal blessings
Interests, desires, and passions
Loving what you usually hate
By Serving God and Loving Others

As we accept callings and love and obey the Lord, our personal ministry unfolds. It is a sacred and precious thing. It embraces the people who come and go across the path of our life. It extends beyond our temporary callings as presidents, counselors, secretaries, teachers, and so on. It is illuminated by our patriarchal blessings. And while each of our ministries is unique, they allow us to become extensions of the Lord’s love. . . .
Bonnie D. Parkin, Personal Ministry: Sacred and Precious

Asking to be an answer to someone’s prayer has a powerful impact. There are sacred, quiet experiences for those who participate with the Lord in answering prayers. As we go about listening, watching, and feeling for the answer to those prayers—even in the midst of our busy schedules—I testify that our earthly ministry unfolds by revelation and divine empowerment. Our testimonies, faith, and feelings of connectedness to the Lord expand in amazing, unexpected ways.
Bonnie D. Parkin, Personal Ministry: Sacred and Precious
Our Personal Ministries should be born of love: love for our Savior, love for ourselves, love for our families, and love for all of God’s Children. . . . Although there are many reasons ministering to others is important, one of the most important is that it allows us to feel the Savior’s love and influence in our own lives. . . . Love and relationships! That’s what personal ministry is all about. . . . I pray that you will seek to know your personal ministry and how the Lord can help you accomplish it.”
Bonnie D. Parkin, Personal Ministering: Reaching Inward to Reach Outward
By Doing!
D&C 58:26

For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
As you follow promptings they will be more frequent and more clear. When you do not act, they will be smaller and smaller and more and more difficult to understand.
Wherever and whenever we are ministering, we are sharing God’s love. Then as He always does, both the giver and the receiver are blessed. May I suggest that finding your personal ministry begins with making a decision about a consistent way of being: a way that seeds to nurture, to be entirely helpful—not just now and again, but always. Ultimately, it is a decision to further consecrate ourselves to the Lord, to more fully take upon ourselves His name—to do as He did. Making this decision deepens our connectedness to one another and to the Lord. Such a responsive way of being is who we really are—from before this live.
Bonnie D. Parkin, Personal Ministry: Sacred and Precious

What makes me stray from my mission path?
-What does it look and feel like to live my mission?
As you follow him God will put people and situations that you need in your path.
You will have experiences that will help you know God and how to communicate with Him better
You will be given hard, perhaps even impossible talks.
Abrahamic tests
Continued Refinement


"For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end. Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.
And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom. Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.

And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught. For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will—yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man."
(D&C 76:5-10, 12)
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