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1 Prospective Missionary Devotional Jordan Willows Stake February 26, 2014

2 2 Agenda 1.Temporal and Spiritual Preparation Requirements, Worthiness, Finances Physical, Mental, and Emotional Prep 2.The Mission Call Process Paperwork and Interviews with Priesthood Leaders Receiving the Call by God through Living Prophets 3.Getting Ready to Go Going to the Temple, Speaking in sacrament Rules, The MTC, and Adjusting to Missionary Life

3 3 Scriptural Qualifications for Missionary Work D&C Section 4 1.Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2.Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 3.Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; 4.For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; 5.And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. 6.Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7.Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen. Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

4 4 Requirements to Serve a Mission Spiritual Requirements Testimony of restored gospel of Jesus Christ Be worthy Receive the Temple Endowment and Melchizedek Priesthood for young men Temporal Requirements Age 18 for YM. Age 19 for YW. Priesthood leaders verify that you are prepared Physically, Financially, Mentally and Emotionally Let’s discuss more details on each of these Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

5 5 Basic Doctrines Three of the first things you will teach investigators: The Godhead Joseph Smith and Living Prophets The Book of Mormon It is vital that you study these doctrines and gain your own testimony of their truthfulness Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

6 6 The Godhead: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost Joseph Smith taught that in order to exercise faith in God one must have “a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes.” See Lectures on Faith God the Father Father of our spirits. Perfect. Merciful. Kind. Jesus Christ Savior. Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. Sinless life. Performed the infinite Atonement. The Holy Ghost The Comforter. Testifies of truth. Bears witness of God. Additional Scriptures 1 Nephi 17:36 2 Nephi 9:6 Mosiah 4:9 3 Nephi 12:48 3 Nephi 14:9–11 3 Nephi 27:13–22 D&C 38:1–3 D&C 130:22 Moses 1:39 Matthew 5:48 John 3:16–17 Acts 17:27–29 Romans 8:16 Hebrews 12:9 1 John 4:7–9 Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

7 7 Joseph Smith and Living Prophets Joseph Smith’s First Vision God the Father and Jesus Christ appear (JS-H 1:15-20) Joseph received the gold plates and began translating the Book of Mormon Aaronic Priesthood restored to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery by John the Baptist Melchizedek Priesthood was also restored by the Apostles Peter, James, and John The Church was organized “The only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (D&C 1:30) The President of the Church is our living prophet Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are also prophets, seers, and revelators (see D&C 1:38) Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

8 8 The Book of Mormon Is powerful evidence of the divinity of Jesus Christ Is proof that Joseph Smith was a true prophet Is an essential part of the conversion process Is a missionary’s main source for teaching the gospel President Ezra Taft Benson said, “If the Book of Mormon is true, then Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was his prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and it is being led today by a prophet receiving revelation” (A Witness and a Warning, 4–5). Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

9 9 What it Means to be Worthy to Serve a Mission Believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost Have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel Sustain the President of the Church and the Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators Be honest in all you say and do Attend Church meetings Live the law of chastity Be a full-tithe payer Keep the Word of Wisdom Resolved serious sins with priesthood authorities Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

10 10 The Law of Chastity “Satan has led many people to believe that sexual intimacy outside of marriage is acceptable. But in God’s sight, it is a serious sin…The prophet Alma taught that sexual sins are more serious than any other sins except murder and denying the Holy Ghost (Alma 39:3–5)…Heavenly Father has given us the law of chastity for our protection. Obedience to this law is essential to personal peace and strength of character and to happiness in the home. As you keep yourself sexually pure, you will avoid the spiritual and emotional damage that always come from sharing physical intimacies with someone outside of marriage.” (True to the Faith, p. 29)True to the Faith Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

11 11 The Repentance Process Faith in God and Christ Sorrow for committing the sin Confession Abandonment of Sin Restitution Righteous Living See True to the Faith p. 132True to the Faith “Attempts to create a list of specific steps of repentance may be helpful to some, but it may also lead to a mechanical, check-off-the-boxes approach with no real feeling or change. True repentance is not superficial.” The Divine Gift of Repentance, Elder D. Todd Christofferson The Divine Gift of Repentance Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

12 12 Being Physically Prepared Missionaries are expected to be physically capable of working all day This could mean walking or riding a bike several miles a day for six days a week If you have a physical issue that might limit your ability to work, discuss it with your bishop In most cases there will still be ways for you to serve a full-time mission Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

13 13 Financially Prepared: Mission Cost Missionaries pay their own expenses $400 a month That’s $9,600 for YM and $7,200 for YW Monthly allowance according to needs Covered: food, housing, transportation, etc. Mission paperwork section Sources of funds: Self, Family, Ward, etc. All are blessed for making sacrifices to pay for a mission Finances should not stop a worthy individual from serving a mission Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

14 14 Emotional Demands of Missionary Service “Missionary service is emotionally demanding. Your support system is going to be withdrawn from you as you leave home and go out into the world. … There will be days of rejection and disappointment. Learn now about your emotional limits, and learn how to control your emotions under the circumstances you will face as a missionary.” Elder L. Tom Perry, Raising the Bar, Ensign, Nov. 2007Raising the Bar Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

15 15 Dealing with Discouragement and Stress Ammon and his brothers, some of the greatest missionaries in the scriptures, got discouraged. “Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” (Alma 26: 27) Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

16 16 How Can Future Missionaries Prepare Themselves Emotionally? Work part-time or full-time before the mission Live away from home for a period of time Practice meeting and talking to others Resolve emotional concerns before submitting papers Practice living a balanced life, live by a schedule, and keep appointments Find appropriate outlets for stress (adequate rest, exercise, etc.) View trials and weaknesses with proper perspective See Preparing Emotionally for Missionary Service by Robert K. Wagstaff, Ensign, March 2011Preparing Emotionally for Missionary Service Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

17 17 The Greatest Generation of Missionaries “We need you to be meticulously obedient and faithful, just as they were. What we need now is the greatest generation of missionaries in the history of the Church. We need worthy, qualified, spiritually energized missionaries.” -M. Russell Ballard, The Greatest Generation of MissionariesThe Greatest Generation of Missionaries Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

18 18 Agenda 1.Temporal and Spiritual Preparation Requirements, Worthiness, Finances Physical, Mental, and Emotional Prep 2.The Mission Call Process Paperwork and Interviews with Priesthood Leaders Receiving the Call by God through Living Prophets 3.Getting Ready to Go Going to the Temple, Speaking in sacrament Rules, The MTC, and Adjusting to Missionary Life Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

19 19 President Kimball’s Landmark Address on Missionary Work “Is the mission program one of compulsion? And the answer, of course, is no. Everyone is given his free agency. The question is asked: Should every young man fill a mission? And the answer of the Church is yes, and the answer of the Lord is yes. …Every male member of the Church should fill a mission, like he should pay his tithing, like he should attend his meetings, like he should keep his life clean and free from the ugliness of the world and plan a celestial marriage in the temple of the Lord.” -Spencer W. Kimball, Planning for a Full and Abundant LifePlanning for a Full and Abundant Life Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

20 20 Every Prophet Since Then Has Repeated the Call Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

21 21 Knowing When You Are Ready “I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, all worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. I am not suggesting that all young men will—or should—serve at this earlier age. Rather, based on individual circumstances, as well as upon a determination by priesthood leaders, this option is now available.” Welcome to Conference, President Thomas S. Monson, October 2012 Welcome to Conference Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

22 22 Mission Application Timeline Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go Please Note: These times are approximate.

23 23 Mission Application Timeline Timing is approximate as, in reality, times will vary First, determine your availability date. No sooner than the day you turn 18 (YM) or 19 (YW) 5 months prior: Start the process Meet with your bishop. Get the paperwork or login for website 4 months prior: Submit the paperwork The stake will send the application to Church Headquarters 3 months prior: Receive your call letter and further instructions specific to your mission 1-2 months prior: Priesthood and Temple Young men ordained to Melchizedek Priesthood and office of Elder Go to the temple to receive your endowment Bishop and Stake President should have frequent interviews with the prospective missionary throughout this process Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

24 24 The Application Process 1. Meet with Bishop 2. Doctor and Dentist Visits 3. Fill out the application forms 4. Meet with Stake President 6. Call Issued by Prophecy 5. Submit Paper Work Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

25 25 Mission Application Form …The Paperwork The Form: Checklist for Full-Time Missionary Recommendation Online at lds.org/mss (get login from bishop)lds.org/mss Eight major sections: 1.Information about you 2.Priesthood Leaders’ Comments 3.Education and Service of Candidate 4.Info about your ward/stake 5.Personal Health History of Candidate 6.Physician’s Health Evaluation 7.Dental Evaluation 8.Personal Insurance Information Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

26 26 The Divine Call of a Missionary Elder Ronald A. Rasband Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

27 27 Missionaries Are Called by God Elder Ronald A. Rasband explains: "First, we knelt together in prayer." Next "a picture of the missionary to be assigned would come up on one of the computer screens. " Then they "study the comments from the bishops and stake presidents, medical notes, and other issues relating to each missionary." Finally, they view a map of the "missions across the world, [and as] …prompted by the Spirit, he would assign the missionary to his or her field of labor." “It is by the great love of the Savior that His servants know where these wonderful … missionaries are to serve. I had a further witness that morning that every missionary called in this Church …is called by revelation from the Lord God Almighty.” The Divine Call of a Missionary, April 2010 The Divine Call of a Missionary Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

28 28 Day of the Week Mission Calls are Issued and Mailed Out Many missionaries want to know the exact day they will receive their call in the mail Sorry, but exactly predicting this is not possible Day of the week the apostles meet In most weeks, it is on Friday, but it can vary Thursdays are the second most common day Day the mission call letter gets mailed Usually they leave the mail room on Tuesday Variation is due to individual missionary or mission circumstances, holiday schedules, etc. Those living in or near Utah usually receive the call packet on Wednesday Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

29 29 What’s in the Mission Call Packet? The Call Letter from the Prophet Including the mission you’re assigned to and date to report to the MTC A Letter from your Mission President A Letter from the MTC President General Instructions Checklist, including a list of clothing and other items to bring Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

30 30 I Will Go Where You Want Me to Go When you submit the missionary application, you commit to going wherever the Lord sends you It may not be on the mountain height Or over the stormy sea, It may not be at the battle’s front My Lord will have need of me. But if, by a still, small voice he calls To paths that I do not know, I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine: I’ll go where you want me to go. I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, Over mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord; I’ll be what you want me to be. Hymns, no. 270 Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

31 31 The Lord knows where He wants each missionary to serve “We have a Father in Heaven, who knows us—our strengths and weaknesses, our abilities and potential. He knows which mission president and companions and which members and investigators we need in order to become the missionary, the husband and father, and the priesthood holder we are capable of becoming. Prophets, seers, and revelators assign missionaries under the direction and influence of the Holy Ghost. Inspired mission presidents direct transfers every six weeks and quickly learn that the Lord knows exactly where He wants each missionary to serve.” The Opportunity of a Lifetime, W. Christopher Waddell The Opportunity of a Lifetime Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

32 32 Agenda 1.Temporal and Spiritual Preparation Requirements, Worthiness, Finances Physical, Mental, and Emotional Prep 2.The Mission Call Process Paperwork and Interviews with Priesthood Leaders Receiving the Call by God through Living Prophets 3.Getting Ready to Go Going to the Temple, Speaking in sacrament Rules, The MTC, and Adjusting to Missionary Life Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

33 33 Patriarchal Blessings Missionaries are required to receive a patriarchal blessing before they start their service Many receive it long before your mission If not, make arrangements when you begin your paperwork Patriarchal Blessings Will help motivate many young men to serve Will help many young women decide whether or not to go Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

34 34 “A Star to Follow” “Patriarchal blessings should be read humbly, prayerfully, and frequently. …It is a sacred guideline of counsel, promises, and information from the Lord; however, a person should not expect the blessing to detail all that will happen to him or her or to answer all questions. The fact that one’s patriarchal blessing may not mention an important event in life, such as a mission or marriage, does not mean that it will not happen. In order to receive the fulfillment of our patriarchal blessings, we should treasure in our hearts the precious words they contain, ponder them, and so live that we will obtain the blessings.” From Priesthood Blessings by James E. FaustPriesthood Blessings Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

35 35 Melchizedek Priesthood Advancement Before young men go on their missions, they must be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood Young men must be 18 before being ordained an Elder YM must be given the Melchizedek Priesthood before going to the temple Temple endowment should not be given while the youth is still in high school Both (temple and priesthood) must happen before arriving at the MTC Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

36 36 What to do to Prepare to Receive the Melchizedek Priesthood Gain a testimony of the restoration of the priesthood Study the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (D&C 84) “For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies… And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood.” Learn the duties of an Elder D&C 20:38–45, 42:44, 46:2, 107:11–12 Learn how to perform priesthood ordinances See Church Handbook 2 or the Family GuidebookChurch Handbook 2Family Guidebook Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

37 37 Preparing to Go to the Temple Before young men and women go on a mission, they receive the temple endowment President Howard W. Hunter taught, “Let us prepare every missionary to go to the temple worthily and to make that experience an even greater highlight than receiving the mission call” (Ensign, Nov. 1994, 88). How can you prepare? Live worthily Take the Church Temple Preparation class from your ward (called Endowed from on High)Endowed from on High Read the Church booklet: Preparing to Enter the Holy TemplePreparing to Enter the Holy Temple Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

38 38 Endowed with Power from on High “Going to the temple for your own endowment… [is] an integral part of your mission preparation …You cannot do this work alone. We have to have heaven’s help, we have to have the ‘gifts’ of God.” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Apr. 25, 1997). “Missionaries …are not fully qualified to go forth, preach the gospel, and build up the kingdom, unless they have the gift of the Holy Ghost and also are endowed with power from on high …given only in the Lord’s Temple.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary) Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

39 39 Speaking in Sacrament Meeting All departing missionaries are asked to speak in sacrament meeting In 2002, President Hinckley announced that the tradition of families running sacrament meeting needed to stop “The departing missionary will be given opportunity to speak in a sacrament meeting for 15 or 20 minutes. But parents and siblings will not be invited to do so. There might be two or more departing missionaries who speak in the same service. The meeting will be entirely in the hands of the bishop and will not be arranged by the family.” To Men of the Priesthood, Oct 2002 To Men of the Priesthood Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

40 40 Writing and Delivering a Talk Impromptu talks are a common request of missionaries Knowing how to write and deliver a talk is an essential skill Four elements a sacrament meeting talk should have: Purpose: “Once a person has the purpose, the rest of the talk is easy.” An example purpose is: “The purpose of my talk is to teach people how to recognize the power of faith in their own lives.” Main Ideas: You will need two or three main ideas that support this purpose. One might be “Faith is the motivating power that enables us to act” or “I can increase faith by recognizing it in my life.” Expansion: You can expand or validate the main ideas with stories, scriptures, or examples of the topic in your life. Testimony: Always end your talk by bearing testimony. “Honestly evaluate how strongly [you] feel about the principle …and then testify.” See article in BYU Magazine by Randy Bott called How to Write a Church TalkHow to Write a Church Talk Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

41 41 Being Set Apart as a Missionary The stake president sets apart missionaries a day or two prior to entering the MTC Before being set apart, the stake president conducts an interview to confirm the missionary’s worthiness The setting apart usually happens in the missionary’s home It is a special occasion where family members and close friends may attend Attendees should dress appropriately for the occasion (Sunday dress) After being set apart, you should live by missionary standards Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

42 42 Mission Rules: The Missionary Handbook Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go Obeying these rules will keep you safe and will help you be more successful It is a resource youth, parents, and priesthood leaders should use in preparing youth for the mission field It outlines the rules on language, dress and grooming, music and media, finances, communicating with family and friends, and other expectations of missionaries

43 43 Mission Rules: Missionary Conduct Language: Use refined, dignified language that identifies you as a servant of the Lord. Dress and Grooming: Wear conservative clothing that is consistent with their sacred calling and message. Schedule: Follow the Missionary Schedule (up at 6:30, daily scripture study, proselytizing, bed at 10:30, etc.) Preparation Day: You have one day a week to take care of personal needs: washing clothes, haircut, shopping, etc. Communicating with Family: You can write home weekly and call home twice a year: Christmas and Mother’s Day. Entertainment: No worldly entertainment, television, or movies, and only music that is spiritual and uplifting. Companions: Stay with your companion at all times. Relations with Opposite Sex: Never be alone with or associate in an inappropriate way with someone of the opposite sex. Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

44 44 “To Obey is Better than Sacrifice” King Saul was commanded to smite and destroy the Amalekites and all that they had, yet he saved some animals to offer as sacrifices. “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22 Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

45 45 The Missionary Training Center (MTC) You’ll be assigned to one of 17 MTCs across the world to learn: Gospel doctrines How to teach by the Spirit Communication skills (a foreign language for some) Every day you will have a rigorous schedule Classes, Exercise, Meal Time, Scripture Study, etc. Once a week you’ll go to the temple Once a week you’ll hear a General Authority speaker Weekly service opportunities: cleaning, vacuuming, etc. Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

46 46 Traveling to the MTC If you report to an MTC out of the county (like Mexico) The Church will make travel arrangements You’ll say your goodbye’s at the airport If you report to the Provo MTC Several hundred new missionaries arrive each Wednesday One vehicle per family is allowed to enter the MTC grounds Say goodbye’s to family and friends prior to going to the MTC You will only have a few brief moments for a quick farewell There is no opportunity for picture taking at this moment Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

47 47 MTC Services Cafeteria: Three healthy meals a day are served Laundry: Washers and dryers are available. Purchase you own detergent Dry cleaning: Rates are reasonable. Suit alterations are available for a fee. Bookstore: Learning materials, book bags, toiletries, white shirts, treats, etc Barbershop: Elders get one haircut. Sister missionaries can pay as needed. Copy center: Photocopies, laminating, and binding Mail: Missionaries receive letters and packages in the mail. No hand deliveries. Banking services: Cash checks and buy travelers’ checks Medical services: Health needs can be treated. Doctors are on call for emergencies. Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

48 48 Adjusting to Missionary Life We have a copy of this booklet for each prospective missionary Temporal and Spiritual PrepThe Mission Call ProcessGetting Ready to Go

49 49 The End Questions? This presentation can be download at JWstake.comJWstake.com More mission prep resources can be found at MormonMissionPrep.com, a website maintained by Brother Jimmy Smith MormonMissionPrep.com


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