Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sardegna Zone Conference - December 2015

December 11, 2015

Sardegna Zone - December 2015
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(We’re probably not very wise trying to do all eight zone conferences in ten days, but it’s the only way we can meet with all of the missionaries prior to Christmas.  We’ve arranged to have all the cards, letters, and packages that have arrived at the mission office delivered to the zones, prior to the conference.  Unfortunately, some of the packages don’t get to the mission office until  after the zone conference.  Those packages will have to sit in the office until the next zone conferences in February.  Hopefully those missionaries will be really happy when they finally get them.) 

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The Sister Training Leader talked about patience.  As missionaries we are required to exercise a lot of patience.  She talked about Alma and the sons of Mosiah and how difficult their mission must have been.  They suffered illness, were kicked out of town, and thrown into prison.  Their missions lasted 14 years.

Just like missionaries today, they had to exercise patience.  Also, just like missionaries today, they were protected and comforted.

We are not at the helm, God is.

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The Zone Leaders taught about the importance of the Book of Mormon to missionary work. 

They told about a man who died and had a garage full of junk.  In the corner of the garage was an old car covered in dust.  His children didn’t know what to do with it and it didn’t have any value to them.  They decided to auction it off.  The car sold for $225,000 because it was a valuable Ford Mustang with only 250 miles on it.  Obviously, they hadn’t understood the worth of the car.

Too many times we don’t fully understand the value of the Book of Mormon.  It’s a small book with a powerful message.  Because it is a small and seemly insignificant book, we cast it aside without looking inside and finding the valuable messages it contains.  The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. 

Preach My Gospel, pg. 106

The LDS edition of the King James Version of the Bible and the Book of Mormon have cross-references and study aids that make the stick of Judah (the Bible) and the stick of Joseph (the Book of Mormon) one in our hands.  Give priority to Book of Mormon passages when you teach, but also show how the Book of Mormon and the Bible teach the same principles.

Once an investigator receives a testimony of the Book of Mormon, everything else falls into place.

Preach My Gospel, pg. 8

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 pat this investigator will ever walk.  But if he or she doesn’t know that, at least you do!  . . . 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.”

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Departing Testimony

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