Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Napoli Zone Conference

July 8, 2014

Congratulations Napoli Zone

Every companionship in the Napoli Zone has a baptism scheduled.  First time we have seen that in any zone.  Way to go Napoli!!!

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Learning From and Teaching From the Scriptures

Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words 
of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
2 Nephi 32:3

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Preach My Gospel - pg. 181

The people you teach will differ widely in how they view sacred texts, how familiar they are with the Bible, how well they understand scriptural language, and how deeply they believe that the Bible contains God's word.  Help all investigators gain an appreciation for the scriptures.  By effectively using the scriptures in your teaching, you can help investigators begin to study the scriptures on their own.  After each visit, suggest specific chapters or verses for them to read.  You might give them questions to consider as they read, which you can discuss in your next meeting.  This will encourage them to study the scriptures daily in their homes and participate in Church meetings and classes where the scriptures are used.

Cultural Views of Scriptures

Most religions have sacred texts or books of scriptures, but their use and perception of them may be different from how members of the Church view scriptures.  For example, you may need to explain that your marking of scriptures is evidence of your desire to understand and apply the teachings of the scriptures and is not a sign of disrespect.  Help those you teach see that the standard works are important because they contain the word of the Lord as written by prophets of God and that we accept them as truth.

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