Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bari Specialized Training

March 29, 2016

Bari Zone - March 2013

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The Sister Training Leader started out by telling how she had a seminary teacher who always said:

"You are good at what you do."  --Brother Johnson

We are good at what we do because we do it.  We've practiced it and done it over and over until we've become good at it.  Then we are comfortable doing it. 

If we want to be good missionaries we have to do it.  We have to study and practice until we are good at it.

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The Zone Leaders likened a mission to running a 400 meter race.  There are 8 lanes with 8 different runners.  From the outside it looks like they are all starting in different places and running different distances.  In reality they are all running the same distance and trying to reach the same point.  It's the same with a mission.  Missionaries start at different times with different talents, but they are all striving to cross the finish line.  Each missionary serves 18-24 months, but they begin at different times.  They come from different places with different talents, but they all have the same goal.  They are only here for a consecrated time, but they are asked to give their all during that time.

D&C 51:16-17
And I consecrate unto them this land for a little season, until I, the Lord, 
shall provide for them otherwise, and command them to go hence;

And the hour and the day is not given unto them, 
wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, 
and this shall turn unto them for their good.

Like the runners in the 400 meter race, each missionary has to work hard and overcome many afflictions before they finish the race, but the Lord will help them and they will be blessed as they in turn bless the lives of the people of Italy.

Alma 17:11
And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the [Italians], thy brethren, 
and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, 
that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make 
an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.
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We are concentrating on “Finding” this transfer.    We have done the traditional conference on different finding techniques and made lists of all the ways missionaries can do finding.    This time we decided to take a totally different approach and focus only on the spiritual aspect of “Finding”.   When we turned to the chapter in Preach My Gospel where it talks about finding, the first topic was Developing the Faith to Find.  The key to “Finding” is faith.  Without the faith that we can be successful in finding God’s children to teach, we can't find them.  If we do have faith, we will find them.

The doctrines and principles in this chapter will strengthen your faith that the 
Lord is preparing people to receive you and the restored gospel.  He will lead you 
to them or He will lead them to you. 
Preach My Gospel, pg. 155

Missionaries who have faith that this statement is true are more successful in finding people to teach. 

Teaching restored truths to your brothers and sisters is your responsibility and blessing.  
Preach My Gospel, pg. 155

As members of the church, we all need to accept the responsibility to share the gospel truths with our family, friends, and neighbors.  As we do so, we will be blessed because of our efforts. 

Like Alma seeking to help the apostate Zoramites, you can pray,”  
 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing 
them again unto thee in Christ.  Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious . . . ; 
therefore give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these,
 our brethren, again unto thee”.  (Alma 31:34-35)
Preach My Gospel, pg. 155

Missionaries serving in the Italy Rome Mission have been called by a prophet of God to serve here because there is a specific reason each one of them is here. 

Whenever you are assigned to serve, remember that the Lord has “suffered you to 
come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in [Him] for the salvation of souls.”   
Work effectively to “lift up your voices unto this people; speak  the thoughts 
that [the Lord] shall put in your hearts.”  If you do, you will receive the promise that 
“you shall not ve confounded before men,” and “it shall be given you  . . . in the very moment,
 what ye shall say” (D&C 100:4-6).  Finding by the Spirit is as important as 
teaching by the Spirit.  Have faith that you will know what to teach and 
what to do to find those who will receive you.
Preach My Gospel, pg. 156

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