Online Missionary Work

Joseph Anderson has been home from the mission for eleven years. Since returning he has watched countless returned missionaries feel like a fish out of water when they get back. Because of this he created a free 90 day training course for any RM who wants to just watch his videos. You can watch them on his YouTube channel or find them on his website RMUniversity.co. On the website there are also worksheets to download every day that accompany the videos. This sets it apart from any other training out there.

About this project, Joseph said this:

“A few years back, I heard the story of Mark Mabry. If you are unfamiliar with his story, he is the photographer that created the reflections of Christ exhibit. He had talked about how he wanted to use the talents and gifts that he had been given in order to build the kingdom of God. As I reflected on this, it got me to thinking, “How is it that I can use my gifts and talents to further build the kingdom of God?”I pondered on this for a while.

“One day as I was playing guitar, an idea came to me so strongly of what I could do to build the kingdom of God. Over the past few years, there have been many RM’s coming home from their missions and falling away from the church. It was brought to my attention that the number of RM’s falling away was far too high! And it occurred to me that these RM’s would come home and often feel like a fish out of water. There lives had been planned for them since they were little kids and now they had many decisions and choices to make. It was during this time of figuring things out that many would fall away.

“For many years, there has always been a joke about creating an RMTC that taught RM’s how to return to regular life and still keep their spiritual depth that they gained on their mission. So as I was playing my guitar this powerful impression came that I should create one. For the past 14 years of my life I have studied personal development and have my own life, business and relationship coaching practice. I realized that many of these tools could be valuable to RM’s when they return, however most RM’s are broke and have no money. In the scriptures, it says that they did receive great learning because of their riches. I wanted to provide that learning to all RM’s in a convenient resource. So that being said, Welcome to RM University!

Here is the introduction video:

Go to his website to see more and watch the videos or to share these videos with any returned missionary you know who just got home or who may have been home for a while. Really anyone could benefit from the principles that Joseph shares.

Elder Dallin H Oaks
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Elder Oaks shared some powerful keys to making missionary work more authentic and helpful for both the investigator and the member who is sharing. Here they are from the notes that we took.

1. People learn when they are ready to learn not when we are ready to teach them

Others typically want the results of the doctrine, not the doctrine itself. People are open when they are seeking more happiness or a change in their life.

2. As we speak to others, we need to remember that an invitation to speak more about Jesus Christ and his gospel is better than an invitation to learn about the Church.

The point of going to Church is not to simply be there. It is to partake of the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. This should be what we center our missionary work around. Not getting people to learn about the Church, but about Jesus Christ. Like the Book of Mormon says: “…hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.” (2 Ne 33:10)

3. When we seek to introduce people to the gospel, we should do this in ways that are authentic in loving concern for the person

We should only share it with people when we have sincerely sought to find ways in which aspects of the gospel will truly help that individual with specific needs that they have and not force the gospel on someone because they won’t be saved without it.

4. Our efforts to share the gospel shouldn’t be limited to just the people we know.

Elder Oaks shared a great example this with the cab driving missionary in Rio.

We can share with anyone around us. Not just those we know. We might even be in a better position to share as a stranger than as a close friend or relative.

5. Ward bishoprics plan a special sacrament meeting for visitors.

That way the church is represented well in a meeting specifically catered to visitors being able to understand simply and feel welcomed and uplifted.

6. There are many natural opportunities to share the gospel that we can be proactive with if we just think about it more often

There will always be opportunities to share the gospel if we seek after them. If we are ready and we ask the Lord to help us to share, the opportunity will arise and we will be able to speak to people naturally about the gospel.

7. Young peoples’ expertise with social media gives them a unique opportunity to share the gospel

Elder Oaks jokingly reinterpreted a scripture about loosing our tongues that they can utter. He said it might now say “loose their thumbs that they can utter.” And then he added “Go to it youth!”

There are incredible opportunities to share the gospel using social media and this was another apostolic endorsement that it is not only possible, but should be used.

This talk was given by an apostle, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and was likely (as he mentioned in the talk) based on many of the similar principles that have been taught by Clayton Christensen in his book The Power of Everyday Missionaries. 

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What will you accomplish with the help of heaven? President Uchtdorf shared a powerful message on his Facebook wall recently that testified of the help we need from heaven. Have you felt the help of heaven or the presence of angels? What a powerful promise from an apostle of God.

The Lord knows you. He knows your heart and is pleased with your sacrifice. He smiles upon you each day. He will uphold you and prepare the way for you. He will send His angels before you. You will feel their presence. And with the help of heaven, your talents will be multiplied.

I promise you that as you lift those around you, the Lord God, the Creator of the universe, will lift you up. If you will only believe and incline your heart to our Beloved Father, He will place within you a peace that surpasses understanding. He will give you joy. May each of you always remember this.

Returned missionary and Former BYU Vocal Point vocal percussionist Grant Zabriskie has been beat boxing his entire life. Now he is teaching his kids how to do it!

He recently decided to launch a brand new beat boxing course to help teach people how to do what he does with his mouth. He claims that anyone can learn, even if they don’t think their mouth was made for making those kinds of noises.

He started by teaching his son how to beat box with a primary song! We loved this video and wanted to share it out so that all could enjoy this creative duo. What a cool dad and son!

Rap for missionary work? Who would have thought? Apparently, David Archuleta and James The Mormon think it’s a good fit. Both are returned missionaries and both popular artists. They have now teamed up to create a new rap called “Workin.” If you haven’t seen the video or heard the song, watch the video below and if you like the song enough, buy it for $0.99 here.  The Facebook video for “Workin” has now been watched over a million times!

The song is part of an album called PMG that is inspired by missionary work. If you didn’t already notice, PMG stands for Preach My Gospel. James the Mormon’s mission is to help spread the gospel in natural ways by sharing his gifts with music. So watch the video below and share if you love it!

Oh don’t miss the cameo of the missionaries at the end of the video!

 

 

Shay Carl - Shaytards Youtube Star
Shay Carl Butler and Tim Ferriss at the White House - image from Shay Carl's Instagram account

In an article / podcast entitled: “Shay Carl — From Manual Laborer to 2.3 Billion YouTube Views”, the famed author Tim Ferriss (author of The Four Hour Work Week) interviews Shay Carl, an LDS YouTuber who has over a billion views on his YouTube channels.

Tim asks Shay about growing up in the Mormon faith. Shay talks about the teachings of the Church and the way he views the gospel. Fast forward to 13:30 to hear this part.

Here is the audio if you want to just listen here, or if you would like to listen and read more from the Tim Ferriss post and podcast, click here to read it on Tim’s website.

Be it known that there is profanity during the podcast. Mature audiences recommended.

 

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LDS.org released the following story regarding the affect of a popular app (likely Pokemon Go) on new Church grounds visitors. They share principles to remind us how to be helpful in situations where we have visitors.

We’ve grown accustomed to seeing people texting while walking, but lately have you noticed strangers wandering outside your local ward or stake building while expectantly staring into their phone’s camera?

A hugely popular interactive mobile game released last week encourages players to visit various popular locations and landmarks. Some of those landmarks include LDS meetinghouses, visitors’ centers, historic sites, temples, and parks, which appear in many mapping software programs.

Regardless of the reason that brings visitors to Church facilities, we need to remember that the way we react to visitors may affect their understanding and feelings about the Church.

In his October 2015 general conference talk, President Thomas S. Monson reminded us to be good examples in every situation. “Our opportunities to shine surround us each day, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. As we follow the example of the Savior, ours will be the opportunity to be a light in the lives of others, whether they be our own family members and friends, our co-workers, mere acquaintances, or total strangers” (“Be an Example and a Light”).

Read full story on LDS.org.

James the Mormon
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On May 23rd, James The Mormon posted a video that he and LDS.net collaborated on called “6 things you’ve always wondered about Mormon Missionaries” With just shy of one million views, it could be the most viewed informational video about Mormon missionaries. We thought that it was noteworthy and wanted to post about it here.

What are the 6 things?

Well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out, but we can tell you that this is a very non-Mormon friendly video that you could share with any of your friends who may have had questions about Mormon missionaries. You might just share it to your social media accounts because you never know who might have had these questions of your friends.

Here is the video:

 

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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared a moment on a video from his Facebook page about his patriarchal blessing being fulfilled. He was promised that he would return to the place of his birth to preach the gospel. As he says in the video, he was able to do this in 1995, but has once again returned to the place of his birth and wrote about on his Facebook page.

Here is the full story:

“This week I visited my childhood home in Ostrava, Czech Republic. I was reminded of the beautiful childhood I had during the first four years of my life while we lived here. I remember walking down a walkway near our house with little animals to the nearby river. I have wonderful memories of this home.

“I am glad that even though we left and had to experience the sadness of war, that I still have great memories of those first four years of my life in the Czech Republic. I feel very much at home here, coming back to the place of my birth.

“What a blessing it is to come back to the actual place of my birth. The gospel connects everyone. I feel a part of them. We are very happy to be here. This is a happy place.”

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A few days ago, Elder M. Russell Ballard shared on Facebook a humorous and very moving story of a one of his friends who asked Elder Ballard to “tell God to let me die.” Elder Ballard responded in a way that teaches a lesson we should all learn.

Here’s the full story:

I have a dear friend who was dying of severe bone cancer. We served missions in Europe 65 years ago.

“Russ,” he said, “tell God to let me die.”

I replied, “I am not going to tell God to do anything, and neither are you! It doesn’t work that way. But I will give you a blessing to see what Father will have you do at this time.”

He said, “Well, if that is all you are going to do, then OK.” Shortly thereafter, he died.

My point in sharing this story is that we should never tell our Father what to do. I happen to believe that God must have a glorious sense of humor. People order Him around in prayers all the time! I often hear those prayers and think God must smile and think, “Someday they will understand.”

We should ask God for guidance and be patient. Move forward step by step in the plan of salvation and perform whatever He asks you to do. It is simple: have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His plan for you.