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I'm a Nursing Student, a blogger, and a husband. I served in Durban, South Africa and love the Denver Broncos.http://the8ways2.com/

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Photo attribution Four Missionaries to the Lamanites, by Robert T. Barrett lds.org

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Ever since the beginning of humanity we have been doing Missionary Work.  Throughout the Old Testament it is filled with Prophets leaving the comforts of their homes to tell people there was something greater.  It is a commandment given directly and plainly by our Master, Jesus Christ when He said “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” It continued on when Joseph and the faithful Saints left their families and homes to share something that was worth leaving family over.

It is clear that Missionary Work is a part of the gospel and will continue on.  So why should I stop trying?

 

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1. “I can’t _______”

As Latter-day Saints there are some things we shouldn’t eat, or do, or watch. But that’s the thing. We shouldn’t. It’s not that we can’t. We are choosing a higher path.  Saying “I can’t drink alcohol but if I weren’t Mormon I totally would” shows little faith in the revelations God has given us.  Consider saying “I choose not to _______.” Because in reality, that’s exactly what it is.

2. “The Bible has mistakes”

We believe The Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, so yes, in a sense we do believe it went through wrong hands.  But that doesn’t mean we should vocalize that to our friends and family not of our faith.  It could turn them off to the idea of learning additional teachings of the restored gospel. The Bible is a beautiful word of God that has so much truth and so much to teach us. But it’s simply one piece in an even bigger puzzle. Let investigators know that we don’t disparage the Bible that we all love.

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Sweat dripped down my temples as I walked under the blazing African sun, 10,000 miles away from home.  I reached into my back pocket, grabbed my handkerchief and patted my forehead dry.  Elder Mohale and I guessed the temperature as we walked to our next appointment. The humidity and heat was all worth it because we were on our way to help a man with his smoking addiction.

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This is missionary work that goes hand in hand with a name badge and two years away from home.  But the type I’d like to talk about is the missionary work you can do right now. Every single day.

Here’s 8 ways to be a missionary without even realizing it.

1. Be a good friend

The other day I was talking to a friend from a different church.  I’ve known him for a couple months and had never asked about his religious beliefs.  I felt the time was right and asked him about his faith.  I showed genuine interest in him.

But guess what? I continued asking about him rather than blurting out a wrote response of what I believe or corrections to what he said based on doctrine I follow.  That day will come when I invite him to come unto Christ, but first I must be a good friend who he trusts.

2. Practice what you preach

People watch us.  Those outside of our faith most especially.  They pay attention to what we say and what we do.  The people that seem to radiate the most light are those who have integrity. I’m more likely to listen to what those people have to say. If you know the scriptures backwards and forwards that’s all well and good, but how are you applying it? Do people see the gospel in action when they watch you?

3. Participate in service

Serving our fellow men and women provide for countless missionary opportunities.  Imagine if this happened:

John visits a family who hadn’t been to church in a few years. He asks questions and discovers they are in need of hours of yard work.  He sacrifices time in his week to faithfully complete the yard work.  The family gains trust in John and returns to church.  Their children grow, go on missions and the world changes in a way John will never understand.

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A story like this would be common if we serve those around us.  “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” -Matthew 25:40.

4.Speak positively of the church

Do we find ourselves speaking for or against the church? I’ve heard those within the church who speak against the church and I see this as opposite of missionary work. Rather than inviting others to come unto Christ they are pushing them away with thoughtless conversation. How often do you get asked “What are you doing this weekend?” And how easy it would be to respond, “I’m going to church on Sunday and I’m excited.  It’d be fun if you join me.”

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“Do I need to bring a towel?”

That was the question Jermaine Sullivan asked the missionaries when he decided to be baptized. I laughed when he told me and that let me know right away that I’d chosen the right “Mormon” to interview.

If you’ve seen the new, inspirational documentary Meet the Mormons you get the opportunity to step into the lives of 6 people who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The first person we “meet” is Jermaine Sullivan-The Bishop. He is married to his lovely wife, Kembe and they are raising their three children.  He works as an academic counselor in addition to his service as a Bishop.  Since the filming he has been called as a Stake President and was gracious enough to share his thoughts, advice and even the conversion story that wasn’t told in the movie.

I understand you attended the Baptist and Pentecostal churches? Can you tell me about your conversion story?            

I attended those churches for a while and although I was learning things, I still had questions about why there were so many churches. I was up late one night and saw a commercial from the church offering a free “Lamb of God” video (an actual VHS). I just felt that I must call the number. The missionaries came a couple of days later. When they taught me about Joseph Smith and his concerns and questions about which church was true I was immediately intrigued. I felt a certain closeness to him and his struggle. I was baptized two weeks later. When they invited me to be baptized my only question was “Do I need to bring a towel?”

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Was your wife a convert? Where did you meet?

Kembe is a convert as well. She joined with her mother when she was 14. We met at a singles ward in Atlanta. I joined the church in Alabama. My wife joined in Atlanta. The missionary who taught me was from Kembe’s ward in Atlanta. I was moving to Georgia to go to school so the missionary had his dad send my wife to the ward to meet me.

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