Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, September 3

“LDS Missionary Work Ideas” by grego

Filed under: Book of Mormon — grego @ 4:54 am
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LDS Missionary Work Ideas
(c) 2009

Here they are:

1. The ward and the missionaries *must* work together.

2. Investigators must be given enough time to:
*understand, make, and keep all the commitments,
*change some basic habits,
*make friends in their ward,
*know the leaders,
*know what’s expected of them after baptism,
*be assigned home and visiting teachers,
*be prepared to receive a calling/ assignment, and
*truly repent.
Note that both sides need time, it’s not just dependent on the investigators!!

3. Reports/ forms (both with ward and missionaries) must be used, continually updated, and reviewed/ evaluated.

4. Member Responsibilities Chart (MRC). This is a list of all the things an LDS should be doing, and a reference for goal setting and gospel living evaluation. (It is a work in progress, but there are about 36 items on it so far. It will soon be up at a google docs site for download.) Converts can use this to realize the life changes they will need to make sometime down the road, and understand what they are “getting into”. Missionaries should work with investigators before baptism to work on goals like daily prayer, daily scripture reading, etc.

5. The MRC might also be part of a New Member Handbook/ Orientation Guide. This might include a simple ward organization diagram, a list of the phone numbers of the church building and leaders, pictures and names of the leaders, a list of book names and when they are used (“Gospel Principles” for Sunday School, “Prophets” for Relief Society, etc.), meeting information, etc.

6. For callings, use the callings list/ ward organization list. Encourage each auxiliary leader to call or assign and train new (or at least newer) members. A responsibility could be simple, one time or every time, etc.
Here are a few:
*pass out/ collect hymnbooks (the oldie but goodie, yet I still see that most wards don’t have people assigned to do this!) (for Sacrament, Sunday School, P/RS);
*music conductors for meetings other than sacrament;
*someone to help with talks/ testimony preparation;
*someone to move tables/ whiteboards, if needed;
*assistant advisors for YM/ YW (additional three each—see the Church Handbook of Instruction (CHI));
*parking lot attendant(s);
*church meetinghouse cleaning;
*ward missionaries;
*ward specialists;
*genealogy workers.

7. Regardless of calling, all new members should be doing genealogy and attending a genealogy learning program, which means one needs to be set up if not already done.

8. Cottage meetings/ teaching discussions/ FHE at members’ homes. This can be done on a rotating basis with a few members (ward missionaries and others) so that no one is overburdened/ overscheduled. It can be done as often as circumstances allowed, otherwise. It’s a “win” for everyone involved.

9. Use the “How Great Shall Be Your Joy” program. This was a member referral program that I think was started in the 1980’s, and it worked very well for me on my mission. (I’ll give more information on this later, and it will also be up on a google docs site for download.)

10. Call an assistant ward mission leader (check the CHI), or two if it would be helpful, or a WM Secretary and even Assistant Secretary (make up the extra callings—bishops can do that). The ward mission leader (WML) can delegate to/ divide responsibilities with the AWML. Possible ways: before/ after baptism, which missionaries, parts/ steps in the missionary program, paperwork/ everything else, etc.

11. Which members to call, which members to work with? Easy, really—those that have a greater desire to do/ help missionary work. Each should be involved according to their desire, qualities, and abilities. No one should get ever get “burned out”.

Good luck!

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