Missionary Challenge

Recently, our bishopbric and missionaries came up with a missionary challenge. They wrote a letter, reminding us that,

“Each one of us, in our own generation or in one previous has been blessed by those faithful saints who have loved their fellow man enough to share that which is most precious to us, the truthfulness of the restoration of the gospel in our time. We are united by the comfort and joy we have received from the restoration of Priesthood authority. … Everything that is most precious to us, we owe in part to those who shared the good news of the restored gospel.

“…Each one of us has a desire to share the joy the gospel has brought to our own lives, but often we feel unequal to the task. Perhaps we feel that we lack the knowledge, time, or contacts to share the gospel. We may even let fear crowd out our faith. Those who brought the gospel into your family’s life felt the same.

“The key to overcoming our fears and effectively sharing the joy the gospel has brought us is petitioning the Lord to open the way, and then acting on the promptings we receive. President Hinckley urged, ‘Let there be cultivated an awareness in every member’s heart of his own potential for bringing others to a knowledge of the truth. Let him work at it. Let him pray with great earnestness about it.'” – The Bishopbric (of my ward)

I have to admit, I’m always a little scared to share the gospel. I don’t want to come off as offensive. I don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. I don’t want them to reject me because of my beliefs. I don’t want to be persecuted. I don’t want to jeopardize my relationship with them. There are dozens of reasons, but none of them seem to stand up to my feelings to the Lord. I love Him. I know that the gospel has saved my life. I know He loves all of His children and wishes to offer them His best blessings, but can only do so as they come to Him. Because of my love for God, I want to share the gospel – even if I’m a little scared…so I’m doing the challenge. You can check back here for information on the progress.

The Challenge

  • Think of people with whom you can share the gospel.
  • Include them in your morning and evening prayers for 21 days
  • Read one of the scriptures each of the 21 days. (List of scriptures follows).

Scriptures (to be read every day for 21 days).

Please click on the link for the scripture reference (and my own little insights during this exercise).

1 Nephi 3:7
1 Nephi 11:1-6
2 Nephi 2:24-29
2 Nephi 26:10-15
2 Nephi 32:7-9
2 Nephi 33:4, 12
Enos 1:1-8
Alma 5:13, 33-36, 46
Alma 17:2-4
Alma 34:18-26
Alma 37:37-40, 43-45
Helaman 3:27-30, 35
3 Nephi 12:2-16
3 Nephi 13:7-15
3 Nephi 17:18-25
Moroni 6:1-5
Moroni 7:6-9
Moroni 7:15-18, 26
Moroni 7:44-48
Moroni 10:3-5
3 Nephi 18:18-21

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting these scriptures with your thoughts. It has been great to read each morning. Did you have any good experiences from participating in the challenge?

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    • Thanks for the comment.
      Yes, I did have good experiences from the challenge. Even though I didn’t really have anyone accept an invitation to the church, I felt like I gained a better understanding of the need to share the gospel.

      A few friends accepted invitations to go to activities, so that was good.

      As far as member-missionary work goes, though, I am going to start implementing ideas and tips that I learned from the book: The Power of Everyday Missionaries, by Clayton Christensen…really inspiring.

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  2. Cheri Grillone Lunt

     /  September 22, 2014

    On our 21-Day Challenge sheet, Elde M. Russel Ballard and and Elder Robert E. Wells of the First Quoram of The Seventy’s promise that, if we faithfully read those scriptures and pray day and night, without fail, SOMEONE on our list, or someone on somebody elses’ list will either join the church, accept the lessons given by the missionaries, or will be reactivated, within that 21-day period of time. That’s HUGE and very motivating. I accepted the challenge, and my sister, after 25 years of inactivity, now is active again. My faith and my enthusiam grew in leaps and bounds, and I will never stop doing this challenge, over and over. It’s so exciting to see changes that come into people’s lives, rather they are the prayers..or a person being prayed for.

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