Missionary Beat: December 14, 2013

Around the web today for stories of interest to future missionaries, missionary moms, returned missionaries, member missionaries, and missionaries of every sort and variety.

  • Cordell Vail “Missionary Marking Christ’s Doctrine in The Book of Mormon– Looking at giving out more Book of Mormons? This list of verses to mark can be a great place to start to help. “We mark all the Books of Mormon we are going to hand out, before we give them out. We ask if they will take the time to read the scriptures marked, with us, so we can explain them. If not they can read themselves.”
  • Matt “New Stake Created in Tonga”– Since five years ago, there are now nearly 20% more stakes in Tonga. This article looks at the location of the most recent changes in this bastion of church growth.
  • Stacie Duce “Abolishing the 80/20 rule with church service” Who does most of the work in your ward? If we helped spread the responsibility could it mean a ward with more active and engaged individuals an families? “Sure, every LDS ward has a handful of energetic, dependable families who get the job done and do it well from ward Christmas parties to Scout courts of honor. But do they have to be the same people manning the library, counting the tithing and shoveling snow off the sidewalks on Sunday mornings?”
  • Herbert Dyer Jr. “Mormon Church Renounces Racism–Again”– The major story about the Church circulating the last couple days has to do with a new entry on the Church’s topic page about race and the priesthood. Many scholars believe the entry is significant. As for how it could relate to missionary work? “Margaret Blair Young, an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University . . . called the statement nothing short of another “miracle.” In fact, she is so impressed that she has vowed to pass out printouts of the statement, and to even call missionaries in Africa who often face questions about the Church’s stance on black people.”
  • Linda Williams “Remodeled LDS Visitor Center Opens in Mexico City”– Temple visitor centers offer a unique opportunity to share the gospel because curious people come to them rather than the other way around. “Throughout the center, 19 different exhibit areas focus on four key messages: Jesus Christ, the Restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and temples and eternal families.”
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