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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Mission Council

Great. Day. Today.

President Clayton-

Doctrine and Covenants 24:12
And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men.

*Here are some highlights from our teachings and discussions today.

*Teaching Repentance and Baptizing

*What is repentance?
-The second principle of the gospel
-A change in our hearts, our desires, beliefs, actions, and behavior.
-As we come to know more of Christ, we will want to follow Him, we will desire to change our lives to conform to His teachings, and to submit our will to His.

*What repentance isn’t:
-Many people incorrectly believe repentance means just confessing sins.

*Incorrect traditions:
-all we need to do to be forgiven, is to just stop sinning
- repentance is a punishment.
- require that people pay money to the priest/church to pay for their sins.
-the priest is the focus.
-relying on trinkets or other items that falsely teach will aid in the forgiveness process.
- a focus on the virgin Mary, or other saints, claiming that they are more sympathetic and understanding of our problems, and that they can approach God for us.  

*Full understanding comes as we learn the doctrine of Christ.  
-Our focus must be on our Savior Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice for us.
-Our Father in Heaven is the One who offers forgiveness, through His Son Jesus Christ.
-Our Savior understands our sins, our guilt, worry and problems perfectly.

-recognize, confess, feel Godly sorrow, leave the sin behind, restitution, continue forward in faith.
-Every single step is required, not just a change in our behavior, we must have a change of heart
-God only has the power to forgive sins.
-As missionaries, we represent the Savior as we teach of His doctrine

*What helps us to make changes in our lives to become clean from sin?
-Faith through the atonement of Jesus Christ (faith unto repentance)
-Faith brings hope in Christ

*Why must we repent?
-to become clean
-no unclean things can dwell with God (1 Nephi 10:21)
-this is the process to become purified
-Ultimately our goal is to become like God.

*What kinds of changes must we make to draw us closer to Christ?
-Changes in our thoughts, our works, our attitude, our habits and our will.
-This process of improving continues throughout our lives.
-Ezekiel 36: 25-26 I will give you a new heart

*What do we as missionaries have to do with this repentance process?
-We must learn it, live it and teach the correct doctrine
-Once we fully understand repentance ourselves, we can teach it with greater clarity.
-2 Nephi 2:8 How great the importance to make these things known…
-Moses 6:57 Wherefore, teach it unto your children...

*This clear understanding of repentance is not found in the bible.  We must teach these precious doctrines and truths from the pages of the Book of Mormon.

Sister Clayton-
*What are some evidences of your faith?

*Romans 1 :16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For it is the power of God, unto salvation, to everyone that believeth.

*Three powerful examples of faith being manifested.

*Helaman 5 - Nephi and Lehi brothers and missionary companion (went through chapter)
-blessings, divine help, power, and miracles were given them as they ministered in great measure according to, and because of their faith.

*Ether- a mighty prophet who demonstrated faith as a principle of power
 - He could not be restrained because of the spirit of the Lord that was in him
 - He did cry from the morning until the going down of the sun, exhorting the people to believe
 - He taught the people that it is faith which anchors the souls of men
  -He prophesies great and marvelous things
  -But, the people would not believe, because they could not see.
 -They had no faith.

*2 Chronicles 20:1-22 is the story of King Jehoshaphat, who became king of Judah when he was 35 years old.
-the people come running to tell him that a vast army is coming toward them
-alarmed, and terrified, this faithful king, resolved to call upon the Lord
-he gathered his people together - all the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, and stood there before the Lord.
-he proclaimed a fast throughout Judah
-the next day, the people gathered in the house of the Lord, and King Jehoshaphat prayed aloud
-We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you our God.
-God answered them.
-Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.
* For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
-Tomorrow march down against them. They will be coming, but you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you
-Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, your God will be with you.  
-Jehospaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground and fell before the Lord.
-Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa.
-As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said to his people, listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem.  Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.
-King Johoshaphat appointed singers to praise the Lord as they went to battle
-When they got to a lookout point, they saw that, that vast army, coming toward them to battle, had warred among themselves and had destroyed each other.
-There was not one soul left alive.
-It took them 3 days to gather the spoils

* For the battle is not yours, but God’s
*Notwithstanding these mighty men of valor, and these courageously fought battles, we too are in battle. We are in the final battle for the souls of men.  
*You have been called as a missionary in Guadalajara Mexico. You are on the front lines of this Latter Day Battle.  
*1 Peter 1:2  You are here now because you were elected to be here.
*Isaiah 62:2-3  You were born for glory.  You were born to lead.
* You were foreordained to perform missions, the Lord knew in His wisdom you had a talent for, and a capacity for.
*You are like a runner, who has been chosen to run the last leg of the race.  The last leg of the race, because that is where the coach puts his strongest and fastest and most reliable runners.
That is you. You are in the most important place, serving the God of Heaven and earth. (Sheri Dew)

*God wants a powerful people
*God gives power to those who are faithful
*I testify that when you do your part, the Lord will add His power to your efforts.
*For those who seek after, and use God’s power…. nothing is impossible.

Our fabulous Assistants taught-

Three Main Focus Points:   How to Fix Goals, Finding New Investigators, Setting Baptismal Dates.
How to Fix Goals:  Be realistic. Measure your progress. Teach your district leaders the same.
Finding New Investigators: PMG Chapter 9: “Talk with everyone”.  We need to make a greater effort in finding new investigators. D&C 24:12. Rejection Practice. Don’t be afraid of rejection, make the personal decision to talk with others. D&C 6:29-37 with 1 Nephi 19:7,9.
Setting Baptismal Dates: Why is it important to put a baptismal date? Without a baptismal date, we are teaching without a purpose; like sending a letter out without an address written.  Practice: How to set a date. Practice: How to maintain a baptismal date.  Help them understand what they will need to do to be prepared.  Where can we find requirements for baptism? D&C 20:37.