Mormon Mission Prep Webinar:Gaining a Desire to ServeOne of a series of webinars on LDS Missionary Preparation by Jimmy Sm...
Before We Begin• Etiquette   – Please mute your line during the presentation   – You can unmute at the end when we get to ...
Introduction to Jimmy• Working for the LDS Church  since 2008  – Currently website product    manager for Seminary and    ...
Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve   4
Served mission in Rosario, Argentina        from 1995 to 1997     Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve   5
My First Missionary Apartment: Parana, Argentina, December 1995        Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve  ...
The Almada Family: Parana, Argentina, January 1996        Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve   7
Baptism of the Almada Family, February 1996   Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve   8
Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need  You...
Preach My Gospel     A Guide to Missionary Service• The full-time missionary  guide is called “Preach My  Gospel”• What is...
The Gospel is the         Atonement of Jesus Christ• Bible Dictionary says the gospel = good news• What is the good news? ...
Heavenly Father and Jesus Have        Shown Their Love for Us• “For God so loved the world, that  he gave his only begotte...
The Worth of Souls is Great• “Remember the worth of souls is great in the  sight of God;… And if it so be that you should ...
Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need  You...
Lehi tasted of the fruit (the love of      God) and wanted to share it• The Book of Mormon teaches that  the “the tree of ...
Alma wanted to help others “taste ofthe exceeding joy of which I did taste”“And it came to pass that as I was thus rackedw...
The Mission of the Four Sons ofMosiah was due to Similar Motivations• “Now they were desirous that  salvation should be de...
Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need  You...
A Chosen Generation• President Hinckley said he never  spoke to the youth of the Church  without thinking of this scriptur...
A Chosen Generation                Ezra Taft Benson“We love you. As leaders of the Church, thereisn’t anything in this wor...
The Greatest Generation of               Missionaries“We look to you, my young brethren ofthe Aaronic Priesthood. We need ...
Young Men:       Oh, how the Lord needs you!“We need you. Oh, how the Lord needs you!… My plea to you this morning forlead...
Spiritual Starvation that Missionaries              Can Alleviate• Amos 8:11: “Behold, the days come, saith  the Lord God,...
Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need  You...
President Kimball’s Landmark Address        on Missionary Work“The question has been often asked, Is themission program on...
Every Prophet Since Then Has      Repeated the Call  Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve   26
Every Young Man Should Serve a        Mission: Ezra Taft Benson“The Lord wants every young man to serve a full-time missio...
Every Young Man Should Serve a      Mission: Howard W. Hunter• “Earlier prophets have taught that  every able, worthy youn...
Every Young Man Should Serve a      Mission: Gordon B. Hinckley• “I throw out a challenge to every  young man within this ...
Every Young Man Should Serve a      Mission: Thomas S. Monson• “We affirm that missionary work is a  priesthood duty—and w...
Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need  You...
Missionary Work Cleanses Sin• “And in this place let them lift up their voice and  declare my word with loud voices, witho...
A mission makes you a “stronger” man  and a more “exceptional” womanElder Richard G. Scott said mission “experiences will ...
The Blessings of Sharing the Gospel• “Perhaps your desire or will to serve  would increase if you understood  more fully t...
17 Blessings of Missionary Service1. Eternal Life: “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or    9.    Developing and Po...
Why I have a Wheat Field on my    website and cover of my book• “For behold the field is white already to harvest;  and lo...
Aldo, Gabriela, and Their Family, September 1996                              7       Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Prepa...
Homework: What you can do now to   gain a desire to serve a mission.• Talk to your dad, mom, or other friends who  have se...
Questions?• Tell your friends about our upcoming webinars• Next Mission Prep Webinar  – Preparing to Serve, Jan 27th at 6p...
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In this webinar, we discuss getting Young Men motivated to serve a Mormon mission. We talk about the worth of souls in the sight of God, why the Church needs many more missionaries, and the blessings of missionary service.

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  1. 1. Mormon Mission Prep Webinar:Gaining a Desire to ServeOne of a series of webinars on LDS Missionary Preparation by Jimmy Smith of MormonMissionPrep.com. Other Webinars: -Preparing to Serve -Receiving the Call to Serve -Gearing Up to Serve View recordings at www.MormonMissionPrep.com/webinar
  2. 2. Before We Begin• Etiquette – Please mute your line during the presentation – You can unmute at the end when we get to the Q&A• This webinar is being recorded• You can click on the links within the slide presentation – For example, click here to go to MormonMissionPrep.com• What this webinar is not – It is not an official presentation of the LDS Church – It is not the Church Mission Prep class offered by wards, stakes, and LDS Institute programs Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 2
  3. 3. Introduction to Jimmy• Working for the LDS Church since 2008 – Currently website product manager for Seminary and Institute• In 2009 started MormonMissionPrep.com• Graduate of BYU and ASU Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 3
  4. 4. Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 4
  5. 5. Served mission in Rosario, Argentina from 1995 to 1997 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 5
  6. 6. My First Missionary Apartment: Parana, Argentina, December 1995 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 6
  7. 7. The Almada Family: Parana, Argentina, January 1996 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 7
  8. 8. Baptism of the Almada Family, February 1996 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 8
  9. 9. Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need You• Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission• Blessings of Missionary Work Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 9
  10. 10. Preach My Gospel A Guide to Missionary Service• The full-time missionary guide is called “Preach My Gospel”• What is the “gospel”? Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 10
  11. 11. The Gospel is the Atonement of Jesus Christ• Bible Dictionary says the gospel = good news• What is the good news? “That Jesus Christ has made a perfect atonement.”• “And this is the gospel which I have given unto you— that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross.” – 3 Nephi 27: 13-14 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 11
  12. 12. Heavenly Father and Jesus Have Shown Their Love for Us• “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16• “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 12
  13. 13. The Worth of Souls is Great• “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;… And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” (D&C 18: 10, 15-16) Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 13
  14. 14. Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need You• Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission• Blessings of Missionary Work Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 14
  15. 15. Lehi tasted of the fruit (the love of God) and wanted to share it• The Book of Mormon teaches that the “the tree of life was a representation of the love of God” (1 Nephi 11:25)• Lehi said “I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also” (1 Nephi 8:12)• When you taste of that fruit, you too will want to share it with others Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 15
  16. 16. Alma wanted to help others “taste ofthe exceeding joy of which I did taste”“And it came to pass that as I was thus rackedwith torment, while I was harrowed up by thememory of my many sins, behold, Iremembered also to have heard my fatherprophesy unto the people concerning thecoming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, toatone for the sins of the world…And oh, whatjoy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea,my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as wasmy pain!...Yea, and from that time even untilnow, I have labored without ceasing, that Imight bring souls unto repentance; that Imight bring them to taste of the exceeding joyof which I did taste.”• Alma 36: 17, 20, 24 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 16
  17. 17. The Mission of the Four Sons ofMosiah was due to Similar Motivations• “Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.” – Mosiah 28:3 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 17
  18. 18. Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need You• Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission• Blessings of Missionary Work Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 18
  19. 19. A Chosen Generation• President Hinckley said he never spoke to the youth of the Church without thinking of this scripture:• “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9.) • See A Chosen Generation Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 19
  20. 20. A Chosen Generation Ezra Taft Benson“We love you. As leaders of the Church, thereisn’t anything in this world we wouldn’t dothat’s right for you. We have great confidencein you. You are not just ordinary young menand young women. You are choice spirits,many of you having been held back in reservefor almost 6,000 years to come forth in thisday, at this time, when the temptations,responsibilities, and opportunities are the verygreatest.”-A Message to the Rising Generation Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 20
  21. 21. The Greatest Generation of Missionaries“We look to you, my young brethren ofthe Aaronic Priesthood. We need you. ...We need you to be meticulouslyobedient and faithful, just as they were.What we need now is the greatestgeneration of missionaries in thehistory of the Church. We need worthy,qualified, spiritually energizedmissionaries.”-M. Russell Ballard, The GreatestGeneration of Missionaries Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 21
  22. 22. Young Men: Oh, how the Lord needs you!“We need you. Oh, how the Lord needs you!… My plea to you this morning forleadership has never been more critical inThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints than it is today. I now understandabundantly why the prophets have said thatthe Lord reserved for this last day some ofhis very choice spiritual sons anddaughters. I understand why you have beenreserved to come forth now: because heneeds you. He needs you desperately in thebuilding of his kingdom.”-M. Russell Ballard, You—the Leaders in1988 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 22
  23. 23. Spiritual Starvation that Missionaries Can Alleviate• Amos 8:11: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”• “The world wants and needs what we have. In the beautiful prayer by Brother Holland, he mentioned the famine in the world— famine not of bread, not of the ordinary needs, but a famine for the word of the Lord; and you are the custodians of the bread of life, you take it to your families so that they can share it with the people of the world.” – Spencer W. Kimball, Men of Example Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 23
  24. 24. Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need You• Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission• Blessings of Missionary Work Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 24
  25. 25. President Kimball’s Landmark Address on Missionary Work“The question has been often asked, Is themission program one of compulsion? And theanswer, of course, is no. Everyone is given hisfree agency. The question is asked: Should everyyoung man fill a mission? And the answer of theChurch is yes, and the answer of the Lord is yes.Enlarging this answer we say: Certainly everymale member of the Church should fill amission, like he should pay his tithing, like heshould attend his meetings, like he should keephis life clean and free from the ugliness of theworld and plan a celestial marriage in the templeof the Lord.”-Spencer W. Kimball, Planning for a Full andAbundant Life Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 25
  26. 26. Every Prophet Since Then Has Repeated the Call Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 26
  27. 27. Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission: Ezra Taft Benson“The Lord wants every young man to serve a full-time mission. …Not only should a mission beregarded as a priesthood duty, but every youngman should look forward to this experience withgreat joy and anticipation. What a privilege—whata sacred privilege—to serve the Lord full time fortwo years with all your heart, might, mind, andstrength. You can do nothing more important.School can wait. Scholarships can be deferred.Occupational goals can be postponed. Yes, eventemple marriage should wait until after a youngman has served an honorable full-time mission forthe Lord.”-To the “Youth of the Noble Birthright” Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 27
  28. 28. Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission: Howard W. Hunter• “Earlier prophets have taught that every able, worthy young man should serve a full-time mission. I emphasize this need today.” – Howard W. Hunter, Follow the Son of God Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 28
  29. 29. Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission: Gordon B. Hinckley• “I throw out a challenge to every young man within this vast congregation tonight. Prepare yourself now to be worthy to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary. He has said, ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear’ (D&C 38:30). Prepare to consecrate two years of your lives to this sacred service. That will in effect constitute a tithe on the first twenty years of your lives.” – Of Missions, Temples, and Stewardship Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 29
  30. 30. Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission: Thomas S. Monson• “We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable, to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.” – Welcome to Conference, President Thomas S. Monson, October 2012 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 30
  31. 31. Agenda• The Gospel, Atonement, and Worth of Souls• Gaining a Desire to Share• You Are a Chosen Generation and We Need You• Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission• Blessings of Missionary Work Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 31
  32. 32. Missionary Work Cleanses Sin• “And in this place let them lift up their voice and declare my word with loud voices, without wrath or doubting, lifting up holy hands upon them. For I am able to make you holy, and your sins are forgiven you.” -D&C 60:7• “Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.” -3 Ne. 19: 28• “If thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” -Ezekiel 33:9 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 32
  33. 33. A mission makes you a “stronger” man and a more “exceptional” womanElder Richard G. Scott said mission “experiences will develop afoundation for the later blessing of your being a stronghusband and father.”“…Now may I speak from my heart of what an honorable full-time mission has meant to me personally…I served a mission inUruguay. It was not easy. The Lord gave me many challengesthat became stepping-stones to personal growth. There Igained my testimony that God the Father and His Beloved Son,Jesus Christ, did in fact visit Joseph Smith to begin a restorationof truth, priesthood authority, and the true Church on earth…Atthe same time, my future eternal companion, Jeanene, wasbeing molded to become an exceptional wife and mother byher own mission. Most important, all that I now hold dear inlife began to mature in the mission field. Had I not beenencouraged to be a missionary, I would not have the eternalcompanion or precious family I dearly love.” – Now Is the Time to Serve a Mission!, Ensign May 2006 – Watch the video on my site: What a Mission Meant to Elder Scott Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 33
  34. 34. The Blessings of Sharing the Gospel• “Perhaps your desire or will to serve would increase if you understood more fully the blessings associated with missionary service. …Please understand that these blessings and more can be yours, if you become converted to [missionary] service and make yourselves available to respond” – Carlos E. Asay, The Blessings of Sharing the Gospel Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 34
  35. 35. 17 Blessings of Missionary Service1. Eternal Life: “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or 9. Developing and Polishing Character: “The fundamental brethren, or sisters, …for my name’s sake, shall receive an character of our manhood and womanhood [is] hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” (Matt. improved” though missionary service. 19:29) 10. Forgiveness of Sins: “In the acceptance of the mission call2. Leadership Training: “Returned missionaries provide and the dedication of yourself to the work, the Lord will valuable leadership in the Church, especially in the forgive you of past transgressions.” developing countries of the world.” 11. Growth of Testimony: “Missionaries teach and testify…3. Building the Kingdom for the Second Coming: Each time they do, they invite the Spirit, and the truths “Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the they proclaim become more and more deeply ingrained kingdom of heaven may come.” (D&C 65:2, 6.) in their own souls.”4. Memorable Experiences: “President Kimball has referred 12. Companionship of the Holy Spirit: “Of all the to missionary service as high adventure. He did so because companionships established in the mission field, the most the work is stirring and exciting.” cherished is the companionship of the Holy Spirit.”5. Establishing Abiding Friendships: “The friendships we 13. Closeness to the Lord: “No one will ever fully understand establish in the mission field with companions and the Savior’s work until he has invested in the business of converts become eternal.” saving souls, for that was the Savior’s role.”6. Loving and Understanding of People: “Missionaries gain a 14. Growth in Faith: Mission “experiences plant seeds of love and understanding of others through their service.” faith in their hearts.”7. Rendering Service: “He doth require that ye should do as 15. Knowledge of the Gospel: “Missions are schools of he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth gospel learning, even schools for the prophets.” immediately bless you.” (Mosiah 2: 23–24.) 16. Peace of Conscience: Missionary work brings “peace and8. Being a Peacemaker: “If every member of this Church happiness beyond all understanding.” would …become missionaries in very deed, we could 17. Joy: President Heber J. Grant testified: “*I+ had more joy contribute more to the cause of peace than all the power while in the mission field than ever before or since.” that might be gathered together by all the governments.” 35
  36. 36. Why I have a Wheat Field on my website and cover of my book• “For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul.” – Doctrine and Covenants 4:4 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 36
  37. 37. Aldo, Gabriela, and Their Family, September 1996 7 Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 37
  38. 38. Homework: What you can do now to gain a desire to serve a mission.• Talk to your dad, mom, or other friends who have served a mission about their experiences• Learn about who you are as a child of God and a member of the chosen generation• Learn about the Savior and his atonement• Study the words of the living prophets• Pray for a testimony of all these things Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 38
  39. 39. Questions?• Tell your friends about our upcoming webinars• Next Mission Prep Webinar – Preparing to Serve, Jan 27th at 6pm MST – Receiving the Call to Serve, Feb 3rd at 6pm MST – Gearing Up to Serve, Feb 10th at 6pm MST• Register and watch video recordings at MormonMissionPrep.com/Webinar Mormon Mission Prep Webinar 1: Preparing to Serve 39

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