Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dominican Culture Experience

February 26, 2014

Dear family and friends,

This week was so fun! We had zone conference yesterday so p-day is today. It was so good! Our mission has been focusing a lot on consecration and living the doctrine of Christ. We talked about how consecration is giving up everything you have to Christ so that He can make you into the person that He wants you to be. In the words of Sister Young "he suffered what I might have suffered. And for that, he has permission to change me"

On Saturday we helped this lady in our ward  by singing The Star-Spangled Banner at her art show. The theme was ancient Dominican culture, so clearly it was appropriate to sing the American national
anthem. I attached some videos of our cultural experience.


President Gordon B. Hinckley taught: "So many of us look upon missionary work as simply tracting. Everyone who is familiar with this work knows there is a better way. That way is through the members of the Church.  Whenever there is a member who introduces an investigator, there is an immediate support system. The member bears testimony of the truth of the work. He is anxious for the happiness of his investigator friend.  He becomes excited as that friend makes progress in learning the gospel.

"The full-time missionaries may do the actual teaching, but the
member, wherever possible, will back up that teaching with the
offering of his home to carry on this missionary service. He will bear
sincere testimony of the divinity of the work. He will be there to
answer questions when the missionaries are not around. He will be a
friend to the convert who is making a big and often difficult change.
... The process of bringing new people into the Church is not the
responsibility alone of the missionaries. They succeed best when
members become the source from which new investigators are found"
(Ensign, May 1999, 105-6).

The work can't go on if we don't have help from the members. They
provide the people we teach, the friendship network and support system within the ward and help them develop spiritually. For real guys. We don't tract. I've done that once in my whole mission. But we are using Facebook now and we do encourage you to comment, share, and like our posts. Share them with your friends if they pertain to certain challenges in their lives. Russell M. Nelson said that Facebook was created for the express purpose of spreading the gospel. So use it in that way! The Lord said "Behold, I will hasten my work in its time" (D&C 88:73). It's happening now through new tools! The whole face of missionary work is changing! God gives the best weapons to the soldiers on the front lines. If you engage yourself in member
missionary work, you will find an increased measure of the Spirit with
you. I promise.


Hermana Hall

P.S. We will be hosting a Facebook chat training on why missionaries
are using Facebook and how to use Facebook to do missionary work. You are ALL invited to join and participate and invite your friends to
join as well. Look for an invitation on Facebook.

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