35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and thesanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their heartsunto God.
Ask Inspired Questions!
Open their Hearts to the Holy Ghost.
The fundamentals of the Doctrine is what will change us and those we teach.
We must however open our mouths and comfortably connect with these people.
It’s hard to move forward when you don’t know where you’re headed or why. God’s plan gives us the answers to life’s most basic questions like, "Where did I come from?" "What’s my purpose here?" And, "What happens when I die?" Knowing the answers gives us hope and helps us find peace and joy.
If the boy next door told us he was called by God to restore His true church on earth, would we believe him? Probably not. Neither did many people in Nazareth believe their neighbor, Jesus Christ the carpenter, was the Messiah.
After centuries of spiritual confusion people were in desperate need of Jesus Christ’s original truths. When God selected a 14-year-old boy in 1820 as His messenger, most people refused to listen. Joseph Smith lived in the United States, which was the only country to proclaim religious freedom at the time. His family was deeply religious and constantly sought the truth."
We must learn how to tell these truths in a simple and easy to understand way.As we do this we will find those who will respond and are ready for this news.
We Love you all and are so pleased with your hard work and faithful service.
Please ask the ward mission leaders in your unit to check this website weekly for news and updates. They should be kept up to date on what we are doing and focusing on. njmm.org
Have them open the attachments here in this section. Standard_Proceedure_Mission_March.pdf
Discussion points for ward council presentation visits.
BAPTISMS - March 22, 2015
E. Garfield & Rajahkumar
E. Pluim & Kahng
S. Mendonça & Stone
Great work 3 this week.
Congratulations to all.
Amazing things are happening!
Great JOB ...The work is moving forward. The Lord knows His Sheep.
"We are seeing so many blessings and little miracles here in Elizabeth. One particular night this week we arrived back at the apartment just a few minutes early and my companion and I decided to go try one more less active home that happened to be right down our street. So we walked over and knocked on the door. Through the door we heard "who is it?" and we responded with "the missionaries." The lady then opened the door and greeted us and invited us in for a minute. We got to talking to her and soon found out that she was not actually the member that we had been looking for. However, she then began to tell us about how she was baptized and loved the church and the members. She had just barely moved into this new house and did not even have all her furniture and things moved in yet. We know that the spirit prompted us to go back out and try that one last person. God knew this sister and her family were there even though we had no idea. God knows his children and we are so happy to be a small part in inviting them to come unto Him."
"This week a man came into the church with a b.o.m and wanted to learn more.. he said as he pulled into the parking lot that it just felt right.. that he was in the right place. Miracles happen all the time, i'm so grateful to be here."
The Lord continues to bless New Jersey.
Thank you for your dedication and hard work.
The Lord is watching over us.
Please share this website with your mission leader so they can see what we are up to and access some of the documents that we use.
Please work with and encourage your Ward Council to find a permanent weekly community service project to do in your area. This is a priority for our entire mission.
Please work with the ward council to expand the number of members who go with you to teach.
Please pray about and consult with your ward council on who is the best match up to teach your investigator.
Please encourage your ward council to identify 5 less active or inactive priesthood holders to issue the INVITE to during the month of April. Then go with them and do it.
Please make sure that the new and returning members are assisted by the ward members to find family names to take to the temple... Then go to the temple with them and other ward members... This is so wonderful for the entire branch and ward.
Specialized Training Always a good time with demos and roll plays.
Sometimes we just need a good look in the mirror !
"I warned him “Elder Ricciardi, I don’t want to talk about the discussion”. He said “I don’t either”. So I sat up. “What do you want?” I said. Ricciardi replied “I want nothing…….but to ask you one quick question”. What he said next I was not expecting. He said “Elder Humphrey, there are two reasons missionaries get along as a companionship. 1) When they are working together to be humble, obedient, and loving the people as a companionship. In other words, they are doing what is right together. HOWEVER, the second reason Missionaries will also get along is if they are both doing the wrong things together, as a companionship. Not getting up on time, not studying, breaking mission rules.” I remember thinking “where is the question in all this?” Ricciardi then lowered his tone of voice and said “I believe when missionaries do not get along, when they fight and argue, it is because one missionary wants to do what is right, and the other doesn’t care”. He then asked me the deadly question. “We do not get along Elder, so I ask you tonight; please tell me which missionary you are, the one who wants to do right, or the one who does not care? Because if you believe that you are trying to do what is right, then I am the one choosing what is wrong, and I need to change so we can be one…goodnight Elder.”
I was floored. Normally that kind of talk from Ricciardi would set me off into a rage, but I felt the spirit. In fact, I laid there and tears came to my eyes. I had mocked Ricciardi for so many of his “methods”. Here are some examples: when we would reach a neighborhood he would pull out the street map and we would pray right there in the middle of the street for guidance, I thought that was silly. Sometimes he would stop our bike ride to a previously designated neighborhood and pray, right there in traffic with people staring at us. He would ask the Lord “are we going to the right neighborhood?” Then we would turn around to another destination and I would be so mad about backtracking 4 miles. I found these and many other of his habits so annoying and over the top. But I knew that night, that the answer to his question was that I was the missionary not caring enough."
See attached. It is awesome
A mighty Change has come upon our hearts. Can you feel it now?
Elder Bednar also taught that “this mighty change is not simply the result of working harder or developing greater individual discipline. Rather, it is the consequence of a fundamental change in our desires, our motives, and our natures made possible through the Atonement of Christ the Lord.” Feel the power of the Atonement change who you are and what you desire!