Presidents Corner
New Jersey Morristown Mission

   25 Adam fell that men might be; and men care, that they might have joy.
 
26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
 
27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and call things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.

 2 Nephi 2: 25-27

Am I A Follower of the Savior?


As I interview departing missionaries I always ask ...what is the hardest thing you encountered here during your mission? The most common answer that comes is agency. What do you mean by agency I ask. Why does that cause you heartache or adversity?

People have the right to chose how or if they will accept this message. They chose if they will follow or not. It hurts us deeply to watch someone who we love, have taught and who we feel knows the truth, walk away from it. This is a hard thing.

What comes from this teaches us all a very important lesson about how we measure success as a missionary.

Do we have any control over another person?  Can we determine how they will respond to this message? NO.

Does our success come from their choices? Can we measure our success or failure by what they choose to do? NO

Our purpose here is to invite and help.  The outcome is determined by the agency of man.

Do the blessing of the gospel we seek to help people with come to us? Are we here to bless our lives by virtue of people joining the kingdom or theirs?  We are participants in the process surely, but who are these blessing really for?

So...given this ...our purpose is to deliver this precious message and assist these people to gain their own testimony.  That is our purpose. At the same time we are doing this we hope to receive and solidly our own testimony. Blessing flow through feeling the spirit and participating in this process. Whether or not they join the church is not a part of our measurement of success. It is a wonderful thing for us to share in the happiness and joy of a convert baptism...however the blessing of baptism and entry into the kingdom is theirs.

Rejection and adversity is a critical part of the missionary journey. It is a part of life.

"Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head." (Shakespeare.)

"Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish." (Mallet.)

"Paradoxical as it may seem, God means not only to make us good, but to make us also happy, by sickness, disaster and disappointment." (C. A. Bartol.)

This short one, which evidently came from the heart of the woman who expressed it, struck me forcibly: "Ah! If you only knew the peace there is in an accepted sorrow." (Mde. Guion.)

"It is a great thing, when the cup of bitterness is pressed to our lips, to feel that it is not fate or necessity, but divine love working upon us for good ends." (E. H. Chapin.)

"Affliction comes to us all not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us." (Henry Ward Beecher.)

The Prophet Joseph Smith one time said, when someone had remarked that somebody had affliction because of their sins that it is an unhallowed statement to make, that afflictions come to all.

And M. Henry said: "Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions."

Please know that our lives here on this earth and in this mission are designed by a loving father in heaven for our growth.  Growth comes through overcoming.

Jesus was the master teacher.  He was the best missionary to walk the earth....yet look what happened to him.  He was rejected, spit on, beaten, jailed, whipped, scourged and then nailed to a cross. Yet he did not allow the agency of others to detour him from his purpose. He recognized that his mission was to invite and help other to find their own way. Should we expect and different?

Ours is the same call. We are sent here to do the will of the father and follow the savior. To do what He did. And is some small way feel what He felt, endure what He endured and learn to love as He loved.

Our joy and success should come in the doing!!! .... and in simple ministering to others.

Although it is an exciting and wonderful thing to witness a baptism and the mighty change of heart that comes from conversion....it should not define our success and or happiness.

The joy is in the journey. This is a truth.

We are successful when we simply follow the plan that we have been given. When we invite and help others. When we engage in this work by sharing this perfect message with the Jerseyites we are doing what we are called to do. Celebrate this each day. Be cheerful just to be a part of Gods army of servants.  Our humble submission ....like that of the Savior should be what we give our God. He is in charge here and will direct our efforts.

We Love you.
President & Sister Taggart

Here are many ideas on things to do as a successful missionary.
Take a look.

Ideas_for_being_a_success_Out_of_the_box.pdf
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Soul_Searching_Questions.pdf

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New!
Ward Mission Leaders section:
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.

Discussion points for ward council presentation visits.
  • Become a support and helper to each person on your ward council. DE-FACTO 3rd Coun.
  • Engage more people in your ward or branch... Use social media with them.. Teach them how and post while you are with them in their homes..
  • Always be talking about individual people.
  • How can each organization assist with this family or person?
  • Love, support and sustain your bishop or branch presidents.
  • Return and Report your progress and efforts. Ask others for their report and assist them to accomplish their work.


Name
Gender Missionaries Unit
Diana 
F Elder Bennett & Elder Sales New City Ward
Luis 
M Sister Mendoza & Sister Detrinidad Morristown 2nd SPA
Maria 
F Sister Mendoza & Sister Detrinidad Morristown 2nd SPA
Edgar
M Sister Mendoza & Sister Detrinidad Morristown 2nd SPA
Miguel 
M Sister Mendoza & Sister Detrinidad Morristown 2nd SPA
Omar 
M Elder Gates & Elder Preston Dover Ward
Cynthia 
F Elder Norris & Elder Franke Ledgewood Ward
Walter 
M Sister Caetano & Sister Johnson Dover Ward
Jose 
M Elder Potter & Elder Timothy Eatontown 1st Ward
Laura 
F Sister Bulson & Sister Bingham Princeton
Krishna 
M Elder Ayers and Harmon Eatontown 2nd


11 this week   ... Congratulations.


The Lord continues to bless New Jersey. 
Thank you for your dedication and hard work.
The Lord is watching over us.


Miracles happen every day here in Jersey.

This past week a few miracles happened here... We had a less active member that saw 2 angles, telling her that we are in the last days, and she should go back to church. Another one, woke up in the morning and called his mom and said: Mom I want to go back to church. The amazing part is, he is homosexual and now decided to be heterosexual again, come back to church, do all thing right and find a wife to marry and have kids. Another less active, woke up Saturday night and felt a huge desire to go to church after years of inactivity. She came to church and when she saw us she started to cry. Later we found she was the first member of our branch. She open the branch with other two Elders in 1980. We she decided to come back to activity! Mind Blowing!!!!

Isn't God Amazing?! 


Miracles are real! "


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email the President
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                New arrivals . We are thrilled and excited to have you here.
    The Family Search Booth in Sparta... 595 packets to deliver. WOW.
Elder and Sister Dunn and all those who helped--- ROCK.

                                  

 Call down the Powers of Heaven 
PLEAD WITH OUR FATHER!

I am asking you to powerfully petition the Lord to soften the hearts of the Jerseyites.
God has all power to do His work.. We must ACT with more FAITH in HIM
Ask our Heavenly Father to lead us to those whose hearts and minds are open or
LEAD THEM TO US! 
PRAY MIGHTILY FOR THESE BLESSINGS UPON the JERSEYITES!

 Continue to Find New people everywhere we go. "Nothing happens ....until you have someone 
We know that with the new video, Because He Lives and with the new NJ Approach training and the nicer weather that we can Continue to find them. 



Report what you are now doing for weekly service today to your Zone Leader.


4 Things I will do from now on!

  1. Be a Representative of the Lord Jesus Christ… Explain that          “We represent the Savior”
  2. Invite People to Change (Repent) Always Extend an Invitation to READ the Book And Pray.
  3. Promise them Specific Blessings attached to Obedience to a principle…. TESTIFY of it.
  4. Follow Up Follow Up. Involving at least 3 ward members. Everyday touches while we are not there!

  • 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 and are engaged in the work. 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 JUNE. 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.
  • Wear your very best clothes to the Lords House..(temple trips) Show honor and respect.

Ipads!
Important!!
Phase 2 begins.


Start to use the iPad and become familiar with it... It is an awesome tool... Help each other learn to know what it does and how it can help us.

Your ipad numbers should show up from your planner and area book now. Please keep them current all the time.. No more than 30 minutes a day to input area book past history. 

Watch the Videos and finish your training. All of us must do this.
Let's get ready for phase 3... August 1st. We all want to use Facebook and online proselyting ASAP.


Use the iPad as a powerful tool.
Always ask for referrals.


Missionary_Work_in_the_Digital_Age.pdf
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Safeguards_for_Using_Technology.pdf
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If you have not read this Ricciardi letter... DO IT!




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