Filed under: Basic Beliefs of Mormons, Gospel Principles, Practices & Precepts, Missionary Miracles, Today's Mission Field
In a previous article, we learned that God gives each of us at least one spiritual gift, to be used in doing God’s work and building the kingdom. They aren’t used for entertainment or personal non-spiritual gain. One gift God sometimes gives is the gift of tongues. The Articles of Faith, a list of thirteen core beliefs of Mormons, includes the following:
Most people have found Mormon missionaries standing at their door from time to time. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you invited them in?
You’re not Jewish? No Jewish heritage in your family or even on your neighborhood block? That’s ok; you can still enjoy the rich cultural and religious history of the Passover by creating a learning experience for your family at home! It’s a wonderful tradition, full of symbolism, history, and faith. This year Passover starts on April 20th and continues for 7 days. You’ll probably start to see kosher items on shelves in your grocery store now.
I just discovered mission.net! It is THE place to go on the net to learn about every mission ever organized in the Church since 1837! You can spend quite a bit of time exploring the site and learning about the 350 missions currently operating in 162 nations. It has helpful links to mission web sites where newly-called or returned missionaries can register and reconnect with companions and friends where they served.
“It’s not what happens to you that matters most, but how you respond to what happens that determines the difference between a bitter life . . . or a better life. Depth of character is tested at the edge of adversity; the way you respond to trials and troubles reveals the core of your character; and in every adversity, there is opportunity” (Changing Your Stripes, p. 14).
Alma the younger and Paul the Apostle have much in common: they both persecuted the followers of God, and they both repented and became missionaries for the cause of Christ. Further, both men were jolted out of their wicked ways by a heavenly visitation, and both yielded to their revelation of Light by humbly receiving the call to serve. Paul and Alma are the most prolific contributors to the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, respectively.
The Apostle Paul was a great missionary for the Lord. His mission was very demanding; it covered many countries and traveled many menacing miles. His ministry began on the day that the resurrected Lord Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. While preaching the gospel to King Agrippa, here’s how Paul recounts the story of his conversion:
Elijah was a great missionary for the Lord. He is held in high esteem within Jewish tradition. In anticipation of Elijah’s predicted return to earth (Malachi 4: 5, 6), a place at the table is set, at every feast of the Passover. The scriptures describe him as a “hairy man” (2 Kings 1: 8) which explains the artist’s impression of him.
The Latin etymology of the word “mission” denotes an “act of sending.” The definition of the word “missionary” from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is: “a person sent on the work of a religious mission.”