June 5, 2011 • 5:19 am 0
Mount it on heavy paper. Cut around the solid black lines. Fold tabs on the colored lines to make a box. Glue the flaps. You and your family can play this game to help you remember to be a missionary now. Take turns rolling the box, looking at the picture on the top, and telling how to be a missionary in that pictured situation.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:16).
June 5, 2011 • 5:15 am 0
“Testimony of Truth,” Friend, Dec 2003, 42
And are willing to … stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places (Mosiah 18:9).
The Apostle John was also known as John the Revelator. Unlike all the other Apostles, he was not killed. We learn in latter-day scripture that the Savior asked him: “John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you.
“And [John] said unto him: Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.
“And the Lord said unto [John]: Verily, … because thou desirest this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory [His Second Coming]” (D&C 7:1–3).
Although he was not killed, he was exiled (forced to live away from his country) on the Isle of Patmos. It was there that he wrote the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Many believe it to be the hardest book of scripture to understand. However, the Bible Dictionary explains that the “message of Revelation is the same as that of all scripture: there will be an eventual triumph on this earth of God over the devil; a permanent victory of good over evil, … of the kingdom of God over the kingdoms of men and of Satan” (Bible Dictionary—Revelation of John).
In Revelation, John talked much about what would happen before and during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. One vision he described was this: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Rev. 14:6).
A fulfillment of this prophecy came when the angel Moroni appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and told him of the Book of Mormon, which contains the “fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also” (D&C 20:9). Gentiles, here, means anyone who is not a Jew. In other words, with the publishing of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the Savior’s Church, the gospel was to be taught to all people everywhere. Those who teach the gospel are called witnesses of God, or missionaries.
All young men—and young women who wish to—should prepare to go on a full-time mission. Older people are asked to go on missions, too, if they can. Missionary work is very important and must be done before the Second Coming of the Savior. President David O. McKay (1873–1970) said that all members—that includes children—of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be missionaries by example and by sharing the gospel to anyone who is sincerely interested in it. All of us must be witnesses of God.
June 5, 2011 • 5:04 am 0
Make missionary finger puppets by coloring those on page 45. Then, on a separate piece of paper, draw and label more finger puppets to represent other missionaries you know and love—the missionaries who brought the gospel to your family; brothers, sisters, grandparents, or other relatives or friends who have served or are serving as missionaries—and a finger puppet of yourself! Cut out each puppet, form the label into a circle to fit your finger, and tape closed. Place the puppets on your fingers and tell about these missionaries who publish peace.
April 25, 2011 • 5:58 am 0
Based on a true story)
When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God (Mosiah 2:17).
Vicki H. Budge, “Letters for Uncle Eddie,” Friend, July 2008, 18–19
1. Jonathan looked at the clock for the eighth time. “Is it time for family home evening?” he asked again.
2. “Yes, we can start now,” Dad said with a smile.
3. Jonathan and his sister, Michelle, were excited. They put paper, pencils, watercolors, and crayons on the table. Everyone sat down on their chairs and folded their arms.
4. After the prayer Dad picked up a letter and read it to them. It was from Uncle Eddie.
5. Uncle Eddie was a missionary in Central America. Jonathan liked to hear about the boys and girls there.
6. When Dad finished reading the letter, everyone began to draw a picture or write a letter to Uncle Eddie. Jonathan drew a picture of Uncle Eddie riding his bike. He drew a picture of him flying away in an airplane to Central America. Then he drew a picture of him teaching a family.
7. “When you are finished, fold your letters and drawings, and we’ll put them in this envelope,” Dad said.
8. Jonathan wrote an extra note before he folded his letter: “Please send more pictures!” Then he signed it, I love you, Jonathan