Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MTC Devotional: Beware of Anyone Who Says You Won't Baptize

M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

MTC Provo

17 February 2009

Newspapers ask "Why are you perceived as not being Christians?" Response: We don't understand that. Church named after Christ. Their belief can from our disbelief in Nicene Creed.

We believe we are spirit children.

They don't believe we are Christians because:

  • We bear testimony that God and his Son appeared to Joseph Smith and they spoke to him.
  • People don't know who God is
Reality is clear to our primary chldren. Sad world doesn't know who Heavenly Father, Jesus
Christ and Holy Ghost.

53,000 men and women are trying to teach gospel.

129 temples.

World thinks we are secret closed society because temples are closed.

Apostles inviting media to go through temple to show we aren't a secret society.

People really are in spiritual darkness.

Missionaries need become Lesson 3 master. You will be successful. Maintain a positive attitude.
Absolutely essential to success. People's first impression will be you of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Ghost.

Converting people is what they feel not know.

This is His Church.

I FEEL converts people. You have to believe all of the time and trust in Jesus Christ.

Counsel: Beware of anybody who says you won't baptize a lot. Don't believe that. If you allow that Satan gets you. You can find, teach, and baptize everywhere you are going.

If you internalize message of restoration and everything especially at MTC and PMG. Treasure up and learn how to present the gospel.

Own it...so you can know you can teach any principle at any time to any situation.

Be master teachers so I could throw any one of you to Washington Post and let you answer questions.

There are people who will respond to our message.

You will make a lot of friend. You will sow a lot of seeds, but don't let it get into your mind that you are here for any other reason than the work.

Believe trust in the Lord.

Moroni whoso believe doubting nothing, granted.

Preach to every creature to believe in Christ name Despair and wonder not. Mormon 9

Alma 29 Wants to be angel. Vs 91 I know that which Lord commandeth Glory in? His is my joy glory in God.

Keep upbeat attitude.

We are in a hurry to find Father's children.

Thanks for willingness to accept calls. Thanks parents/family/bishop.

12 send us forth as ambassadors...with testimony burning in our hearts. He'll be as close as we allow him.

May parents and siblings be blessed.

May heavens inspire, enlighten and bless us.

Greatest opportunity in your life to be servants and declare his message. May fire of testimony burn in your bones.

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