“If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” How often have we heard this scriptureand associated it with self-reliance? However, how often do we read the entirescripture?
“I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdomin your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by theirwickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder thanthat which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” D&C 38:30
Is this how you feel when teachers and leaders talk about sharing the Gospel? Fear and trembling? Why not consider preparing for sharing the Gospel in the same wayyou prepare for an emergency.
As we prepare for a disaster we gather information, read and study the information, and practice what we have learned. This Christmas, prepare your family and friendsto share the Gospel without fear.
More and more people are asking questions about the Church and it’s really notthat hard to prepare for the questions which will come. Teens are often the bestmissionaries, and now that many are planning to serve missions at a younger age why not give them the tools to feel comfortable and confident?
Instead of a car kit or 72-hour kit this year for Christmas, create and givea “Missionary Moment Kit.” Many of the items are free or inexpensive throughwww.store.lds.org. Purchase a large manila envelope and fill it full of resources such as these:
Articles of Faith Cards.
The next time someone asks what members of the Churchbelieve, do as the prophet Joseph Smith and give them an Articles of Faith card toread and ponder. Once they have read through, they will be better prepared to askspecific questions.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World Brochure.
As the family becomes moreand more discounted by society, more people are asking how we (members) keepour families together, respectful and on track.
The Plan of Salvation or The Purpose of Life.
At some point in everyone’s life they ask the question, what is life really about? Or they may ask you why you are sohopeful when the world seems to be falling apart around them.
For the Strength of Youth Booklet.
Teens may be asked why they are so happy.Parents may be told by friends that they hope their children turn out as good astheirs. Parents may express a concern that their child is drifting away or makingpoor choices.
Finding Faith in Christ, 3 Simpler Ways to Become a Happier Family or OtherPass Along Cards.
When asked why members of the church seem so happy or are so supportive of each other, why not invite them to meet the missionaries?
Book of Mormon or Holy Bible.
As friends and non-member family members askquestions, have a copy of the scriptures ready-with your testimony-to bring out and show them the answers to their questions. Give them the copy to take and study.
Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Magazine.
Thismagazine is a compilation of pictures of temples and articles about their purposeand use; great to give when someone asks what really goes on in the temple.
The Word of Wisdom Pamphlet.
Every church member has been questionedand maybe even criticized as we have followed the word of wisdom. High schoolstudents are often asked about the practice.
Pure Religion Pamphlet.
With natural disaster in the news more and more thechurch has become more associated with community service. This pamphlet focuses on the church welfare system and our role in helping others.
How Do I Start My Family History? Guide.
There are now several shows ontelevision focusing on genealogy. Help your friends get started.
Special issues of the Liahona, New Era and Ensign Magazines.
Consider thosefor whom you are creating your kit(s) and include an issue or two for them tohave ready to pass along. Issues focus on Jesus the Christ, how youth can standstrong, morality, dating, education, and of course former General Conference issues containing the teachings of the prophet. If anyone asks you what the prophet hassaid lately, the conference issue is an easy answer to the question.
All is Safely Gathered In and One for the Money Pamphlets.
My friends and family are being asked more and more frequently about food storage and self-reliance. Youmay also want to include a few of the articles here at Meridian on this topic, suchas, The Right Food Storage for Your Family and Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink .
A Printed or Engraved LDS Temple iPhone Case.
If you’re looking to spend a little more or want to give more of a traditional Christmas gift to your favorite member-missionary who has everything, get them a stylish wood iPhone case with theirfavorite temple engraved on it. Everywhere they go,people will admire their unique case and then ask about the temple engraved on the back. Available at https://prologueunlimited.com/collections/lds-temples
They are offering a 25% discount to Meridian readers from now until December 15th. Order early if you want to get one before Christmas as they are all made to order. Enter the code: “Meridian” at check out to receive the discount.
Every member can become a great missionary with a little preparation. Now is the time to step up and to truly take upon us the name of Christ.