Today’s broadcast “The Work of Salvation” presented a new vision of missionary work. It is the beginning of a cultural change in what missionary work means and what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
Missionary work isn’t just about helping people get baptized. Investigators need the gospel, new members need help to remain strong, less-active members need someone to rekindle the fire of their faith, and active members need continual spiritual nourishment. It’s not just “missionary” work. It’s the “work of salvation” and it needs to be done by and for everyone.
The “work of salvation” is one great whole. It includes missionary work, retention, activation, temple and family history work, and teaching the gospel. They aren’t different works. They are all elements of the work of salvation to achieve God’s purposes.
Here are some key points:
- Every member has the responsibility to be involved in the Work of Salvation.
- We are all called to be involved, whether we are a member, leader, or full-time missionary.
- We do missionary work because we are the Lord’s disciples.
- The Ward Mission Leader helps connect the work of the members with the missionaries. He looks out for the investigators, the less-actives, and the recent converts.
- Stake presidents and bishops exercise priesthood keys for missionary work in their units. Mission presidents exercise keys for missionaries and convert baptisms. When priesthood keys are exercised in unity, leaders serve together and the powers of heaven can bless their work.
- It’s no longer that the ward is to support the missionary work. We are all in it together. It takes a team effort from members, leaders, and missionaries.
What did you learn from the broadcast? Leave your comments below.