|LDS Mission Resource: Sharing the Gospel|
|A list of ideas to help any LDS Mission: Six Suggestions|
This list of six suggestions was submitted in the Community Forum by Jared:
1) The success is in the invitation, not the outcome. People often think that by inviting someone to hear more about the gospel, that they are only successful if the person says 'yes'. This is false. Our success comes from simply extending the invitation. Let the Lord and the spirit do the rest. Always report what you have done to the Ward's LDS Mission Leader.
2) Don't wait for the perfect moment, it will never arrive.
3) If you don't have someone you are working with, then latch on to those who are already working with someone. People often feel that if they are not the ones bringing a non-member to an activity, that they cannot do missionary work. In a ward, there may only be one or two investigator families at any given time. Coordinate with the ward's LDS mission leader to become involved with those investigators. I think more quality success would be seen with one investigator family being fellowshipped by ten other families than ten investigators being fellowshipped by one family each.
4) Assess what you can do, make a goal, and report that to the LDS Mission Leader. You will be more successful if you report your efforts. The Ward's LDS Mission Leader can follow up with you, offer suggestions and training, and lend you support. So can the Ward Missionaries. When you are acting alone, you are the least effective.
5) Related to #4, stop bothering the full time missionaries and let them get their work done. The purpose of the ward's LDS mission leader is to coordinate the efforts of missionary work in the ward with the full time missionaries. If you bypass him and just go to the elders or sisters, you are working with an unreliable resource. Missionaries get transferred. During transfers, records and work get lost and you need to start over again. The Ward's LDS Mission Leader is a constant and can provide consistency and stability.
6) understand that we cannot fail in our efforts. The Lord prophesied about our success in the latter days in the Old Testament. Those who receive a testimony of missionary work will know that they are on the Lord's errand and that if they do as he asks, they will be successful. In that understanding comes confidence.