Monday, April 27, 2015


April 27, 2015

For Relief Society last Thursday Sister Melanie Cottam, Manager of Visiting Center Operations and Elders Kay and Billings visited us from the missionary department to teach us about our purpose as missionaries.

Sister Diaz opened our meeting singing ''Daughter of a King'' in her native language while she played the guitar assisted by Sister Melone.  Elder Billings, Sister Cottam and Elder Kay is behind Sister Diaz.

Elder Billings began by asking us to listen with our heart to the things that would be taught today. Before a tour or while talking to a visitor on Temple Square ask yourself:  What does God desire 
for _____________?  (person you are engaged with at the time).  Then he went through several scenarios or situations that people were experiencing themselves as they were visiting Temple Square.

What does God desire for Betty who lost her husband and has questions about Joseph Smith? Several suggestions were given by the Sisters such as taking her through God's Plan and talking about eternal marriage and families.  Elder Billings said, ''What God wants for Betty and all His children is eternal life''.  What can we teach Betty to help her get on the road to eternal life?  Elder Billings emphasized that instead of thinking what we are going to say, listen to people with our hearts and then ask for the Holy Ghost to tell you what to teach and what to say.  Don't meet and talk to anyone with preconceived ideas about them. 
Elder Billings pointed out that Moses 1:39 answers what God wants for His children--And this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the eternal life of man.  Everything we say and do--the resources we use on Temple Square--are all so that we can help Heavenly Father's children gain eternal life.  That is the end of all we do and everything else is a means to the end.  It is very important to have the end in mind when we talk to anyone on Temple Square or in the Teaching Center where we talk to people who have questions about the church.  How can we help anyone on the path to eternal life? 
2Nephi 31:2-11 tells us to talk more about the Doctrine of Christ for this is the path that leads to eternal life. 
 Our purpose is to help others have faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repent, desire to be baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end. Seek to understand the Doctrine of Christ and apply it.