Sunday, December 15, 2013

Book of Mormon Stories . . .

The Book of Mormon is the key to our religion and the key to conversion. If a person has a testimony of the Book of Mormon they will know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through him, that God calls and speaks with prophets in our day and most importantly, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the Redeemer of the world.

Therefore it is critical for investigators to begin reading the Book of Mormon in the very beginning of receiving the missionary lessons.  And not only should the investigators read the book from cover to cover, but the missionaries should always use the book to teach gospel principles throughout their lessons.

And so in our zone conference we practiced using the Book of Mormon in our lessons. Mostly we wanted the missionaries to catch the vision of how the book can be used and how we need to present it in an interesting way to create a desire in others to read it.

Since we were also focusing on the Doctrine of Christ at this conference, we divided into small groups and had each group come up with a list of stories in the Book of Mormon that teach faith, repentance and baptism. They could use one story for all, but we were really looking for separate stories for each one. We then compiled everyone's list. From that, each group was assigned one topic--such as faith. Then each companionship in that group had to choose one story on faith to present to the rest of the group.

After each companionship presented, each group chose the best companionship to present to the entire zone--during what we called, "Book of Mormon Story Time". This was a lot of fun and everyone did a great job. Here are some pictures of them telling their stories.

 King Benjamin addressing his people
 Alma the Younger
 In this one the whole group got into the action. I think that is King Noah in the back being fanned by one of his servants.
 Another group effort. This was Helaman and the 2000 Stripling Warriors. The three in the back represented the 2000.

Good Job to everyone!! You were awesome. 

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