Missionary Week Ideas

By Gabrielle West

Gabrielle West

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As I wrote on Friday, our kids worked separately to answer several created missionary opportunities in honor of the “mission call week” we are reading about in D&C. Today, they learned the benefit of companionships, as they studied together the created challenges I presented them with classmates struggling with scripture study. The benefit was twofold; they worked together much like a mission companionship would in resolving a concern of an investigator, and they also testified to their classmates (in various stages of commitment to scripture study) about the benefits of reading daily. They were awesome!

Companionship Challenge
#1
I already read my scriptures every day and I have gained a strong testimony of the Gospel. What would you challenge me to do that would deepen my understanding of the scriptures and strengthen my relationship with Heavenly Father?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

#2
I read my scriptures every day, but it is sort of like brushing my teeth; I do it very quickly, and I do it as part of a routine. I can’t really say that I understand what I am reading, and I don’t really get much out of it. I just do it because I am supposed to, and I don’t really feel closer to Heavenly Father or anything. Can you help me?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

#3
I read some times, if I remember, but I admit it is last on my list of priorities. I intend to graduate from Seminary this year, but I will probably have to read the Doctrine & Covenants over spring break in one big marathon reading session. I don’t really pray, and my testimony is kind of flatlined. Can you help me?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

#4
I would LIKE to read my scriptures, but honestly, I just forget. Life at home and school is really crazy, and after my homework and my favorite TV show or video game, it doesn’t really occur to me to open up my scriptures. I would like to know for myself if all we are learning is true, but I don’t know where to begin, and I feel a little lost. What should I do?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

#5
I just don’t get it. I don’t want to read scriptures or say prayers… it all seems a little hokey to me. I don’t really see a reason why I should read about these old men and I don’t understand how it would help me anyway. Seriously, why should I bother? I know we are friends, but why do YOU care about me and my testimony anyway?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

#6
I want to understand the scriptures and I want to gain a testimony, but reading is hard for me. I am so tired after school and sports, and frankly, reading is not my best subject; the words are old-fashioned and they get all jumbled in my mind. Is there a way I could learn from the scriptures in spite of these challenges?

EMPATHIZE/ SUPPORT their efforts and/or struggle
FIND a scripture that will challenge them to improve
TESTIFY about the principle you are teaching
CHALLENGE them to accept an improvement or small goal
EXPRESS confidence in the specific blessings that will come as they achieve this goal

Dawnelle Haynie

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Great idea! I think my class would do well with this. Thank you
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Source:: LDS Seminary Teacher Group

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