Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Missionary Work in the Church

Missionary Work in the Church

|Views: 11|Likes:
Published by Jeremy Peterson
Sunday message prepared by Jeremy Peterson for the River Parkway Ward in the Ogden, Utah Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Delivered May 19, 2013
Sunday message prepared by Jeremy Peterson for the River Parkway Ward in the Ogden, Utah Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Delivered May 19, 2013

More info:

Categories:Types, Speeches
Published by: Jeremy Peterson on May 20, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





 Missionary Work In The ChurchBy Jeremy PetersonMay 19, 2013In the late 1700’s the Lutheran Church, in the part of Europe that we currently call Germany, was under  pressure from members to reform. As the official State religion, there were complaints among piousmembers that the church had lost its spiritual vitality and that it had become bogged down in pureadministrative functions without providing meaningful spiritual instructions to its adherents.This sentiment grew and became what was known as the Piety Movement. The movement’s intent was tocause a spiritual awakening within the church to reinvigorate its spiritual purpose. For the rural GermanicKingdom of Wurttemburg , located about 100 miles south of Zurich, Switzerland, this Pietist Movementcreated a fervor of activity and interest in spiritual things among its people.One of the chief leaders of the Pietist movement was a man named Christopher Hoffman. He was elected to the Diet of Frankfurt, a sort of German House of Representatives. As a lone Pietist in a governmentfilled with Lutherans and Roman Catholics, he realized that the religious movement he held dear wasdisorganized and had lost its ability to inspire people to action. Another situation clouding the spiritualmovement was the political wrestling that occurred between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churchesfor positions of prominence in the State government. The competition seemed to do a disservice to their spiritual message.This bothered Mr. Hoffman. He wondered what could be done to inspire the people to follow a trueChristian life. After spending many days and weeks in study, he determined that the best goal to providefor the spiritual health of the people would be to focus on the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Hefelt that doing so would usher in the promised blessings and Second Coming prophesies of the NewTestament.So, Mr. Hoffman led his comminuty in Wurttemburg in earnest to find a way to accomplish this goal.They sent several men from their community to Palestine to survey the land and assess the resourcesnecessary for their community to relocate there. In order to focus completely on their goal, they severed their relationship with the Pietist movement and in 1861 renamed their group the German TempleSociety. Three thousand people joined the Society.In 1866 a party was sent to settle in Palestine. They dealt with poor treatment by the Ottoman Empirewhich governed the territory and ultimately the of the party died of fever that year. So, in 1868, a lead  party was sent to prepare for a larger party to settle. In 1872, a Temple Society member named JacobDeiterle took his wife and eight children and made the trek to Palestine. They settled in Jaffa, whichtoday is just south of Tel Aviv in Isreal. Six months after their arrival, Jacob died of fever. His widow,Magdelena married a man named George Grau, a blacksmith, and the family moved to the other mainTemple Society settlement of Haifa on the shores of the Mediterranean.
A decade later, in 1886, the president of the Swiss LDS mission received word from Salt Lake thatmissionaries should be sent to Palestine to preach. The mission president made the announcement in ameeting with missionaries and asked for volunteers to go. A Swiss missionary named Jacob Spori raised his hand and expressed his interest. He told the mission president that he had had a dream the previousnight that he was preaching to people in Palestine. Jacob Spori was sent to Palestine with his first stop inHaifa.In his dream, Jacob Spori had described seeing a large boulevard lined with homes and shops near theseashore. He had heard a distinct clanking in his dream and he also saw a blacksmith shop. When hearrived, he immediately recognized Haifa and began to search for the clanking sound from his dream.Eventually, he found George Grau’s blacksmith shop on Hiafa Boulevard. As Jacob approached, Georgeeagerly greeted him and said he had been anticipating him. George had dreamed the previous night that aman he did not know would meet him to share a gospel message.As you can imagine brothers and sisters, this missionary experience went well. George was baptized aswas all of his step children…including Johann Deiterle who was about 24 years old at the time. Johannleft shortly thereafter to serve a mission in Turkey among the Armenian people. The work was extremelyslow and the hardships were great. Most of the time he was without a mission companion and strugglingto teach the people in a language he was not fluent in. The Ottoman government would often confiscate printed materials which were difficult to obtain in the first place.In the end, Johann had what most of us would describe as a frustrating mission experience, and returned home to Haifa. However, on his way home, he took a detour to Paris, and met a woman in the Paris ward whom he brought home to marry. After marrying, the two determined that their most important goal wasto be sealed to one another and they made the journey to Salt Lake City to have their sealing performed inthe Salt Lake temple.They spent the next couple of years in Provo, and under the advice of some friends, determined to movenorth and settle Idaho. They moved to Rexburg in the 1890s where Johann was a community blacksmith.He and his wife had 8 children and raised a family. Finally, in 1930, he died at the age of 68.Johann Deiterle is my great great grandfather.Today, Bishop Johnson asked me to speak on missionary work. While the story I just shared would alsogo well on a talk about geneology, there a couple important lessons in it about missionary work.First, do we know what impact missionary work (whether full-time or member missionary work) willhave on future generations? In my geneology, I have a couple lines of Mormon converts. The Deiterlefamily is one of them. The other line had faded into inactivity and non-membership by the time I was born. If Jacob Spori had not volunteered in 1886 to go to Haifa and preach, would I be here today preaching to you? That is one of the beautiful things about missionary work brothers and sisters, it givesus the opportunity not only to bless the individual that we teach, but their posterity through thegenerations as well.Second, are we sensitive to the spirit enough to hear it and do we have the courage to act upon it when wedo hear it? Clearly, Jacob Spori had a strong impression to go through a dream. But Johann was called toserve in Turkey which I am sure he knew would be extremely difficult and lacking in sufficient support.
Yet, he went anyway. He struggled. He suffered. In fact, he was blessed not to die of smallpox likemany other missionaries who served there. Yet, he exercised faith and fulfilled the Lords will. Are wewilling to go and do what the Lord asks?Let’s talk for a moment about missionary work in the church and the world. There are 347 missions inthe world. There are 58,990 missionaries serving. That sounds like a lot right? Well, if we consider thatthere are 7 billion people in the world. That means that each missionary is responsible for preaching toabout 118,500 people. That is 237,000 people per companionship.If each companionship preached 12 hours per day, six days a week, for two years, they would have totalk to 31 people per hour just to share the gospel message once with their share of people in the world.I hope I am not painting a hopeless picture here. We know our efforts will ultimately be successful. Butwe need to start being more successful now rather than later. Fortunately, there are some hopeful and helpful things we can do in our efforts to share the gospel. For instance, we know that baptisms are manytimes more likely when missionary discussions are held in a member’s home. Why is this? Well, theinvestigator gets to see first hand how a member of the church lives; and, they get an opportunity to feelthe spirit that resides in their home. Also, it is more likely that the investigator has a friendship with the person who’s home is being offered as a venue for discussions. If not, they are likely to become fastfriends and that kind of fellowship helps people confidently take those first anxious steps intomembership in the Church. So let me ask brothers and sisters, are we opening our homes to the full timemissionaries?With that in mind, are we seeking missionary opportunities? Keep in mind, being a member missionaryisn’t some formal process that you have to go through. Being a normal human being and sharing uplifting personal experiences with co-workers and friends is good enough. However, the real exciting part iswhen we INVITE others to participate in a gospel event, church activity, or missionary discussion.Why do we need to invite people to do things? Because it is the strongest tool the Lord has to bring people to Christ. Nephi elaborates:
2Nephi 2:16 “ Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should 
act for himself. Wherefore,man could not 
act for himself save it should be that he was
enticed by the one or the other.”
So, in other words, we are free to act according to our wants and desires. But how do we know whatthose desires are? We are presented with a choice and enticed to do good or to do evil. In our world today can we possibly think of any evil enticements? Did 40 or 50 just pop in your mind? There is noshortage for sure. So what about enticements of the spirit? How abundant are those in our own lives?How abundant are they in the lives of our friends and families who are not immersed in the gospel?It is this exact lack of opportunity for positive enticement that places such a huge missionaryresponsibility with us. We can be that force for good that invites and entices people to feel the spirit and hear the gospel message.There are a few things we can do push the Lords work forward:

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->