Elder Ballard Stresses Following Up and Setting Dates Quarterly

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Sunday morning, April 6th, 2014, session of general conference, and told the story how he met his future wife, Barbara, and his persistent follow-up that was required to win her hand.

He followed up on two messages he gave in 2011 and 2013.

In his October 2011 talk entitled The Importance of a Name, he quoted the words of the Lord and said, “‘For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4).

“With these words, the Lord makes clear that this is not only a formal title, but the name by which His Church is to be called. … Given His clear declaration, we should not refer to the Church by any other name, such as ‘Mormon Church’ or ‘LDS Church.'”

In his October 2013 Conference talk entitled Put Your Trust in the Lord, Elder Ballard had said, “I encouraged members to pray to be led to at least one person to whom they could extend an invitation to learn about the restored gospel before Christmas.”

“I’m a great believer in the principle of follow up. As it says in the missionary guide, Preach My Gospel, ‘extending an invitation without following up is like beginning a journey without finishing it or buying a ticket to a concert without going into the theater. Without the completed action, the commitment is hollow.'”

He then asked members to invite someone once a quarter to be taught by the missionaries.

He asked all members to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel, the manual of missionary work for the Church, and said, “Read it, study it and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow up.”

He continued with the question, “Can you even begin to fathom the extraordinary outpouring of atoning grace that will be ours, individually and collectively, according to the Savior’s promise to all who bear testimony in the process of inviting souls to come unto Him—and then following up on those invitations.”

He promised that if we follow up, the Lord will not let us down.

“I have seen the unspeakable joy that accompanies testimony-driven inviting and faithful follow up among members of the Church the world over.”