How to Start a Prayer List

One of the most powerful things you can do as a full time missionary, ward mission leader, ward missionary or member missionary is to start a prayer list.

  1. The best place to start is to ask Heavenly Father who to add to your list before you begin. Ask in prayer who to pray for. Revelation and inspiration will bring to your mind people’s names you hadn’t thought of before.
  2. Then be very specific and include those you are finding, teaching, reactivating, etc.
  3. Also pray by name for other missionaries, both full time and members so they can also be assisted in faith.
  4. Post this list where you pray each day.
  5. Carry this list with you or save on your iPad.
  6. Include a select few or all to share with your family at home so they can pray with you.
  7. Include those on your prayer list in each fast you begin on fast sunday.
  8. Ask the Ward Mission Leaders to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
  9. Ask the members who are neighbors and the Ward Council to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
  10. Post reminders in the form of very simple post-it notes that say “Prayer List” in key visual locations in your apartment and car to remind you to pray constantly for your investigators.
An amazing article about prayer in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS Kings James Version of the Bible - Prayer is a form of work!

An amazing article about prayer in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS Kings James Version of the Bible – Prayer is a form of work!

Study the elements of Faith and Prayer in Preach by Gospel and remember the definition of prayer on page 753 of the Bible Dictionary:

“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.” – Page 753, Bible Dictionary, LDS King James Version of the Bible

How to Make a Map of Your Area

This is the login popup screen on lds.org at the top right of the home page that takes you to the maps function

This is the login popup screen on lds.org at the top right of the home page that takes you to the maps functio

My son left for the mission field today. He is serving in the Kennewick, Washington Mission. I have decided that as often as I can I will write a letter to my son with one more piece of advice as a full time missionary. These will be equally applicable to Ward Mission Leaders to use and to share with their Ward Missionaries and the Full Time Missionaries they work with. They will be short, and one topic. We will send letters to other missionaries, both Elders and Sisters. So they will all start with… Dear Elder/Sister,

Dear Elder/Sister, One of the most important things to do is to make a clear map of your area from the Maps section of LDS.org. Here are the steps:

1- Go to LDS.org and login at the top right with your Church ID and password.

2- Choose the Maps section when you login. Since I’m only a Ward Mission Leader, it shows my ward (red) and stake boundaries (green)

The ward map appears with a red background. The stake has a green background. It shows the Ward Chapel.

The ward map appears with a red background. The stake has a green background. It shows the Ward Chapel.

 

Select the Green Button that says View Your Ward and Stake

Select the Green Button that says View Your Ward and Stake

 

By clicking View Ward and Stake you will see all of the member locations in your Ward boundary

By clicking View Ward and Stake you will see all of the member locations in your Ward boundary

 

 

 

 

 

 

By selecting the Map Type box in the bottom right of the Maps screen the popup will appear that allows you to select road maps, satellite views, hybrids on Google, or a road map in Bing

By selecting the Map Type box in the bottom right of the Maps screen the popup will appear that allows you to select road maps, satellite views, hybrids on Google, or a road map in Bing

 

This is the Ward Map in LDS.org with View Ward and Stake selected in Satellite mode with every member location

This is the Ward Map in LDS.org with View Ward and Stake selected in Satellite mode with every member location

 

You can also select a Ward Map in Bing instead of Google Maps

You can also select a Ward Map in Bing instead of Google Maps