From the bulletin:
Articles of Faith #9
We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
We should be tolerant of and give service to those whether they are members of our church or not.
If we do our part, Father will do His.
Book of Mormon lesson 19
What are the doctrines of the church? What are the principles?
“A gospel doctrine is a truth of salvation revealed by a loving Heavenly Father. Gospel doctrines are eternal, do not change, and pertain to the eternal progression and exaltation of Heavenly Father’s sons and daughters. Doctrines such as the nature of the Godhead, the plan of happiness, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ are foundational, fundamental, and comprehensive. The core doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ are relatively few in number.
“Gospel doctrines answer the question of "why?" For example, the doctrine of the plan of happiness answers the the questions of why we are here upon the earth, why marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and why the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The doctrine of the Godhead helps us to understand why we are to become perfect even as our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ are perfect (see Matthew 5:48; 3 Nephi 12:48). The doctrine of the Atonement explains why Jesus Christ is our mediator and advocate with the Father (see 1 Timothy 2:5; Doctrine and Covenants 45:3)....” (Elder David A Bednar, Increase in Learning, (2011) p. 151-152, 154)
“A gospel principle is a doctrinally based guideline for the righteous exercise of moral agency. Principles are subsets or components of broader gospel truths. Principles provide direction. Correct principles always are based upon and arise from doctrines, do not change, and answer the question of "what?" Many principles can grow out of and be associated with a single doctrine.....
A principle is not a behavior or a specific action. Rather, principles provide basic guidelines for behavior and action.” (Elder David A Bednar, Increase in Learning, (2011) p. 154-155)
“Applications are the actual behaviors, action steps, practices, or procedures by which gospel doctrines and principles are enacted in our lives. Whereas, doctrines and principles do not change, application appropriately can vary according to needs and circumstances. Applications answer the question of “how?” (Elder David A Bednar, “Increase in Learning” pg. 156)
Abinadi probably did not realize he had any converts from his preaching and death. He had at least one in Alma, but he probably did not know it until after he was dead.
“Charity is not just a precept or a principle, nor is it just a word to describe actions or attitudes. Rather, it is an internal condition that must be developed and experienced in order to be understood. We are possessors of charity when it is a part of our nature. People who have charity have a love for the Savior, have received of his love, and love others as he does.“
“A principle is an enduring truth, a law, a rule you can adopt to guide you in making decisions. Generally principles are not spelled out in detail. That leaves you free to find your way with an enduring truth, a principle, as your anchor. “ (President Boyd K Packer, The Word of Wisdom:The Principle and the Promises, April 1996 General Conference)
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W Hunter Chapter 8 Taking the Gospel to All the World
1. Nurture relationships
2. Pray to “fill the ideal “
The ideal is above and beyond what is normal. We need to grow beyond our normal to what is idea.
3 Nephi 12:13
13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth; but if the salt shall lose its savor wherewith shall the earth be salted? The salt shall be thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.
Salt is used to pull out flavor. Salt is used to tenderize meat. Salt is used to preserve food.
We are to pull out the best in people. We are to be humble. We are to help save others and save ourselves, which could be termed preserving.
19 ¶Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
“Imagine a father with many sons, each having different temperaments, aptitudes, and spiritual traits. Does he love one son less than another? Perhaps the son who is least spiritually inclined has the father’s attention, prayers, and pleadings more than the others. Does that mean he loves the others less? Do you imagine our Heavenly Father loving one nationality of his offspring more exclusively than others? As members of the Church, we need to be reminded of Nephi’s challenging question: ‘Know ye not that there are more nations than one?’ (2 Ne. 29:7). “ (From the manual)
8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
Don't spend time on people. Invest time in people.