"Great Love for Our Father's Children" by Elder Quentin L. Cook Questions to Ponder

Elder Quentin L. Cook reminded us of the importance of simple invitations and lots of genuine love in his talk, "Great Love for Our Father's Children."

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Thanks to Emily and Allison for these great questions!

Questions to Ponder

  • In what ways have you been apart of the marvelous work that is coming forth?

  • How have you been able to increase your efforts to serve others within the new ministering program? How have you been better ministered to?

  • Why must we seek to see and love others as Heavenly Father and the Savior do? How does that change the way we think about sharing the gospel with others?

  • How can we continue in love and friendship with others even if they don’t accept the gospel? How can we continue to share the gospel with them?

  • How can we use the power of invitation to share the gospel?

  • What experiences have you had when sharing the gospel? How have you succeeded or persevered?

  • How has family history and temple work changed your life?

  • How can you make family history and temple work more of a priority in your life? What things help you keep your goals in these areas?

  • What things can you do to make your home more like a heaven on earth?

  • What ways can you use technology as a servant in your home rather than as a master?

  • How are you able to limit media use or keep yourself in balance when using it?

  • How do you keep the Savior and His atonement at the center of your home and your gospel efforts?

  • How can we, even if we are not full-time missionaries, in our homes and families make missionary, temple and family history work part of Sabbath day observance?

  • Elder Cook said that our role is essential, and that “Love of the Savior and love of our fellow men and women is the primary attribute and motive for ministering and the spiritual purposes.” How does this affect our plans and actions with our ministering brothers and sisters? What can we do better to emulate the Savior’s love for them?

  • How have you felt the Savior’s love in your life? Do you think that He would “battle” for you? If we believe that he is willing to fight and win for our soul, how can we help Him “win souls” and bring them to Him?

  • Why is love such an essential part of missionary work? Isn’t the doctrine “more” important? Why is it imperative that we gain a “vision of this kind of love”? How will it assist us in our missionary efforts?

  • Think of the story about Otto and the many Apostles and missionaries who visited him. How did love affect the outcome of the story? Was it something that was accomplished quickly without time or effort? Was it worth it even though it took many visits? What effect will it have on the Haleck family?

  • Elder Cook states, “The new Sunday meeting schedule represents an exceptional opportunity for members to successfully and lovingly invite friends and associates to come and see and feel a Church experience.” How can you (individually or as a family) take advantage of our new schedule to invite others to come and feel? If you haven’t invited anyone, what is getting in the way of you doing so? What blessings can come to us, as well as to them, when we invite others to come unto Christ?

  • How can we work together, husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter, elders and elders, sisters and sisters to minister and gather Israel? Is our work only “effective” if we get them to come back? What if we just continue to love them? What if we only get them to be our friends? Is it still worth the time and effort?

  • Are you using the Internet as a “powerful tool” for genealogy? How can involving our younger members of the church help us out? How does it affect them? What effects have you seen since the change of including 11-year-olds in the work?

  • Do you worry about your young people in this “world that is becoming increasingly evil”? How can gathering Israel strengthen them on this side and protect them? How can we double our efforts in including our youth in the gathering of Israel?

  • How do our roles as men and women differ? How are they the same? Are they equal? (Look at the Proclamation on the Family for help). How can we teach our children about our divine roles? Are we working together effectively? If not, how can we change to do better at fulfilling our stewardships?

  • How can we make our homes a “refuge from the storms that surround us and a ‘sanctuary of faith’”? What are the blessings that await us if we are able to do so? What will happen if we don’t?

  • Elder Cook said, “The war for the souls of all, but particularly children, is often in the home”. How can we use the Internet for good? How can we make sure that media content is “wholesome, age appropriate, and consistent with the loving atmosphere we are trying to create”?