The last key to communication that I would like to address is a crucial one in the success of a missionary. In order for any sister missionary (or any missionary period) to effectively share the message of the gospel with those she teaches, she must teach with the spirit.
Last weekend, Elder D. Todd Christofferson (apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) came to visit my home stake for a special stake conference. Of course, I was very excited to have the opportunity to hear the words of an apostle, and to see him in person. Because my dad is in the stake presidency here, I was also privileged enough to be able to meet him as well!
In his talk, he touched on many subjects. But one seemed particularly relevant to our missionary blog: the importance of the having the Spirit.
In a question and answer segment during the conference, he addressed his role as an apostle in the LDS church. As an apostle, he is called and set apart to stand as a special witness of Jesus Christ. Similarly, when we serve as missionaries, we are called and set apart to teach and testify of Jesus Christ and His gospel.
When I met Elder Christofferson, it was impossible not to be struck by the incredible spirit that this person has. As a man who dedicates his life to testifying of Christ and His gospel, it would be difficult not to be inspired by the powerful spirit of peace that permeates his person. And yet, in this question and answer segment, Elder Christofferson told us that no witness–visual, audial, or physical–is more powerful than the witness of the Holy Ghost.
As set apart missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can (and must!) have the guidance of the spirit with us as we teach. Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service talks extensively about how to obtain and follow the promptings of the Spirit. In the chapter “How do I Study Effectively and Prepare to Teach?,” it states:
“Your gospel study is most effective when you are taught by the Holy Ghost. Always begin your gospel study by praying for the Holy Ghost to help you learn. He will bring knowledge and conviction that will bless your life and allow you bless the lives of others. Your faith in Jesus Christ will increase. Your desire to repent and improve will grow.”
Just as our faith as missionaries is strengthened by the help of the Spirit, the faith of those we teach will also be strengthened when they are taught by the power of the Holy Ghost.
It is no coincidence that the scripture missionaries leave those they teach with is Moroni 10:4-5:
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true. And if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things.”
As we prepare to go forward and serve as missionaries and messengers of Christ, we must work to incorporate the spirit into our lives. As we have the companionship of the Holy Ghost, we will be able to more effectively share the gospel with those we teach and better bless the lives of those around us.