Gifts of the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are special spiritual blessings that the Lord gives to worthy individuals for their own benefit and for their use in blessing others. For example, missionaries who must learn a new language may receive the gift of tongues to give them divine help in learning a language. These are only some examples of the many gifts of the Spirit. The Lord may bless you in other ways depending on your faithfulness, your needs, and the needs of those you serve. Read Acts — The power of the Holy Ghost is central to conversion.
Strive to understand the doctrine and also the experience of conversion. Packer explained the central role of the Spirit in conversion:. In order to succeed in missionary work, these three things must occur:. The better you understand how the people you teach, missionaries, and members feel when they receive the witness of the Spirit, the better you will understand your own role, which is to:.
Be edified and have your mind enlightened as you search the scriptures and teach the doctrine. Create a climate when you teach in which the Holy Ghost can bear witness.
You do this by teaching and testifying of the message of the Restoration. Teach as directed by the Spirit, and testify that you know by the power of the Holy Ghost that what you teach is true. Invite people to act. Their faith will grow as they repent, obey the commandments, and make and keep covenants. President M. When the Spirit touches the heart, hearts are changed. These experiences with the Spirit follow naturally when a person is willing to experiment upon the word. The Holy Ghost works in the hearts of people to bring about these changes.
As people choose to keep commitments, they will feel the power of the Holy Ghost more strongly and will develop the faith to obey Christ. Thus, you should help the people you work with grow in faith by inviting them to repent and to make and keep commitments. Read one or two of the following passages, and ponder what a person must feel to be converted. Record your feelings and impressions in your study journal. Discuss your ideas with other missionaries and members.
Read one or two of the following passages and ponder what you as a missionary and as a member must feel to teach with converting power. Doctrine and Covenants — Acts — Alma — Doctrine and Covenants John Hinckley illustrated this principle by relating an experience from his mission:. One was a superstar. He was educated. He was bright. He was quick. He was a little arrogant. We had another who was a sign painter. He came from a sign shop with very little education, but he knew his inadequacies and he relied on the Lord.
When he prayed, you knew he was talking with the Lord. The power that was in the one and the absence of power in the other was so apparent. Call upon the Lord. Hinckley , Effective prayer requires great effort see Moroni —4 ; Doctrine and Covenants ; Give serious thought to your attitude and to the words you use. Consider the following when you pray:. Use the language of prayer, which shows that you love and respect your Heavenly Father.
Use proper and respectful language in whatever language you speak. Always express gratitude for your blessings. A conscious effort to be grateful will help you recognize how merciful the Lord has been in your life. Pray specifically for the guidance and help of the Holy Ghost.
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Show that you value this blessing by being sensitive to and aware of spiritual promptings. Then courageously follow those promptings.
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Pray with love and charity. Pray for people by name. Ask for inspiration to help you understand and meet their needs. Pray for the welfare of those you are teaching, new converts, and returning members. Pray for the members and priesthood and auxiliary leaders in your area.
Pray for your family at home. Pray for your companion, other missionaries, and your mission president.
Pray to know how you can help others, and then be willing to sacrifice in their behalf. Pray that you will be shown where to go and what to do. Pray that you will be led to those who are prepared to receive the message of the Restoration. Pray that you will recognize them. Recognize that your Heavenly Father knows what you need better than you do.
Then review with Him your plan for the next day. Listen for the promptings of the Spirit. Pray to overcome temptation.
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Yielding to temptation interferes with the Spirit. Pray and, when appropriate, fast for special blessings. Pray about and ponder the scriptures. The scriptures open the window to revelation.
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Believe that God will answer your prayers. Hunter , Using the following scale, privately evaluate your prayers. In your study journal, write answers to questions like these: Where would you place yourself on this scale? Where would you like to be on this scale? How are you going to change? Alma The Spirit is always available to guide and direct you. However, the Spirit speaks quietly, through your feelings as well as your mind.
One great challenge for you and those you work with is to recognize the quiet, subtle promptings of the Holy Ghost. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. Many voices in the world compete for your attention, and they can easily drown out spiritual impressions if you are not careful.
Study the following table. Think of times when you have experienced any of the feelings, thoughts, or impressions described in the passages below. As you study and gain experience, add other passages to this list. Think of how you can use these principles to help others feel and recognize the Spirit.
Doctrine and Covenants ; —14 ; Romans ; Galatians — Gives feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, faith, and hope. Doctrine and Covenants —3. Joseph Smith—History — Doctrine and Covenants —9. Mosiah —5. Strengthens the desire to avoid evil and obey the commandments. Moroni Glorifies and bears record of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Doctrine and Covenants ; ; —8 ; Luke — Alma ; ; , 20, 32, 35 ; Doctrine and Covenants Doctrine and Covenants ; — Doctrine and Covenants ; ; John Doctrine and Covenants ; John Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous?
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Then it is of the Spirit of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil. Hinckley, — God answers your prayers through personal inspiration and revelation. Through the Holy Ghost He will guide you in your finding efforts, as you teach the restored gospel, and as you strengthen returning members and new converts.
Some missionaries feel confident that they know how to be successful.
Others lack such confidence. Remember, however, that your confidence and faith should be in Christ, not in yourself. Rely on the Spirit rather than your own talents and abilities. Trust the Spirit to guide you in every aspect of your work. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that the Spirit is basic to teaching and preaching:. Seek inspiration to answer these questions in a way that meets each situation. The answers should then take shape in your plans.
But you should also be willing to follow the Spirit and change your plans when unforeseen opportunities arise.