Take No Thought What Ye Shall Speak

 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10:19-20)

As missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have the enormous responsibility of testifying of the Living Christ before everyone we meet. We bear His name on our name tags and we pray to Him to guide us to those who need our message most. Sometimes we are led to people and have no idea what we are going to teach them or what their needs are. I take particular comfort in the scripture above during those situations.

I have walked into someone’s home, sat down with them, taught a lesson, and left for my next appointment without remembering exactly what I even said simply because the words I spoke were not my own. I can testify that the guidance of the Spirit is second to none. No matter how much preparation someone puts into a lesson or how many scriptures they have memorized, the Spirit will always put into their minds the exact thing they should say at the proper time. If a missionary is properly attuned to the Spirit by living the principles they teach, there is no need to fear any man, no matter the strength of his argument or stature.

Strive to keep the Spirit with you at all times, so that you will be able to speak the words of God based on His guidance. If you are worried about doing missionary work because you don’t think you have enough scriptural knowledge or just don’t know what to say, remember this scripture and strive to say what the Spirit guides. I can promise that you will be guided and speak through the Spirit of God.

Full Stomach or Full Spirit

We went to Winger’s for lunch today as a district. I love hot wings more than almost any other food I can thing of, so I naturally get the endless wings deal, Atomic Buffalo flavor. After four plates of wings and a numb mouth, I sit back, my stomach full to burst. Even a couple hours later, I still can’t decide whether the whole ordeal was worth it, but that’s what always happens when we eat a whole bunch of food. Even though it was so delicious, I can positively say that I will not be going back to Winger’s for quite some time…

Even though stuffing ourselves full of food is pretty dang fun, it really isn’t good for us and usually isn’t worth it. One thing that is always worth our time to stuff ourselves with is the Gospel. Studying the scriptures, prayer, and attending church are just a couple ways that we can give ourselves a spiritual feast, without all the unfortunate weight gain and sore bellies that gorging on hot wings gives us. We are instructed to “feast upon the words of Christ,” which means much more than just reading a few passages out of the New Testament every day. This command, similar to a feast of physical food, requires single-minded devotion and desire to the meal at hand. This means that we need to actually ponder and meditate on the scriptures and words of Christ.

As a missionary, I have an hour of personal study time every day. I can choose this time to read the scriptures, go over conference talks, and receive revelation about what my area needs to be taught. There are three questions I ask myself before I start my daily study:

  1. What questions of the soul do I have? (If I have these questions, my investigators will most likely have the same ones)
  2. What difficulties are my investigators going through that I can help them overcome? (The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate solution to all problems)
  3. Is there a particular Christ-like attribute that I need to work on? (I always have room for improvement; patience with investigators who don’t progress quickly is certainly an area of improvement for me)

With these questions in mind, I always find myself full of spiritual food by the end of my studies. I feel more prepared for the day and ready to teach my fellow man the joyful message of the Restored Gospel. While not everybody is a full-time missionary who has an hour to study every day, everyone can feast upon the words of Christ. I invite everyone to set aside 15 minutes each morning or night to study the scriptures and use the three questions above to guide your own feasting on the words of Christ. You can change question 2 to something along the lines of how you can help your family members or friends with their own problems. Regardless, I hope this helps you in your spiritual feasting!

20 “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 2 Nephi 31:20 (emphasis added)

3 “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” 2 Nephi 32:3 (emphasis added)