How You Make Them Feel

“People will not remember what you say, but they will remember how you make them feel.”

As missionaries, this quote applies so well to our teaching. The words we say are not important if the people we are teaching cannot feel the spirit. I can tell you the exact words that brought me to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints only because they were spoken by President Uchtdorf, and they were easily accessible on LDS.org. Not all people are as lucky. Some people might not be able to tell you what the missionary said that brought them to the church because it is not the missionary that does it. It is God.

“That afternoon Elder Hollings and Elder Ganaparam went to visit a Church member and her mother. The mother wanted to learn about the Church because she had seen how the gospel blessed the life of her daughter. Sister Funk joined them to provide fellowship. Because the lesson would be taught in English and the mother spoke only Telugu, a brother in the branch was there to interpret what was taught.

Elder Hollings’s assignment in his very first teaching appointment was to teach the First Vision, using the words of the Prophet Joseph. At that point in the lesson, he turned to Sister Funk and asked, “Should I say it word for word?” knowing it would be interpreted.

She replied, “Say it word for word so the Spirit can testify of what you say.”

When this new missionary sincerely taught the First Vision, using the words of the Prophet, the countenance of that dear sister changed. Tears appeared. As Elder Hollings finished that glorious message and before what he said could be interpreted, she asked through her tears in her native language, “May I be baptized? And will you teach my son?” (Called of Him to Declare His Word-Elder Funk)”

That woman could not understand what Elder Hollings was saying, but she could feel the spirit testify of the truth that he was speaking. When asked about her conversion later she will not talk about what the elder was saying, she will talk about what she felt in that moment.

Doctrine and Covenants 50:17-18

Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
And if it be by some other way it is not of God.

The people that we teach must feel the spirit when we teach otherwise we are not teaching the things that God wants us to teach. Missions strengthen young men and young women and make them more sensitive to the promptings of the spirit. I invite you all to set goals that will help you come closer to the spirit so that you can recognize the promptings more easily and say the things that someone around you needs to hear.

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