Special Witness

M. Russell Ballard

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


M. Russell Ballard
From “Pure Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 2004, 42; “The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work,” Ensign, May 2003, 38, 40; “Creating a Gospel-Sharing Home,” Ensign, May 2006, 86–87.

How can I be a missionary now?

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

Members and missionaries in our day can have the experience of converting others by living our lives as best we can and being prepared “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).

Church literature or DVDs can introduce new friends to the Church. Invitations to hear a family member speak in sacrament meeting or to attend the baptismal service of a family member or to tour a meetinghouse have also been appreciated by those who are not members.

Creating a gospel-sharing home means inviting our friends and neighbors into the ongoing flow of family and Church activities.

We should exercise our faith and pray individually and as families, asking for help in finding ways to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to open the way.

Our message can only be shared—heart to heart, soul to soul, spirit to spirit—by being good neighbors and by caring and showing love.

[illustrations] Illustrations by Mark Robison