1. A knowledge of and love for God our Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ
2. A knowledge of and love for the scriptures, the word of the Lord
John 17:3- "And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
3. An increased love for parents
"As a missionary, I read each evening before going to bed a few chapters of the Book of Mormon, and there came into my heart a conviction which has never left: that this is the word of God, restored to the earth by the power of the Almighty, translated by the gift and power of God...I thank the Lord for the testimony which I have of the truth of the word of God as found in these sacred revealed books..."
4. A love for the people among whom they labor
"Boys who have been careless and indifferent stand on their feet and with tears in their eyes thank the Lord for their fathers and their mothers. In this day what a salutary and wonderful thing it is to hear a strong young man stand up and speak with great feeling concerning his father and his mother, saying things he would never have said before in all of his life."
5. An appreciation for hard work (Yes... I think they really get this point!)
"There is something wrong if a missionary doesn't come back with a great love for the people among whom he labored."
6. The assurance that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is available to each of us when we live for it (I hope that they never forget this one!)
"...There is no substitute for work, for getting up in the morning and getting at it and staying with it to get the job done."
7. An understanding of the importance of teamwork
D&C 121:26- "God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost..."
8. The value of personal virtue
2 Corinthians 13:1- "...In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
9. The faith to act
D&C 121:45- "...and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God..."
10. The humility to pray
1 Nephi 3:7- "...I will go and do the things that the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
"...no matter how good a man is, he not good enough, no matter how wise he is, he is not wise enough, no matter how strong he is, he is not strong enough for all of the things which he will face in life...there is a source of power to which he can go with the assurance that he will be listened to and that there will be a response."Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Message: Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field," New Era, Mar 2007
|Elder Kohler: Respected among missionaries!|
|(Yes... the A.P.'s taking the picture made us laugh!)|