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The Gospels' Missionaries

By Ldsapologetics
Scrolling through my Facebook feed I found a YouTube clip of a man in Europe who has a show detailing the adventures he has because he says yes to everything and everyone.  As he happens upon some LDS missionaries he agrees to a second meeting with them.  And then he asks the hard questions as one who feels no draw to religion is apt to do.  He explains that his father died of cancer, and wants to know if God is so good why did that happen?  The missionaries say that we all die but that the man will see his father again.  They all pray together.  They don't show what that man says as he prays but he does say that it was a peaceful moment and it was nice to just be still for a moment.  He further adds that that moment he was able to receive closure which he expresses gratitude to those missionaries for.
But this got me thinking about what Christ expected when He sent out His disciples to preach.
Christ sent them out in pairs of two, likely for solidarity rather than a show of strength.  Those Apostles could not perform the miracles Jesus so easily did.  they asked for the power but Jesus told them they already had it, they just needed to exercise it.  They needed to have the faith that they could heal in order to heal.
"10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city." Luke 10:1-12
Jesus says much the same in  Matthew 10 but He adds a statement about the proper preparation for missionary work.
"3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them." Luke 9:3-5
And here He lays out the stakes and dangers of preaching His Gospel message.
AxmTYklsjo190QW AxmTYkl"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as dove 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
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 10:16-20
The spirit of God will speak so we need not worry about what to say.  Joseph Smith said much the same when he was sending out the first LDS missionaries. So why do we need an MTC if all we need is the spirit of God?  I was impressed with the maturity of the missionaries in the youtube clip, but it isn't just MTC sanctioned missionaries that represent what it means to be LDS/Christian, a disciple of Christ, it is each of us.
What I liked most about the YouTube clip was the Elder who said that you don't have to take my word for it, you can go to the source, to God, and recieve an answer for yourself. That may seem trite to some but for me coming back to church and to God it was a game changing idea.
When we are judgmental, when we lose our temper, when we treat others badly, when we gossip, then we are defining Mormonism for the worse.
But when we love one another as Christ loves us, when we offer to listen and more than that, when we understand, when we offer compassion, then we are defining what it means to be Mormon for the better.
These examples bolster the idea that David O. McKay had which was "Every member a missionary" because we are examples not only to non-members but to other Mormons as well.  We need not simply preach the message, we would do better to be the message.
The Gospels' Missionaries

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