9 And their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done.
We meet with other members of the church regularly in order to discuss “the welfare of [our] souls,” as Moroni teaches us in verse 5. A delicate subject, no doubt, particularly because we all have some failings that we do not want to discuss with others and may not be ready to even acknowledge. No wonder that we meet in small groups, where we can get to know one another’s personalities and personalize our messages. And no wonder we need the guidance of the Spirit as we interact with each other. Any of the following activities may be needed at a given moment:
1. Preaching – Sometimes hearing the doctrines of the gospel articulated and illustrated with examples prompts us to righteous action.
2. Exhortation – Sometimes we need to be challenged to do specific things.
3. Prayer and Supplication – Although we each offer individual prayers to God, we are strengthened as we collectively express gratitude to the Lord and plead for blessings we need or desire.
4. Singing – Raising our voices in a united expression of faith and commitment can strengthen us and encourage us to make needed course corrections.