They Fasted Much and Prayed Much – Alma 17:9-11

9 And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and prayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
10 And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted.
11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

As the sons of Mosiah and their associates traveled to the land of the Lamanites, each of them desired to be “an instrument in the hands of God.” They knew that they could only teach with power if they had the companionship of the Spirit of the Lord. So “they fasted much and prayed much” that they might have the Spirit with them.
Through the Spirit, they received additional instructions in preparation for their teaching. They would be afflicted and would suffer. By facing these difficulties with patience, they would teach the gospel by example. They were promised that, as they followed this counsel, they would be successful bringing many people to salvation.
Today, I will prepare for teaching opportunities by seeking the Spirit of the Lord. I will recognize that I can’t predict what will happen in a given teaching situation, and so I need the guidance of the Spirit both during my preparation and while I am teaching. I will also remember that my example may teach more than my words.
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