1 And now it came to pass that the sons of Alma did go forth among the people, to declare the word unto them. And Alma, also, himself, could not rest, and he also went forth.
2 Now we shall say no more concerning their preaching, except that they preached the word, and the truth, according to the spirit of prophecy and revelation; and they preached after the holy order of God by which they were called.
What an amazing description of missionary work! Mormon tells us much about the way Alma and his sons fulfilled their missionary responsibilities in these two short verses.
1. “Alma…could not rest.” He was anxiously engaged in the work. He had tasted the joy of sharing the gospel, and he was in the game. He simply couldn’t bring himself to retire and spend his time on less important pursuits when he could be sharing the most important message in the world.
2. “They preached…according to the spirit of prophecy and revelation.” When we are guided by the Spirit of the Lord, we have the spirit of prophecy and revelation. We need that spirit to teach God’s word, because only the Holy Ghost can carry our message to the hearts of those we teach (see 2 Nephi 33:1-2).
3. “They preached after the holy order of God.” When we do missionary work, we need to do it His way, not our way. Our goal is to be “instruments in the hands of God” (Alma 26:3) and accomplish His work, not our own. No wonder young full-time missionaries for the Church obey a strict set of rules. They become accustomed to doing things in the Lord’s way instead of their own, and as a result, they receive the power of God in their lives.
Today, I will apply these three principles in my own personal missionary efforts. I will be anxious to find opportunities to share the gospel. I will seek the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord. And I will strive to do this work in the Lord’s way, not in my own.