Often in the LDS church we refer to the concept of having witnesness. We have witnesses for baptisms, there were witness of The Book of Mormon when the church was being established in the latter days. We even have the testimony of the three witnesses printed in our copies of the standard works. Witnesses are important, they help to validate and reinforce the truth of stated doctrine and principles. Often, we find accounts of multiple witnesses in the scriptures. This past week as I read in 2 Nephi 11, the following verse stuck out to me:
3 And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words.
Here, it mentions that the word of God shall be established “by the words of three”. This got me to thinking about missionary work. Missionaries often bear witness of the truthfulness of the gosepel to those who are begining to learn about our teachings. I thought “Well, missionary work is the greatest work of the latter days, surely God would not leave his work to companionships of two young men if he wants to convert people to the gospel of Jesus Christ”. Shortly thereafter, I learned that there are three witnesses bearing truth of the gospel when the missionaries are teaching a lesson. There are the two people in the room you can see, and then a third, unseen, but very much there, presence. The Holy Ghost is there to testify of truth. God’s work is in fact coming out by the words of three witnesses.
I think it is important that as we all are member missionaries, we all need to teach with the spirit. And to those, such as my self, preparing to serve a mission, I would encourage you to remember that as you both learn and teach, the Spirit will be with you to guide and direct your actions, that they may be for the benefit of others.