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President M. Russell Ballard was serving as president of the Canada Toronto Mission when he learned one of the great lessons of missionary work.
A pair of sister missionaries were teaching a bright and prominent business executive. The man and his family loved the gospel but would not accept the invitation to be baptized.
President Ballard invited the couple to the mission home where he bore his testimony and answered every question they had. Not only did he think the man would be baptized, he envisioned him as a future bishop.
To his surprise, the sisters called back two weeks later and said the man was still undecided. President Ballard invited them back and began to repeat the process when inspiration came to try something different.
He invited the man to kneel and pray to know for himself if the missionaries were true messengers and if what they had taught was true.
“He started to say the words and broke into tears,” said the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “When you ask then God will answer. There is a great lesson in that in the way we teach.”
The essential missionary lesson was one of several President Ballard taught missionaries serving in Gilbert, Arizona, on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Church leader was accompanied by Elder Neil L. Andersen, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen.
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