|Napoli Zone - July 2015|
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At the beginning of each Zone Conference, one of the missionaries is assigned to read a section of the Missionary Handbook and tell why it is important.
“He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth,
the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.”
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Language is one of your most powerful tools. Be conscious of how you speak, and strive for humility, dignity, and simplicity in your language. Refined, dignified language will clearly identify you as a servant of the Lord.
Avoid slang and inappropriately casual language, even in your apartment with your companion or in letters to your family. Show respect for others by using appropriate language, including correct forms of the word you in cultures where that is important.
Express your respect for Heavenly Father by using the language of prayer appropriate in the language you are speaking. The power of prayer follows different forms in different languages. Some languages have intimate or familiar words used only in addressing family and very close friends. Other languages have forms of address that express great respect, such as words used only when speaking to a king or other person of high rank. The principle, however, is generally the same. We should always pray to Heavenly Father in words that speakers of the specific language associate with love, respect, reverence, and closeness.
Also express respect for others by the way you refer to them. Refer to other missionaries, including your companion, as “Elder” or “Sister” and their surnames, not by their first names, nicknames, or surnames alone. Refer to missionary leaders by their correct titles (such as district leader), not by abbreviations or slang forms. Address Church leaders by their titles, such as “Bishop” or “President.” Address members and investigators as “Brother” or “Sister” with their surnames.
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|The Assistants showed up in look-a-like suits.|