But this is not all;
they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting;
therefore they had the spirit of prophecy,
and the spirit of revelation,
and when they taught,
they taught with power and authority of God.
Personal revelation is important in everyone’s life, especially the life of a missionary. One of our missionaries was having some personal struggles. One day at a zone conference, his former trainer, who knew nothing about the struggles, asked how his former companion was doing and if he could call and talk to him. He didn’t know why he felt like he needed to talk to him. He just had an impression it was something he needed to do. It was personal revelation that he needed to do something, even if he didn’t understand it at the time. President, knowing about the struggles, gave the former companion the okay to make the call, but didn’t give him any details.
Because he acted on his impression, the former trainer was able to call and offer encouragement to the struggling missionary. The struggling missionary recognized the hand of the Lord in the timely call, received a witness that the Lord was aware of him and his struggles, and decided to stay on his mission. His testimony increased and he eventually became a trainer himself and served an honorable mission.