Kathleen Hinckley and Mary Ellen Edmunds: Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words


Kathleen Hinckley and Mary Ellen Edmunds spoke about the importance of being a good example in missionary work at a Thursday session of Women’s Conference.

Both Hinckley and Edmunds encouraged those in attendance to be a positive example to those they come in contact with, no matter what their faith be. Both speakers emphasized that people can be missionaries by simply living the gospel.

Conference goers walk through campus between sessions of the 2013 Women's Conference.
Conference goers walk through campus between sessions of the 2013 Women’s Conference. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

Kathleen Hinckley was the first speaker and discussed the importance of becoming a holy woman. “Living the gospel changes us,” Hinckley said. “It’s not about what we do, but who we are.”

Hinckley then suggested three ways to become a holy woman — search the scriptures, access the Atonement and cleave to covenants. She then promised that the Lord will help people through their trials if they adhere to those three things.

Hinckley gave a number of examples of member missionaries who had found ways to share the gospel through example. “Preaching the gospel is not an activity, it is a mindset,” Hinckley said. “It has never been easier for every member to be a missionary.”

Edmunds added to Hinckley’s words and focused on how to let beliefs show through one’s countenance. “Lighthouses don’t run around looking for boats to save,” Edmunds said. “They just stand there shining.” She encouraged all to learn from and reflect the example of the Savior.

Edmunds gave the women a few ideas about how they can let their countenances shine. “Mention your experiences to others,” Edmunds said. “Share your feelings about Jesus Christ. … Do good and be good. … Share your adventures in the Church with others.” She urged those in attendance to be more aware of and welcoming to those around them.

Edmunds gave encouragement to those who have children serving as full-time missionaries. “You are doing amazing missionary work when you send your loved ones on missions.” Edmunds continued, “Our most important investigators should be our loved ones.”

Edmunds then asked everyone to remember the two great commandments, which focus on love: “Many of you are faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because someone loved you … and many of you have made a difference in someone else’s life.”

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