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'A loving and happy Latter-day Saint life'

"Surely there is no more powerful missionary message we can send to this world than the example of a loving and happy Latter-day Saint life," Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve said during the April 2001 general conference.

"The manner and bearing, the smile and kindness of a faithful member of the Church brings a warmth and an outreach which no missionary tract or videotape can convey. People do not join the Church because of what they know. They join because of what they feel, what they see and want spiritually. Our spirit of testimony and happiness in that regard will come through to others if we let it. As the Lord said to Alma and the sons of Mosiah, 'Go forth . . . that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.'

"A young returned missionary sister from Hong Kong told me recently that when she and her companion asked an investigator if she believed in God, the woman replied, 'I didn't until I met a member of your church and observed how she lived.' What exemplary missionary work! Asking every member to be a missionary is not nearly as critical as asking every member to be a member! Thank you for living the gospel."

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