30th March 2022
Teaching with The Spirit In D&C 50 verses 13-14, 17-22 it says: 13 Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question-unto what were ye ordained?
At first, I felt relieved. It felt good to just relax. We got along great, laughed a lot, one P day we left our area boundaries to play golf (something Ricciardi would have considered a sin AND it was against mission rules to leave your area without permission). I started not sleeping well because I knew we were not doing the right thing. I was pressing this Elder (who was the senior companion) about street contacting, going to the local schools in the afternoon etc. He just wanted to take it easy. We had long lunches, we “hung out” at members' homes, we changed P days on occasion to accommodate site seeing. By the end of our first month I felt sick.
I'm not trying to take credit here, but when transfer day came, I was transferred from Loughborough to Birmingham
I realized that Ricciardi's influence, which I was so happy to get out from under, was now in me. I knew what the right thing to do was. Soon enough my senior companion and I began to not get along. We began fighting (not literally, but verbally). One night after companion prayer, as we were going to bed, I went to his bedside and asked the Elder why he thought we were not getting along. He said “You are way too uptight Elder. Ricciardi must have brainwashed you or something”. I told him that we got along initially because we were both relaxing together. But we were not getting along now because one of us wanted to work harder, and one of us didn't. I told him that if I was the one in the wrong to simply let me know.
He agreed that we had essentially taken a month off. The next day our vigor for the work returned. This Elder thanked me for being able to share my frustrations effectively. I had used Ricciardi's conversation https://hookupdate.net/jpeoplemeet-review/ word for word. Whenever you are not getting along with your companion, ask yourself “who of us wants to do right in this companionship.
A few weeks into my companionship with Elder Ricciardi, I was ready to be the lead in teaching a discussion. I was nervous. We were teaching a family. The husband was a very articulate knowledgeable man. During the discussion, I really felt what I thought was the spirit. I say “thought” because it is a big challenge of a missionary to decipher if you are actually feeling the spirit, or if you just happened to be in a good mood. You know...you might have received a really awesome letter from home that morning, breakfast tasted especially good, your uncle sent extra money.
Who knows the reason, but there is still personal doubt as a new/experienced missionary as to what would cause the kind of euphoric good feelings you might have while teaching someone the gospel. Anyhow, we reached a point in the discussion where I spoke about the First Vision. Deep emotion came over me as I recounted the story. Elder Ricciardi looked at me and I could tell he wanted me to identify the spirit that was there in our discussion, Ricciardi was feeling it too. Again doubts cropped into my mind, but I looked at the husband and said “the spirit is here with us, confirming the truthfulness of the things we are saying. How do you feel right now? You have a nice story to tell, it is interesting”.