Have you ever wondered how the apostles are able to come up with their amazing talks for General Conference? Not to mention, these guys speak to thousands of members in other meetings. If only there were a secret formula to creating the perfect sacrament talk to blow your ward away when the bishop asks you to take up those 10 minutes. (Insert cheesy infomercial music) Now, THERE IS!
Introducing…The Gift of THE SPIRIT! You heard right folks! That’s all it takes! That is the secret sauce!
Bring to Your Memory
Whether you’ve had weeks to prepare or if you are jotting down a few things the morning before, The Holy Ghost is the key ingredient. John 14:26 says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
All the scriptures you have studied, Conference talks you have heard, and experiences you have been through are all being stored. Heavenly Father has guided your life through challenging and wonderful times. All of that is up in your head, ready to be shared and The Holy Ghost is going to be there to dig it out of your memory!
Have you ever wondered why you have it up there? TO BE SHARED! You have 10 minutes to help somebody in the congregation. The only way you can do that is if you share with the Spirit.
Inviting the Spirit
Elder Bednar came and spoke at a missionary conference in South America while I was serving there. He explained that he always prayed before he spoke that the Spirit would be the teacher. Ever since then, I always notice that whenever he speaks, he always begins with something like “I’m happy to be here. It is my prayer that the Holy Ghost will [guide my words/be the teacher/do the teaching, etc.].” It happens every time! Now you won’t be able to un-hear it!
While you’re sitting on the stand, instead of nervously reviewing your notes, try focusing on the sacrament. Think of our Savior. Repent and renew your covenants. Guess what? You get the promise of “having the Spirit to be with you!” Look over the congregation and pick out the faces of those ward members you might not know and the ones you do know. You may not know their circumstance, but there are universal trials everyone seems to face. Divorce, death of a loved one, financial troubles, and wayward children are just a few common examples.
Maybe YOU are facing a trial in your life. How would you want to feel during a talk? Your number one goal should not be to give a talk about the importance of food storage, but to make someone in that congregation feel loved by their Savior. Now go be the Lord’s mouthpiece! You aren’t doing the talking- the Spirit is.