Most people agree that honesty is an important character attribute to possess. But how important is honesty in preaching the Gospel? And how can you become a more honest missionary?
God is Honest
While there are situations in which God prevents us from knowing truth, He is always a God of truth and cannot lie – see Ether 3:12.
The Gospel Must Be Preached by The Spirit of Truth
In D&C 50:17-18, the Lord says:
“Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? And if it be by some other way it is not of God.”
We cannot share the Gospel properly without doing so by the power of the Spirit. And we cannot have the Spirit of truth with us when we are possessed by a lying spirit – see Alma 30:42.
Honestly Sharing the Restored Gospel is Your Duty
Whether or not you are currently called as a full-time missionary, you have the responsibility as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to honestly share the Gospel with those around you, by example and by your words.
When you talk about Christ and His teachings with your family, your friends or others, you must strive to share your real feelings and thoughts, and never to mislead them in any way.
As you seek to become a more truthful and honest person, you will become a more powerful messenger of the Lord.