6 September 2013
This is what I learned from Clinton Day today. He served his mission
in Uruguay from 1959 until 1961. Thomas J. Fyans was his mission
president. Elder Day had great success as a missionary with 106
baptisms during the two and a half years he served.
He says the secret of his success came to him quite by accident.
Soon after he was called as a district president, at a certain
baptismal service he invited one missionary to speak on the meaning
of baptism and give his testimony. Next Elder Day spoke about the
meaning of the Gift of the Holy Ghost and bore his testimony. Then
he turned to the young man who was to be baptized and said, “Now it
is your turn,” meaning “your turn…. to be baptized.” The young man
interpreted the meaning as his turn to bear his testimony. He stood
and bore his testimony.
This young man’s testimony had a powerful effect on those who were
attending the baptismal service who were his non-member friends and
relatives. Elder Day says that instead of those missionaries who
might have seemed something like polished sales people, the humble
testimony of one the people they knew well was much more powerful.
It penetrated the hearts of those who heard him.
After the service many came up to Elder Day with questions and he
told them he couldn’t respond then, but he made appointments to meet
them later at their homes. Realizing the impact of a new convert’s
testimony, he made that a part of every baptismal service from then
on. That he said was the key to the success he experienced as a