My reaction when I hear the topic is missionary work? Ugh. Missionary work. And I start looking for an exit that I can slip out either figuratively or literally. Missionary work is not my strong suit. Never has been.
That’s why I never wanted to serve a mission. That’s also why I was surprised when I ended up serving a mission. To be honest, I was not a very good missionary. Or, to use the term we learned at the MTC, I was “less effective.”
It’s because I am a literal soul. So when I hear things or methods of success I tend to copy the routine or the rules. I typically leave out personal touches or circumstances. What works for you may not work for me because, well, I am me not you. It’s that simple.
My approach now is much more low key and a lot more me. I figure if I live the gospel and discuss the things that are important to me then opportunities will arise naturally. If I’m living a happy, peaceful life people are going to notice in this day and age. And if it piques their curiosity I’ll be ready to answer.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf