PROVO — LDS Church Elder Russell M. Nelson encouraged missionaries to open their mouths, “open your eyes and fortify your minds” during a Christmas Day devotional at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.
Thousands of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received instruction from Elder Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Wendy.
Particularly, he encouraged the missionaries to “open your eyes and fortify your minds against rumors.” One popular rumor in circulation regards missionaries who are called to one area and transferred to open the work in another formerly closed area, such as China.
“Such rumors are absolutely false. Refute them!” Elder Nelson said. “Leaders of this church enter countries new to the church through the front door. We do not go in through the back door or via the alley. Our relationships are based on honesty, openness, integrity and complete compliance with local law.”