How a mission prepared President Ballard for life

President Ballard discusses how his testimony was strengthened while serving as a young missionary in England and preaching the gospel.

President M. Russell Ballard received a firm testimony of the existence of Jesus Christ and of His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while serving as a young missionary. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, who were also apostles serving as missionaries in England, joined President Ballard in returning to England as the Quorum of the Twelve’s acting president. As he stood in Nottingham Square, he thought back on his time as the president of the Nottingham District, as well as the street gatherings he oversaw there and the hecklers that disrupted them.

“I was 18, 19 when I arrived here, and I thought I knew the gospel,” he said. “But I didn’t.”

In this video, titled “My Preparation,” President Ballard shares his memories of missionary work and the testimony he gained.

“I think in the process of sharing the gospel message here in this market place is where my own personal testimony started to become solidified in my heart and in my mind,” he said.

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