Good morning everyone! It’s been a long week, but it’s been good! We’re still moving forward and on schedule for our friend getting baptized this coming Sunday and we could not be more excited! I know some of you have asked if we will be broadcasting the baptism, but I’m not sure if we will be. I can write about it next week though! It’s always super fun when you guys come to “Singing With The Sisters” and “Study Togethursday” (Sunday and Thursday Facebook live @8 EDT). It’s so wonderful to hear from you guys and either study with you or sing songs you enjoy! My companion and I love it so much when you guys join us, even briefly!
This week we had a mission tour and for a few days and we were able to hear from Elder Russell E. Bennett of the Seventy. It was an amazing opportunity to listen to what he had to say for our mission and what we were taught in regards to missionary work. What he shared with us and in turn what we practiced in our missionary service those few days brought so many miracles and blessings to each of our areas and I am excited to keep using what we learned to be more effective in our work for helping members share the gospel and teaching the people they love. What an amazing experience it has been!
So today I wanted to write a bit about missionary service that YOU do. The kind that doesn’t require a special name tag. I have learned more and more throughout the last few weeks that one of our biggest roles as missionaries is to help members of The Church with THEIR work in sharing the gospel. And as we’ve focused more on their work, I have felt an increase of love and unity for each member we work with. It is our work too, and it is every baptized member’s work. It doesn’t take being a scholar of the scriptures to share the gospel. We share simple truths and bear our testimonies when we share the gospel. In Come Follow Me this year while we studied Doctrine and Covenants sections 30-36, a specific phrase stuck out to me that I love. It says, “…if you know enough to accept the restored gospel by baptism, you know enough to share it with others.” This particular week of Come Follow Me, we learned about how early saints not even more than 6 months after being baptized, were called to serve and preach the gospel. It stands out to me because as missionaries, we aren’t called because we know everything about the scriptures or because we can convince people, but because we have a “desire(s) to serve” and “are called to the work.” (D&C 4:3).
I believe we are all called to share the gospel, simply because we believe it to be true. I encourage you to remember why you were baptized and what simple truths you have learned since that time.
In a talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks in the October 2016 General Conference, he talks about steps members can take to fulfilling the call as Christians to share the gospel:
…we can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others. This is different than praying for the missionaries or praying for what others can do. We should pray for what we can do personally. When we pray, we should remember that prayers for this kind of inspiration will be answered if accompanied by a commitment—something the scriptures call ‘real intent’ or ‘full purpose of heart.’ Pray with a commitment to act upon the inspiration you receive, promising the Lord that if He will inspire you to speak to someone about the gospel, you will do it.Sharing the Restored Gospel, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
First, I want to say, thank you so much to all of you who pray for missionaries, our safety, and our success. Your prayers are much appreciated and needed! Elder Oaks is inviting us to do more! What can you do? What can you share? Think about what blessings you have received from making covenants at baptism. How would your life be different without the restored gospel in your life? Now with that in mind, who do you know that you love and care about that you would want to have these blessings, these differences in their lives? If you can think of someone, anyone, take action! And you are not alone in this work! Missionaries are in your area to help YOU. We want to help YOU in your efforts to share the gospel. As my companion and I keep saying, “Just do it!“
If that takes more faith, don’t forget President Nelson’s invitation this past conference to “…act in faith. What would you do if you had more faith? Think about it. Write about it. Then receive more faith by doing something that requires more faith.“
All of you have an amazing ability to create a change in someone’s life. It is okay if someone you have invited to receive the gospel does not want to accept it. You can continue to love and serve them as Jesus would. Something I’ve begun to notice in learning more about Christ’s Earthly ministry, is that He did not only teach those that had accepted or would accept His gospel. He taught, ministered and served everyone. He performed miracles where there was faith.
This is the example we have been given. To share what we know and to invite all to “come and see” (see Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf).
There are so many invitations I could extend this week, but I will focus on one. Pray to have a desire to share the gospel, and ponder how your life would be different if you had not accepted the gospel into you life.
If anyone reading this is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I invite you to pray about what you could do to invite others to learn about Christ. We don’t have to be part of the same church to testify of Christ. Who is He to you? And if you want to learn more about who He is to us, I invite you to visit comeuntochrist.org.
If you want to learn more about how you can share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, take a look at Gospel Library (Play Store | App Store) and on the home page, go to the bottom and explore the “Sharing The Gospel” section. It is an amazing tool, and I wish I had known about it sooner!
That’s all for my “spiritual rant” this week!
As always, I love you all, and I love to hear from you guys! You all are amazing! Sorry about the lack of funny stories this week! (Though we did spam our neighbor on his birthday. That was pretty funny lol) 🤣