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This week was pretty eventful, but I’d like to share just one thing that my companion and I experienced.
We met a lady while we were out dooring our second week here and told her a little about the Family. She was interested, and we set out an appointment to come back. Unfortunately our appointment fell out, and we haven’t been able to get back in contact yet. However, the cool part was what I learned while we were preparing to teach her about the family using the Book of Mormon. We picked out a couple scriptures that talked about parents teaching their children and then their children coming to the knowledge of the truth as well. (Enos thinking about the words of his father, Alma remembering that his father had spoken of Christ, the stripling warriors,etc.)
As I read in these scriptures, I realized how important it is to teach those things which are of worth. What would the use have been if Enos was thinking about what his father had said about how to take care of a bow or if the stripling warriors all knew that their mothers were good cooks. It would have done them no good when they had to decide between good and evil. The people that I meet everyday often don’t know who we are or what we teach. But if the people that we do meet with don’t understand that we are servants of God and that we are here to invite them to Christ and to help them make sacred covenants then we aren’t doing our job.
There is a talk from President Eyring that he gave last conference that talks about this subject. One sentence really stood out to me while we were reading it. It says “you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine”. What we do will show others that we “hope for a better world”. They will desire to have this great hope that we have, and they may cry in their heart, “O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death”. They will be able to find their way to God, and they will be “filled with joy as exceeding as was [their] pain”. I know that the Lord is preparing people to hear us and our testimony of Christ. When we want to share the Gospel, the Lord will put prepared People in our way so that we can bring them to Him.
I love you all. Love God and love his children.
Elder J Billings