I’ve had some good experiences this week, many of them having to do with prayer or feeling the spirit testify of Christ. A member of the ward that I am serving in recently returned from his mission in London. In his homecoming talk, he spoke of missionary work. He read from the book of John when Christ appears to the apostles on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He gives Peter three commandments: feed my lambs, feed my sheep, feed my sheep. Peter went on to become a powerful and fearless preacher of the gospel. Because he loved Christ, he spent his life feeding the young, in age and testimony, the ones, such as the man on the temple steps, and the many early Christians as well as generations that followed. He then spoke of the calling we each have as members of the church to share the gospel in all places that we are in. He then shared this story that he heard on his mission:
Two men that had recently died sat waiting outside of the door to the room where they would be judged. As you could imagine, they were nervous and unsure what to expect. The first man’s name was called and he walking into the small room. The man inside invited him to sit down and asked him a simple question. “Who is Jesus Christ?” The man thought for a moment and then he said, “Jesus Christ lived in Judah and he performed many miracles. He also called his twelve apostles and sent them to preach the gospel through the word. His gift to us was the atonement that allows us to return to God and be resurrected” The man nodded and said, “Those are many of the things that Christ did while on the earth but who was he?” “Ah” said the man, “If you put it that way, Christ was the creator of the world. He led the children of God and guided them through his prophets. Jesus Christ also restored his church through the prophet Joseph Smith and gave his people many blessings through the temples”. “Thank you”, said the man, “you may leave”. The second man then entered the room. As soon as he saw the man, he fell to his knees. “My Lord and my God!” he cried.
I am not saying this is what the judgement will be like, but it illustrates a point that I have learned on my mission. It is not enough to just know about Jesus Christ, we must know Him and, through Him, the Father. We must do His work so that when He comes in His glory will see Him, and we will be like Him. I know that Christ lives. He loves and serves us to this day. He has asked us to be His hands, and as we, as said by Elder Holland this last conference, do what we can, our love for others will grow until we truly feel the pure love of Christ burning in our chests. Look for the opportunities to serve that are in your way, they will help you to bring others closer to Christ.
I love you all. Have a good week!
Elder J Billings