Anthony_van_Dyck_-_Suffer_Little_Children_to_Come_Unto_Me,_c._1618–20

Anthony van Dyck, Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

There is no scripture reading assigned today. Use this day to catch up as needed and ponder the supplemental reading.

For Younger Missionaries

A Child and a Disciple

All of us who are under the baptismal covenant have promised to offer the gospel to others. Sometimes, fear of rejection or of giving offense looms before us like an impassable obstacle. Yet some members clear that barrier with ease. I have observed them carefully in my travels…. I know a man who travels almost every week in his work. On any day there are missionaries somewhere in the world teaching someone he met. There is another man who seems undeterred by how many he must speak to before any of them wish to be taught by the missionaries. He doesn’t count the cost in his effort but only the happiness of those whose lives are changed.

There is no single pattern in what they do. There is no common technique. Some always carry a Book of Mormon to give away. Others set a date to find someone for the missionaries to teach. Another has found questions which draw out feelings about what matters most in life to a person. Each has prayed to know what to do. They each seem to get a different answer, suited especially to them and to the people they meet.

But in one way they are all alike. It is this: they have a common way of seeing who they are. They can do what they have been inspired to do because of who they are. To do what we are to do, we will have to become like them in at least two ways. First, they feel that they are the beloved children of a loving Heavenly Father. Because of that they turn to Him easily and often in prayer. They expect to receive His personal direction. They obey in meekness and humility, as the children of a perfect parent. He is close to them.

Second, they are the grateful disciples of the resurrected Jesus Christ. They know for themselves that the Atonement is real and necessary for all. They have felt cleansed through baptism by those in authority and the receipt of the Holy Ghost for themselves. And because of the peace they have experienced, they are like the sons of Mosiah, “desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble”(Mos. 28:3) (Henry B. Eyring, “A Child and a Disciple,” Ensign, May 2003).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA


The Book of Mormon
Testifies of Christ

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Lessons I Learned as a Boy

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • What made the older boy decide to put the silver dollar in the shoes?
  • Are you always compassionate to those in need?
  • Can you imagine how grateful the boys were for making the right choice?
  • What was the warm feeling they had as they walked home?

 

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