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James Tissot, The Calling of St. John and St. Andrew,
Brooklyn Museum, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

John 1:29-39
1 Peter 3:12-15
3 Nephi 18:24-25

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • How might we use the invitation “come and see” in our ministry?
  • How did John transition his disciples to Christ? Can we do this with our friends?
  • Are you prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks the source of your hope or happiness?

IT’S A MIRACLE

[A]s surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries. You already know them or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school, and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle….

With the confusion and commotion of today’s world, it’s not surprising that fewer people are attending their places of worship. Although many want to be closer to God and to better understand the purpose of life, they have unanswered questions. Many have hearts open to the truth, but as the prophet Amos described, “they [are running] to and fro [seeking] the word of the Lord, and [cannot] find it” (Amos 8:12). You can help answer their questions. In your everyday conversations you can add to their faith in Christ.

The Savior said: “Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up” (3 Nephi 18:24).

I promise you, as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt, and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles.

The Savior taught us how to share the gospel. I like the story of Andrew, who asked, “Master, where dwellest thou?” Jesus could have responded with the location of where He lived. But instead He said to Andrew, “Come and see.” I like to think that the Savior was saying, “Come and see not only where I live but how I live. Come and see who I am. Come and feel the Spirit.” We don’t know everything about that day, but we do know that when Andrew found his brother Simon, he declared, “We have found … the Christ” (John 1:38–41).

To those who show an interest in our conversations, we can follow the Savior’s example by inviting them to “come and see.” Some will accept our invitation, and others will not. We all know someone who has been invited several times before accepting an invitation to “come and see.” Let’s also think about those who once were with us but who now we rarely see, inviting them to come back and see once more.

We respect each person’s choice and timing. The Lord said, “Let every man choose for himself” (D&C 37:4). A person’s lack of interest need not diminish our bonds of friendship and love. Whether or not the invitation is accepted as you invite others to “come and see,” you will feel the approval of the Lord and, with that approval, an added measure of faith to share your beliefs again and again….

Pray to your Heavenly Father. This is His sacred work. He will guide you in what to do. He will open doors, remove roadblocks, and help you overcome obstacles. The Lord declared, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, … and none shall stay them” (D&C 1:4–5).

I testify that “the voice of the Lord [shall be] unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear.” It’s a miracle. It is a miracle (Neil L. Andersen, “It’s a Miracle,” Ensign, May 2013).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Follow Me, and I Will
Make You Fishers of Men

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Samuel Smith’s Mission

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • What if Samuel Smith had given up when he was treated so unkindly?
  • How did Samuel Smith’s work have such great results–even though he thought he had failed?

 

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