James Tissot, The Transfiguration, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription.


D&C 84:45–53

For Younger Missionaries


  • When we share truths that have gospel origins, should we not, as Jesus, acknowledge the source of those truths?
  • When we let the light of the Spirit shine through us at work, how can it draw others unto the Lord? If we do not share our light, how will the darkness be pierced?

Sharing the Gospel at Work

Because work is where we can most readily meet and engage in conversations about the gospel, Satan is very committed to stop this from happening. To convey how Satan stands in our way, I’ll … [recount] a “conversation” I had with Satan or one of his colleagues. Don’t be alarmed—every time Satan tempts us, we’re having a conversation of sorts, as he speaks to our spirit trying to convince us to do something wrong, and our spirit says in turn that we are not going to do what he suggested. I have, with apologies to the renowned Christian author C. S. Lewis, attempted to replicate the style of his wonderful book The Screwtape Letters. It is a “conversation” in our minds that occurs many times every day between members of the Church and the demon who is trying to convince us not to do what is right. I’ll give this particular adversary the name “Sharpfork.”

“Wait a minute,” I thought to Sharpfork. “What you’re telling me is that when I’m at work, I should not talk to anybody about my beliefs. It isn’t politically correct, and people will be offended if I do. Religion must be a private affair. Do I have it right?”

“Clay, you have it exactly right,” Sharpfork responded.

“But Jesus Christ wants me to share His gospel with everybody—including those at work!”

“Of course He wants this,” Sharpfork retorted. “Who wouldn’t?”

“Well, the problem is this,” I complained. “Suppose that I follow your advice, and don’t talk to anyone about the gospel at work. For sixty hours each week (five days times twelve hours, including commuting), you are putting missionary work out of bounds. Right? The problem then is that on Saturday I’m supposed to spend that time with my family, and they are all Mormons. And on Sunday I spend my time with my family and at church, where everybody is a Mormon. So what you’re saying to me is that except for those seven days every week, I can share the gospel with others. Do I have it right?”

“Exactly,” Sharpfork answered. “That is the beauty of it!”

Although most of us have not framed it as such, almost all of us have had this conversation—and this, in turn, causes us to feel that we face a paradox, knowing that sharing the gospel with others would please the Lord, and yet not seeing a way to do it (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 51–52).


The Hope of God’s Light


Build an Ark


  • How is being a missionary like Noah building the ark?
  • What can you do to be as prepared as Noah?
  • Isn’t it interesting that the Lord wanted two of every kind of animal? Do you think the Lord likes diversity?
  • Is it also good to have all kinds of people in the church?


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