Caravaggio_-_The_Incredulity_of_Saint_Thomas

Michelangelo Merisi o Amerighi da Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas, [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

Matthew 28:18-20
D&C 18:10-18

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • What is the connection between the fact that all power is given to Christ (Matt. 28:18) and that we, “therefore,” are to go out and teach and baptize (Matt. 28:19)?
  • Note the promises and support in D&C 18:10–18: we have His gospel, His rock, and His salvation; we shall have the Holy Ghost with us; we have the promise of unimaginable joy. How can we doubt or dwindle about declaring His word?

THE POWER OF EVERYDAY MISSIONARIES—
We Cannot Predict and Should Not Judge

[I]n most cases we don’t need to transform our relationships into deeper friendships as a prerequisite to inviting others to learn about the gospel. For most of our neighbors, classmates, work associates, store clerks, and those riding on the same bus, this was not necessary.

Full-time missionaries, for example, don’t wait to become friends with their contacts. They talk with everyone. A relationship of trust is built when they have the chance to teach. Over the past 20 years, we have observed no correlation between the depth of a relationship and the probability that a person will be interested in learning about the gospel. But the reverse is almost always true: Everyone who accepts an invitation becomes a closer friend, regardless of whether or not he or she ultimately accepts baptism. We have also learned that even when people decline our invitations, they are not offended if they can feel our love and God’s love when we invite them to learn about Christ’s gospel. They typically have expressed gratitude that we cared enough about them to want to share something so personal and important (Clayton M. and Christine Quinn Christensen, “Seven Lessons on Sharing the Gospel,” Ensign, Feb. 2005, 37-38).

You Really Can’t Predict Who Is Ready

Many years ago in a semi-rural setting while living across from two neighbors, we focused on befriending one of the families—a traditional family, great kids, values oriented, their daughter was a great babysitter for us, and we developed a good friendship. We were surprised that over the years they never accepted our friendly invitations to participate in our faith or church activities, in spite of a good relationship. We remained friends.

Next to them lived a family where the father was an alcoholic, where disputes and yelling were frequent, where the older daughter proved to not be a reliable babysitter, and where in general things were always chaotic.

Long story short: the wife/mother of the chaotic family asked her home daycare provider about a picture of the temple in her entry way, and she and her kids joined the church. The husband/father never did, and in fact divorced his wife, who remarried a member of a bishopric in a nearby town in the temple. The younger children remained active and went to BYU. We became good friends of the family before they moved away, and we were blessed for knowing them—once we saw in them what our Father saw in them.

So we made assumptions about who was “ready and likely” to hear the gospel and totally ignored the family that was most ready—and wanted it most….

I am working hard now to assume that ANY person might be the one the Lord wants me to invite, no matter what other first impressions I might have about them (David from Oregon, “You Really Can’t Predict Who Is Ready,” The Power of Everyday Missionaries, http://www.everydaymissionaries.org/you-really-cant-predict/ [accessed Dec 7, 2013]).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

The Lord of the Harvest—
The Adams Family

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


The Shiny Bicycle

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • Isn’t repentance wonderful? Do you know there are a lot of people who do not know how to repent? How could you help them learn?
  • How much better would the world be if everyone knew how to repent and return to happiness?

 

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