Sharing the Gospel is Hard…

Do you know what’s funny to me? When people talk about how they have to build friendships before they can share the gospel, and then I think to myself, “Imagine if all the missionaries in the world built friendships with people before sharing the gospel with them. Imagine if Jesus Christ built friendships before sharing the gospel with people.” Sharing the gospel is not scary.

About sharing the gospel President George Albert Smith said, “That is your mission, my brethren and sisters of the Church, that is your responsibility. Freely you have received and our Heavenly Father will expect you freely to share with His other sons and daughters these glorious truths….We will attain our exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom only on the condition that we share with our Father’s other children the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and observe the commandments that will enrich our lives here and hereafter.”

Let’s focus on the really scary part of sharing the gospel: OUR EXALTATION IS DEPENDENT ON IT! I understand how sharing the gospel is terrifying. Trying to tell people about something that you love and not knowing how they will respond. It’s hard, but not impossible. Heavenly Father never tells us to do anything that is impossible. We are taught that Jesus Christ set the example for us when he was baptized, though sinless. Could this not extend to him also setting the example for preaching the gospel.

I am not saying that you should go out and knock on doors and invite everyone to church (although actually yeah you should definitely do that) but also just start with simple conversation.

Friend:What did you do this weekend?

You: Oh I hung out with the kids and on Sunday my family and I went to church and we had a really great lesson on….

We, the missionaries of the Montana Billings Mission, call that an OYM (open your mouth): a genuine attempt to turn the conversation to the gospel. You have started a gospel conversation and it is up to them if they will allow you to talk more about your church experience. You have invited them to hear more in a way. This is a great start, and can lead to many people hearing about the church in a positive way.

I invite each of you this week to start gospel conversations. OPEN YOUR MOUTHS! Heavenly Father made them and He can help you say the right words. I love each of you, and I love this Church and this gospel, but most importantly I love my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ who have given me this opportunity to share the things I know to be true.

 “After all that has been said, [our] greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel”-Joseph Smith

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Repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. What do those words mean to you? To any active Latter-Day Saint they can be recognized as the steps in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught these steps as the steps of a ladder. You start with faith which leads up to repentance which will step up to baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the last rung of the ladder is enduring to the end. But then I began to see it more as a circle because as we continually step forward we must always have faith and repent and remember our baptism and confirmation by partaking of the sacrament. Enduring to the end is a continual process of the living the gospel. So, after seven months on my mission, I’ve come to see the gospel of Christ not as a ladder nor as a circle, but as both: a winding staircase. As we progress forward, though it does come back around, we go higher each time–closer to our Heavenly Father.

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Jesus Christ said that in his gospel “ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.” I’ve already once spoken about becoming as a little child, but want to talk more about it. What do I know about children? After working with children for three years I know a few things: they are honest, loving, they learn more easily, they are not as corrupted by the world as adults are, they are more ready to believe gospel truths. We must become as they are. We must be honest in our beliefs, loving towards all men, learn all that we can, strive to not be corrupted by our world, and be ready to believe gospel truths.

Why do I tell you this? Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service says that Heavenly Father “wants every one of His children to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy in His presence after this life. It is my purpose as a called and set apart servant of the Lord to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” I know that by living the gospel that I preach I can come closer to my Heavenly Father and thereby bless my family and “honor my father and mother” both earthly and Heavenly. I know that you can begin now to live this gospel: to come unto Christ, repent, be baptized, and become as a little child. I invite you to meet with missionaries wherever you are. That decision will bless your life and your family. I testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

❤ sister Myers