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