Finding Joy in Sharing the Gospel by Cristina B. Franco
Content by Camille Osborn
In my Work & Wonder notebook there are only two notes I took from Sister Franco's talk. They read:
"See how I can grow into my Patriarchal Blessing."
"You can do more."
Let me tell you why that is so cool. In October 2018 General Conference, President Nelson invited the women of the church to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. In one part of the invitation he asks us to be missionaries and then promises some cool blessings. You ready? He said: "...Be intentional about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ with your families and friends. You and they will be drawn closer to the Savior through this process. And changes, even miracles, will begin to happen.”
Can you even?! Miracles?! Just from talking of Christ?! This is one thing that will forever be seared into my memory and on my heart. Not because of what was said but the changes and miracles I saw from heeding this council. Here are a couple blessings that I saw as I tried to apply this in my life.
I grew into myself. I started to recognize my own talents and spiritual gifts and use them for good. I felt seen and understood by my Savior, and encouraged by Him to shine bright and be a bold disciple of Christ.
Sharing the Gospel became easy and fluid. Like what?! I did NOT expect that, but talking of Christ soon transitioned into talking about all aspects of my faith in all different scenarios. A true miracle.
I noticed that my capacity to do “life” expanded and I felt totally capable of doing just a little bit more than I was used to doing. A big change that I was grateful for.
Sister Franco talked about how we first need to have the desire to share the gospel to be an effective missionary. Girl, if nothing else share because you too have the desire to see miracles and changes in your life. These two simple sentences I jotted down were a potent and loving reminder for me to:
1) Keep sharing my testimony in ways that feel genuine and authentic to me and
2) To increase my resolve to doing more of what matters and less of what doesn’t.
I have experienced so much JOY by teaching and testifying of Christ. I live in Utah county and used to never think I had an opportunity to share the Gospel, but now I nearly share it everyday.
How are you going to share the Gospel today? You can do this! Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you this week.
I AM STATEMENT
I am willing to share the Gospel.
FAITH IN ACTION
In Sister Franco's talk she relays this formula to sharing the Gospel. Pick ONE of these three things to work on this week.
1 | Pray for desire to share
2 | Keep the commandments
3 | Pray for inspiration
Practice sharing the gospel by testifying to your ministering sisters! Bear your testimony through a text or at your next visit.
LESSON / ACTIVITY IDEA
Role play sharing the gospel! Assign some members in your family to be missionaries and some to be non-members. Gather strips of paper and two bowls. In one bowl create potential life scenarios. (At the grocery store, waiting in line at the haircutters, picking up your pet from the groomers, etc.) In another bowl write a list of your family's favorite truths of the Gospel. (Repentance, Families can be together forever, etc) Pick one strip of paper from the bowl and have both family members read it. Then have just the "member" pick out a strip of paper from the "gospel library" and start your role play. Do it again and again until it feels natural and fun!
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