Your Great Adventure by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Content by Sara Anderson
I left the church when I was fifteen years old and it took me twenty years to return. When people hear about my past they inevitably want to know what it was that brought me back. Depending on the day, my answer often changes. Was it the visiting teachers who faithfully came to see my mom? Was it the bishopric who showed genuine concern and care for me after my cat was hit by a car? Was it the woman I met when her daughter was life-flighted from our neighborhood who faithfully called and invited me to church for weeks before giving up? Or was it more?
Often the ones asking me this are parents or siblings looking for that magic bullet, the essential prayer, phrase or experience they can create to help get their wayward loved one to return to the fold. But I never feel I can give them what they are asking for.
While listening to Elder Uchtdorf’s talk I realized that for all those years I was away there were faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ who gave me witness after witness that God was aware of me, He had not forsaken me and his arms were stretched out still. Every invitation, every smile, every note, text or phone call, every genuine show of love and concern and testimony shared built on each other line upon line until that perfect day when my heart was softened enough to feel, see and understand the truth.
I know that some of these efforts were not easy for some, and I know they weren’t always received the way these well-meaning brothers and sisters had intended. I testify that no missionary or ministering effort is ever wasted. I plead with you, do not be afraid to open your mouth and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you. How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of each person who did these things for me! What a blessing to be able to be that person for those around you whether they are a member or not or are ready to turn to Christ.
Share what you know in normal and natural ways.
You can talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ in your actions with and towards others. I know that as you do so your own adventure will be more grand than you could have ever imagined. Of this I testify the sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.
I AM STATEMENT
I AM committed fully to seeking God, ministering to others, and sharing my experiences!
FAITH IN ACTION
This week, share what you are learning about the gospel with someone you know in a normal and natural way.
Seek God’s direction to know who needs your kind words, your invitation, your sincere show of love and act on the promptings you receive.
LESSON / ACTIVITY IDEA
Tie in the Hobbit story by serving a second dinner and help your children pack for an adventure with a journal, pen and backpack. Then have your children share what they’ve learned from the the scriptures that week and talk about how they could share this with their friends in “normal and natural ways.” Have them write their thoughts down in their notebooks. Practice with your children through role-playing and invite your children to share what they learned with someone at school or with a friend.
"Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion." 2 Nephi 8:24-25
How are Isaiah’s encouraging words to the people of Zion a similar call to action to Elder Uchtdorf’s invitation? How can getting dressed be likened to our starting (or continuing on) our great adventure? What bands do we have on our necks that are holding us back (pride, embarrassment, fear of social rejection or rebuke)?