Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Content by Lorren Lemmons
Today, my husband gave away a Book of Mormon to his coworker.
We’re moving out of state this week, and for months, my husband has felt the pull to share his testimony with this friend. Finally, his very last time on the military base where they worked together, he gave it to him. I could hear the nervousness in my husband’s voice as he described their conversation, but as he finished, he said, “My coworker has more faith than most people I talk to. Maybe he just needs the desire to try.”
President Uchtdorf mentions in his talk that missionary work can be intimidating. It’s so scary to present our treasured beliefs to a vulnerable place where they could be trampled on or rejected. I once taught a lesson in Relief Society about sharing the Gospel. At the end, I left a small stack of Books of Mormon on the table and challenged the sisters to take one and give it away if they felt prompted to by the Spirit. I was heartbroken when, once the lesson was over, I went back to the table and not one person had taken a book.
I think sometimes we equate our ability to do missionary work with our “success rate.” We are waiting for that golden investigator, the person who is already searching for the Gospel, and all they need is for us to drop it gleaming into their open hands. But that hasn’t been my experience.
Sharing the Gospel doesn’t come naturally to me. I hate rejection; I always take it way too personally and obsess about it for days. It’s taken prayer and faith for me to give away Books of Mormon and invite friends to church. And guess what? I haven’t gotten any yeses. While my friends have all been gracious and appreciative when at my invitations, and while we have had some good conversations, I don’t have a picture with my arms around a friend dressed in white with wet hair and a post-baptismal glow. I don’t know if the Books of Mormon I highlighted and inscribed with my deepest held beliefs were thrown away.
What I do know, though, is this: I love my Savior, and I love this Gospel. Despite my nervousness and imperfections, I will keep holding out my hands, offering the thing that gives me hope to those I love.
FAITH IN ACTION
Elder Uchtdorf challenges us to find "natural and normal" ways to share the Gospel with others.
Pray to find an opportunity to share something about the Gospel in a natural and normal way this week.
Act on the suggestions from Elder Uchtdorf. Download the worksheet to help identify ways you can do so!
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In Luke 15, the Savior teaches of Heavenly Father’s joy when the lost are found through three parables—the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. His love for all of His children are evident, and we know He wants all of us to return to live with Him—it is his greatest purpose!
"For this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Moses 1:39
Elder Uchtdorf encourages us to “fill [our] heart with love for others.” How can you follow the example of the Father in caring deeply for every person? How can you minister to those who are lost?”
“Laugh with them Rejoice with them. Weep with them. Respect them. Heal, lift, and strengthen them.
“Strive to emulate the love of Christ and have compassion for others—even to those who are unkind to you, who mock you and wish to cause you harm. Love them and treat them as fellow children of Heavenly Father.” –Elder Uchtdorf
Regardless of where your ministering sisters are in their spiritual development, you have the blessing of sharing the Gospel with them through your ministering efforts.
As you pray for and serve your ministering sisters, keep Elder Uchtdorf’s five suggestions in mind. Keep close to the Lord through praying for your sisters and keeping the Spirit in your life. Let your heart fill with love for them as you serve them. Strive to live worthily so you can have the Spirit guide you as you minister to them. Share what you’re learning and what you feel prompted to discuss. And finally, have faith that the Lord will guide your efforts and bless your ministering sisters.