Recently, the missionaries asked us to participate in a ward Missionary effort. I love missionary work. I want to go on a mission. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of Christ’s gospel, yet, I still get a little scared to share it.
Regardless of my fear, our family accepted the missionary’s challenge last night.
And then, I came across the following scripture: “And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts,” (D&C 29:7).
I do not need to worry about my fears of offending others or being ridiculed. Of course I need to follow the Spirit when sharing the gospel, but I also need to remember that the Lord’s elect will hear His voice. However, I do not know exactly who the Lord’s elect are. This is why I must share the gospel liberally. As I share the gospel with others, if they are ready to hear the Lord’s voice, they will recognize the message, they will not harden their hearts, and they will accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
And another thing: the Book of Mormon.
– some background…I love all of the scriptures. Sometimes I think that, as Mormons, we do not know enough of the Bible. We seem well versed in the Book of Mormon, but we forget to study the Old Testament – with its prophecies, poetry, and law. We forget to study the New Testament – and it’s account of Christ as he lived on this earth. Because of these feelings, I often think that we need to try to share the gospel with others in a way they will understand – through the Bible.
And while the Bible is good, I realize that I must NOT be afraid to share the Book of Mormon! I need to remember that the purpose of the Book of Mormon is to persuade those who read it that Jesus is the Christ. Mormon teaches that the Book of Mormon is, “…to the convincing of Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations…” (Title Page of Book of Mormon). There is no other way to share the gospel. Of course the Bible is a big part of sharing the gospel. The Bible and Book of Mormon bear witness of one another, but I need not feel fear or the temptation to shy away from the Book of Mormon. Although many do not accept it as true scripture, it is probably because they haven’t read it. However, those who are elect, will recognize in its words, the very voice of the Lord.
I can share the gospel!
How about you? How do you overcome fear? Have you Do you have experiences to share – either your own conversion, or sharing the gospel with others?