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Sharing the Gospel

I write here often about the need to restore sanity to our political world. That is important but the spiritual world is what creates the environment of goodness for a sane political world. Speaking about the saints need to warn nonmembers about the gospel Henery B. Eyring said:

The Lord would not use the word warn if there was no danger. Yet not many people we know sense it. They have learned to ignore the increasing evidence that society is unraveling and that their lives and family lack the peace they once thought was possible. That willingness to ignore the signs of danger can make it easy for you to think: “Why should I speak to anyone about the gospel who seems content? What danger is there to them or to me if I do or say nothing?”

Love always comes first. A single act of kindness will seldom be enough. The Lord described the love we must feel, and that those we invite must recognize in us, with words like these: “Charity suffereth long,” and it “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4, 7).

Second, we will need to be better examples of what we invite others to do. In a darkening world, this command of the Savior will become more important: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

The third thing we must do better is to invite with testimony. Love and example will open the way, but we still have to open our mouths and bear testimony. We are helped by a simple fact: truth and choice are inseparably connected. There are some choices all children of our Heavenly Father must make to qualify for a testimony of spiritual truths, and once we know a spiritual truth, we must choose whether we will conform our lives to it. When we bear testimony of truth to our loved ones or friends, we must convey to them the choices they must make once they know that truth for themselves. There are two important examples: inviting someone to read the Book of Mormon and inviting someone to agree to be taught by the missionaries.

I will always be so very thankful for Philip Westerlund for his sharing his life, family, work and love with me. Most of all he asked me about Jesus Christ and I knew that he asked from love. After a short study of the Book of Mormon I quickly realized he was offering me a treasure more precious than any I had known. That was the Bicentennial year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, no wonder I feel so partial to the need for freedom as I was a slave at that time to many worldly pursuits. I know of no freedom more important than the spiritual freedom that comes with baptism into the true church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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