Friday, June 21, 2013

Sharing the Gospel

Ten years ago Steven gave a talk in Primary.  Before I throw his notes away, I figured I'd record it here.  We're so grateful he's working to share his testimony now as a full-time missionary.  And we're thankful that The Friend made preparing Primary talks so easy!

Elder M. Russell Ballard said:
“It is important that we each know for ourselves that Jesus is the Christ and that He has restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith the fulness of His everlasting gospel. As we press forward in His service, spiritual experiences will increase our faith, and we will find great joy. … And as we come to know and understand these true doctrines for ourselves, we will discover that there is also a great need for us to share our knowledge and beliefs with others while always maintaining their friendship and goodwill.”

The February Friend has a story about two friends, Tyler and Jonathan.  Tyler was a member of the church and Jonathan wasn't.  One day Jonathan came to Tyler's house to play.  When they got bored with the toys, Tyler had an idea.  He told Jonathan his family night lesson story about Joseph Smith's First Vision.  Even though Jonathan was only used to Bible prophets, he thought it was a neat story.

Jonathan asked, "Are you sure Joseph Smith was a prophet?”

“Sure, I’m sure.”

“But how do you know? I mean, if it’s not in the Bible, how do you know?”

Tyler hesitated. He knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but how could he explain it to Jonathan? “I just know,” he said.

Jonathan still had a frown on his face, and Tyler had a feeling that there was something else he should say. Then he knew what it was. “I know because I have a testimony.”

“Oh,” was all Jonathan said.

Tyler obeyed the commandment in D&C 88:81: "It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor."

I hope we can all be good friends and share the gospel just like Tyler.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.